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Updated Guide for Municipal Councils on Understanding Responsibilities
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released an updated version of "Taking Care of Your Drinking Water": A Guide for Members of Municipal Councils. This guide helps municipal councillors understand their responsibilities under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and provides them with information on how Ontario's drinking water is protected. More


Majority of Canadians Confident in Quality of Drinking Water
According to RBC's 2015 Canadian Water Attitudes Study, Canadians rank drinking water as the second most important destination for their tax dollars, behind only hospitals. The annual study shows Canadians attitude toward water. Full Report


Environment Canada to study dangers of plastic microbeads found in personal hygiene products
Environment Canada is studying the dangers posed to wildlife and the environment by the plastic microbeads found in shower gels, toothpaste and facial scrubs. More


Ontario Joins Other Jurisdictions to Introduce Cap and Trade System
In an effort to fight climate change, Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system. The "cap" sets a maximum limit on the amount of greenhouse gas pollution industry can produce, while the "trade" creates a market for pollution credits where industries that do not use all their credits can sell or trade with those that are over the limit. More



Upcoming Events

Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM)

May 6-8

Sudbury, ON

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OMMA Spring Workshop

May 20-22


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American Water Works Association

June 7-10

Anaheim, CA

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OCWA Hands-On Wastewater Training Ontario (HOWWTO)

June 16-17

Wasaga Beach, ON

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Canadian Water Summit

June 25, 2015

Vancouver BC

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Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

Aug. 16-19, 2015

Niagara Falls, ON

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Waterline Spring 2015


We Protect what you Can't See: Customized Conveyance Solutions from OCWA's Team of Experts
The effective maintenance and operability of assets used to deliver drinking water is critical to ensure that safe, clean water reaches Ontario communities. This means regular assessment, cleaning and maintenance of above and below ground infrastructure and equipment is required to avoid costly and sometimes catastrophic failures.


As a Total Solutions Provider, OCWA delivers services that assist clients in every phase of the water infrastructure life cycle. Aging underground infrastructure leaves communities at risk of failures that can lead to interruptions in service and significant unplanned expenditures.


Our Conveyance Services Group (CSG) can partner with your staff to inspect, maintain, re-instate or commission your linear assets. Let's make sure that safe, clean water continues to reach all residents in your community.


Click here for detailed information about OCWA's conveyance services.




OCWA's Hands-On Wastewater Training Ontario - June 16-17, 2015
Registration now open for operators of all levels!

Facilitated by industry experts, OCWA presents Hands-On Wastewater Training Ontario (HOWW TO), a two-day course resulting in 12 hours of practical training for operators of all levels.  In its second year, the course will take place at the Wasaga Beach wastewater plant and feature 11 training modules for attendees to choose from.

In a 2014 post-event survey, participants unanimously agreed they gained valuable skills and would recommend the event to others in the industry! Don't miss this unique learning opportunity - space is limited!

Click here to learn more and to access the HOWW TO registration form.


greatlakesMinistry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) introduces legislation for protection of Great Lakes
The MOECC is proposing legislation that will help fight climate change and help protect and restore the water quality, hydrogeologic functions and ecological health of the Great Lakes. Severe weather occurrences due to climate change, algae blooms, invasive species like zebra mussels and shoreline erosion are all challenges for the Great Lakes. OCWA partners with innovative Ontario companies and academic institutions that are building tools and researching ways to increase efficiencies while limiting environmental impact on the Great Lakes. We look forward to continuing our work in helping to protect the Great Lakes and will keep our clients and industry partners updated regarding any future implications for municipalities resulting from the Act.  MORE

awardsCongratulations are in Order...
Kirkland Lake Project Team Wins OPWA Award
Representatives from OCWA and the Town of Kirkland Lake accept their OPWA Award along with Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Maple Reinders Contructors Ltd:  OCWA Project Engineer Asim Masaud (far left), OCWA Senior Operations Manager Eric Nielson (4th from left), Town of Kirkland Lake's Director of Physical Services Mark Williams (holding award), OCWA Operations Manager Brian Jibb (3rd from right), and OCWA Engineer James Su (far right)

