Archives for September 2015

Apply for AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award 2015

The AWWA Source Water Protection Committee is soliciting applications for its Exemplary Source Water Protection Award for 2015 to be awarded at the 2016 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition.  This award is designed to recognize those utilities who exhibit the characteristics of a well-functioning source water protection program based on AWWA’s G-300 Standard.

I would like to solicit you to review the attached article and consider publishing it (or a variation) in your upcoming Section Journal.  If this isn’t possible, I would request that you inform the members of your section about the award and encourage any of those utilities to submit an application.

The application is due by January 15, 2016 to the Staff Secretary, AWWA Water Resource Sustainability Division.  The application and information about the award can be obtained online at:

OWWA Small Systems Webinar

October 21st, 2015

This webinar will be of special interest to anyone involved in the operations, maintenance and management of small systems.

This webinar has received Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Continuing Education Director Approval.  0.2 CEUs will be awarded for completion of this webinar.

For more information click here.

Municipal Watershed Management Seminar

Municipal Watershed Management Seminar – October 19th

Protecting drinking water at its source can be the most cost-effective and reliable way to improve water quality, but urbanization and climate change are making effective watershed management a challenge in the 21 st century. Come join the OWWA young professionals at the Royal Botanical Gardens to learn about the impacts of municipal watershed management on drinking water quality and treatment in a fun and interactive learning environment.

This workshop has received MOECC Continuing Education Director Approval.  0.5 CEUs will be awarded for completion of this workshop.

For more information click here

OnWARN Program

The Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (OnWARN) is a program whereby municipal water and wastewater utilities help other municipal water and wastewater utilities in an emergency. The program is voluntary, established through a cooperative effort of Ontario municipalities, and allows members to draw upon other municipalities for assistance in the event of an emergency.

The OnWARN program does not require the declaration of a state of emergency, and allows municipalities and municipally-owned utilities to:

  • Utilize a single pre-established mutual aid agreement and protocols to access knowledgeable resources including personnel, materials, and equipment
  • Utilize a forum for establishing and maintaining water and wastewater emergency contacts
  • Facilitate training
  • Quickly respond to emergencies within their systems which are beyond their normal abilities

For more information on the OnWARN program, including presentations, sample Council reports, and the Mutual Aid agreement, please visit their website at

AWWA/OWWA Fall Student Membership Campaign

AWWA has launched the 2015 fall student membership campaign!

Students can now join AWWA/OWWA for just $10 AND renewing student members can rejoin for just $10.

Students, complete this membership form or join online by using the campaign code ’10STU’. The campaign ends November 20th 2015.

2016 Source Water Protection Workshop

Challenges, Wins and Early Insights from Implementing Source Water

March 2, 2016 Toscana Banquet & Conference Centre

Source water protection in Ontario is moving out of the assessment phase and into implementation, and many of us are facing the real challenges of implementing the new rules for the first time. The source water protection process allowed for local jurisdictions to tailor their programs to local needs and some jurisdictions are noticeably ahead in some areas. The aims of this workshop are to give participants a chance to hear from some of those leaders and to exchange insights gained during the early stages of implementation.

Download the flyer here

See event details here.

Ontario offering grants to help protect the Great Lakes

Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant.

Now in its fourth year, the fund provides a grant of up to $25,000 to not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups for projects that have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes.

Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2015.

Learn more.

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