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OMWA PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Pros and Cons of
"Cross Connections"
ross connections in our water systems generally raise concern for those in the
industry. However, we can look at cross connections in two ways:
1) The potential to create real havoc for our water systems, or
2) Involving others of like interest and purpose, which can lead to cooperation
and partnerships.
Cooperation is what made this year's water conference and trade show another great
success. Working with the OWWA and OWWEA allows us to pool resources and access our
collective networks to build a valuable event for everyone. Together we are stronger and
reach further. We are proud of what we have accomplished together.
Cross connecting and cooperation is essential in the water sector, because water affects
everyone and everything. Water is the business, the interest and the responsibility of a wide
range of companies, agencies, organizations, municipal departments, lawyers and lawmakers,
educators, scientists, environmentalists, conservationists, technologists, facility operators,
manufacturers and more. Every one of them has something to contribute. Every one of us
is connected to each other through water and how we respect, protect and safeguard this
precious resource.
At our recent 2017 annual joint conference, I had the opportunity to engage in a neighbourly
(cross connection) chat with AWWA sector representative Aurel Arndt. It seemed fitting to
reflect on what a wonderful resource Canada and U.S. share as neighbours, and our responsibility to protect and care for this precious eco system, Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes.
By cooperating, we can accomplish greater things than any one of us can on our own.
Safe, reliable, sustainable drinking water is our collective accomplishment: The result of
hundreds of people and organizations working together toward a common goal. Cooperation
makes it happen.
In the words of Roberto Clemente, "If you have an opportunity to accomplish something
that will make things better for someone coming behind you, and you don't do that, you
are wasting your time on this earth."
To cooperate, we need to communicate, to share our successes and our failures. Our
individual goals cannot be met without each of us knowing the others. That comes through
communication and is one reason the board of OMWA opened its membership to nonmunicipal members: so we could hear their side, and so we could share our side with them.
We want them to be part of the conversation.
It's also the reason OMWA launched (Water)3, our new online platform to share those
stories, to provide ideas, opinions, advice and interaction about water and everything around
it from many voices in the water sector.
Communication, connection and cooperation are the reasons we launched our newswire:
to share stories, events and issues with others in the water sector.
As the incoming president of OMWA, I value cooperation very highly. I look forward to
working cooperatively with not only our members, but also our sister organizations and
agencies. Water is everyone's responsibility.
The Ontario Municipal Water Association continues to strive to be The Voice of Ontario's Public Water
Authorities, representing municipalities and municipally-owned water systems across Ontario. On behalf of
our municipal members, we look to develop and implement long-term drinking water, wastewater and storm
water policies and programs for the benefit of the greater public, strive to ensure sustainable water-related
utilities in Ontario, and address our most-pressing issues that we face in the water resource sector.
10 | O N T A R I O P I P E L I N E | SUMMER 2017

ROSEMARY
KELLEHER-MACLENNAN
PRESIDENT, OMWA
MUNICIPALITY OF TRENT HILLS

SAFE, RELIABLE,
SUSTAINABLE
DRINKING WATER
IS OUR COLLECTIVE
ACCOMPLISHMENT:
THE RESULT OF
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
AND ORGANIZATIONS
WORKING TOGETHER
TOWARD A
COMMON GOAL.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017

From the Publications Chair
OWWA President’s Message
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Niagara Falls Success!
Conference Sponsors
2017 Fuller Award
2017 OWWA Awards
Silver Water Drop
Water Efficiency Awards
OMWA Awards
OMWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2017
Committee Reports
Harmful Algae Blooms: Management of Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water Treatment
OWWEA Member Listing
OWWEA Member News
Index of Advertisers | Ad.com
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Intro
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - bellyband1
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - bellyband2
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - cover1
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - cover2
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 3
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 4
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 5
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 6
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - From the Publications Chair
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 8
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWA President’s Message
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - The OMWA Report
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - The OWWEA Report
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 12
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - From Our AWWA Director
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Niagara Falls Success!
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 15
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 16
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Conference Sponsors
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 2017 Fuller Award
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 2017 OWWA Awards
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 20
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 21
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Silver Water Drop
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Water Efficiency Awards
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OMWA Awards
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 25
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OMWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2017
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Committee Reports
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 28
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 29
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Harmful Algae Blooms: Management of Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water Treatment
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 31
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 32
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWEA Member Listing
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 34
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 35
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 36
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWEA Member News
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers | Ad.com
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