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2018-2019 Chief Drinking Water Inspector Annual Report and Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2019 now available

Ontario’s government is taking action to protect the province’s drinking water and water resources as part of its draft Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to keep Ontarians safe and pass on a cleaner environment to future generations.

Today, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2019 and the 2018-2019 Chief Drinking Water Inspector Annual Report.

The Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2019 showcases the work Ontario is doing to protect our drinking water and water resources. The Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report provides an overview of the ministry’s progress during 2018-19 and includes in-depth information on the performance of Ontario’s drinking water systems and licensed and eligible laboratories.

The reports showcase the province’s strong monitoring, reporting and enforcement activities and programs and how these actions help ensure Ontario’s drinking water is among the best protected in the world.

This includes reporting on the tests results for lead in drinking water. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has not received any reports of lead toxicity in Ontario children that have been linked primarily to drinking water in the last 10 years. At the same time, blood lead levels of Canadians have also declined by over 70 per cent in the past 40 years due to ongoing actions to reduce lead exposure from all sources.

Visit Ontario’s Data Catalogue to see the supporting Drinking Water Quality and Enforcement data. For more information on the drinking water quality and enforcement data, please call the drinking water help line at 1-866-793-2588 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday or email waterforms@ontario.ca.


Dans le cadre de son projet de Plan environnemental pour l’Ontario, le gouvernement de l’Ontario prend des mesures pour protéger son eau potable et ses ressources en eau afin d’assurer la sécurité de la population ontarienne et de transmettre un environnement plus propre aux générations futures.

Aujourd’hui, le ministère de l’Environnement, de la Protection de la nature et des Parcs a publié le Rapport annuel 2019 du ministre sur l’eau potable et le Rapport annuel 2018-2019 de l’inspectrice en chef de l’eau potable.

Le Rapport annuel 2019 du ministre sur l’eau potable met en lumière le travail qu’accomplit l’Ontario pour protéger l’eau potable et les ressources en eau de la province. Le Rapport annuel 2018-2019 de l’inspectrice en chef de l’eau potable, présente un aperçu des progrès réalisés par le ministère au cours de l’année 2018-2019 et contient des renseignements détaillés sur les résultats d’analyse obtenus par les réseaux d’eau potable de l’Ontario et les laboratoires admissibles et autorisés.

Les rapports témoignent des programmes du gouvernement et de ses activités rigoureuses de surveillance, de reddition de comptes et d’application des lois et règlements et la façon dont ces activités aident à garantir que l’eau potable de l’Ontario fasse partie des eaux potables les mieux protégées au monde.

Ces activités comprennent la production de rapports sur les résultats des analyses de teneurs en plomb dans l’eau potable. Au cours des dix dernières années, le médecin hygiéniste en chef de l’Ontario n’a reçu aucun signalement de toxicité au plomb chez les enfants de l’Ontario qui aurait été liée principalement à l’eau potable. Par ailleurs, les taux de plomb dans le sang des Canadiens ont également diminué de plus de 70 pour cent au cours des 40 dernières années grâce à des mesures continues visant à diminuer leur exposition au plomb provenant de toutes les sources.

Visitez le Catalogue de données de l’Ontario pour prendre connaissance des données justificatives sur la qualité de l’eau potable et l’application des règlements. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur les données relatives à la qualité de l’eau potable et à l’application des règlements, veuillez téléphoner au service d’assistance en matière d’eau potable au 1-866-793-2588 de 9 h à 17 h du lundi au vendredi, ou envoyez un courriel à l’adresse waterforms@ontario.ca.

Haloacetic Acids Reporting Requirements Effective January 1, 2020

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Park is reminding Municipal Drinking Water System Owners and Operators that the Ontario Drinking Water Standard for Haloacetic Acids (HAAs) comes into effect January 1, 2020. The standard will be 0.08 mg/L (80 µg/L) and is expressed as a running annual average (RAA).

As of January 1, 2017, Schedule 13-6.1 in O.Reg.170/03 requires owners and operating authorities of municipal residential drinking water systems and non-municipal year-round drinking water systems to take samples quarterly and have them tested for HAAs. Samples must be taken from a location that is likely to have an elevated potential for the formation of HAAs. On January 1, 2020, this section will be amended to include directions on how to calculate RAAs.

