Ontario Pipeline - Winter 2015 - (Page 7)
OWWA PRESIDENT'S REPORT
Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.
ithin the first week of taking the role of managing the two plants
that provide water to the City of london and a number of other
area municipalities, i got "the call." a large pool of water was forming in front of the lake Huron plant, the result of a transmission
main break, literally at our doorstep. the ninety minute drive to the plant gave
me time to contemplate what horror i would face on arrival. it was all that and
more. Water had risen up to the first floor level, coming in the front door, and it
had easily found its way into the lower level, flooding electrical, control and communications equipment.
But what i did not find was panic. the operators had calmly followed emergency
procedures. Step by step, operations and water supply were returned to normal.
the next week on another transmission main, and occasionally punctuating my
tenure, similar scenarios played out. i already respected the role of operators, but
this demonstration of grace under fire caused that respect to grow, made me reflect
on the incredible responsibility that they have and their need to make critical decisions that can impact public safety on a daily basis. in particular, i thought about
that lone lake Huron plant operator at the control panel in the early morning hours,
overseeing the water supply to hundreds of thousands, realizing what was unfolding
and taking the right actions. in a related matter, i continue to advocate for the wider
implementation of lone operator or "man-down" systems to automatically alarm of
an operator in distress, without their need to activate.
Having been a consultant, then in operations, now in a municipality, i have come
to appreciate from several perspectives the need to have operators involved not only
in their daily hands-on role, but at every step of water supply. operators don't just
understand the plant, they know the plant. it is critical that operators are involved
with the design and construction process. this was clear as a consultant, as it was
evident that design and subsequent operations of a completed project were improved
with the knowledge that operators brought to the process.
We need to engage operators in a meaningful way, emphasize their role in the
bigger picture and learn from their experience. our annual conference and seminars
are good opportunities to do this. i look forward to their ongoing and increased
participation and their feedback on how we can better meet their needs.
From the OWWa Board: we are actively updating our human resources policies and standard operating procedures. Planning for the 2016 Conference and
tradeshow continues, and your early registration is encouraged. With our oMWa
partner, we continue to engage the MoeCC in several critical initiatives, including
their working group on the role of the overall responsible operator. after our
Committee orientation in September, a funding model for seminars has been
rolled out through the efforts of the Sustainability Committee to assist in planning
for those events.
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BUT AT EvERY STEP
OF WATER SUPPLY.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Winter 2015
From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Dual Water/Wastewater Plants: Challenges & Benefits
A Review of Urban Stormwater Runoff Impacts and Controls Regarding Drinking Water
Is Municipal Water Reuse in Ontario Feasible?
Managing Drinking Water Quality in Ontario: A Proactive and Preventative Approach
Staying Current on Water Issues
Book Review: Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
OWWEA Member News
Index to Advertisers
Ontario Pipeline - Winter 2015