15th National Conference & 6th Policy Forum on Drinking Water

Preliminary Agenda

Sunday October 21, 2012

9:30 – 3:00

Custom Bench Experience - tour a local winery, and experience the beautiful Okanagan Valley (minimum 18 people required, see the CWWA website to learn more)

Late afternoon

Conference Registration opens

Dinner

CWWA Drinking Water Quality Committee Meeting

Evening

1.   Opening Reception – meet and mingle with old friends, and make new contacts. Selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.

Monday October 22, 2012

 

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 – 10:00

Opening Plenary

8:30 – 8:45

Opening Remarks

Barry Boettger, British Columbia Ministry of Health

Stephanie McFadyen, Health Canada

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome from BC Ministry of Health and City of Kelowna

To be confirmed

9:00 – 9:40

Keynote address - Dr. Rainer Englehardt, Assistant Deputy Minister, Infectious Disease, Prevention and Control Branch (PHAC)

9:40 – 10:00

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – funding opportunities

Driss Haboudane, Deputy Director , NSERC

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment Break


 

Skaha/Vaseaux/Kootenay

Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena

Columbia Room

10:30 – 12:00

A1: Analytical Methods and Monitoring (1)

Moderator: Judy MacDonald, Nova Scotia Environment

A2: Risk Assessment/Risk Management (1)

Moderator: Theresa Brooks, Health Canada

A3: Treatment Technology and Processes (1)

Moderator: Satish Despande, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

10:30 – 11:00

Drinking Water Microbial Myths – A Primer For Utility Managers, Engineers, And Non-Microbiologists

Martin Allen, MJAllen & Associates

Risk Triggers for Residual Disinfection in Water Distribution Systems

Dave Tamblyn, Public Health Engineer

Northern Health

Effect of NOM and Inorganic Ions on the Degradation of Micropollutants with Vacuum-UV Radiation

 

Clara Duca, University of British Columbia

11:00 – 11:30

Myth-busters! Challenging some long-held views on drinking water quality and treatment

 

Ian Douglas, City of Ottawa

How we measured success - Monitoring water quality during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC

 

Jennifer Bailey, City of Vancouver, Water Design Branch

Manganese Removal using Biofiltration for a Local Water Supply Plant

Heather Granger, Civil and Resource Engineering Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

11:30 – 12:00

A Case Study Approach to Assuring Safe Drinking Water

Steve Hrudey, Analytical & Environmental Toxicology Division, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Consequences of Failure Considerations in Risk Management of Potable Water Infrastructure

Frank Blaha, Water Research Foundation

Combined Ion-exchange/biological Removal of Nitrate from Drinking Water

Shelir Ebrahimi, University of British Columbia

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch - sponsored by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre

Special Guest Speaker: Larry Moore, Walkerton Clean Water Centre

1:00 – 2:30

B1: Analytical Methods and Monitoring (2)

Moderator: British Columbia Ministry of Health

B2: Risk Assessment/Risk Management (2) – QMRA

Moderator: Teresa Brooks, Health Canada

B3: Treatment Technology and Processes (2)

Moderator: Michèle Giddings, Health Canada

1:00 – 1:30

A Brand New(ish) World: Molecular Testing for Microbial Water Quality Assessment

Natalie Prystajecky, Environmental Public Health Microbiologist University of British Columbia & Public Health Services Authority

How QMRA is Conducted Matters:

Case Studies Demonstrating Pitfalls of Data Interpretation and How They Can Be Avoided

 

Phillip Schmidt , Visiting Fellow (Public Health Agency of Canada, Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses) for Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo

Controlling Bromate, Chlorate, and Perchlorate Contributions from Hypochlorite

Peter Greiner, NSF International

1:30 – 2:00

Classification of Heterotrophic Plate Counts (HPC) In A Water Distribution Network: A Fuzzy Rule-Based Approach

Alex Francisque, Okanagan School of Engineering

Three case studies of using QMRA to evaluate the risk level from drinking water

Annie Locas, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Naturally Occurring Substances in Water: Performance assessment of selective treatment technologies in achieving the desired levels in treated water

O.S. Thirunavukkarasu, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

2:00 – 2:30

Development of a rapid sensitive capture device for the detection of

harmful microorganisms in drinking water

Sina Jomeh, School of Engineering, University of British Columbia

Using Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment and Microbial Source Tracking of Cryptosporidium and Giardia to Assess a Community’s Vulnerability to Parasites in Drinking Water

