Walkerton Clean Water Centre Supports Drinking Water Professionals Throughout Covid-19 Pandemic
The 2020–21 annual report highlights WCWC’s work to coordinate and provide water education, training and information across Ontario
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is pleased to release its 2020–21 annual report, available online at wcwc.ca/en/about/governance-documents/.
2020–21 was a challenging year, and although many programs were postponed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, WCWC developed new initiatives to provide education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating authorities across Ontario.
WCWC focussed its efforts on creating online training platforms and quickly launched virtual delivery of 20 courses. One hundred fifty virtual training sessions were delivered over the course of the year. WCWC also ensured classroom training could be delivered safely and effectively. New protocols were implemented and WCWC continued to deliver in-person training to the water professionals who required it. During the 2020–21 fiscal year, classroom, correspondence and virtual courses were successfully delivered to 4,856 training participants, despite the pandemic.
The Technology Demonstration Facility provided opportunities for education and pilot testing projects. WCWC completed five client-driven pilot testing projects, which provide information on source water quality, treatment performance and alternative treatment technologies. Seven more projects were underway at the end of the fiscal year.
Work towards improving drinking water in First Nations communities was also a priority. Support for operators of First Nations water systems was provided through hands-on and virtual training and four completed pilot testing projects.