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Balancing Act

How public-private partnerships may help repair Canada's water and wastewater systems given the financial dilemma faced by municipalities. via Water Canada

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Government of Canada to Invest in Mapping System for First-Ever Global Surface Water Survey

The federal government-through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)-will invest in Canadian innovation that will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of surface water. Kevin Sorenson, minister of state (finance), and MP Michael Chong made the announcement on Aug. 18 on behalf of James Moore, minister of industry. via Water Canada

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Upcoming Events

Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference

Sep 30-Oct 2

Thunder Bay, ON

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Western Ontario Waterworks Conference

October 7 & 8

London, ON

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2014 OWWA/WEAO Climate Change Seminar: Climate Change Adaptation

October 22

Vaughan, ON

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Northwestern Ontario Water & Wastewater Conference

October 23 & 24, 2014

Thunder Bay, ON

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Eastern Ontario Waterworks Conference

October 28 & 29

Kingston, ON

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Waterline September 2014

FlushI Don't Flush!


OCWA Creates Public Service Campaign to Encourage Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals


Scott Yaphe and Jessica Holmes on set while filming the I Don't Flush PSA

While the folks here at OCWA deal with flushables on a daily basis, we also know there are certain things that just shouldn't go down our drains!  Earlier this spring, OCWA - along with our partner the Clean Water Foundation - launched a campaign to encourage the public to return their unused/unwanted medications back to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or drain, or throwing them in the garbage.  The I Don't Flush campaign is an extension of our existing program, Prescription for Clean Water, and consists of a website, Facebook page, Twitter hashtag and a public service announcement (PSA) featuring prominent Ontarians.  The PSA will be made public over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for details!


The website (www.idontflush.ca) also contains information about other non-flushables, like wipes, household hazardous waste and fats/oils/grease. A very special thank you to our campaign supporters: The Region of Peel, York Region and the Health Product Stewardship Association.


Norm Sousa on set while filming the

I Don't Flush PSA


Paul Jones on set while filming the

I Don't Flush PSA



wwtechWorld Water Tech North America




MaRS Centre- Toronto, November 12-14, 2014

Book today and quote OWCA2014 to receive a 20% discount: www.watertechtoronto.rethinkevents.com


The second annual World Water-Tech North America Summit, the fifth event in the World Water-Tech series, gathers the key stakeholders from every part of the water value chain. Hosted by Rethink Events and WaterTAP Ontario, the event provides a dynamic meeting place for the growing international water-tech community.


World Water-Tech North America will feature utility and industrial leaders from around the world, sharing their experiences of developing and commercializing new water technologies and the impact that these technologies have had on their business and bottom line.


As valued OCWA contacts, we are offering multiple discounts on registration fees:

  • Delegates from the industry will save $359 (20%) on registration fees by using code OCWA2014
  • Delegates from non-profit organizations will save $895 on registration fees by using code NGO50
  • Delegates from government organizations will save $895 on registration fees by using code GOV50 

To register visit www.watertechtoronto.rethinkevents.com and quote OWCA2014 to receive a 20% discount. Contact Alessia Giubergia at alessia.giubergia@rethinkevents.com or call +44 (0) 1273 669914 for further information.


aroundtownOCWA Around Town


This month, OCWA will be attending and exhibiting at several conferences and events throughout the province. Come check out the OCWA booth and let's talk water! Check out our Industry Events section for a full list of conferences and events. 

  • Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference (September 30-October 2) 
  • Northwestern Ontario Water & Wastewater Conference (October 23 & 24)
  • Eastern Ontario Waterworks Conference (October 28 & 29)
  • Western Ontario Waterworks Conference (October 7 & 8)

inthecommunityOCWA in the Community


OCWA's Sustainability Through Social Responsibility 2013 report is available for download on our website!  Please click here to see a recap of some of our major accomplishments throughout 2013.



2014 South Peel Gary Booth Memorial Golf Tournament 


The 2014 South Peel Gary Booth Memorial Golf Tournament - held September 9 at BraeBen G&CC - was a tremendous success again this year! OCWA is pleased to announce the Trillium Health Centre Cardiac Unit as the recipient of over $16,000 raised at this year's tournament.


The eight-year total, raised through the tournament and matching funds, has now reached almost $130,000.


Many thanks to all participants, volunteers and sponsors of the annual event! Special thanks to Alfonso Marsiglia, Sumit Panesar, Amanda Lietz and Lynne Charles who worked tirelessly to make the event a huge success!


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