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Small systems the focus of two training events


November 1, 2012
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Nov. 1, 2012, Walkerton, Ont. – The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC)
hosted a practical training course and small systems seminar on Oct. 24 and 25 in partnership with the
Ontario Water Works Association.

Nov. 1, 2012, Walkerton, Ont. – The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) hosted a small systems seminar on Oct. 25 in partnership with the Ontario Water Works Association.

Various owners, operators and ministry officials attended and speakers attended, from as far as British Columbia and Australia. Topics covered logistical and strategic solutions for remote communities, appropriate technologies, Ontario regulations, challenges of treatment using cartridge filtration, water quality challenges and water-borne disease outbreaks in Canada.

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“There are certainly parallels between the small systems of South Australia and Ontario," said Damian Mortimer of the South Australia Water Corporation. "A key solution we discovered was to better small systems by developing a holistic, rolling strategy to allow room for improvements and review. It is extremely important to constantly assess, maintain and monitor programs. Developing high quality infrastructure and keeping costs low are consistent challenges we face."

One common theme identified was the need to develop stronger systems in classification, surveillance and national standardization. With stronger systems in these areas, requirements and risks could be more easily understood and communicated. Speakers also identified a need for improved infrastructure, reporting and funding. Specially trained water operators in all forms of small systems are still in high demand.

Overall the seminar provided a clear reminder that regulators, owners, operators and trainers must work together to reduce the risk of susceptible small systems in Ontario.

On Oct. 24, there were two deliveries of a practical training course for small drinking water system owners and operators course, delivered by WCWC instructors Venkat Ramani and Joel Corbeil. More than 30 participants attended and indicated that this course helped identify important differences between O. Reg.170/03 and O. Reg.319/08. An overview of commonly used disinfection and treatment equipment was provided, as well as basic maintenance procedures. A valuable hands-on component allowed participants to conduct tests for chlorine residual and turbidity in drinking water. The course is delivered in various locations province-wide. To view and register for training please visit wcwc.ca/registration. Schedule training in your area by contacting: 866-515-0550 or training@wcwc.ca