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Swing Into Summer With AWWA Membership!

New Individual Members that join AWWA by September 30, 2019 will receive an AWWA baseball cap!

New members can join using the promo code PLAYBALL at checkout or by clicking ‘Join Now’!

Updated “Taking Care of Your Drinking Water” Guide now available from MECP

The popular “Taking Care of Your Drinking Water”: A Guide for Members of Municipal Councils” has been updated and is now available on Ontario.ca.

This guide helps municipal councilors understand their responsibilities to provide a standard of care under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.

The content of the guide was refreshed for new and returning councillors. As part of updates to the guide, information has been added on the Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure Regulation, Ontario Regulation 588/17.

Municipal officials can also learn more through standard of care training developed and delivered by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Get course details and session offerings at www.wcwc.ca or by phoning toll-free 1-866-515-0550.

Infrastructure Asset Management Readiness Assessment of Ontario Municipal Water Utilities

Infrastructure Asset Management practices are well-recognized in Canada for enabling municipalities to make strategic investment decisions. The Province of Ontario has required municipalities to develop asset management plans in order to receive Provincial funding. This has resulted in over 90 percent of municipalities to have council approved asset management plans. In addition, the Municipal Asset Management Program is a $50 million capacity-building fund entrusted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) by Infrastructure Canada (INFC) to enable the adoption and improvement of asset management practices across Canada’s municipal sector.

Water utilities in particular strive to keep pipelines, pumping stations and treatment plants in sound condition and capable of delivering the targeted Levels of Service, all of this without burdening users with excessive fees. Readiness or maturity assessments are commonly used by organizations to identify how advanced they are regarding the adoption of the asset management framework. However, even when municipalities choose to perform a readiness assessment, the results are not shared with the industry. As a consequence, there is little information concerning water utilities asset management processes implementation.

Bridging the information gap

The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) with support from the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC), has developed a straightforward web-based survey to understand the implementation of asset management processes and practices in Ontario municipal water utilities.

FCM’s Readiness Scale, ISO 55000 series and Ontario Regulation 588/17 were adapted and used as a framework for questions. Respondents were classified into four Readiness Levels (RLs), from 0 to 3, in five competency areas: (1) policy and governance; (2) people and leadership; (3) data and information; (4) planning and decision-making; and (5) contribution to asset management practice. Survey respondents consisted of 31 municipalities representing 50.6% of Ontario’s total population.

Readiness assessment report

Results of the 2018 survey are presented in the recently released Water and Wastewater Asset Management Readiness Assessment report available here.  

This report provides a baseline for municipal water utilities readiness levels in Ontario. The main outcome is a readiness snapshot that is comparable between municipalities of different backgrounds and in time. Additionally, the study investigates the use of Asset Management Plans as sources of information in evidence-based decision-making, compliance with Ontario Regulation 588/17, identified funding gaps and asset management perceived value.

The results indicate that small and medium municipal water utilities are moving towards RL 1 – Learning, while large municipalities are approaching or have already reached RL 1 and are moving towards RL 2 – Developing. If water utilities want to achieve RL 3, there is still much work to be done regarding formalizing and communicating asset management key documents and information. In general, municipalities are steadily advancing on implementing asset management processes, contributing to the development of stronger and efficient municipal water utilities.

Individual Membership Promotion!

Join as an Individual Member before June 30, 2019 and receive a No Water No Beer T-Shirt! Use promo code FREESHIRT

How to take advantage of this offer:

  • Visit the Individual Membership Join Page
  • Choose your membership type
  • Enter FREESHIRT in the Promo Code Box
  • After your order has been completed, the AWWA membership team will reach out to you for your T-shirt size (Small – 3XL available)
  • If you have any questions please contact us at membership@awwa.org

Lakeview WTP to be renamed in honour of Arthur Kennedy

Peel Region Council recently passed a resolution to mark Arthur Kennedy’s 100th birthday, and announced that the Region’s Lakeview Water Treatment Plant will be renamed to “Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plant”. We would like to thank the Region of Peel for their generous gesture in honoring Mr. Kennedy for his many contributions to the water industry.

Throughout his career, he was the manager of the Toronto Township Public Utilities Commission that was established in 1955, which managed the waterworks for Toronto Township. From 1968 to 1974, he was the manager of the Public Utilities Commission of the Town of Mississauga before it became the Region of Peel.

From 1974 until his retirement, Mr. Kennedy was the Director of the Water and Wastewater Division at the Region of Peel.

Mr. Kennedy was instrumental in the establishment of the Ontario Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in 1971. From 1973 to 1976 he was the Ontario Section Director on the Board of the AWWA. He also served as the Ontario Section’s Secretary Treasurer from 1971 to 1973.

In recognition of  his dedication and service to the water industry, he received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Ontario Water Works Association in 1974.

