WCWC is pleased to release its 2018–19 annual report, available online at wcwc.ca/en/about/governance-documents/.
The annual report highlights WCWC’s work to strengthen its programs to coordinate and provide education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating authorities, and the public, across Ontario. WCWC’s CEO, Carl Kuhnke, noted “WCWC trained, once again, a record number of water professionals while still maintaining a healthy bottom line financially. WCWC increases its cost-effectiveness every year.”Read More
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) co-hosted a course, Managing Legionella Risk in Buildings through Water Safety Management Planning. The course was presented by the private sector and federal and provincial partners to provide education on effective water safety management plans to reduce exposure to Legionella.
Course presentations are now available online on the Drinking Water Resource Library (DWRL) and will help building owners, facility managers, drinking water system owners and operators, public health inspectors and healthcare professionals better understand how to write effective water safety management plans based on the ANSI/ASHRAE 188 standard to manage the proliferation of Legionella in buildings.
The Drinking Water Resource Library was developed to provide easy access to trusted resources related to drinking water. The library consists of a catalog of documents and features multiple search functions to ease the research of information. This initiative is part of WCWC’s strategy to enhance the transfer of knowledge to owners, operators and operating authorities of Ontario’s drinking water systems. The DWRL can be accessed from wcwc.ca or at www.drinkingwaterresourcelibrary.ca.Read More
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) hosted the ninth annual Maintenancefest in Walkerton on August 27 and 28, 2019.
Maintenancefest is a unique hands-on event that allows participants to cycle through six training modules of their choice, out of a total of 12 modules, earning 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over the course of two days. Training modules included:
- Backflow and Cross Connection
- Basics of SCADA Programming
- Basics of Utility Locates
- Completing Logbook and Logsheet Entries
- Concrete Pressure Pipe Tapping Awareness
- Hydrostatic Pressure Testing
- Jar Testing
- Leak Detection
- Pressure Control Valves
- Unidirectional Flushing
- UV Maintenance
- Well and Well Pump Monitoring
Maintenancefest is one of the most popular training events delivered each year by WCWC. This year, more than 100 participants attended. Feedback was extremely positive and 92 per cent of survey respondents indicated they would recommend the event to others.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is proud to support postsecondary students across the province by providing practical hands-on training to complement their academic curriculum.
WCWC offers the three-day course, Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes, to students who are enrolled in the 15 Ontario colleges that include the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators — a mandatory course required by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks — as part of their curriculum. Students have the opportunity to improve their skills in pilot testing by:
- Operating a fully automated dual train conventional treatment pilot plant
- Conducting jar test experiments to determine the optimal dosage of coagulant
- Calculating and setting up a chemical feed system
- Monitoring and interpreting water quality and operating parameters
- Backwashing filters
- Practicing chlorine measurement and chlorine demand tests
This program was developed in 2007 and in 2011 it was refined and offered to all colleges that incorporated the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators into their curriculum. Training has been provided to more than 900 college students to date. Feedback from participants continues to be very positive. “I enjoyed the quality of the lab practice. The facilities are organized and designed in a way that is beneficial for practical learning,” reported one participant from Centennial College.
Another student, from Mohawk College, said “…very pleased this opportunity was given to the college, it is a priceless experience.”