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2011-2012 Board of directors

President: Len stein

President-Elect: steve Brubacher

Past-President: ted Molyneux

Director-at-Large: randy craig

Director-at-Large: Jennifer crosby

Director-at-Large: Jim Mattison

Director-at-Large: snehal Lakhani

Secretary: Victor Wong

ex-officio non-Voting

AWWA Director: Mike nolan

WEF Delegate: Jack Bryden

CWWA Director: colwyn sunderland

Chief Executive Officer: daisy foster

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President’s Message ...........................................6

CEO’s Message ...................................................8

Editor’s Message...............................................10

AWWA Director’s Report .................................12

CWWA Director’s Report ..................................14

BCWWA Pipeline *NEW ....................................16

Member Profile .................................................20


BC Water & Waste Association

40th Annual Conference

& trade show

Penticton, April 21-25, 2012


our Depths

Conservation Corner .........................................38

Climate Change Corner .....................................40

Watermark Qs and As .......................................44

2012 BCWWA Annual

Conference & Trade Show Preview ................46

Course Calendar ...............................................89

Cross Connection Control Exams ......................89

24 34

People on the Move................................................................................................................................18

Annacis Island WWTP Co-digestion Facility ...........................................................................................24

Sustainable Water Stewardship in Dawson Creek...................................................................................28

Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort.................................................................................................................34

Groundwater: Treatment Versus Protection............................................................................................42

Professional Directory .......................................93 Advertiser Information......................................94





t seems like just yesterday that I

started to write my first president’s

message for Watermark, but here I am

now, putting together my last one.

I have truly enjoyed being your president and will

carry my memories of the past year with pride.

There are many challenges on the horizon for

BC Water & Waste Association and its members.

I am certain that the individuals who stand for

election to the Board of Directors, and those who

volunteer to participate on BCWWA’s technical

committees will face these challenges with an

enthusiasm that will astound us all. The Board

constantly receives new ideas from its members

– some of these ideas are solicited through

member surveys, formal discussion forums and

informal conversations. Others are offered by

members voluntarily. These ideas range from

opinions on certification to how the organization

should be run. Member opinions and feedback

help to guide the Board’s decision-making

process, and, while we may not always agree

with an individual opinion, we can certainly

disagree with a professionalism that would make

Gandhi proud.



Member input is

critical to our future direction

“Over the past two years, BCWWA has

begun the process of creating position statements that identify the

association’s official position on a particular issue.”

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“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is

better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or

worse, to avoid trouble.”

- Mahatma gandhi

I have found that the BCWWA Board does

not shrink from its responsibilities. The Board

has always taken on responsibilities so that it

can deliver the information and support that

members expect and deserve.

At times, some BCWWA members assert that

we have not gone far enough on a subject. One

of the Board’s greatest responsibilities is to

take into account the perspectives of the entire

membership – not just those with the strongest

view. The loudest opinion does not necessarily

represent the most correct action.

Over the past two years, BCWWA has begun

the process of creating position statements

that identify the association’s official position

on a particular issue. The position statements

are backed up by research and analysis: the

first five position statements, along with their

issue analysis papers, are available on the

BCWWA website (

position-statements.html). Several more position

statements are in progress, based on input from

the Leadership Council and the membership at

large. These include:

Water Metering

• Climate Change

• Reporting on Water Withdrawals

BCWWA will continue to advocate for areas that

the membership deems important.

This is your organization and you need to be

involved. There are always questions, concerns

and doubts about what is around the corner.

Should change take place? If so, how should it

happen? Lend your voice and your actions: let

the Board know where you would like to see this

organization go. You can send your feedback

to BCWWA through the feedback form at, by contacting a

Board member directly, or by finding one of us at the

Annual Conference in Penticton. See you there!

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n December 2011, BC Water & Waste

Association (BCWWA) carried out a

membership survey. More than 400

responses were received, and, on

behalf of the BCWWA Board and Leadership

Council, I would like to say a very special thank

you to those who responded and to those

who took the extra time to provide some very

thoughtful additional comments. BCWWA relies

on such feedback to set the strategic direction

for the water and waste community, to provide

guidance in policy development and to prioritize

educational and advocacy initiatives. A summary

of the full survey results is now available in the

BCWWA online resource library (go to www. and type

‘member survey’ in the search box).

You may have noticed that two questions

on the survey were repeated from a similar

membership survey taken exactly two years

before, in December 2009. One question was

to determine the priority of climate change

in your workplace or organization. The other

question was about future concerns and impacts

of workforce issues for the water and waste


The first question asked whether climate

change is an urgent priority, short-term issue,

medium-term issue, long-term issue, or if there

are no plans at all to address climate change in

your workplace. In 2009, the largest number of

respondents (30.9%) said they have no plans.

In 2011, the result was exactly the same, with

30.9% saying they have no plans to deal with

climate change issues. At BCWWA, we are

concerned about the number of workplaces that

have not made climate change more of a priority


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survey responses

raise important concerns

and we will be doing further research to better

understand the reasons for this and the role that

BCWWA might play. BCWWA will also be issuing

a Position Statement on Climate Change in the

coming months and will be providing additional

educational resources and events.

The question on workforce issues is something

that is a more immediate concern to respondents.

Among the range of issues that could have an

impact on the workforce, in the 2009 survey,

the majority of respondents (65.5%) identified

‘loss of knowledge due to employee turnover

and retirement’ as being the greatest concern.

In the 2011 survey, an even larger percentage of

respondents (73.1%) identified this same issue as

their greatest concern.

In recent meetings with municipalities, BCWWA

has been asking its members and employers if

they feel there is a sustainable workforce in the

water and waste industry to replace retiring baby

boomers in the next five to 10 years. Here is some

of what we heard.

