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Toronto Appoints New Chief Resilience Officer

Posted on June 16, 2017
The City of Toronto has appointed Elliott Cappell as chief resilience officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses that are increasingly part of 21st century life. As CRO, Cappell reports to City Manager Peter Wallace and will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city. Toronto was selected from almost 1,000 cities that applied over the last several years to be part of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). "Toronto needs to be ready to meet unexpected challenges, such as the recent [...]

Port Perry, Ont., New Pollution Control Plant Commissioned

Posted on June 16, 2017
Yesterday, the Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department celebrated the official opening of the new Nonquon Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The new facility will provide for future growth in Port Perry, while utilizing the existing lagoons to store peak flows until they can be treated by the new plant. The new Nonquon WPCP has a rated annual average day flow of 5,900 cubic metres per day, compared to the previous lagoon-based treatment system which had a treatment capacity of 3,870 cubic metres per day. The new treatment facility had a total planning, design and construction cost of almost $30,000,000, and is designed [...]

BLOOM Announces Funding for Water Cleantech Pilot Project

Posted on June 14, 2017
BLOOM has announced grant funding to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The water cleantech pilot is focused on an innovative solids management technology. The demonstrations are unique collaborative projects involving both a cleantech solution provider as well as an end-use customer host who is representative of the broader target sector. In addition, each project includes other strategic partners to support the roll-out and market adoption of the low-carbon cleantech solution, following completion of the demonstration. Projects that will impact water management practices include: Trojan [...]

Windsor, Ont., Receives $9M for Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted on June 13, 2017
Both Ontario and the federal government are investing in the City of Windsor’s water infrastructure. Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, joined Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens to announce that 13 new projects in Windsor have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. "Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to providing access to clean, reliable drinking water and maintaining a healthy environment," said MP Young. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $6.1 million. The provincial government [...]

Nevin McKeown Appointed as President of the Ontario Clean Water Agency

Posted on June 9, 2017
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) has a new President, with Nevin McKeown assuming the role on a permanent basis starting June 6, 2017. Mr. McKeown has been with OCWA since its inception in 1993. He brings a wealth of operational expertise and experience to his new role, having held a number of progressively responsible positions with the Agency over the course of his career, including vice president, operations, prior to taking on the role of president following the retirement of former president Rob Andrews earlier in the year. Over the years, Mr. McKeown has led a number of significant initiatives, including the operational [...]

Ont. Increasing Groundwater Withdrawal Fee for Water Bottlers

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Province of Ontario has announced it will be charging water bottling companies an additional $500 for groundwater withdrawals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, water bottlers will pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken. The government has instituted the new fee in order to help recover costs associated with managing groundwater taken by water bottlers, including supporting scientific research on the environmental impacts as well as enhanced data analysis on groundwater taken for water bottling. “The fee of $503.71 is neither good or bad as we believe that these permits need to be phased out within 10 years,” said [...]

Sector Comments on Ont. Water Systems Energy, Climate Report

Posted on June 2, 2017
The report, Every Drop Counts, released this week by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, is exactly what’s needed to move the water and wastewater sectors forward, according to stakeholders. Indra Maharjan, program manager, Energy Conservation and Climate Change at Ontario Clean Water Agency said, “I strongly believe this report will play a huge role in bringing all stakeholders in this sector to work collaboratively in addressing the gaps and achieving the goal of energy neutrality in the water and wastewater sector, fostering innovation and sharing best practices across the industry.” One of the reports strongest [...]

York Region Seeks New Revenue Powers for Water Systems, Infra.

Posted on June 1, 2017
York Region is requesting that the Province of Ontario provide it the same revenue raising powers as the City of Toronto to help service future growth and provide for the upkeep of existing infrastructure, including water systems. “York Region’s revenue-raising powers are currently limited to property taxes, development charges, user fees, fines and penalties, and investment income,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “However, these will not be enough to fully pay for the cost of growth or to look after our assets in a financially sustainable way. Development charges, while an important source of funding, do [...]

Reducing the Energy and Climate Impact of Water Use

Posted on May 31, 2017
The office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) has served up a suite of recommendations to drive improvements in Ontario’s water usage, energy efficiency, and climate footprint in its latest report, Every Drop Counts. Water Canada has recapped the primary recommendations with commentary from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe. Energy reporting The report states that to improve reporting mechanisms for municipal drinking and waste water operators, the Green Energy Act of 2009 should be modified under regulation 397/11: Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans. The current system fails [...]

Municipal Water and Wastewater Key Energy Consumers

Posted on May 31, 2017
There is an enormous opportunity in the Province of Ontario, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through the municipal water sector. That is the overarching message of a new report from the Ontario Environment Commissioner, Dianne Saxe's office released this week. While several U.S. studies and one earlier report from the POLIS Group, have suggested that the energy used by municipal water and sewage systems constitutes about two-thirds that of the energy used for entire municipal system, there has been a lack of evidence to support this in Canada. The new ECO report, entitled, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy [...]

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