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CWWA National Survey – Water Sector Resilience Project 

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) has commissioned a study about resiliency in water utilities.  We have asked Dalhousie University to conduct an online questionnaire survey about attitudes and perceptions about risk resilience and security at water utilities.

This questionnaire is being conducted at all water utilities across Canada and can lead to improvements in resiliency.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could take about 10 minutes out of your work day to complete this questionnaire.  You will not be asked for your name and the researchers at Dalhousie University will treat the information confidentially (i.e. the completed questionnaires will not be seen by anyone but researchers at Dalhousie University, and it will not be possible to identify you, or anyone else from the responses in feedback reports).

In order for the results of the study to be meaningful, it is important that as many people as possible in all types of jobs (Admin, IT, Operations, Security Guards, Technical Support) in your organization to complete the questionnaire.  Could you please help me to make this survey a success by distributing the survey link (below) to as many people as possible in your water utility, and encourage them to take part.

The link to the online questionnaire survey is:

https://strathbusiness.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8oGDnpsWsvtPps1

Please complete the Questionnaire by Friday, June 2.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Haller (rhaller@cwwa.ca) or Prof. Kevin Quigley at Dalhousie University at tel:(902) 494-3782, or Kevin.Quigley@dal.ca

Notice of OWWA Annual General Meeting – May 8, 2017

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) will be held at Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show, in Niagara Falls, Ontario from May 7 to 10.

Date & Time:     Monday May 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Location:            Scotiabank Convention Centre

                            2nd Floor, Rooms 201 & 202

The AGM package was emailed to all members on March 10, 2017. If you have not received your package, please contact the OWWA office toll-free at 1-866.975.0575, or 416.231.1555 within the GTA, or via e-mail to office@owwa.ca.

A separate email with information on the Slate of Candidates for election to the OWWA Board of Directors, as well as voting instructions, has also be sent to members.

The 2016 OWWA Audited Financial Statements will be available upon request by April 8, 2017 and at the AGM in May. I encourage you to attend our AGM to network with other water professionals, learn about current association activities, and express your views to the Board.

Great Lakes Water Utilities Energy Challenge Launched!

The Great Lakes Protection Fund and American Water Works Association are excited to announce the launch of the Water Utility Energy and Efficiency Challenge (WUEC), an innovative program that engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation.

The WUEC is a technology competition focused on water utilities in the Great Lakes Basin. Offering two top cash prizes of $20,000 and $10,000, the Water Utility Energy Challenge is supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, and is a collaborative effort of the American Water Works Association, CDM Smith, E2I, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Growth Capital Network, and Wayne State University.

More information on the challenge can be found by visiting www.AWWA.org/competition

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Beware of Potential Door-to-Door Scam

Beware of Potential Door-to-Door Scam

We have received reports that homeowners in Ontario have received calls and door-to-door visits from individuals claiming to be representatives from the Ontario Water Works Association, advising them of poor water quality in their area.

OWWA does not engage in any kind of telephone or door-to-door marketing activities, including offers for water testing and filtration systems. If you do receive this type of call, please advise OWWA staff by calling 416-231-1555.

For more information about your drinking water please contact your local municipal water provider.

AWWA Utility Benchmarking Survey Now Open!

Participate in the AWWA Utility Benchmarking Survey by March 15th and receive a FREE Utility Participant Report and 25% off the final published report.

To participate, submit 2016 Fiscal Year performance data for your water, wastewater or combined utility. Your data will be benchmarked against other similar utilities to show where your utility is performing, and set performance goals in these five areas:

  • Organizational Development
  • Business Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Water Operations
  • Wastewater Operations

Responding utilities will receive a FREE Individual Participant Report showing your confidential results relative to the aggregated results of utilities providing the same services.

If you completed the FY15 AWWA Benchmarking Survey, a pre-populated survey to kick start your data collection efforts will be distributed to your benchmarking main contact.

Thank you in advance for your participation. Click here for more information.

Notice of Release of the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2016

Please be advised that today the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2016. It is available online at ontario.ca/drinkingwater.

The Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water 2016 highlights the work Ontario is doing to protect our drinking water. This year’s report includes information on the effects of climate change on our water resources and specific actions we are undertaking to address these challenges.

The report shows that Ontario’s drinking water continues to be of high quality and is well protected. The ministry and its partners are working together to ensure that Ontario’s drinking water continues to remain among the best protected in the world.

2017 OWWA Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency

Is your organization a leader in water efficiency? The Call for Submissions is now open for the 2017 OWWA Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency! Submit before February 28, 2017!

Click below for More information:

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AWWA Volunteer Opportunities – Apply by January 31, 2017

Applications for AWWA Standing Committees, Councils, and Divisions are due January 31, 2017. Information about vacancies and applications are available on the AWWA website. OWWA members are encouraged to apply!

University of Toronto Researcher Investigating Sustainable Stormwater Management Design Process

University of Toronto Researcher Investigating Sustainable Stormwater Management Design Process

You are invited to take part in a research survey regarding the collaboration of urban site design teams (architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners etc.) in the design of sustainable stormwater management systems. This research is being conducted through the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Toronto in collaboration with Impact Infrastructure Canada, Inc. Your participation will provide insights into the roles of each discipline in urban site design and how these roles affect the proliferation of sustainable stormwater management systems. This research will help provide a foundation to create design tools and software that are accessible to the various disciplines involved in the design process in an effort to promote sustainable site design. Please complete this on-line survey to be a part of this exciting research study!

ICA2017 Call for Abstracts

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12th IWA Specialized Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation (ICA2017), 11 – 14 June 2017, Québec City, Canada

ICA2017 is an IWA specialized conference that promotes ongoing dialogues between experts from various types of organizations and application fields by providing a regular forum to facilitate discussion on methodologies and international experiences on all aspects of sensor technology, instrumentation, control and automation for water and wastewater treatment and transport systems.

The program will be based on an open call for contributions. Those who wish to present at ICA2017 are encouraged to submit a 2+2 page abstract (2 pages text + 2 pages with supporting figures and tables). The deadline of submission is January 9th 2017.

For further information on the conference, submission process and abstract templates please visit the ICA2017 website.

For questions regarding abstract submission please email submission@ica2017.org. For general inquiries please email info@ica2017.org.

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