Congratulations to the Town of Kirkland Lake, Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd., who along with the team at OCWA, were recipients on January 29 of an Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Award! This honour was awarded in the Disaster / Emergency Construction / Repair, $10 Million to $50 Million category for the construction of the new Kirkland Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Ottawa Valley Hub Honoured with PEM Maintenance Award
OCWA's Ottawa Valley Hub is the recipient of a PEM Maintenance Award for Best Maintenance, Small Plant/Facility! The award given out by Plant Engineering & Maintenance Magazine, recognized the OCWA team in Ottawa Valley for their dedication to client service and their creative and innovative approach to maintaining both an older and newer system on behalf of our clients. Congratulations to Senior Operations Manager Andy Trader and his team.  Click here for more info and to see video 


Festival Hydro Presents Stratford with Recognition Award for Energy Savings
Accepting the Award (left to right): Festival Hydro CEO Ysni Semsedini; MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson; OCWA Engineer Wayne Simpson; OCWA Sr. Operations Manager Marcel Misuraca; City of Stratford Manager George DeGroot;  OCWA Business Development Manager Jackie Muller; OCWA Instrumentation Specialist David Lee; OCWA Energy Efficiency Engineer Indra Maharjan and MPP for Perth-Wellington Randy Pettapiece


The City of Stratford, was presented with a Festival Hydro special recognition award for achieving the highest demand and energy consumption savings amongst sites participating in the Process & Systems saveONenergy program. Representatives from OCWA and Stratford were on hand to receive this award. Congratulations! 


JetsOCWA Jets Take First Place Overall at WEAO Operations Challenge!

The OCWA Jets Take 1st Place at WEAO 2015 - from left: Tom Nicol, Jason Mank, Al Robdrup; Bev Mollard (VP Operations), Marcel Misuraca, Richard Junkin (team coach)


 OCWA Employees in the Spotlight


OCWA's Bev Mollard Accepts the Water Environment Federation's 2015 Hatfield Award Nick Reid Joins OWWA's Board of Directors

Bev Mollard, OCWA's Vice President of Operations, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Hatfield Award by the Water Environment Federation. Bev received her award, presented for outstanding performance and professionalism, at WEAO's 44th Annual Technical Symposium Awards Luncheon in Toronto on Monday, April 20, 2015. Please join all of OCWA in congratulating Bev on this honour.


OCWA's Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Nick Reid, was recently approved as one of two new Directors for the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) for the 2015-2018 term. Nick has been active in the OWWA over the years, both as volunteer Publications Chair for the quarterly Pipeline Magazine and as part of the Climate Change Committee. Congratulations on this new chapter at OWWA!



OCWA Expands Operations Management Team

Nevin McKeown steps into new role as VP, Operations


As OCWA continually looks at ways in which to better serve the needs of our clients, we have recently enhanced our Executive Management team, adding a second Vice President of Operations. Nevin McKeown, OCWA's General Manager in Peel, was recently appointed Vice President of Operations. This appointment allows OCWA to continue to focus on what we do best - sharing best practices, providing total water and wastewater solutions to our clients and delivering value to the people of Ontario.


Nevin has had a 24-year successful career with OCWA, working in a series of progressively more responsible positions and most recently as OCWA's General Manager in Peel. We wish Nevin all the best in this new role and know his considerable operational experience and relationship building skills will serve our clients well into the future.



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Ontarians Saying I Don't Flush!

Results are in and campaign a success

Journalist Pat Foran Features the I Don't Flush Campaign During the Consumer Alert CTV News Segment

Urging consumers to take a closer look at their water use habits, the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and the Clean Water Foundation (CWF) - in conjunction with York Region, the Region of Peel and the Health Product Stewardship Association - launched the I Don't Flush public awareness campaign October 14. With a mix of social media, print, television and radio coverage, the public service announcement (PSA) was played over 2000 times across twenty television networks and six radio stations across Canada, leading to a potential media outreach of over 26 million! More importantly, according to the Health Product Stewardship Association, pharmaceutical take-back to pharmacies across several regions in Ontario increased by approximately 10% during the length of the campaign, proving that Ontarians are taking the "I Don't Flush" pledge! Word is spreading, with the www.idontflush.ca website being named April site of the month by the Great Lakes Information Network! Be sure to visit www.idontflush.ca for more information and visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgD7obhbbFc to watch our PSA.


OCWA Provides Clean Potable Water to Local Ski Hill


Congratulations to OCWA staff in the Haileybury area who not only raised funds to purchase a UV system for a local ski hill, but then had their team of operators install the system as well. The nearby TriTown Ski Village was finally able to have clean potable water thanks to their efforts!





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