A large percentage of those expected to retire

in the next five to 10 years are in management

positions, and the level of succession planning

in many workplaces is not adequate to address

the shortage of qualified candidates to fill these

positions. Employers recognize the need for

deliberate plans for transferring the knowledge

held by these managers to others and for

replacing these managers upon retirement

through both on-the-job mentoring programs and

by providing access to appropriate management

and supervisory skills training.

Many employers indicate that a shortage of

qualified operators exists today and there is

a need to address this shortage immediately.

In particular, there is a shortage of qualified

operators at the higher levels (Levels 3 and 4).

There is concern that this who become even more

pronounced as senior operators retire or replace

supervisors and managers who will retire in the

next few years. While there is acceptance and

support for operator training and certification,

the length of experience required to move from

one level to the next is being questioned, which

may result in a need to review the operator

certification requirements in the future. Some

have pointed to Manitoba, where a new

regulation has been approved to put in place

apprenticeship programs to provide a training

and education pathway to water and wastewater

operator certification.

Ensuring a qualified, competent and

sustainable workforce for the water and waste

industry is an important part of BCWWA’s

mandate. We recognize that this matter requires

immediate attention and will be continuing

the dialogue with employers to better define

the problem and potential solutions. However,

we will not wait to have all the solutions in

order to start working on this important issue.

BCWWA is currently working on a number of

initiatives to help employers address workforce

issues, including a Management Skills Certificate

Program, and we are working with other sector

partners to develop a training program in water

and wastewater for individuals employed in

public works.

“A summary of the full survey results is now available

in the BCWWA online resource library.”

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elcome to the spring 2012 issue

of Watermark. By now, you are

preparing for the upcoming

BCWWA Annual Conference

& Trade Show and getting ready to ‘Explore

our Depths.’

Members of your Watermark Editorial

Board have been thinking about how we can

make this magazine better. To that end, we

will be increasing the technical content of the

publication. As well, we want the magazine to be

more in harmony with emerging and key concerns

in the water and waste community. In addition to

featuring articles expounding on current subjects,

we hope to provide information and commentary

on topical issues in the industry.

I would like to take this opportunity to

welcome Junior Editor Michael Celli (AECOM) to

the Watermark Editorial Board. We look forward

ensuring the

relevance of our information

to working with Michael as we continue to grow

and improve the magazine.

At the recent Leadership Council meeting, we

talked about BC Water & Waste Association’s

role as a ‘voice for the water and waste

community’ and how we can take this advocacy

role to the next level. As a voice for the

community, BCWWA’s committees have played

a key part in developing Issue Analysis Papers

and Position Statements. To date, five Position

Statements have been published and more are

in the works. These Position Statements are the

messages for which BCWWA is advocating.

We hope that Watermark can help bring these

messages forward with enlightening and

relevant information.

In this issue, our first feature article was

contributed by Reg Whiten, Watershed Steward

for the City of Dawson Creek. He writes about

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Our commitment is to Sustain a Healthy Environment

the City’s efforts to protect its drinking water

source watershed, which presents many unique

and difficult challenges. These challenges include

changes in the hydraulic regime of the source

due to climate change, impacts from a Mountain

Pine Beetle infestation, and the presence of over

1,200 authorized tenures for gas, agriculture

and forestry activities within the watershed

(page 28).

Bengül Kurtar and Seamus Frain have written

about Metro Vancouver’s recently completed

co-digestion facility at the Annacis Island

Wastewater Treatment Plant. This innovative

‘waste to resource process’ will boost biogas

production in the thermophilic anaerobic

digesters by combining digestible substrates –

such as waste fats, oils and grease – directly

into the anaerobic digesters with the normal

process sludge (page 24).

Also in this issue, Dr. Madjid Mohseni

introduces us to RES’EAU WaterNET, a national,

multidisciplinary research network based out of the

University of British Columbia. This network wishes

to “create a new generation of water experts

committed to improving conditions in small, rural

and First Nations communities” (page 36).

We would like to invite you to comment

on any of the issues brought forward in these

feature articles, as well as those from our regular

contributors, by sending a Letter to the Editor or

an email (, or by joining

the BCWWA Facebook group. In particular, for

this issue, we would love to hear your comments

on Neal Klassen’s engaging Conservation Corner

(page 38) or Remi Allard’s action-oriented

article entitled ‘Groundwater: Treatment versus

Protection’ (page 42).

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s this is my last report to you as

AWWA director, I will recap a

number of recent activities and

accomplishments of both the

AWWA and the Canadian Affairs Committee.



At the 2012 winter Board meeting in Puerto Rico,

AWWA directors discussed and approved the 2012

budget, endorsed a wide variety of awards, and

selected a new AWWA President-Elect, Jim Chaffee,

from the Wisconsin Section. As well, directors

approved updates to 17 existing and two new

standards: C562 Fabricated Aluminum Slide Gates,

and D121 Bolted Aboveground Thermosetting

Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic Panel-Type Tanks for

Water Storage (phew!). Despite the very challenging

economic situation in the US, AWWA continues

to maintain a well-balanced financial position.

This has resulted from careful operational cost


Watermark Spring 2012

Plenty going on

as term winds down

cutting to match the reduced membership and

training revenues being experienced by all major

professional associations across the US. Based on

2011 membership figures, the trend appears to be

a positive correction beginning in 2012.



After much work by the Canadian AWWA sections

and their Cross Connection Control (CCC)

committees, the Canadian Affairs Committee is

pleased to advise that, as of February, the new

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a

common body of knowledge to support reciprocity

of certified CCC testers had been approved by all

section Boards. This effort renews focus on strong

national coordination of training, knowledge base

and certification, and supports the Canadian Cross

Connection Control Manual. It is expected that

the Canadian Affairs Committee will continue its

ongoing support role for national CCC endeavours.