Norman F. Neumann, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Control of TCE Using UV Combined with Hydrogen Peroxide or Chlorine

 

Tim Walton, Region of Waterloo

2:30 – 3:00

Refreshment Break – sponsored by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre


3:00 – 5:00

C1: Source Water Protection

Moderator: Haseen Khan, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation

 

C2: Risk Assessment/Risk Management (3)

Moderator: Stéphanie McFadyen, Health Canada

C3: Treatment Technology and Processes – Emerging Contaminants

Moderator: Klas Ohman, Associated Engineering

3:00 – 3:30

An Adaptive Approach to Well Head Protection Area Delineation in Source Protection Planning

Daron Abbey, AquaResource – A Division of Matrix Solutions Inc

Comparing QMRA models and users: Does it have an impact on the results and conclusions?

 

Annie Locas, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Simultaneous Inactivation of Microorganisms and Degradation of Micropollutants in Vacuum-UV Photoreactors

Gustavo Imoberdorf, University of British Columbia

3:30 – 4:00

Using Existing Water Protection Programs to Develop Source Protection Policies for Waterloo Region

Eric Hodgins, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Assessment of Adenovirus Control in Small, Non-Municipal Drinking Water Systems

Ron Hofmann, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

 

Effect of Coagulation + UF on Membrane Fouling and  Pharmaceutical Removal

 

Heather Wray, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

 

4:00 – 4:30

Protecting our Great Lakes: Assessing the Effectiveness of Wastewater Treatments for the Removal of Chemicals of Emerging Concern

Saad Jasim, IJC Great Lakes Regional Office

Challenges faced by small drinking water systems in Ontario where raw water may be impacted by human sewage effluent causing potential Adenovirus contamination

 

Cammy Moodie, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Impact of coagulation on removal of endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceutically active compounds, and natural organic matter

Robert C. Andrews, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

4:30 – 5:00

Climate Change Effects in Canadian Source Watersheds: Implications to NOM Character and Treatability

Kevin D. Bladon , University of Waterloo for Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo

Strategies to Manage Waterworks Risks – The Northwest Alberta Experience

 

George Neurohr, Regional Municipal Engineer, Alberta Environment

The Influence of Natural Water Matrix Components on the Removal of Pharmaceutically Active and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds via  Nanofiltration

A. H. M. Anwar Sadmani, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Tuesday October 23, 2012

7:30

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 – 10:00

D1: Analytical Methods and Monitoring (3)

Moderator: Natalie Prystajecky, British Columbia Center for Disease Control

D2: Risk Assessment/Risk Management (4)

Moderator: Pat Brooks, Yukon Health and Social Services, Environmental Health Services

D3: Treatment Technology and Processes (4)

Moderator: Michèle Giddings, Health Canada

8:30 – 9:00

Pre-Analytical And Analytical Procedures for The Detection Of Enteric Viruses and Enterovirus In Water Samples

Lilly (Xiaoli) Pang, Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab)

Implementation of Alberta’s Drinking Water Safety Plans

 

Aaron Janzen, Alberta Environment and Water

Removal of Natural Organic Matter Fractions Throughout a Variety of Full-scale Conventional Treatment Plants and its Effect on Membrane Fouling Potential.

Jamie Croft, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Waterloo

9:00 – 9:30

Online Monitoring of Drinking Water Quality in a Distribution Network: A Selection Procedure for Suitable Water Quality Parameters and Sensor Devices

 

Alex Francisque, Okanagan School of Engineering

Kelowna’s Filtration Deferral Strategy – Managed Risk and Reward

Bill Harvey, Associated Engineering

Locating Optimal Locations For Booster Chlorination Using Modified CCME Water Quality Index

 

Nilufar Islam, School of Engineering, University of British Columbia

9:30 – 10:00

Identification of Enteric Viruses In Drinking Water in Alberta, Canada

 

Lilly (Xiaoli) Pang, Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab)

Self-assessment and reporting: a new risk-based approach to drinking water compliance in Ontario

Cammy Moody, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Review of Taste and Odour Management Strategies/Plans from the perspective of the City of Calgary

 

Mei Chen, City of Calgary Water Resources

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 12:00

E1: Water Systems Management (1)

Moderator: Sam Ferris, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment

E2: Guidelines Development and Regulatory News (1)

Moderator: O.S. Thirunavukkarasu, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