In accordance with Schedules 16-6 and 16-7 of O. Reg. 170/03, the owner or operating authority is responsible for calculating the RAA and reporting an adverse test result by written notice using the Notice of Adverse Test Results and Issue Resolution form within 7 calendar days of the completion of the quarter that produced the adverse test result for HAAs.

If licensed laboratories do not meet the calculation exemption requirements as outlined in Schedule 16-6(3.2) of O. Reg. 170/03, they are responsible for calculating the RAA and reporting an adverse test result by written notice within 7 calendar days of the completion of the quarter that produced the adverse result for HAAs. To clarify how to calculate RAA, please refer to the Trihalomethane and HAA sampling and reporting requirements technical bulletin.

The ministry would like to clarify the reporting requirements for HAAs effective January 1, 2020. If an owner/operator calculates the RAA for HAAs on or after January 1, 2020 and the result of the calculation exceeds the standard, the result must be reported as an Adverse Water Quality Incident.

If you are aware your system has elevated HAA levels, the ministry recommends you take proactive steps to reduce the amount of HAAs in your system.  Such steps can include:

  1. Reducing the chlorine dose or changing the disinfectant (e.g. to ozone, chlorine dioxide, UV).
  2. Reducing disinfection by-product precursors (organic material) prior to chlorination. This could include enhanced coagulation or enhanced filtration (e.g. adding granulated activated carbon, nanofiltration).
  3. Optimizing the amount of time chlorine is in contact with water to reduce reaction time but still maintain primary disinfection (CT).
  4. Reducing water age in the distribution system (e.g. by managing storage levels or using auto-flushers).

Please consult the ministry’s Approvals and Licensing prior to making any changes to your treatment processes, as these changes may require updates to your Drinking Water Works Permit and/or Municipal Drinking Water Licence.

Questions can be directed to: mdwlp@ontario.ca.

Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow 2020 Hotel Reservations

Please be alert: OWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the links provided on the OWWA Conference website. Reservations made through any other accommodation service companies cannot be guaranteed by OWWA and could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, or incorrect hotel placement. If you are contacted by an agency soliciting hotel rates, please email Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow.

University of Alberta seeking responses to Water Reuse Survey

In a changing water climate, new and improved water systems that are resilient and adaptable are essential. Water reuse is a possible solution. To make water reuse a useful opportunity for people living in Canada we at the Water & Resource Recovery Lab (University of Alberta) want to understand people’s perspectives on water reuse. Please take 15 – 20 minutes to contribute your thoughts at https://reusewater.ethelo.net before December 15.

Results will be used to develop guidelines for water reuse.

Ontario Investing in Green Infrastructure to Help Smaller Communities

Ontario Investing in Green Infrastructure to Help Smaller Communities
New projects will focus on tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs
October 25, 2019 11:00 A.M.

Toronto — Ontario is bringing infrastructure investments to small communities, helping them
rehabilitate critical water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and drive local economic growth.

Starting on Monday October 28, communities in Ontario with populations under 100,000 can apply
for funding to support infrastructure through the Green Infrastructure stream.

The Green Infrastructure stream is the fourth (4th) stream Ontario is opening under the joint
federal/provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

“The people of Ontario have water-related infrastructure needs, and we are helping them to fill the
gaps, especially for projects that address critical health and safety concerns in our communities,”
said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments make our local infrastructure safer
and more reliable and give them the ability to grow economically.”

The initial intake of the Green Infrastructure stream targets projects in communities where it is
needed most. Municipalities, First Nations, along with Local Service Boards, Conservation
Authorities and other not-for-profit entities who own eligible infrastructure assets may apply for
project funding up to a maximum of $3 million in total per project for eligible costs.

Approximately $200 million dollars is available in federal and provincial funding.

“Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good infrastructure,” said Minister Scott.
“The Province understands there is demand for our investments in these critical projects, including
tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs.”

The Province anticipates launching an additional intake of the Green Infrastructure stream in 2020
that could focus on other emerging priorities for water, wastewater and stormwater projects and/or
disaster mitigation.

The Province also anticipates the Green Infrastructure stream will be very competitive.

The Green Infrastructure stream, as per federal parameters, aims to support the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of extreme
weather and disaster mitigation. It also helps ensure communities can provide clean air and safe
drinking water for everyone.