To date, the BC Section of AWWA has operated

as an unincorporated society. BCWWA and

AWWA have been working over the past year

to incorporate the section, in order to clarify

the business and legal relationship between

BCWWA, the BC Section of AWWA, and AWWA.

On the current timeline, members should see a

new constitution and bylaws for approval at the

spring AGM in Penticton. This legal housekeeping

will not change the way that BCWWA, AWWA

and WEF members operate seamlessly and

cooperatively in BC – a model for other areas

across North America.


AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE)

is being held in Dallas, Texas from June 10-14,

2012. I hope you make ACE a priority in your

professional development schedule and join the

BC ranks at ACE. If the present standings prevail,

we will once again be cheering on the Vancouver

Canucks in the finals. By all accounts, it looks

like the Canadian Water Forum will again be a

sold out event. Please contact Debbie Vance at for tickets. (See page 17 for

more information about the Forum.)


The BC/Yukon members of AWWA have elected

a new incoming director, so watch for the

announcement at the spring AGM. I wish the

incoming AWWA director the best during the

2012-2015 term and encourage members to

contact the director with any questions. I have

enjoyed the past three years as AWWA director,

and thank the BCWWA staff and BC/Yukon

AWWA members for your support.

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ounded in 1986, the Canadian

Water and Wastewater Association

(CWWA) provides a national

voice on behalf of Canadian

municipal utilities and seven regional member

organizations, including BCWWA. CWWA is

also a great source of information on what is

happening across Canada in municipal water and

wastewater: many readers will be familiar with

the CWWA Bulletin, Municipal Water News &

Review, and the national conferences on drinking

water, wastewater and biosolids. The website

( is an important resource that

includes the policies and position statements that

form the basis of CWWA’s advocacy, as well as

information about the technical committees. The

15th Annual Canadian National Conference and

6th Policy Forum on Drinking Water is coming

to Kelowna October 21-24, 2012. Have you

submitted a paper?


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What in the world is cWWa?

As it celebrated its 25 th birthday with nearly

200 delegates at the annual Window on Ottawa

conference last December, CWWA reflected

on its past successes. And as the federal

government reported on its progress toward

harmonized, national Wastewater Systems

Effluent Regulations, it seemed that effective

CWWA advocacy is as important today as ever.

The Window began with a specialty workshop

on Water Utilities Security, and, for the first time,

featured a (modest, by BCWWA standards) sevenbooth

trade show. In another major initiative

featured at the Window, CWWA garnered input

on its partnership with Environment Canada

and the Canadian Water Network to develop

a National Research Agenda for Municipal

Wastewater and Biosolids. Stay tuned for more

information on this project as it evolves.

The CWWA Board is taking decisive steps to

strengthen its strategic focus and its connection

to its owners. Delegates at the Window on

Ottawa were invited to attend a series of

facilitated workshops to provide input on

CWWA’s strategic goals and member services.

The workshops were well attended, and the

dialogue was vigorous. This member input will

help the Board make good decisions, grounded in

the members’ interests, in the coming year.

As I write this article, CWWA is embarking

on a search for a new executive director. While

the Board expects to have a new permanent

executive director in place by April or May, a

familiar face has reappeared in the office to

provide leadership and support to the Board in

the interim. Although he retired in 2010 after

serving many years as CWWA’s top executive,

Duncan Ellison has remained actively involved,

and the Board is grateful to be able to draw upon

his talents once again in this time of transition.

Regular readers of this column will notice

another new face, under the CWWA Director

banner above (hardly new to BCWWA,

but I digress). I would like to thank Steve

Brubacher for his three years of very effective

representation of BCWWA on the CWWA Board.

CWWA’s loss will be BCWWA’s gain, as Steve

takes the reins as your president for 2012-2013.

Congratulations Steve!

As your new CWWA director, I would like to

hear from you how CWWA can best serve your

needs at the national level. Feel free to contact

me at 250-595-4223 or

with your ideas for how I can contribute to the

pan-Canadian voice for water. Finally, consider

enrolling your organization with CWWA as a

utility or associate member, and lend strength to

your national voice.

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Welcome to the BCWWA Pipeline! We have introduced this new feature to give you a quick “at a glance” view of current

BCWWA news and upcoming events.

drinking Water Week 2012: new website launched

BC Water & Waste Association is pleased to announce the

launch of our new website for Drinking Water Week 2012.

This interactive website features water wise tips, community

event listings and downloadable resources. Visit the new

website at

For more information about Drinking Water Week, see page 22.

ccc inspector certification Program

Join the BcWWa ccc facebook group!

BCWWA would like to thank all those who submitted their comments on the proposed course curriculum

for the new Cross Connection Control (CCC) Inspector Certification Program. Your input is appreciated

and will be used to guide the final curriculum.

The CCC Committee has deliberated over the feedback, and they are now in the process of finalizing the

curriculum. BCWWA anticipates having the curriculum completed by this spring, and will begin developing the

question bank for the CCC inspector certification exam in the coming months. The tentative implementation

schedule is to have this new program up and running in the fall of this year. For the latest news and updates

about this program, please visit See the CCC exam schedule on page 89.

2012 BcWWa Board elections

Voting for the 2012 BCWWA Board of Directors is now open. Voting takes place online at – log in to your account to vote. the voting deadline is 12:00 pm on april 2, 2012.

Make your vote count! See page 91 for more information.

new look for

BcWWa membership cards

Attention all BCWWA members! BCWWA is upgrading

the look and feel of our membership cards and Cross

Connection Control certification cards. New members

and those who renew their memberships will receive

the durable and attractive cards starting in spring 2012.

Any inquiries or membership questions can be directed

to or 604-433-4389.


