Ministry of International Trade – Ontario Pavilion in the WETEX 2018 Exhibition

The Ministry of International Trade (MIT) is organizing an Ontario Pavilion in the WETEX 2018 Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai, UAE, October 23-25, 2018. Outreach B2B meetings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 28-29, 2018.

WETEX is the leading water and cleantech exhibition in the MENA region; it covers 45,000 sqm, draws over 1975 exhibitors from 47 countries, visited by over 25,000 business people.
WETEX is the place where experts and industry professionals from the water, electricity, energy, environment and oil & GAS technology sectors get together.
For more information, you can visit WETEX website at

The Water & Clean Tech sector is one of the most relevant sectors for Ontario companies. This sector is also specified as a priority area for the Middle East/ GCC and Africa countries governments and the private sectors, due to climatic conditions, high energy usage, increasing commitment of governments and new private entrants as solution providers. The countries in the GCC and Africa feature many common drivers for renewable energy, such as high population growth, and a dramatic increase in demand for electricity.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar are at the top of the attractive markets in the Clean-Tech sector due to their government plans, budgets and long-term strategies
The Emirates’ economy has become the most open in the Middle East, and having a business in UAE, the regional hub and transit point for exports and imports, offers the possibility to expand not only into the local market, but also to those of the surrounding countries.

The purpose of the mission is to help Ontario companies promote their products and services, meet key business players, governmental stakeholders and business associations from water and cleantech sector, in order to further business relationships between companies in Ontario/ Canada and the MENA region, to create awareness in the MENA about the Ontario companies’ competencies and capacities and to introduce investment opportunities available in the MENA region.

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Preliminary Conference Program Now Available!

View the conference schedule and preliminary program here: 

Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB)

Starting in 2018, certain large building owners will need to report their building’s energy and water use annually. Under Ontario Regulation 20/17, water, electricity and natural gas utilities must make whole building consumption data available to building owners when requested.

Is your utility ready? Do you know the EWRB reporting requirements and what you will need to do to respond to building owners’ requests for consumption data?

Please visit for more information about the EWRB initiative. If you have questions on responding to building owners’ requests for water consumption data, please email or call 1-844-274-0689.


AWWA Utility Benchmarking Program


Benchmarking through the AWWA program allows you to help your utility:

  • Understand its performance relative to the industry
  • Identify areas for improvement or investment
  • Track performance against strategic goals
  • Establish realistic goals and create action plans
  • Facilitate customer and stakeholder conversations

As a thank you for your contribution, all participants will receive a customized performance report, and a 30% discount on the full publication (in addition to a member discount).

All utilities must submit their data by April 1st, 2018.

Learn More Here



Conference Registration Now Open!


Registration is open for Conference Delegates & Booth Registration

Book before December 31st to take advantage of the best rates. 

Our new and improved online booth selection system is open!

Click here to view the Trade Show Prospectus.

Use the Register Now button below to book your booth.

Please note: Booth location is only considered confirmed when payment is received.

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Partner With Us

If you would like even more exposure for your company, click here to view the Partnership Prospectus and contact us for more information.


OWWEA’s annual Golf Tournament is Sunday, April 29th

The Welcome Reception is the evening of Monday, April 30th

Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2017

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2017 on November 21, 2017. This report is available online at

It showcases how Ontario is taking action to protect drinking water and water resources.

Supporting data on Drinking Water Quality and Enforcement is available on the Open Data Catalogue.


Updated Guides for Designated Facilities and Non-Municipal Year Round Residential Systems now available

Please be advised that updated guides for Designated Facilities and Non-Municipal Year Round Residential drinking water systems subject to Ontario Regulation 170/03 are now posted on The guides have been refreshed to better support compliance, use clearer language and have been updated for content, design and accessibility.



Free Student Membership!

Free Student Membership!

Now through December 31, 2017, AWWA/OWWA is offering free membership to all new student members who join! Use promo code GIFT at checkout.

Why become a student member of AWWA?

