Walkerton centre provides training for municipal officials in Ontario
December 21, 2018 By Ground Water Canada
Walkerton, Ont. – The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is delivering the course, Responsibilities Under the Statutory Standard of Care – Safe Drinking Water Act, to municipal officials, mayors and councillors with oversight responsibility for drinking water treatment and/or distribution systems.
The course is designed to inform municipal officials of their oversight responsibilities under Section 19 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Centre said in a news release. Severe penalties are possible for municipal officials who fail to act in good faith and do not exercise honesty, competence and integrity to ensure the protection and safety of the users of municipal drinking water systems.
The three-hour course provides basic information about drinking water systems, the multi-barrier approach to drinking water treatment and some of the risks associated with drinking water treatment and distribution. The course includes several case studies that examine waterborne illness and how these disasters could have been prevented. Participants will also learn about additional specialized training that is available.
This course is particularly important commencing in December as a provincewide slate of new elected officials takes office, the release said.
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