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of competency or may be revoked for improper testing or

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This card is issued under a Voluntary Certification

Program of the BC Water & Waste Association.

Certification should be renewed on a yearly basis. For

information on certification renewal, contact BCWWA at or at:

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This card is issued under a Voluntary Certification

Program of the BC Water & Waste Association.

Certification should be renewed on a yearly basis. For

information on certification renewal, contact BCWWA at or at:


#221 - 8678 Greenall Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 3M6

Tel: 604-433-4389 Fax: 6z04-433-9859

Toll Free: 1-877-433-4389

Renewal for certification may be contingent upon proof

of competency or may be revoked for improper testing or

improper reporting of test results.













This card is issued under a Voluntary Certification

Program of the BC Water & Waste Association.

Certification should be renewed on a yearly basis. For

information on certification renewal, contact BCWWA at or at:




#221 - 8678 Greenall Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 3M6

Tel: 604-433-4389 Fax: 6z04-433-9859

Toll Free: 1-877-433-4389

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This card is issued under a Voluntary Certification

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Certification should be renewed on a yearly basis. For

information on certification renewal, contact BCWWA at or at:




#221 - 8678 Greenall Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 3M6

Tel: 604-433-4389 Fax: 6z04-433-9859

Toll Free: 1-877-433-4389

Renewal for certification may be contingent upon proof

of competency or may be revoked for improper testing or

improper reporting of test results.



For event registration and further information

on all BCWWA events, please visit the Events

Calendar at

MARCh 21, 2012

YP Pub Night at Yagger’s

The BCWWA Young Professionals Committee will

host a pub night at 6:00 pm on March 21, 2012

at Yagger’s in downtown Vancouver (433 West

Pender Street). All professionals, both young and

experienced, are invited to attend. Registration

cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

For more YP Committee updates, see page 44.

MARCh 23-24, 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing: Focus on Water

Presented by the BCWWA Water Sustainability

Committee, this two-day knowledge-sharing

event will take place March 23-24 at the

Stonebridge Hotel in Fort St. John, BC. The event

will feature an overview of hydraulic fracturing

in BC, regulatory issues, as well as local and

agricultural perspectives. Attendees will also tour

the Reclaimed Water Facility in Dawson Creek.

Topics will include:

• Current and Future Activity in BC and Impact

on Water Use

• What is hydraulic Fracturing?

• Regulatory Framework for Unconventional Gas

Development in BC

• Collaborative Geoscience and Water Research

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This card is issued under a Voluntary Certification

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Certification should be renewed on a yearly basis. For

information on certification renewal, contact BCWWA at or at:

#221 - 8678 Greenall Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 3M6

Tel: 604-433-4389 Fax: 6z04-433-9859

Toll Free: 1-877-433-4389

Renewal for certification may be contingent upon proof

of competency or may be revoked for improper testing or

improper reporting of test results.

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• Regulation and Protection of Surface and


• health and Water Quality Issues Related to

Chemical Additives

• Managing Surface Water Use for hydraulic


• Enhancing Groundwater Knowledge in the

South Peace Area

• Reclamation and Disposal of Water Used in

Hydraulic Fracturing

• Agricultural Issues.

Questions? Contact Debbie Vance at or 604-433-9354.

APRIl 21-25, 2012

BCWWa annual

Conference & trade Show

BCWWA’s Annual Conference & Trade Show – the

premier event in BC’s water and wastewater

industry – will take place from April 21-25 in

Penticton, BC. The theme for this year’s conference

is ‘Exploring Our Depths’ – a call to explore and

understand some of the deeper issues behind the

water and wastewater industry.

2012 conference highlights will include a keynote

presentation by Brock dolman, ‘Presentation

Surge,’ enhanced technical program, operator events,

and the highly regarded trade show.

For more information, please see the conference

preview section on pages 46 to 88.

APRIl 25, 2012

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alone from the Annual conference! More on page 66.

Seminar 1: Canadian Drinking Water Quality

Guidelines: What Water Suppliers Need to Know

This seminar will review recent changes to the

Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

The featured speaker is steve Hrudey, 2012

winner of the AWWA AP Black Award.

Seminar 2: helping Municipalities Reach Carbon

Neutral Goals

Are you unsure about what the BC Climate Action

Charter means for water and wastewater utilities?

This seminar will help municipalities understand the

charter and how to achieve carbon neutral targets.

MAY 13-19, 2012

Drinking Water Week 2012

Take part in this year’s

Drinking Water Week (May

13-19, 2012). Community

events, open houses, tours of

local water facilities and other

educational activities will be happening throughout

the province. Get involved and help raise awareness

of our water systems in BC!

New this year is the BC Community Water

Challenge – a province-wide contest that asks you

to pledge to take simple water wise actions in your

daily life. Participants will be entered in a draw for

an exciting weekend getaway! Take the challenge at

For more information about Drinking Water

Week, see page 22.

For more information contact:

MAY 14-18, 2012

Vancouver Operators

Symposium & trade Show

The BCWWA Vancouver Operators Symposium

& Trade Show will take place from May 14-

18, 2012 at the University of British Columbia

(UBC). The much anticipated trade show

component will be held at the UBC Student

Union Building Ballroom on May 16, 2012 –

register early for a booth, as space is limited!

For booth and attendee registration, please


For more information and the Vancouver

School course calendar, see page 90.

JUNE 11, 2012

aWWa aCe 2012:

Canadian Water Forum

The Canadian Water Forum will take place

June 11, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

during the 2012 AWWA Annual Conference

& Exposition (June 10 - 14, 2012 in

Dallas, Texas). This year’s cocktail party

is sponsored by the Canadian Affairs

Committee and the five Canadian Sections.

