Archives for November 2015

Just released: Showcasing Water Innovation Funding Program – Final Report

The Showcasing Water Innovation Final Report is now complete and available for review. A great deal of time, effort and dedication by various members of the water sector has helped to make the Showcasing Water Innovation Program a success.  Those involved are proud of what has been accomplished and are very appreciative of the support and expertise that many groups have kindly shared along the way, including many municipalities and partners associated with the Ontario Municipal Water Association.

Showcasing Water Innovation (SWI) was a catalyst, enabling communities to pioneer cost effective and innovative approaches to sustainable water management solutions. The projects helped communities protect and improve their water resources, optimize existing infrastructure, defer capital investments, stabilize operating costs, prioritize water investments, conserve water and lower energy use and carbon emissions.

The progress made by the SWI communities is strong evidence that new approaches to sustainable water management are possible.  We have seen first-hand that Ontario communities are prepared to lead and are motivated to work with others in the water sector to find cost effective and innovative water management solutions that are sustainable for today and future generations.

The final report shares what the community’s did, the results and lessons learned along the way.  By sharing the projects, we hope these pioneering communities will inspire others.

Following is the link to the report:

Showing Water Innovation Final Report

Highlights of the Showcasing Water Innovation Program :

  • 32 pioneering communities supported
  • Leveraged over $35 million, from $17 million
  • 263 partnerships formed
  • 44 pilot tests undertaken
  • 32 new technologies piloted
  • 16 University/College partners
  • 7 First Nation partners

Attached for your further interest are:

  1. Quotes from communities & participants sharing their thoughts on the SWI program
  2. Map of SWI projects

Nominate a MAC Professional for John Lechner Award of Excellence

Nominate a MAC Professional for John Lechner Award of Excellence
Action Required/Requested: Nominate
Additional Interested/Affected Section Positions:  Leadership Volunteers, Manufacturers
Associates Council Chairs & Section Staff

Respond To:  Email Nominations to David LaFrance, AWWA Chief Executive Officer
Respond By: December 15, 2015

Several years ago, the AWWA Manufacturers Associates Council created the John Lechner Award of Excellence.  John Lechner lobbied for service provider representation within the AWWA and was the first council chair.  He exemplified and set a standard of commitment to the water industry that we can all attempt to live up to.   For that reason, the MAC challenged each section to create their own Section level award, honoring those service providers that contribute year in and year out to the Section.  The Sections would then take their winner and nominate them for the JLAOE, which is handed out at the Water Industry Luncheon at ACE.

These Section nominees are judged on their applications by the number of positions, years of service, committees, and other types of service.  The better nominations from Sections read like resumes full of activities, conferences, and positions within the AWWA.  While the nominee is likely humble and would not want to brag about everything that they have done for the organization, this a Section’s chance to rightfully brag about what their nominee has done for the organization.  Be proud of those that give back!

A committee within the MAC takes the nominees and puts their application into a matrix, awards points based on what is known from the applications.  The more detail, the more accurate the matrix filled in, and then the better shot your nominee has.  Several Sections have provided great details about committees, conference, councils, civic service, educational training, and many other activities contributing to both AWWA and the Section.  Please make sure that your Section gets a nomination and details back to give your nominee the recognition, even though they are already a winner.


John is an excellent candidate for the JLAOE.  He has been a fixture at the annual conference, and is the first to provide a door prize, always sets up the chairs and tables, and usually moderates a couple of sessions when asked.  John has served our Section for many years.  When you think of our Section, you think of John.


Janice will be the most excellent candidate for the JLAOE.  Janice’s twenty six years serving in Section, included two terms on the MAC, with one term as the chairman.  Over those 26 years, she moderated a sessions at 20 conferences, assisted in 10 section training conferences, held the position of Treasurer with the Section, and has also sat on two councils and currently sits on an AWWA standard.  Two years ago, our Section awarded Janice the “honorary operator award” for her unbiased training to water operators across three states.   Janice not only serves the water industry, but also volunteers at an animal shelter, where she is an advisory board member for the past two years, and a volunteer for ten years.

We encourage Sections to nominate an outstanding Service Provider Member. Criteria and the nomination form are in the Awards section of the AWWA website.

OWWA Member Appreciation Event – December 3rd 2015

The OWWA Membership and YP Committees are please to invite you to the 2015 Holiday Bash and Member Appreciation Event.  It will be held on December 3rd, 2015 at 6pm at Failte Irish Pub 201 City Centre Dr. Mississauga.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and socialize with OWWA members, your board of directors and staff.  Thank you for being a member, as none of this world be possible without you.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

View the event details, and RSVP here.

Revisions to the DWQMS have been posted for comment on the Environmental Registry

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is proposing revisions to the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS).  The DWQMS sets out the criteria that must be met for mandatory quality management systems established in municipal residential drinking water systems.
The revisions are administrative in nature and intended to clarify existing requirements and to ensure that consideration is given to the potential impacts of climate change when the risks to a drinking water system are being assessed by the system owner or operating authority.
If you would like to review or comment on the proposed revisions, they are currently posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment at EBR Registry Number 012-5530. The comment period will be open until December 24, 2015.

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