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2012 Award Winner:
The NIAGARA REGION
The Water Wagon: H2O on the Go
he Niagara Regions’s Water Wagon was recognized with Community Outreach
and Involvement Award – Large Communities, for the CWWA 2012 Utility
Excellence Awards. The Water Wagon serves as a functional and innovative tool
in educating residents, and increases awareness and appreciation for high-
quality drinking water. It is the region’s hope that through promotion and proper education,
other municipalities will consider adapting the Water Wagon to ﬁt their own needs.
The Niagara Region’s Water Wagon has been
attending local area not-for-proﬁt and charitable events since 2009. After receiving countless
inquiries for a non-bottled water option, the
Region decided to create a transportable water
station for event use, turning this idea into a
Niagara Region’s Water Wagon is a 2,400 litre
portable water hauler that provides clean,
refreshing tap water on-the-go, free of charge.
Unlike comparable units, the Water Wagon does
not require direct hookup to a municipal water
supply, nor does it require any electricity (the
cooling system simply uses ice). Two 1,200 litre
totes are ﬁ lled at the water treatment plant
before travelling to an event, allowing the Water
Wagon to be placed anywhere. The Water Wagon
helps residents to continue to make environmentally responsible choices, even when away from
home. Wide-mouthed reﬁ llable, reusable water
bottles are encouraged at Water Wagon events
in order to reduce waste.
The Niagara Region has been attending
the Niagara Children’s Water Festival since it
began in 2002. Before the Water Wagon however, crates upon crates of plastic bottled water
were shipped in for the week-long program. It
seemed ironic to supply students with bottled
water while they learned about water treatment
and conservation, and so, in 2007 the “Water
Station” (now marketed as the Water Wagon)
In 2007, the Water Station was built in just
one holiday weekend. A tandem ﬂatdeck trailer
was purchased, as well as two 1,200 litre tanks.
Proper ventilation and piping was installed,
and pulled simply by a pickup truck the Water
Station was put to use at various regional events.
The Water Station saw internal success
throughout 2007, and in 2008 it went through
its ﬁrst upgrade. A cooling chamber was added
by means of an ice chest.
In 2009, the Region decided to market the
increasingly popular Water Station to the public,
re-naming it the “Water Wagon.” Proper signage
was added, booking guidelines were established,
and standard operating procedures were developed to ensure compliance during use of the
Water Wagon and the delivery of safe drinking water at all events. These include standards
regarding Personal Protective Equipment, bookings and approval processes, stafﬁng, delivery,
set-up and tear-down, drinking containers,
waste collection, promotions, and also a procedure speciﬁcally created for disinfecting the
Water Wagon spigots.
Since its inception, the popularity of the
Water Wagon has continued to grow with each
passing season. In the 2012 season, it attended
By Kelsey Ewart,
Information and Public Outreach
Coordinator at Niagara Region
29 events, many of which spanned multiple days.
The Water Wagon is already booked for half of
its expected events for 2013 and has received
requests as far ahead as 2014. Those who book
the Water Wagon usually become “serial-bookers,” requesting it year after year. Typically, a
season runs from mid-April to mid-October.
When a Water Wagon request is received, a
booking request package is sent to the requester.
This package includes a request form, a set of
booking guidelines and photos with dimensions. Once this is returned, the event is either
approved or denied based on type of event (must
be not-for-proﬁt), expected attendance and site
logistics (requires a total area of 12’ x 20’).
Event organizers are under increasing public
pressure to reduce their environmental impact.
SPRING | PRINTEMPS 2013 |
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Municipal Water News & Review - Spring 2013
The Water Haller Notes from the Executive Director's Desk
Honouring Remarkable CWWA Members: CWWA Utility Excellence Awards
Halifax Water - Dunbrack Street Transmission Main Slipling Project
The Niagara Region - The Water Wagon: H2O on the Go
Metro Vancouver - Community Outreach for the South Surrey Interceptor (SSI) - Trites Road Section
Region of PEEL - Fusion Landscaping Program
City of Hamilton - H2O PuppetShows
Index to Advertisers
Canadian Municipal Water News & Review - Spring 2013