This friendly gathering will be a great

opportunity to reacquaint yourself with

old friends and meet new ones. The ticket

price of $45 includes hors d’oeuvres and

two drinks, and is a fundraiser for Water For

People – Canada.

Tickets for this event may be purchased

in advance from BCWWA. Contact Debbie

Vance at for more


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Bruce Kenning, P.Eng., has joined Kerr Wood Leidal as a Water

Resources Engineer. he has 35 years of experience in water

resources and municipal engineering. His expertise includes

urban drainage assessment, water and wastewater system

design, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. Bruce is

located in the Vancouver Island office.


Andrew Wood, PhD., P.Eng., recently joined the City of Port

Coquitlam as Director of Engineering and Operations after

serving as Maple Ridge’s municipal engineer for a number

of years. In his new position, he leads the City’s Engineering

and Operations Department and is also the City’s approving

officer. The Engineering and Operations Department

maintains and enhances the quality of life for people who live, work and

play in Port Coquitlam by providing sustainable municipal services, including

transportation, sanitary sewers, drainage systems, water supply, flood control

dykes and garbage collection, plus environmental programs such as recycling,

composting, watercourse stewardship and energy conservation.

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in private practice and regional

and local governments, and is active in the field of asset management as

author of Asset Management BC’s Guide to Developing a Municipal Asset

Management Policy and co-author of AMBC’s Report on the State of Asset

Management in BC. he is currently the chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional

Engineers Advisory Committee – Water Sub-Committee.


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Colwyn Sunderland recently joined Kerr

Wood Leidal as Specialist, Asset and Demand

Management, after eight years in local

government, and eight prior years with a water

treatment technology company. His work

is focused on water demand management,

asset management, community infrastructure planning and

infrastructure financing. A past president of BCWWA, Colwyn

currently serves as chair of the BCWWA Leadership Council

and as a representative of the Canadian Water and Wastewater

Association (CWWA) on BCWWA’s Board of Directors.


Susan Clift, P.Eng., has joined the City of Nanaimo

as the Director of Engineering and Public Works,

bringing 30 years of broad experience in municipal

engineering. In this role, she is responsible for

providing leadership and strategic direction for

the City’s water, sewer, storm and transportation

infrastructure, as well as its solid waste, recycling and fleet

maintenance services. Current challenges include securing a new

water supply for the City, and the implementation of a corporate

asset management strategy.

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company: Urban Systems ltd.; Chair: BCWWA

Water Sustainability Committee

Q: How long have you been a BcWWa


A: I have been a member since 2007.

Q: What kind of work do you do?

A: Primarily water resources engineering work.

This ranges from project management and

design work on water treatment projects,

wastewater treatment projects and reclaimed

water projects.

Q: describe a typical day at work.

A: Most of my day is spent on the telephone

talking with people via conference call to address

project-related issues. This is followed by periods

of several days on the road each month.

Q: What is your essential

tool for a workday?

A: Communication, communication,


Q: How did you get

started in this industry?

A: I started my studies at Memorial University

in Newfoundland. One particular experience I

had as a civil engineering co-op student resulted

in me wanting to move to BC to gain a greater

understanding of our environment and how


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to mitigate our impact on it. I completed

bio-resource engineering at the University

of British Columbia and focused on water

and wastewater treatment, as well as other

environmental studies such as habitat

restoration. Since then, I have worked in the

water and wastewater industry in both BC

and Alberta.

Q: What is your

favourite part of the job?

A: I get excited about finding new

opportunities for stakeholders to collaborate

and work together in new and innovative

ways. This could be as simple as working

with a small community to create a water

treatment plant that meets all of their needs

(social, environmental and financial), or

creating opportunities for local government

to partner with industry to find new and

innovative ways to reclaim wastewater to

reduce pressure on local water resources.

Q: What has been

your biggest career milestone?

A: I have been fortunate to have worked

on some very exciting projects during my

career. Each of them is significant in its

own unique way and it is hard to identify

any one milestone. I can say that my time

spent working for local government was

a great experience and has helped me in

my present role as a consultant serving the

local government sector. In fact, I would

encourage all consultants providing service to

this sector to consider spending time in local

government to gain firsthand experience of

the challenges that staff are faced with on a

day to day basis.

Q: Where do you think

the future of the industry lies?

A: It is a very exciting time to be part of this

industry. Global demand for resources and

the expectation for economies to grow year

after year have stressed our water resources.

As we see these pressures on our watersheds

grow, awareness of the importance of these

natural systems is also rapidly growing. The

challenge is to understand what is needed

to balance the many competing interests

that exist. While this growth in demand

is impacting our watersheds, the rapid

growth we are experiencing in information

technology may save them. We now

have technology available that will allow

information to be utilized and shared in a

way not seen before.

I see a future where professionals of all

disciplines and industries will have access

to the necessary tools and information to

make balanced, sustainable decisions. This

is a future where community infrastructure

and watershed decisions are not made in

isolation, but are considered together –

holistically. We will soon be able to project

future views of what our watersheds would

look like if certain policies were implemented,

allowing harmful approaches to be avoided

and sustainable practices to be implemented.

Q: How do you spend your time off?

A: Most of my time off is spent with my

wonderful wife Shelley and my two adorable

children Ryder and Pyper. We have been

focusing our time on re-creating our home

to be a demonstration of what is possible for

alternative energy solutions and sustainable

living. Our roof now has six photovoltaic

cells and two solar hot water cells. The solar

hot water cells are tied to a wood-to-energy

stove that has a hot water jacket. I love the

stove because it is a modern version of the

one my grandma used to have for baking

and cooking, only this one has a hot water

jacket. Growing food in the garden is a

delight for the kids, and our composting has

now expanded beyond just food to include a

dog poop composter – a must have for dog

owners. We have also leaped over compact

florescent lights and now are using some

really cool LED lighting.

