Distribution Committee

Welcome to the OWWA Distribution Committee page

What We Do

The Distribution Committee assembles and disseminates information on the design, engineering, construction, operation, and maintenance of water distribution systems.

In 2017, the Distribution Committee published the Frozen Water Services Information Document, which includes a detailed discussion of best practices and other information related to the management of frozen water services, based on surveys and interviews conducted with municipalities across Ontario.

Click here to download the report. For more information about this study, please contact

Our Committee

  • Reviews applicable provincial and federal regulations and makes formal comments in liaison with other OWWA committees
  • Disseminates information to operators, engineers, management, consultants, and academics through workshops and sessions at the OWWA Annual Conference and Fall Distribution Workshop
  • Prepares a minimum of two distribution articles per year for publication in Pipeline

Who We Are

The Distribution Committee maintains an active membership from core water distribution areas, particularly operations and maintenance. The Committee includes representatives from large and small water utilities, as well as members from operating authorities, consulting firms, equipment suppliers, regulatory agencies, and academic institutions.

The size of our committee varies from eight to a maximum of fifteen members. Subcommittees are formed on an as-needed basis. New members are welcomed as vacancies permit.

Committee Chair Oya Koc
Vice Chair Sonya Semanuik
Liaison Director Nat Andres

Member List

Member Employer
Alain Lalonde Echologics
Alex Sandovski IPEX Inc.
Andrew Hallett PUC Services, Sault Ste. Marie
Arun Hindupur City of Guelph
Blair Saunders Town of Newmarket
Brian Lima Middlesex Centre
Bryce McDonald City of Guelph
James Sticca City of Niagara Falls
Laura Meteer Regional Municipality of York
Matthew Ballaban GM BluePlan Engineering
Matthew Coleman City of Toronto
Monique Waller Jacobs
Nat Andres Regional Municipality of Durham
Oya Koc Black & Veatch
Rex Burley Corix Water Services
Sam Ziemann C3 Water
Sandra Latorre Jacobs
Sarah Vella Region of Peel
Shairose Alarakhia OCWA
Sonya Semanuik OCWA

Our Meetings

The Distribution Committee meets a minimum of five times per year, usually on the second Friday of every second month, beginning in January, and excluding July and August.

Upcoming Events

Each fall the Distribution Committee organizes a one-day workshop that is of special interest to operators, supervisors, managers, consultants, and decision makers involved in the operational challenges stemming from new legislation and the introduction of new technologies.

For More Information

If you would like more information or are interested in joining our committee, please contact us.


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