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AWWA DIRECTOR’S REPORT
A Better World Through
ith the unanimous adoption of AWWA’s Strategic Plan at our June Board
Meeting in Denver, the AWWA will be your resource for a Total Water
Almost 60 per cent of our members are involved in both drinking water
and wastewater activities. But it doesn’t stop there. We can also provide the products,
services and professional networks for stormwater management, reclaimed water, water
conservation, water reuse and more.
Our roots — our history — is, and always will be, drinking water. We are now looking
at the entire “Water Cycle” from treatment, distribution, reuse, conservation and cleaning.
All of this directly or indirectly impacts drinking water. To date we currently have nearly
60 wastewater-related standards, 14 wastewater manuals of practice, along with another
60 standards and 12 manuals of practice that address water reuse. So, in effect, we have
already started what we have committed to now and in the future.
If you have any questions, need more information or see an opportunity to become
involved, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver this past June, I had the
opportunity to witness a number of OWWA members receive recognition for the work
they do and have done for the Association. Among them were Tory Hewlett and Xiaohui
Jin, both from the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Pat Lachmaniuk, past chair of
OWWA and VP of AWWA, T. Duncan Ellison, CWWA and our own OWWA staff
member Lesia Kostecki. It was a great feeling to be a part of the same organization
as these people and see them receive the recognition they all deserved.
Another highlight of the conference was the Opening General Session at which all
43 sections were assigned their own area to sit. All five Canadian sections sat together
and it was a sea of “red and white.” Oh, and one Quebec Nordiques Jersey, although they
did move and become the Colorado Avalanche.
For the second year in a row, I also participated in the Mentor Program. This is put
together by AWWA and pairs up first-time attendees with those of us that have some
semblance of how to navigate an event of this size. My mentee this year was Xiaohui Jin
from WCWC. I attended the session where he received his second place award for Academic
Achievement. To date, Xiaohui and I have continued to stay in touch. I was also encouraged
to see that my mentee from last year, Kelsey Ewart of Region of Niagara, was herself a volunteer mentor. Thank you, Kelsey, for taking the time to spend with a first-time attendee.
For those of us who have the opportunity to attend this conference, I encourage you
to look at participating in this program. The enthusiasm you see from your mentee and
the connections you will make are incredible.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2013
From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Using Social Media to Enhance Water Effi ciency, Public Education and Outreach
Engaging Residents through Social Media
WaterISAC – An Essential Part of Your Water or Wastewater Utility’s Security and Emergency Preparedness Toolbox
Alliance for Water Effi ciency Helps Municipalities Develop Effective Water Conservation Programs
Don’t Flush … Your Drugs! Keep Our Source Waters Clean
Water Testing in the Field – Guatemala
Demystifying Prefabricated Valve Chambers
Ask the Board
Certifi cation Corner
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
Index of Advertisers | Ad.com
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2013