Q: is there anything

else you would like to tell us?

A: I have recently taken on the role as

chair of the BCWWA Water Sustainability

Committee. I am very excited about the

opportunity to work with committee

members to explore new opportunities

for various stakeholder groups to share

information. In today’s world of information

technology, we now have the ability to

collaborate in ways not previously considered

that will open new doors for ensuring our

watersheds are not impaired by cumulative

impacts. Water sustainability will only

truly be achieved by creating one portal

for comprehensive access to information

related to watersheds and the surrounding

communities, such that the information can

be overlaid and considered synergistically.

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Drinking Water Week is May 13-19, 2012!

Drinking Water Week 2012 is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure your

community has all the tools it needs to get involved in this important awareness campaign.

BC Water & Waste Association has created a variety of resources that your community can use during

Drinking Water Week, May 13-19, 2012. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to

raise awareness of our water systems in BC, as well as the people who bring clean water to our taps and

return it safely to the environment.

Drinking Water Week resources and activities include:

• Promotional postcards and buttons for distribution at events

• Educational children’s activities, including a true/false activity, crossword puzzle, word search and

Water Journey’ colouring sheets

• News release templates and radio PSAs for placement in local media outlets

• Educational advertorials in Black Press newspapers, along with discounted rates for ad space

• Customizable advertising templates that can be adapted for print and bus shelters

• Sample proclamation wording

• Drinking Water Week web banners and email signatures.

These materials are intended to complement your own local engagement and awareness initiatives

– many of these can even be customized with your local logo or messaging. You may also choose to

highlight local activities by holding a public event in your community, such as an information session,

tour of your local watershed or treatment plant or media event.

To access these resources, visit, or contact Alana Tees,

Communications Coordinator, at or 604-630-5348.

take the BC Community Water Challenge!

So, you work in the water and wastewater industry, but do you use water

responsibly and efficiently in your every day life? Test yourself by taking

the Community Water Challenge, a BC-wide contest that asks participants

to pledge to take simple steps towards being more water wise.

To take the challenge, visit

and pledge to take at least one of the following water wise actions

during Drinking Water Week 2012:

• I will limit my shower time to 5 minutes per day.

• I will install a water-efficient fixture or appliance in my home, such

as a low-volume toilet.

• I will return unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for

proper disposal.

• I will turn off the tap when brushing my teeth, shaving, doing dishes,

or during any other activity that uses water unnecessarily.

• I will dispose of household wastes such as cleaners, paints and

grease responsibly, instead of putting them down my sink or toilet.

Make your pledge now and challenge your friends, family and

colleagues to do the same – participants will automatically be

entered in a prize draw for an exciting weekend water-themed

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During Drinking Water

Week 2012, challenge the

people in your community:

‘Get to know Your H2O!’

New website

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Water Week 2012

BC Water & Waste Association has

launched a new campaign website

for Drinking Water Week 2012!

This interactive website features

water statistics, water wise tips,

community event listings and downloadable resources that you can

share with your family or use in your community. We hope you will

take some time to explore the site and learn about how you can get

involved with Drinking Water Week.

Visit the new website at

Connect with us on

Facebook and Twitter to stay

on top of campaign updates!

Become a community liaison

Would you like to receive regular updates from BCWWA on new

initiatives and resources available for Drinking Water Week? Stay in

the loop by signing up to be a liaison for your community. Liaisons are

also asked to encourage participation and distribute information and

resources locally. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact

Alana Tees at or 604-630-5348.

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Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant co-digestion facility:

concept to completion

By Bengül Kurtar, P. Eng., PMP, Seamus Frain, P. Eng., Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.

The Annacis Island

Wastewater Treatment Plant

(AIWWTP), which is operated

by Metro Vancouver, is the

largest secondary treatment

plant in British Columbia and

serves a population of more

than 1 million people.

The AIWWTP processes approximately 580,000

m 3 /d of wastewater using a trickling filter/solids

contact secondary treatment process. The primary

and secondary sludge generated at the plant is

stabilized to Class ‘A’ biosolids in thermophilic

anaerobic digesters. The biosolids are used

in a variety of beneficial ways including mine

reclamation, agriculture, landfill final cover and as

a soil amendment for landscaping.

The amount of biosolids produced from the

digesters and the dewatering centrifuges is about

33 dry tonnes/day of biosolids at 30% total

solids. The digesters also produce an average of

40,000 m 3 /day of biogas which is used by the

boilers and co-generation engines at the plant.

The plant is self-sufficient in thermal energy and

is in excess of 50% self-sufficient in electrical

energy for plant operations.


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In keeping with its mandate to support

greater sustainability and reduce greenhouse

gas emissions, Metro Vancouver evaluated

the option of boosting biogas production and

achieving energy self-sufficiency by adding a

co-digestion facility at the AIWWTP. Co-digestion

is an innovative ‘waste to resource process’

where digestible substrates such as waste fats,

oils and grease (FOG) are combined directly into

anaerobic digesters with the normal process

sludge. There are many potential benefits from


• significantly increased biogas/bio-methane

production from a small volume of high

strength waste;

• increased renewable energy production;

• diversion of waste streams from other Metro

Vancouver plants, relieving pressures on

these plants;

• diversion of difficult waste streams from the

liquid treatment process, which are now fed

directly to the digesters, reducing demands on

the liquid treatment process;

• greenhouse gas credits for the plant;

• reduced impacts of organic wastes in the

sewer system.

