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OWWA PRESIDENT’S REPORT Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect I t has been a year of change at the Ontario Water Works Association. Mark Carr, our new Executive Director, is now well-established and is generating ideas for bringing more value to our membership and particularly our volunteers. Our office moved seamlessly to our new space, which provides better functionality for committee meetings. Our staff has also changed, with the departure of Communications Director Glenn Powell and Membership & Marketing Manager Lesia Kostecki taking maternity leave. Laura Libralesso and Vera Lima continue to be your key contacts, providing the highest level of service to you, our members. Our joint annual conference in Ottawa was a resounding success, with more technical sessions, more networking, and our inaugural Town Hall forum on the hot topic of fracking. If you were not able to attend, I hope you were able to catch up on all the news in the summer issue of Ontario Pipeline. For the next year, I plan to focus on what I call the 3 Cs – communicate, collaborate, and connect. COMMUNICATE An organization is only as strong as its ability to communicate with its members. Last year, OWWA redesigned our website, which now looks and functions better and allows committee members to manage their own pages. Ontario Pipeline has  had a facelift and both it and our annual Membership Directory are now available online. Communicating with the Ministry of the Environment continues to be, a priority. OWWA and the OMWA have met regularly with senior drinking water branch staff for several years, exchanging information and raising potential issues or concerns. In late May, we met Sue Lo, the new Chief Drinking Water Inspector, and we recently had meetings with Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment, and Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure. COLLABORATE Opportunities to collaborate with other organizations make us stronger. The conference is a great example – with our partners the OMWA and the OWWEA, we are able to bring our members a fuller conference experience. We also collaborate with other technical organizations – our joint committees on climate change and asset management with the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) are great examples. We’ll be exploring other opportunities over the next year. There are many organizations around us in Ontario whose mandates overlap with ours, so we need to take advantage of these synergies. In addition to WEAO, possible connections are the Ontario Public Works Association and the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario. CONNECT We are all water professionals and we love what we do. But our employers and organizations like OWWA face a looming retirement crisis over the next decade as the baby boomers leave our industry. Over the past year, working with OMWA and other partners, we have been proactive, launching the “Get Wet” online video contest, which encouraged Ontario high school students to imagine their lives without water, and create a three-minute video EMMA MURPHY CH2M HILL OWWA President EVERYTHING FLOWS, NOTHING STANDS STILL. – GREEK PHILOSOPHER HERACLITUS clip. We had great response and awarded prizes, and are committed to enhancing this program. I plan to engage with our Young Professionals to explore ways to raise the profile of our organization and encourage young people to consider a career in water. It’s critical that our younger members participate in our committees to build our future leaders. I am honoured to serve as your President for the next year, and the door is always open should you have any questions, comments, thoughts or ideas. Emma.Murphy@CH2M.com O N T A R I O P I P E L I N E | FALL 2013 | 7

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
Committee Reports
Alliance for Water Effi ciency Helps Municipalities Develop Effective Water Conservation Programs
Don’t Flush … Your Drugs! Keep Our Source Waters Clean
Water Bytes
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

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