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FROM THE PUBLICATIONS CHAIR

A Diverse Membership
hat an exciting time to be involved with the authoritative voice
on safe water (OWWA, of course)! A century into our existence,
and we find ourselves with ever-increasing numbers of young
professionals and new members. In fact, recent data shows that
the Ontario section has a younger and more diverse membership than our AWWA
counterparts. Needless to say, this diversity was quite visible at our annual conference with over 50 students in attendance and strong YP participation in our
conference events.
Our changing demographics have had a direct influence on the success of
recent OWWA events, including participation from 35 First Nations Operators at
our conference for the first time.
Our Conference Chair Marcus Firman, supported by OWWA staff Michele
Grenier and Samantha Buch, was instrumental in driving this milestone and in
getting all parties to participate to help educate all of us on what is happening
in our First Nations communities.
An overflowing room of more than 500 participants was shocked to learn about
the severity of drinking water advisories and restrictions, as well as the steps that
have been taken to lift and change these limitations. With all of us involved in
Ontario's water community being proud of what we have accomplished, I am
sure that we were all shocked to hear that in our own backyard there has been a
22-year drinking water ban, resulting in children who are now adults having never
consumed safe tap water in their lifetimes. Not only was this an eye opener, but
we also learned that Ontario was by far the worst culprit for water advisories in
First Nations communities in the country.
Now that we know, how do we as a water community help our brethren remedy
this situation, and how can we share our expertise and knowledge to change this?
One immediate way to help is to include our First Nations water professionals
going forward in everything we do.
Continuing in support of our diverse membership, another exciting initiative
that I have mentioned in previous messages is to provide our French-speaking
members with access to resources and training material in French. OWWA is
working to establish new relationships with the AWWA Quebec Section to enlist
their help in accessing and sharing information in French. In the long term, we are
planning on acquiring case studies, and soon you will start seeing information
on how to access information en français s'il vous plait!
Always remember that we are ONE water community inclusive of all people!

LINDA COOKE-WEAVER BAS
WOLSELEY CANADA INC., ONTARIO
SALES MANAGER
CHAIR, PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE
DIRECTOR, OPCEA
CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVE JOINT
MUNICIPAL REGIONAL WASTE
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE,
REGIONAL MUNCIPALITY OF HALTON

WITH AN
OVERFLOWING ROOM
OF MORE THAN 500
PARTICIPANTS, WE
WERE SHOCKED
TO LEARN ABOUT
THE SEVERITY OF
DRINKING WATER
ADVISORIES AND
RESTRICTIONS, AS
WELL AS THE STEPS
THAT HAVE BEEN
TAKEN TO LIFT AND
CHANGE THESE
LIMITATIONS.

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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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