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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.

AWWA Manufacturers/Associates Council (MAC) Recruiting Now Open

The AWWA Manufacturers/Associates Council (MAC) is recruiting nominees to fulfill three-year terms on the MAC beginning in 2019. Individuals may apply by completing an application.

Members of the MAC provide responsible representation for, and involvement of, associate members, which include distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer reps and contractors; develop programs and activities for these members and encourage their membership and participation in AWWA; provide policy input and develop responses and commitment within the framework of AWWA on matters affecting these members.

Additional information can be found here.

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).

 

Fall Student Membership Promotion

The Fall Student Membership Promotion is on now! Students can join AWWA/OWWA for only $10!

Join Here!

Updated Procedures for Regional Review under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued this notice to inform you of a public comment period being held by the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) regarding the Agreement signed by the Great Lakes Premiers and Governors in 2005.

On September 1, 2017 the Regional Body and Compact Council initiated a collaborative review of the Regional Body Procedures and Compact Council Guidance for Regional Review of proposals brought forward under the Agreement to divert water from the Great Lakes Basin. Ontario is participating in this process as a member of the Regional Body.

The proposed updates are intended to address lessons learned and respond to public, stakeholder and Indigenous communities’ input heard during the Regional Review process conducted for Waukesha, Wisconsin’s straddling county diversion proposal in 2016. The content of the Agreement itself is not being reviewed.

Ontarians have an opportunity to comment on the proposed updated Regional Body Procedures and Compact Council Guidance and Rules as part of the Regional Body’s public participation process. The Regional Body public comment period is from September 10rd to October 10rd, 2018.

We encourage stakeholders and the public to submit comments submitted directly to the Regional Body through one of the following methods (email, mail, or during an upcoming public hearing) identified on the Regional Body’s website (http://www.glslregionalbody.org/ProposedUpdates.aspx).

After the public comment period closes, the Great Lakes States and Provinces, as part of the Regional Body and Compact Council, will review all of the public input received. Further updates will be made as needed prior to adopting a final version.

For additional information, please contact waterinfo@owwa.ca or mnrwaterpolicy@ontario.ca

Water and Wastewater Asset Management Readiness Survey

This survey was designed by a University of Waterloo graduate student Anelisa Schmidt, with Professor Mark Knight. The goal is to understand how municipalities are assimilating and implementing asset management practices in the water industry, especially in the face of new regulations and guidelines. The findings of this study will be made available in an easy-to-read report in order to support the advancement of asset management in Ontario.

 

The survey is designed to be answered by municipality’s asset management practitioners, takes 30 to 60 minutes to be completed and is as jargon-free as possible.  Thirty (30) out of the fifty-four (54) questions have the purpose of placing the municipality in a readiness scale. Therefore, the main benefit for survey participants is the opportunity to benchmark the organization’s Asset Management Readiness Score against the aggregated responses from water utilities of similar size – after all data is collected and compiled.

 

Respondents can complete the survey in parts or modify it at any time, since answers are automatically saved from your last access. All survey responses are strictly confidential and will only be displayed publicly in an aggregated format.

 

That being said, we invite municipal asset management practitioners to fill out the Water and Wastewater Asset Management Readiness survey.

Take the survey here

 

 

 

OPS Survey from MEA

A message from Municipal Engineers Association (MEA):

Ontario Provincial Standards (OPS) has a number of new initiatives underway, including renewing the existing website (www.ops.on.ca), developing a course and continous outreach efforts. We have developed a short survey as  WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! Responses will help us determine the best direction for OPS. This is an excellent opportunity to voice your opinion in regards to OPS. Kindly complete the survey at the link below by June 15th, 2018.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DHZM3CB

2018 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey Now Available!

The American Water Works Association invites you to participate in the Water and Wastewater Rate Survey. For more than a decade, North America’s Water and Wastewater Rate Survey has combined the resources and expertise of the American Water Works Association and Raftelis Financial Consultants to provide the water industry the most comprehensive and up-to-date water and wastewater utility rate and financial data and analyses available.

To facilitate the timely collection and processing of results, we are asking all utilities to please submit their data by Friday, July 27th, 2018. As a thank you for your contribution, all survey participants will receive a complimentary executive summary of the survey results and a 30% discount on the purchase of a survey report!

Begin the survey by clicking on the link below:

Take the 2018 Rate Survey

 

2018 OWWA AGM

Dear OWWA Members,

The Ontario Water Works Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday April 30, 2018 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. The AGM Package can be viewed by clicking here: AGM Package Final.

If you are unable to attend in person but still want your voice to be heard, please complete the Proxy Registration Form and return it to the OWWA Office by April 21.

We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls!

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