In 2009, Metro Vancouver performed a

preliminary market study of local industrial

wastes potentially compatible with anaerobic

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digestion of municipal sludge, and carried

out a laboratory testing program to assess

the suitability of certain waste streams for

direct feeding to the digesters. Laboratory

testing confirmed the potential for increased

gas production with low risk to the quality of

biosolids produced at the plant, and Metro

Vancouver proceeded to limited full scale

testing of certain waste substrates by feeding

these directly to the digesters. Initial results

from this testing were positive, and Metro

Vancouver decided to proceed with the

planning and implementation of a full-scale

pilot co-digestion facility.

Opus DaytonKnight Consultants and its

sub-consultants undertook the preliminary

detailed design and construction services

for the AIWWTP co-digestion facility project,

commencing in late 2009. The co-digestion

facility entered commissioning in March 2011

and full operation began in May 2011. A

summary process flow diagram is shown in

Figure 1.

The co-digestion facility is a full-scale pilot

facility which allows Metro Vancouver to receive

and test a variety of digestible organic wastes,

monitor the feed rates and measure the effects

of these feedstocks on the performance of the

digesters. The facility is also capable of receiving

and screening thickened primary sludge (TPS)

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hauled from other wastewater treatment plants,

providing relief to manage digester upsets at the

other sites.

Potential waste streams that can be

considered for co-digestion include fat, oil and

grease (FOG) from oil interceptors, glycerol,

off-spec milk, de-icing fluid and mixed waste

from food processing – in particular, dairy, meat

and soft drink process industries. Each feedstock

has specific pre-processing and handling


The co-digestion facility is a fully automatic

facility. It consists of a rock and metal trap to

protect the discharge pump, screening, flow

measurement, an insulated and heat traced

storage tank with mixing, odour control and

a feed pump to transfer the material from the

storage tank to any, or all, of the thermophilic

digesters at the plant. The facility is designed

to handle mixed waste material with a typical

load capacity of 9,500 l; however, the facility

can also handle larger trucks with up to 20,000

L capacity that would typically be used to

transport and unload thickened primary sludge

at the facility. The pilot facility is designed to

feed a maximum of 250 m 3 /day organic material

to the anaerobic digesters. There is room to

expand this capacity considerably in the future if

and as market conditions warrant.

The following design considerations were made

for the equipment:

• Rotary lobe pumps were selected for the

unloading pump station, the feed pump

station and the digested sludge flushing pump

station. An in-line rock trap was provided just

upstream of the unloading pump station to

protect the pumps.

• Screening requirements varied significantly

by feedstock and several screen types were

evaluated during the design. The final

configuration consists of two-stage static

screens for most of the feed stocks. However,

TPS from other WWTPs will be screened using

a pressurized in-line sludge screen, similar to

that used elsewhere at the plant.

• A fibreglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) tank with

heat traced panels was provided for storage

of the incoming mixed waste. Certain waste

streams (for instance, glycerol from biodiesel

production) will solidify at 25 o C and must

be maintained at or above this temperature.

Storage tank mixing is provided by an external

loop and chopper pump.

• Dual flushing systems (digested solids and hot

water) were provided to flush the entire piping

system, storage tank, and screens. This also

gives Metro Vancouver the ability to add heat

to the storage tank if necessary for any reason.

• Odour control was provided by a passive

activated carbon package system.

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Figure 1: Process Flow Diagram of the Co-digestion Facility

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• All processes were constructed so that any

spillage of waste is contained and will flow to

a concrete sump.

• A manually-operated pump was activated

to direct the spilled liquid to the appropriate


Since entering service, Metro Vancouver has

accepted and tested a variety of waste streams

at the facility. Currently, the system is receiving

certain waste streams on a regular basis, and

early results indicate that significant increases in

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These positive outcomes have encouraged

Metro Vancouver to explore the possibility

of expanding the range of feedstocks and

extending the co-digestion program. To that end,

Metro Vancouver will carry out a detailed market

study to assess the volume and energy potential

of waste streams available throughout the

Greater Vancouver Area. There is surplus capacity

in the thermophilic digesters at the AIWWTP, and

it is planned that the co-digestion program will

take advantage of this surplus capacity.

A key consideration for any waste material is

that it does not significantly affect the quantity,

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maintenance of existing facilities and maintain strict

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CHalleNGes and OppOrtuNities for sustainable water stewardship in

The Upper

Kiskatinaw River

At the time the US Army Corp of

Engineers constructed the City of Dawson Creek’s

water supply system during the Second World

War, it would have been hard to imagine how

much the landscape within the upper Kiskatinaw

River Watershed (UKRW) would change in the

decades to follow. The unstable silty drainage

system, that gave definition to its Woodland

Cree name of ‘muddy river,’ is known for its high

natural spikes in turbidity after spring freshet and

intense rainfall periods. Very little land-use activity

in those days would have added to this impact

in the watershed. Traditional resource harvesting,

by both First Nations and the rural settlers who

farmed and ranched in the lower reaches of the

drainage system, included annual fishing for

Arctic grayling and bull trout in the tributaries.

Natural processes that cause frequent slope

erosion and sedimentation have remained the

dominant operational challenge, particularly after

winter thawing and spring freshet.

Once raw water is pumped from an intake

on the river near Arras, it is elevated and filtered

through a series of four constructed reservoirs with

200 million gallons of capacity over a distance

of 16 km to the treatment plant located just

south of the City. Given this reliance on the upper

The City of Dawson Creek’s water supply area

in the Upper Kiskatinaw River


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By Reg C. Whiten, P.Ag. MCIP, Watershed Steward, City of Dawson Creek

Kiskatinaw River, local and provincial government

officials have long recognized the need for a

constant vigil over how the watershed is managed

to sustain community and commercial water needs.

The current water licence provides for 9,600 m 3 /

day maximum extraction – an amount equivalent

to approximately four Olympic size swimming

pools – and treatment capacity ranges from 1.6 to

3.0 million gallons/day from winter to summer.

