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Canadian Water Network Invests in Research to Integrate Traditional and Western Knowledge

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is investing nearly $200,000 in a research project aimed at addressing the disproportionate burden First Nations communities in Canada face in terms of unsafe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, as well as drought and flood risks.

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Ontario Named an International Water Industry Leader

According to WaterTAP Ontario, Canada's most populous province has awarded more water industry patents in the past 30 years than any other comparable government jurisdiction in the

world. Read more


Upcoming Events

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference (FCM)

May 30-June 2, 2014

Niagara Falls, ON

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June 8-11

Niagara Falls, ON

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American Water Works Association (AWWA) (ACE14)

June 8-12

Boston, MA

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40th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference

June 9-11, 2014

Toronto, ON  

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Ground Swell: Conference on Groundwater Innovation

June 16-18

Guelph, ON 

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HOWW TO Workshop

June 17-18

Wasaga Beach, ON 

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Canadian Water Summit

June 18

Toronto, ON 

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townOCWA Around Town - May/June



This past month, OCWA attended a number of conferences and tradeshows, including the 2014 Canadian Network of Asset Managers Conference from May 20-23 in Toronto. OCWA's Nigel D'Souza was a presenter at the event alongside Mike Shultz of the Asset Performance Group Inc. The two presented a paper titled 'Asset Performance Improvement Plans to Action.'


OCWA at the Canadian Water Summit - June 18, Toronto 

OCWA's President and CEO, Rob Andrews will be moderating the Financing Urban Water breakout session at the Canadian Water Summit in Toronto on June 18. OCWA is a proud sponsor of this event and will be available to 'talk water' at booth #7 during the conference.  More information: http://www.watersummit.ca/

Special Edition: OCWA in the Community

fivethingsSeries - 5 Things You Didn't Know About OCWA


We Invest in Communities


Beyond providing clean water, OCWA makes valuable contributions to Ontario and beyond through education, awareness and support. We take great pride in sharing OCWA's water knowledge and resources. Check out the articles below for some of the great programs OCWA is working on. 


OneWaterOneWaterTM Campaign

OCWA's OneWaterTM Educational  Program

As water and wastewater professionals, our employees perform a vital service for their communities every day by providing clean safe drinking water and by ensuring that the water we treat and return to Ontario's lakes and rivers meets the highest environmental standards. Our commitment to providing clean safe water goes well beyond our regular business activities.


 While our water and wastewater operators have been going into classrooms and conducting tours of OCWA-run facilities for over 20 years, we recently decided to strengthen and formalize our commitment to water literacy by creating a program that will educate future generations on the value of water and the water cycle.  Read more


DontflushI Don't Flush Campaign Launch


The Clean Water Foundation (CWF) and OCWA, in conjunction with York Region and the Region of Peel are in the midst of planning for an upcoming public awareness campaign based on the already established A Prescription for Clean Water program, that encourages Ontarians to return unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals back to the pharmacies where they can be properly disposed of. This summer OCWA and CWF will be launching the I Don't Flush Campaign,consisting of a series of public service announcements featuring notable Canadians and a supporting microsite.

On June 7, OCWA and CWF will be at the Windfall Festival in Newmarket to announce the launch of the I Don't Flush Campaign. The announcement will feature a guest appearance by TVO's The Water Brothers (pictured left) as well as a chance for event goers to have their photos snapped with the duo while taking the I Don't Flush pledge. Look out for the public service announcements to start airing in the fall.



The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) was proud to be the title sponsor for SCInnovation, which took place on


OCWA's Brad Hoover explains the water cycle to students at SCInnovation on May 2 in Stratford.

Friday, May 2 at the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus.


SCInnovation engages high school youth in an innovative process where they work with local innovators and mentors from across a wide range of various industries to devise solutions to the world's pressing environmental problems and then pitch their ideas to a diverse group of innovation experts.


The goal of SCInnovation is for youth to experience the innovation process firsthand, to see themselves as innovators and to determine how keeping a hand in science will open doors for them in the future.


This year, the theme of SCInnovation is OneWater. OneWater emphasizes the interconnections of the Earth's water systems. Access to and use of water is fundamental to all sectors of the economy. The actions of one industry affect other industries and the communities that depend upon them. Engaging youth now prepares them to meet these current and future challenges. Read more

BlueWBlueW Program Successfully Launches!


 This past month, OCWA and our client, the Union Water Supply System (UWSS), worked with the staff at BlueW to successfully launch the program in the communities of Kingsville, Leamington and Essex. BlueW is a not-for-profit network of shops, restaurants and businesses willing to let visitors refill a reusable bottle with refreshing tap water, without pressure to make additional purchases. Participating locations are found by using BlueW's website, mobile website or iPhone application, and participating stores display a BlueW sticker in their window.

The program was extremely well received by businesses in the three UWSS communities, with over 60 locations now displaying the BlueW logo, and more still coming on board.

We look forward to working with more of our client communities to implement this great initiative! http://www.bluew.org/

marathonMississauga Marathon


Approximately 25 employees and friends participated in the Mississauga Marathon 5km, 10km, half and full marathon this month. With the generous donations of our sponsors, we raised over $7,500 for GlobalMedic. Great job everyone and thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help out at the 30km water station!

ocwapeopleOCWA People - Paul Shular


This month we'd like to recognize Paul Shular of the West Highlands Hub who recently received the Harvey Gunnis Award for the most dedicated firefighter in Bruce County. Paul and his family live in the town of Southampton and he has continuously served his community for the past 18 years. Throughout those years, he has been committed to the area's fire department through his dedication to training programs, fire prevention initiatives and emergency response. Paul also plays a role in mentoring fellow firefighters and helps to instruct the Junior Firefighters Program. From everyone at OCWA, congratulations on this great achievement, Paul!


If you would like to learn more about OCWA's Social Responsibility programs, please contact
Amy Lane - Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist: alane@ocwa.com

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