QUICK FACTS
• The current application intake for the Green Infrastructure stream will open on October 28,
2019 to 408 eligible municipalities, 127 First Nations, nine Local Services Boards, as well as
Conservation Authorities, and not-for-profit organizations with water, wastewater and
stormwater infrastructure.
• Eligible applicants will have up to 12 weeks with a deadline of January 22, 2020 to submit
applications for provincial review and nomination to the federal government through the
Transfer Payment Ontario website.
• The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) is a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure
program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share
per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and
Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR).
• Projects will be evaluated in alignment with previous ICIP programs with a focus on health and
safety. Further details are outlined in the Program Guidelines.
• On September 3, 2019, Ontario opened the application intake for the CCR stream. The
provincial and federal funding for the stream, which closes November 12, will go towards
investing in local community centres, cultural facilities and recreational infrastructure.
• The Province has nominated 351 projects to the federal government under three streams of
the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Announcement: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act

On October 28, 2019, a package of over 80 proposed actions was announced by the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction under the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The Act, if passed, will simplify and modernize regulations to lower the cost of doing business by making it simpler and cheaper to comply with regulations, while also making it easier to interact with government.

The seven proposed actions assigned to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines include proposed changes to EWRB and Green Button, as follows:

Proposed change to EWRB (O.Reg. 506/18)

The Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program allows building owners to review a building’s energy and water use and compare its own past performance and the performance of other similar buildings. Having access to this information helps them manage energy and water usage and costs to make decisions on cost effective investments for future energy efficiency upgrades. However, for smaller building owners with fewer staffing resources, the reporting requirements can be burdensome. That’s why we are proposing to make changes to the EWRB initiative to stop further roll-out that would increase reporting burden on building owners whose buildings are under 100,000 sq ft and allow them access to the reporting tools on a voluntary basis.

Green Button 

Most Ontarians have limited access to their energy data and have no way of assessing their consumption. There’s no better way to take control of our in-home energy usage, and bring down costs, than by monitoring our use. That’s why we’re currently exploring the potential costs of expanding Green Button — Connect My Data to give Ontarians more choice and flexibility, including the ability to monitor their energy usage and make better choices about their energy usage. This initiative is part of an effort by our government to respond to consumer demands, promote innovation in the sector, help the environment and drive energy savings.

The proposal regarding EWRB is posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry:

Proposed amendment to O.Reg 506/18 (Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use) to stop further rollout to buildings under 100,000 square feet. (click to view)

https://news.ontario.ca/medg/en/2019/10/making-ontario-work-better-for-people-smarter-for-business.html (click to view)

Proposed Amendments to the Wells Regulation

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public input on proposed updates to the Wells Regulation (Regulation 903) under the Ontario Water Resources Act to reduce administrative burden on the well construction industry, while maintaining protections for the environment, human health and public safety, and consumers.

The proposed amendments would:

  • modify minimum insurance requirements for licensed well contractors to match insurance policies available in the marketplace;
  • update well casing standards; and
  • allow placement of shallow well screens for test holes and dewatering wells.

To comment on the proposal, and for further details on the proposed amendments, please visit the Environmental Registry website at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-1513.  Comments will be accepted until November 27, 2019.

If you have any other questions, please contact waterpolicy@ontario.ca.

 

Ryerson-WWF Road Salt Reduction Workshop

You are formally invited to The Ryerson Road Salt Reduction Workshop. The workshop will unveil the results from the Ryerson-WWF 2018-2019 Road Salt Reduction Project and support roundtable discussions on removing barriers to road salt reduction.

Happening on Monday October 28th at 9:30am- 11:30am

Located at Ryerson University in Room CUI-317

Please RSVP to Tanmay Vasa at tvasa@ryerson.ca

Please click here to view agenda 

 

New Individual Membership Promotion

New Individual Membership Promotion is here. Join before December 31 to take advantage of the benefits of connecting with local professionals at networking events and exchanging ideas for making a difference in your community, while advancing in your career.

Join today and receive this AWWA mug. Use Promo code FALLMUG at checkout

 

Construct Canada at The Building Show

The OWWA Construction Committee will participate in Construct Canada 2019 at The Buildings Show. Come see the OWWA Booth in the South hall from December 4-6 2019! We represent Owners, Consultants, and Contractors in the water industry. Come find out what the committee has been working on, and how to get involved.

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