E3: Health Research (1)

Moderator: Donald Reid, Alberta Environment

10:30 – 11:00

Geriatric Water Treatment Plants—Prescription for a Healthy Future

Ken Campbell, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited

Interior Health 2011 Drinking Water Program Audit

J. Ivor Norlin, Interior Health, Givonna DeBruin, Interior Health Authority and Steve Hrudey, University of Alberta

 

 

Characteristics of Small Residential and Commercial Water Systems that Influence their Likelihood of being on Drinking Water Advisories in Rural British Columbia, Canada – A Cross Sectional Study using Administrative Data  (In-Press) Journal of Water and Health Authors: Edwards, J. et al.

 

Joanne Edwards, BC Ministry of Health

11:00 – 11:30

The Role of Existing WTP Infrastructure during Expansion: Assessment Tools & Case Study

Mitch Lejeune, Associated Engineering

Nova Scotia’s Drinking Water Treatment Standards

 

Judy MacDonald, Nova Scotia Environment

The Drinking Water Advisories application (DWA) on the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence (CNPHI)

Tim Beattie, Health Canada /Santé Canada

11:30 – 12:00

Capacity Building in Utilities Through The Effective Utility Management (EUM) Process

Valerie Jenkinson, CEO: World Water and Wastewater Solutions

Is it a rule, a regulation, a guideline, or just a suggestion?  A design engineer’s perspective on treatment targets for water treatment facilities in B.C.

Kevin Kohut, Associated Engineering

 

Development of a Water Quality Health Index (WQHI) to measure chemical and microbial risks in drinking water

Ian Douglas, City of Ottawa

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

1:00 – 2:30

F1: Water Systems Management (2)

Moderator: David Fishwick, BC Ministry of Health

F2: Guidelines Development and Regulatory News (2)

Moderator: Véronique Morriset, Health Canada

F3: Health Research (2)

Moderator: Robert Haller, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

1:00 – 1:30

Distribution Water Quality Management: Part 1 – Evaluating and Enhancing Water Quality in Storage Tanks

 

Leigh McDermott, Stantec

 

Drinking Water Quality In New Brunswick:

An Inventory Analysis Of Water Quality Parameters

 

Graham Gagnon, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University

Using Smart Grid Technologies to Protect Human Health in Water Distribution Systems

G.S. Symmonds, Global Water Resources

1:30 – 2:00

Potable Water Reservoir Water Quality: Analysis Tools for Design, Operation and Performance Confirmation

 

Jeff Ruzicka, Associated Engineering

First Nations and Water/Wastewater regulation development – meeting the challenge.

Irving Leblanc, Acting Director - Housing & Infrastructure, Assembly of First Nations

Water Quality in Premise Plumbing – Risks, Liabilities, and Control of Infectious Diseases

Jennifer Clancy, Tetra Tech – Clancy Environmental

2:00 – 2: 30

Risk-Based Decision Support Tool for Water Main Replacement: An Integrated Approach

 

Anjuman Shahriar, University of British Columbia

 

Operator Education, Training and Certification Program: A Unique Approach to Training in Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Deneen Spracklin, Operator Education, Training and Certification Program, Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Treating rainwater for reuse as drinking water

Rick VanSant, UV Pure Technologies

 

2:30 – 3:00

Refreshment Break

3:00 – 5:00

G1: Distribution Systems – Corrosion Control

Moderator: France Lemieux, Health Canada

G2: Small Systems

Moderator: Kim Philip, Manitoba Water Stewardship

 

G3: Health Research  (3)

Moderator: Anne Vezina, Health Canada

3:00 – 3:30

Computational Modelling Techniques in the Optimisation of Corrosion Control for Reducing Lead In Canadian Drinking Water

C R Hayes, College of Engineering, Swansea University, UK

Effects of treatment technologies

on temporal water quality variability in small drinking water systems

Roberta Dyck, University of British Columbia Okanagan

An Overview of Disinfection By-Products and Human Health Risk

Steve Hrudey, Analytical & Environmental Toxicology Division, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

3:30 – 4:00

Successes and Challenges of a Water Utility One Year after Adopting Health Canada’s Guidance on Controlling Corrosion in Drinking Water Distribution Systems

Krysta Montreuil, Halifax Water

Small First Nation Water Systems – Nuisance Chemicals

Asim Masaud, Ontario Clean Water Agency

National Survey of Disinfection By-Products and Selected Emerging Contaminants in Canadian Drinking Water - Final Results Review.

