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OCWA to Manage Water Treatment Plant Upgrade for Municipality of Pelee Island

OCWA Engineering Services has been approved by Council to act as Project Manager for the their water storage and infiltration gallery project. The project will increase the capacity of the raw water intake and  provide additional water storage for the community. It is scheduled to be completed by the Fall of 2014.

Premier Announces Support for newterra 

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, recently travelled to newterra's headquarters to announce provincial funding for the company's Centre of Excellence for Advanced Water Treatment. 

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Saskatoon Partners with Ostara in Wastewater Nutrient Recovery  

In what will be a first such pilot project in Canada, the city of Saskatoon has partnered with Ostara, a company that specializes in turning biowaste into plant and crop fertilizer. Their process recovers otherwise polluting nutrients from the water stream and turns them into a slow-release fertilizer.

More (courtesy CBC News)  


Upcoming Events
OCWA Workshop Series: Disaster Planning and Prevention

September 2013 (various dates) 

Locations throughout Ontario

Info coming soon to www.ocwa.com/en/news 

18th Annual Ontario First Nations Technical Services Conference & Tradeshow

September 3-5, 2013  

Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls

Visit OCWA at Booth #208! 


Ontario East Municipal Conference

September 11-13, 2013  

Kingston, ON

Visit OCWA at Booth #1! 


Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Regional Conference
World Water-Tech North America
October 29-30, 2013 

Toronto, ON  

OCWA contacts receive 20% off registration - email alane@ocwa.com to receive the promo code!  


OCWA Technology Showcase & Fundraising Dinner for GlobalMedic    
December 3 and 4
Hilton Toronto Airport www.ocwa.com/technology_showcase

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Waterline August 2013

Feature Articles
FlushYou Can't Flush That!   
Despite education, public still unsure about proper disposal of household items

OCWA's Nick Reid on Canada AM
OCWA's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Nick Reid, is interviewed on Canada AM discussing the London "Fatberg" and what not to flush down our toilets and sinks

In mid-July, a London, U.K. borough narrowly avoided disaster. After complaints of toilets not flushing, engineers performed a sewer assessment and discovered a 15-tonne "Fatberg." This mass of congealed fat and wet wipes - the size of a bus - was blocking 95% of a 2.4-diameter brick sewer pipe and took workers three weeks to clear.
Read full article (courtesy The Guardian)

"It's very important not to use your toilet as a garbage disposal, not to use your sink as a way to dispose of cooking oil or baking grease" says Nick Reid, OCWA's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, who was recently interviewed on Canada AM to discuss how a "Fatberg" is created and proper disposal methods. "There's a place to put them, but it's not down your sink."

Had the "Fatberg" not been detected in time, the risk of raw sewage flooding the streets of London would have been real - potentially causing  an environmental and public health disaster.

OCWA's Workshop Series: Disaster Planning and Prevention

"Fatbergs", severe weather events, system failures -  these are all serious causes of concern for water utilities.  Let OCWA walk you through various potential disasters and discuss ways of mitigating risk during our free September workshop series: Disaster Planning and Prevention. Locations and registration information to be posted shortly at www.ocwa.com/en/news.

OCWA in the Community


OCWA Staff Pedal for a Great Cause

Toronto employees raise over $4,000 participating in Heart and Stroke Foundation's "Big Bike"  


Staff get into the spirit as they navigate their "Big Bike" through the streets of downtown Toronto 

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