Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy First Progress Report

On behalf of all the Great Lakes ministries, we are pleased to announce the release of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy First Progress Report.

A copy of the First Progress Report can be downloaded here.  It can also be read online here.

The First Progress Report outlines key accomplishments since the release of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy in 2012.  It represents the efforts and actions of more than a dozen Great Lakes Ministries including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The report links to Great Lakes resources such as the Water Quality in Ontario 2014 Report, which addresses water quality in all of Ontario’s natural waters, including the Great Lakes.

Under the Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015, Ontario is committed to reporting on progress every three years.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the progress in achieving our Great Lakes goals.  Only by working together can we ensure that future generations will inherit a healthy and resilient Great Lakes ecosystem.

Keep your eyes open for the new Drinking Water Protection Zone signs!

They are appearing across Ontario to protect public health and raise awareness of the sensitivity of our drinking water sources.

More information is available in the Drinking Water Protection Zone Road Signs catalogue page in the Source Water Protection Education and Outreach catalogue on Conservation Ontario’s website.

A page on Water Conservation has also been posted. It helps homeowners and businesses understand their water use and gives tips on how to use less.

We encourage you to view the new catalogue pages and promote them through social media at #SourceWaterON.


Soyez à l’affût des nouveaux panneaux signalant les zones de protection de l’eau potable!

Ces panneaux, placés dans tout l’Ontario, visent à protéger la santé publique et à sensibiliser la population aux sources d’eau potable.

On trouve plus de renseignements à la page Panneaux routiers « Eau potable – Zone de protection » du catalogue Éducation et sensibilisation – Protection des sources du site web de Conservation Ontario.

On a aussi affiché une page Conservation de l’eau. Cette page aide les propriétaires de logement et d’entreprise à comprendre leur consommation d’eau et donne des astuces pour réduire cette consommation.

Nous vous encourageons à consulter les nouvelles pages du catalogue et à les diffuser dans vos réseaux sociaux à #sourcesdeauON.


Oakville Water Purification Plant Tour

The OWWA Treatment Committee would like to invite you to our “Water Treatment Plant Tour Series”, to be held at the Oakville Water Purification Plant on April 7th, 2016. This event will feature a presentation and discussion regarding the WPP followed by an in-depth tour of this 100+ year old retrofitted facility guided by the water treatment plant staff.

Click here to download the event flyer with full details.

Canadian Water Forum tickets Now on Sale

Additional Information:

All information is located on the ACWWA webpage,

OWWA Certification & Education Seminar Early Bird Rate ends March 5

The early bird rate ends March 5th.

Please visit this page for more information, and to register.

OWWA Small Systems & YP Seminar Early Bird Rate ends February 29th

The early bird rate ends February 29th.

Please visit this page for more information and to register.

OWWA Celebrates Member’s Success

International Water and Wastewater Certification Awards for Ontario

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Ontario’s Water and Wastewater Certification Program and manager Brian Gildner have received North American-wide awards from the Association of the Boards of Certification.

The program’s outstanding contribution to advancing the knowledge and performance of environmental professionals has been recognized with the 2016 Certification Program Award. Brian Gildner was honoured with the Robert C. McAnespie Outstanding Certification Officer Award for his leadership in the development of North American-wide certification standards.

The certification program’s win makes Ontario only the second Canadian jurisdiction to receive this award in the last 20 years. It is a great achievement to be selected for these awards by an organization that recognizes the highest standards of excellence in training and certification.

Ontario’s accomplishments in professional certification include:

  • being the first Canadian jurisdiction to introduce mandatory entry-level training and develop a code of conduct for operators
  • introducing rigorous continuing education requirements, including a unique mandatory course
  • leading the development of Canadian best practices which were the springboard for ABC’s model standards

Water professionals’ skills are fundamental to delivering safe drinking water and protecting public health. Ontario’s comprehensive certification and training program ensures water and wastewater systems have fully qualified and trained staff.

Water Efficiency Awards

Water Efficiency Awards

Each year for more than 10 years the OWWA Water Efficiency Committee has recognized outstanding initiatives in water efficiency in both the public and private sector.

For 2016 Water Efficiency Call for Awards click here.

Visit the new Source Water Protection Map

Visit the new Source Water Protection Map now available on

This interactive map provides the first provincial view of the more than 970 wellhead protection areas and 150 intake protection zones within the source protection areas in Ontario.  You can access over 20 layers of information every time you do a customised search.

For the first time, the public will be able to see the wellhead protection areas and intake protection zones of the lakes, rivers and aquifers that supply their drinking water.  This tool provides them with information needed to make informed property-based decisions.  As well, this tool will help ministries and other agencies implement source protection plan policies.

A link to the map can be found in the updated General Messages page of the Source Water Protection Resource Catalogue available on Conservation Ontario’s website.

Early Bird Rate for the Source Water Protection Seminar ends on February 2nd

The early bird rate for the Source Water Protection seminar ends on February 2nd.

For more information, or to register, please follow this link.

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