Anca-Maria Tugulea, Exposure and Biomonitoring Division ,Environmental Health Science and Research Bureau, Safe Environments Program, Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch

4:00 – 4:30

Establishing a Framework for Introducing Corrosion Control at Water Treatment Plants

Carolyn de Groot, City of London, Regional Water Supply

 

Development of Predictive Models for Disinfectant by-products and Filtration Technology Assessment in Small Community Water Supply Systems

Tahir Husain, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University

Human Health Risk Assessment for Arsenic-Contaminated Drinking Water

 

Ed McBean, University of Guelph

 

4:30 -5:00

Corrosion Monitoring and Prevention in the Water Treatment Plants and Distribution System in Calgary, Alberta

Jian F. Deng, City of Calgary Water Resources

Understanding Regional Consolidation of Small Water Treatment Facilities: A Municipal Government Perspective

Alexandria Fisher, Energy and Environment Analyst, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

Critical Control Limits Deviations and Corrective Actions in the City of Ottawa’s Drinking Water Treatment Facilities:  A Significant Benefit from a Quality Management System.

Ian Douglas, City of Ottawa

6:00 – 7:00

Poster Session – sponsored by the Canadian Chlorine Chemistry Council

7:00 – 9:00

Dinner sponsored by the City of Calgary

 

Featuring entertainment from Herb Dixon – stand up comedy impressionist. You won’t believe what your ears will see!

Wednesday October 24, 2012

 

Breakfast Buffet – sponsored by the City of Calgary

8:30 – 10:00

H1: Distribution Systems – Lead

Moderator: Julie Bourdon, Health Canada

H2: Small Systems

Moderator: Robert Haller, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

H3: Cyanobacteria

Moderator: Kevin Gould, New Brunswick Department of Health

8:30 – 9:00

NSF 61 Certification of Plumbing Devices for Lead Release – Real World Applications

Anne Sandvig, The Cadmus Group

Oxford County, Ontario – Servicing Small Communities, The Community Servicing Assistance Program

Robert Walton, Director of Public Works

County of Oxford

Region of Waterloo; Strategies for Mitigating Cyanobacteria Blooms

 

Tim Walton, Region of Waterloo

9:00 – 9:30

Putting the pieces of the lead puzzle together:  An update of activities related to lead in Canada

 

France Lemieux, Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau, Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada

Boston Bar Water System Integration – Making Small Systems Viable Through Creative Project Delivery

 

Jacob Scissons, Urban Systems Ltd.

Water Treatment for Cyanotoxins:  A Review Focused on Small Systems and Household Treatment Technologies

Tory Hewlett, Walkerton Clean Water Centre

9:30 – 10:00

Review of new lead content and lead extraction requirements for drinking water products

Peter Greiner, NSF International

Developing a Community Readiness Tool for Use in Small Systems

Megan Kot, Dalhousie University

Understanding the Ecology and Monitoring Tools for Cyanobacteria Blooms Impacting a Water Treatment Plant

Jill Crumb, TreeFrog Environmental

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 12:00

I1: Water Systems Management – Distribution and Small Systems

Moderator: France Lemieux, Health Canada

I2: Water Supply and Sustainability

Moderator: Julie Bourdon, Health Canada

 

10:30 – 11:00

Survey of Drinking Water Lead in Institutional Buildings

 

Graham Gagnon, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University

Evaluating Scenarios Of Potential Drought Impacts To Groundwater Resources, Case Study For Regional Municipality Of Waterloo

 

Barry Brouwers, AquaResource, a Division of Matrix Solutions Inc

 

11:00 – 11:30

Diagnostic Sampling to Reveal Hidden Lead and Copper Health Risks

Michael Schock, US Environmental Protection Agency

 

Protecting Municipal Water Supply Quantity:  Ontario’s Water Quantity Risk Assessment Framework

 

Paul Martin, AquaResource, a Division of Matrix Solutions Inc.

 

11:30 – 12:00

Challenge and experience of working with Remote Small Municipalities - A Case Study

Fengqin Wang, Alberta Environment and Water

Innovative Approaches to Water Sustainability In An Urban Setting

Through Landscape and Irrigation Standards. The City Of Kelowna, Canada, Case Study

 

Don Degen, City of Kelowna

 

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

1:00 – 3:00

Policy Forum

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