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Related Associations

  • Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario – AWWAO is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging First Nations water and wastewater treatment plant operators to become confident, efficient and effective in managing water and wastewater treatment in their community.
  • Canadian Association on Water Quality – The Canadian Association on Water Quality is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for scientists, engineers, technologists, administrators, practitioners and students engaged in or interested in research on water quality or on the control or treatment of water pollution.
  • Canadian Water and Wastewater Association – CWWA represent the common interest of Canada’s municipal water and wastewater systems to federal and interprovincial bodies with respect to policies, programs, national codes, standards, and legislation.
  • Canadian Water Resources Association – CWRA is a national organization of individuals and organizations from the public, private and academic sectors that are committed to raising awareness of the value of water and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada.
  • Ontario Municipal Water Association – The focus of the OMWA is upon the management and administration of public drinking water and their membership is made up of public water supply authorities.
  • Ontario Water Works Equipment Association – an association of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, agents, and contractors dedicated to serving the Ontario municipal market.
  • Ontario Coalition of Sustainable Infrastructure – dedicated to safe and sustainable infrastructure.
  • Water Environment Association of Ontario – organization of technical and professional individuals dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Ontario’s water environment.
  • Water for People – a global non-profit supporting long lasting access to water and sanitation
  • Water Research Foundation  – world’s largest research organization devoted to drinking water research.



  • Clean Water Act – details on the Clean Water Act that helps protect drinking water from source to tap with a multi-barrier approach that stops contaminants from entering sources of drinking water – lakes, rivers, and aquifers.
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) – Drinking Water Ontario – an information and resource hub dedicated to our province’s drinking water.
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) – In Ontario, anyone who takes more than 50,000 litres of water a day from a lake, river, stream or groundwater source, must obtain a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) from the ministry (with a few exceptions).
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency – OCWA is an operational enterprise agency set up by the province. Its mandate is to provide water and sewage works and related services to protect human health and the environment.
  • Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights Registry – “public notices” about environmental matters being proposed by all government ministries covered by the Environmental Bill of Rights. The public notices may contain information about proposed new laws, regulations, policies and programs or about proposals to change or eliminate existing ones.
  • Walkerton Clean Water Centre – The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is an operational service agency of the Government of Ontario. It is responsible for delivering education, information, and advice on water treatment, equipment, technology and operational requirements and environmental issues related to drinking water.
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) – Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems, 2014



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Water Efficiency

The Water Efficiency Committee (WEC) has developed some valuable resources to assist Ontario municipalities in the preparation of water efficiency plans, reducing the peak seasonal demands and developing water efficiency programs.

 The Committee has produced three publications:

  • Outdoor Water Use Reduction Manual
  • Water Efficiency Guidebook for Small and Medium Sized Utilities
  • Water Efficiency Best Management Practices.

Outdoor Water Use Reduction Manual (2008)

Meeting the water servicing requirements of increased seasonal water demands, especially during extended periods of hot and dry summer weather, can cause significant stresses to municipal water treatment and distribution systems. In recognition of the diverse social and political pressures upon Ontario municipalities, this manual was developed to serve as a best practice reference and information guide with the key objective of providing proven utility-based resources and policy alternatives that can be employed to help reduce peak seasonal water servicing demands.

Key topic areas covered through this publication include:

  • Peak Summer Demand Measurement and Benchmarking
  • Consumer Based Social Marketing and Public Education approaches for Peak Demand Reduction
  • Peak Demand Water Use Reduction through By-law Control and Enforcement
  • Rebates and Incentives for Encouraging Efficient Outdoor Water Use
  • Real Water Rate Pricing and Increased Water Consumption Costing Structures
  • Resources for Planning the Right Program

Water Efficiency Guidebook for Small/Medium Sized Utilities (2006)

This Guidebook is written for small and medium sized municipalities and water utilities thinking about starting a water efficiency program. It is intended to provide a general overview of water efficiency planning and to describe the specific steps you can follow to design the best plan for your municipality or utility. The Guidebook offers a menu of possible conservation techniques and approaches from which you can choose.

The Guidebook is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Evaluate your system
  • Review utility efficiency measures
  • Consider potential water savings
  • Design your water efficiency program
  • Implement your program

The Guidebook contains easy-to-use fill in the blank worksheets in each of the above sections to assist the water efficiency planner develop a program.

The appendix sets out contacts for further information, procedures for conducting a residential water audit, public information materials such as press releases, sample consumer tip sheets, an outline of a typical water efficiency plan and the methodology for calculating the savings from a delayed capital construction project.

Water Efficiency Best Management Practices Manual (2005)

This publication was prepared by the Water Efficiency Committee of the Ontario Water Works Association. It is intended to provide a brief overview of twelve areas of efficient water management and sets best management practices in each area. The areas are as follows:

  1. Meters for All Users
  2. Full Cost Pricing
  3. Public Information and Education Programs
  4. School Programs
  5. Compile a Water Use Database
  6. Water Loss Management
  7. Developing a Water Efficiency Program/Plan
  8. Implementing a Utility/Municipal Water Efficiency Program
  9. Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Water Efficiency
  10. Indoor Residential Water Conservation
  11. Landscape Water Efficiency Program.
  12. Reducing the Flow in the Wastewater System

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