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can cost less than unique and one-off parts,
due to economies of scale. "Bidders are
more likely to give you a better price, since
they have a larger pool of products to draw
upon when you are specifying OPS parts,"
said Thompson. "Using the OPS can be a
money-saver for your municipality."
Risk Reduction and Lower Liability:
OPS specifications are designed to meet
government regulations and conform to
safety standards. This means they are less
risky to use, and provide a lower exposure to legal liability, than non-OPS parts

and procedures chosen by an individual
municipality.
Sharing of Knowledge: A major benefit
of using the OPS is that the standards are
based on shared knowledge and experience. This means that the lessons learned
by large municipalities are embedded
within the OPS. This allows the smallest
of towns to benefit from this experience
without having to pay for it themselves.
"There are a lot of municipalities that
don't have the resources to develop their
own set of standards; let alone ensure that

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they are fully-compliant in all respects,"
noted Harms. "By default, they should go
with the Ontario Provincial Standards."
Time Not Wasted: When a municipality
relies on the OPS, it doesn't have to spend
time and effort developing its own standards. "This allows you to concentrate on
other aspects of the project that are truly
unique to your area," said Houghton.
Room to Customize: Using the OPS
does not restrict a municipality from adding details specific to their own needs to
an RfP. It just saves time spent specifying
standards that are in themselves generic.
For instance, "manhole covers in general
are pretty common in their size and diameter," said Harms. "But adding your city's logo
to them, which we do in Thunder Bay, is a
unique specification. Using the OPS when
tendering manhole covers doesn't prevent
us from adding this custom detail to the RFP."

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"Standards make sense in everything
from construction to medicines," said John
Thompson. "We think they're also appropriate in municipal engineering applications; including water and wastewater
management."
In a nutshell, this is why using the OPS
makes sense for Ontario municipalities. It
certainly makes no sense for any government to waste time and money pioneering its own standards, when the work
may have already been done by the OPS'
many committees.
Certainly it never hurts to check.
Finding out is just a matter of surfing to
www.ops.on.ca to learn more, and become
a member.
As for the historical rationalization that
"we've always done things this way in our
town, so why change?" In a world where
infrastructure failures can devour scarce
tax dollars and attract costly lawsuits, this
is the kind of justification no municipality
can afford.
If nothing else, the OPS provides a
risk-reducing approach to infrastructure
construction that provides its adherents
with a degree of liability protection. That's
no small matter in today's litiginous society.
The bottom line: Following and participating in the OPS is an extremely wise
move for Ontario municipal governments.
To paraphrase an old saying, any other
course of action doesn't hold water.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018

The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
Ontario Provincial Standards are Made for Life in Ontario
QA/QC for the Operational Lab & Online Equipment
The Perils of Misreading and Misusing Standards
Control & Prevention of Disinfection By-product Formation
The Great Lakes Water Festival
Committee Reports
Certification Corner
OWWEA Member Listing
Index to Advertisers
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - Intro
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - cover1
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - cover2
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - 3
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - The OWWA Report
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - The OMWA Report
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - The OWWEA Report
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - Ontario Provincial Standards are Made for Life in Ontario
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - 10
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - 11
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - QA/QC for the Operational Lab & Online Equipment
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - 13
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - 14
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - The Perils of Misreading and Misusing Standards
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - Control & Prevention of Disinfection By-product Formation
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - The Great Lakes Water Festival
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - Committee Reports
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Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - Certification Corner
Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2018 - OWWEA Member Listing
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