Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015 - (Page 18)

FEATURE | ONTARIO Let's Dr nk TO THAT! ONTARIO IS A LEADER IN DRINkINg-WATER PROTECTION BY SARAH B. HOOD, Special to Ontario Pipeline "WE'RE CREATINg jObS AND bUSINESS AND ExPORTINg OUR TECHNOLOgIES AROUND THE WORLD." 18 | O N T A R I O P i P E L i n E | SPRING 2015 O ntario residents can be very proud of the many ways their province safeguards its drinking water. "They really are approaching it from various angles," remarks Robert Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. "A lot of the provinces are doing some of these different elements, but none of the others is doing all of them, and there are a few things that only Ontario is doing." O nt ario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change monitors progress in many areas: source water protection, drinking water systems, water testing, training and certification. The Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water 2014, released last December by Minister Glen Murray, celebrates some of the more recent achievements across the board. For instance, it notes that, as of March 31, 2013, there were 6,340 certified drinking water operators in Ontario; more than 530,000 municipal residential drinking water system tests were analysed last year, and 99.88% of the results met provincial standards. Walkerton Then and now The lessons of the Walkerton Tragedy of 2000 have certainly not been squandered in Ontario; indeed, they gave rise to key improvements, like the creation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the establishment of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC), founded in 2004 to carry out research and to train drinking water owners, operators, operating authorities and students. "I don't think there is anything like the WCWC [in another province]: a provincially owned and funded water training institution where they also do research," says Nick Reid, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the Ontario Clean Water Agency. "Walkerton is really unique. Every province has a number of training options; some government led, some association led and some private enterprise," Reid says. "But as far as the research they're doing, it's not matched by other training providers." WCWC's training program reaches owners and operators across the province.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015

From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow
Acclamation of 2015–2018 OWWA Directors
Let’s Drink to That!
New Possibilities with Municipal Water Data
The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment at the University of Waterloo
Making a Mark
AWWAO Certification Week
Novel Use of Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide in Drinking Water
Water for People India Impact Tour
Committee Reports
Certification Corner
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
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Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015