The renaming ceremony will take place in May 2019. Addition details to follow.

MECP Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems now available on www.owwa.ca

The MECP’s Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems is now available on the OWWA website. Click here to view the manual.

 

Help Inform the Province’s Review of Eight Regional Municipalities and Simcoe County, and their Lower-Tiers

Help inform our review of eight regional municipalities and Simcoe County, and their lower-tiers.

Ontario is launching online consultation for the regional government review of eight regional municipalities and Simcoe County, and their lower-tiers.  In total, 82 municipalities are included in the review.

We invite you to share your thoughts on the municipalities where you live, work or spend time.  We want to hear your views on the way your municipal elected representatives make their decisions and represent your community.  We also want your thoughts and observations on the efficiency, effectiveness and cost of the various municipal services that your municipalities provide.

The objective of this review is to ensure that these municipalities are providing the vital services that residents and local businesses depend on.

The deadline for providing comments has been extended to May 21, 2019.

 Have your say

Local Government Policy Branch

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Local Government Policy Branch

777 Bay Street, 13th Floor

Toronto, ON  M5G 2E5

 Submission guidelines

  • Consider the following themes in preparing your feedback:
    • improving representation and decision-making (for example, council size, selection process and municipal structure)
    • improving the quality of municipal services and reducing costs (for example, land-use planning, public infrastructure, economic development and social services)
    • where you see municipal governments in 10 years
  • Limit your submission to 500 words or less
  • If you must go over 500 words, provide an executive summary and highlight your recommendations

Thank you for your participation.

Your privacy matters

Ontario is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal information. For more information on protecting your personal information, please visit our privacy statement.

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Aidez-nous à mener notre examen portant sur huit municipalités régionales, le comté de Simcoe et leurs municipalités de palier inférieur.

Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a lancé consultation en ligne sur l’examen de huit municipalités régionales, le comté de Simcoe et leurs municipalités de palier inférieur.  Au total, 82 municipalités sont visées par cet examen.

Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de vos idées sur les municipalités où vous vivez, travaillez et passez du temps.  Nous aimerions connaître votre avis sur la façon dont vos élus municipaux prennent leurs décisions et représentent votre collectivité. En outre, nous aimerions obtenir vos idées et observations sur l’efficience, l’efficacité et le coût des divers services fournis par vos municipalités.

Notre objectif est que ces municipalités fournissent les services essentiels dont ont besoin les résidents et les entreprises locales.

La date limite de présentation des commentaires est le 23 avril 2019.

 Exprimez-vous

Direction des politiques relatives aux administrations locales

Ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement

777, rue Bay, 13e étage, Toronto ON  M5G 2E5

 Directives à suivre

  • Pour vous préparer, veuillez réfléchir aux thèmes suivants :
    • amélioration de la représentation et du processus décisionnel (par exemple, taille du conseil, processus de sélection et structure municipale);
    • amélioration de la qualité des services municipaux et réduction des coûts (par exemple, aménagement du territoire, infrastructure publique, développement économique et services sociaux);
    • comment vous voyez les administrations municipales dans 10 ans.
  • Vos observations ne devraient pas compter plus de 500 mots.
  • Si elles en comptent plus, veuillez fournir un résumé et mettre vos recommandations en évidence.

Nous apprécions beaucoup votre participation.

Protection de vos renseignements

L’Ontario est résolu à respecter votre vie privée et à protéger vos renseignements personnels. Pour des précisions sur la protection de vos renseignements personnels, veuillez lire notre Déclaration concernant la protection de la vie privée.

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Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2018

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

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.

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Le ministère de l’Environnement, de la Protection de la nature et des Parcs a publié aujourd’hui le Rapport annuel 2018 du ministre sur l’eau potable.

Ce rapport souligne les mesures prises par l’Ontario pour protéger l’eau potable et les ressources hydriques.

On trouve des données à l’appui sur la qualité de l’eau potable et l’application des règlements dans le catalogue des données ouvertes.

CATT Subsurface Utility Engineering Survey

CATT (Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies) is conducting a survey is to better understand the current state of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) practices, barriers, and acceptance across Canada.

Please fill out the CATT SUE Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sue18) if you have not already done so. It takes only 10 minutes to complete the survey. The deadline is November 30, 2018.

Knowledge and information gained through this survey will: (1) establish the industry baseline with respect to SUE knowledge, application, usage, barriers, and value; and (2) track stakeholders’ (i.e., owners, and service and technology providers) perspective on adopting SUE practices to reduce construction risks and costs, as well as to improve workers safety.

The collected data will be used in aggregation and respondents information will be kept confidential. If you have any questions regarding this study or would like to have additional information, please contact Rizwan Younis (email: ryounis@uwaterloo.ca Tel: 519 888 4567 x36189).

 

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