The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) recently supported the Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario 24th Annual General Meeting and Training Conference held in Thunder Bay, Ontario. WCWC staff delivered hands-on and mandatory training to approximately 80 First Nations registrants from around the province.
WCWC delivered a successful Maintenancefest event to conference attendees, January 29–30, 2019. This unique training experience included three hands-on training modules: Iron and Manganese in Groundwater; Maintenance and Calibration of Lab Equipment; and Sampling, Testing, Adverse Results and Corrective Actions. Participants rotated through modules, earning 0.6 Continuing Educations Unit (CEU). Feedback from participants was excellent; every respondent indicated that they would recommend the event to others.
Conference participants also had the opportunity to attend the course, Safe Drinking Water Operator Essentials, the mandatory certificate renewal course that must be completed every three years by drinking water operators holding Class I through IV, Water Quality Analyst or Limited System licenses. The course focuses on the role of the drinking water operator in emergency planning and response, regulatory updates and equipment maintenance.
Background: WCWC is an agency of the Government of Ontario, established in 2004, to help ensure clean and safe drinking water for the entire province. WCWC coordinates and provides education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating authorities, and the public, in order to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water. To date, high-quality drinking water training has been provided to more than 81,000 participants across Ontario. Through partnerships, WCWC also provides training for the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario. For more information please visit www.wcwc.ca.