    1. Find a Job– AWWA’s Career Center has hundreds of listings for positions with utilities, manufacturers and consulting engineering companies
    2. Connect with Water Professionals– Make connections and meet the right people. AWWA members have many opportunities to network with water professionals and participate in workshops, volunteer events, and webinars. Build important skill sets while making friends and important professional connections.
    3. Pay for Classes– AWWA awards scholarships worth over $100,000 to undergraduate and graduate students for their work studying water issues.
    4. Stay Informed–Student members get access to peer-reviewed Journal – AWWA, the premier water industry magazine, as well as a full resource community covering a wide variety of water-related topics.
    5. Make a difference– Have a direct impact on water issues affecting your community and help ensure a better world through better water.


Take advantage of this great offer!

How to join with this offer:

  1. Visit the Student Membership page
  2. Click JOIN NOW button
  3. Use promo code GIFT at checkout
  4. Join by December 31, 2017

Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report 2016-2017 Now Available!

Today, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report 2016-2017. This report is available online at

It highlights efforts to keep our drinking water clean and among the best protected in the world.

Supporting data on Drinking Water Quality and Enforcement is available on the Open Data Catalogue.


Revisions to Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard

Revisions to Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard

By Christopher Manning, PMP
Licensing Program Coordinator, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

The Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 requires all municipal drinking water systems in Ontario to have an accredited operating authority. Operating authorities are accredited to the requirements of Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard.

In April, 2017 the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change published revisions to the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard on the Environmental Registry as registry number 012-5530.

The revised Standard, referred to as Version 2.0, was developed in partnership with the water sector, and incorporates feedback from stakeholders and stakeholder groups representing large, small and rural municipalities across the province.

Key Changes to the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard

Flexible Timelines

The Standard requires many items to be undertaken annually, including the internal audit and a management review of the system. Language in the Standard has been revised to allow some flexibility in scheduling these activities within a calendar year.

Clarified Requirements for Different Types of System

Communities in Ontario are served by drinking water systems of varying size and complexity. To help ensure consistent interpretation, requirements for different types of system (e.g., treatment systems and distribution only systems) have been clarified.

Consideration of Climate Change

Climate change can have a direct impact on both the infrastructure and operation of a drinking water system, and has the potential to change what is considered “normal” operation. The Standard has been revised to ensure that all system owners are aware of these risks and consider them in their infrastructure planning activities.

Continual Improvement

A quality management system must be flexible enough to meet the needs of a changing organization, the requirements of changing infrastructure and to keep pace with changing technologies. Just like a robust infrastructure maintenance program, improvement to the quality management system should not be limited to fixing things as they fail. The Standard has been revised to ensure that both proactive and reactive approaches are taken to ensure continual improvement of the system.

What do the changes mean for system owners and operating authorities?

The Accreditation Protocol has been updated to enable a transition period, allowing any necessary changes to operational plans and/or operating procedures to be made in conjunction with other activities.

As an accredited operating authority:

  • You will be expected to update your risk assessment procedures prior to your next scheduled risk assessment. Your next risk assessment should consider the mandatory risks that have been defined within Version 2.0 of the Standard;
  • You will be expected to implement any other necessary changes prior to the first audit of your system that occurs in 2019. Until this time, your auditor will continue to assess the conformance of your system to the requirements of the original Drinking Water Quality Management Standard;
  • You may choose to transition to the new requirements early. Prior to your next audit, simply indicate to your accreditation body that your operational plan and procedures have been updated to conform to Version 2.0 of the Standard;
  • Your accreditation body has now established a formal two-stage appeal process for accreditation findings, to help ensure consistent interpretation and application of the requirements of the Standard.

As a municipal drinking water system owner:

  • Your operating authority will likely be reporting to you on projected impact of the changes to your quality management system, along with a proposed or projected timing for transitioning to the new requirements.

To obtain a copy of the revised Drinking Water Quality Management Standard or to provide feedback on any additional changes you would like to see considered in future revisions to the Standard, please contact the Safe Drinking Water Branch of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change at

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