By 1990, it was apparent to officials at

the City of Dawson Creek that protecting its

domestic water supply area would require a more

coordinated approach among upstream resource

users. Under the direction of its water resource

manager, the City created its first ‘integrated

watershed management plan’ – one of the

first for a northern interior local government in

the province. Land and resource management

planning (lRMP) in the mid-1990s, and increased

regulation and oversight from the Forest Practices

Code led to watershed assessments and the

fostering of ecosystem-based forest harvesting

practices. By the late 1990s, the Bearhole Lakes

Provincial Park and Protected Area was created to

provide permanent protection for the headwater

sub-basins. Some additional management

direction in the Dawson Creek lRMP provided

The Upper Kiskatinaw River:

A domestic drinking watershed

with multiple land-use activities

for a 1,000 m Enhanced Management Zone within

the lower Kiskatinaw River main-stem corridor, but

no restrictions were set out regarding the type of

industrial tenures that could be permitted within

that zone.

There are several constraints and issues

affecting the drinking water supply area. The lack

of glaciers in its headwaters has meant that water

supply needs are met from annual surface flows

combined with groundwater discharge throughout

the eight major sub-basins in the 2,800 sq. km

watershed. This aspect of watershed hydrology

is particularly significant when analyzing the

historical flow records from the single permanent

hydrometric station on the lower Kiskatinaw River

at Farmington. When comparing two periods (e.g.

1966 to 1986, and 1986 to present),the more

recent analysis indicates a much greater degree

of variability to the hydrological regime (median,

mean and maximum flows), including earlier and

lower spring peak flows. According to the Forest

Practices Board (FPB), “Variability in the flow

regime will cause difficulties in managing the

abstraction of water by the City of Dawson Creek”

(Forest Practices Board, 2011).

Other related questions in understanding this

question pertain to regional and local climate

factors, and general climate change patterns

perhaps being exacerbated by landscape

modifications. Important information gaps

include the classification and extent of wetlands,

the delineation of aquifers and the direction

of groundwater flows in the upper watershed.

In addition to applied research, regular field

reconnaissance and contributions of local

knowledge help to build an understanding of

watershed change and patterns. Rural people,

for example, have long observed regular 10-year

cycles of drought and floods, and the effects of

the prevailing (‘snow-eater’) winds from the upper

elevations, with resulting decreases in available

farm water supplies from the reduced late-winter

snowpack. With recent assessments by the Ministry

of Forest lands and Natural Resource Operations,

it now appears that Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB)

infestations will also have impacts, as surveys

indicate two-thirds of the City’s drinking watershed

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is affected to varying degrees of severity.

MPB infestations can have implications on peak

flows and water quality from release of total

organic carbons in the event of widespread

fire and erosion. Long-term forest hydrology

research programs, similar to those established

in other parts of British Columbia and beyond,

are considered essential to understanding various

emerging issues related to watershed function.

As development has intensified over the past

20 years, so too have concerns about impacts

on surface flows and quality from various

forms of crown and private land development

by gas, agriculture and forestry, with resulting

rapid expansion of water course crossings and

increased surface disturbance to wetlands

and riparian areas. To better understand these

issues, the FPB undertook a case study on

cumulative effects in the upper Kiskatinaw River

during a two year period commencing in 2008.

In its Special Report that examined the topic

of cumulative effects management, the FPB

determined there were over 1,200 authorized

tenures 1 , with over 37 crossings located on

erodible soils and, thus, a continuing source

of sedimentation from human activities. The

City pumps are restricted to a maximum of

500 natural turbidity units (NTUs). however,

there is ongoing operational concern about this

parameter, given this threshold is frequently

exceeded as a result of combined natural and

induced erosion and sedimentation. During the

flood events in June and July 2011, for example,

no raw pumping was possible for a total of 15

days within a one month period. Given the City’s

Dawson Creek’s raw water intake on the Kiskatinaw River

Periodic high turbid water during flood on the Kiskatinaw River

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reservoir capacity has only a 30-day storage

limit, caution was expressed by the Watershed

Steward that water-use restrictions might be

required as provided by the Dawson Creek water

conservation by-laws for periods of drought and

low flow. As it turned out, the system cleared

sufficiently enough to resume normal operations,

but could have been more vulnerable had

subsequent intense rainfall occurred.

Linked to the issue of increased turbidity

and total organic carbon release, there are also

associated increases in parasites/bacteria, and

various other chemical contaminants. Fortunately,

the Class IV treatment system and stringent

monitoring by the City manages these conditions

to meet the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking

Water Quality. Such expanding land-use activity,

nevertheless, provides significant impetus for

agencies and industry stakeholders to undertake

further research and monitoring to track

compliance with environmental regulations as

the industrial footprint increases throughout the

watershed. Greater management rigour has also

been imposed as a result of the Drinking Water Act

passed in 2003, along with a trend for large wateruse

extractions. Based on a new reporting system

set up by the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC),

average volumes used for hydraulic fracturing

operations in the Kiskatinaw River are in the range

of approximately 8,000 - 10,000 m 3 per well based

on a sample of reported volumes in 2010.

Following on concerns about possible

impacts on the City’s water supply during the

2010 drought, a precedent-setting Water Use

Suspension Directive was issued by the OGC

Bearhole Lake including water source reservoir

Stages of water treatment from raw source to tap

for a period lasting 28 days. Stage IV water-use

restrictions were also implemented by the City,

and a new water pricing policy was put in place

as part of a strategy to address periodic supply

challenges, and also to meet an ambitious longterm

target of having 50% of new water supply

needs met from conservation measures by 2020.

The implementation of OGC’s quarterly wateruse

reporting and hydrological modelling system

are indicating that approved gas industry use

volumes are only a small fraction of basin flows

(e.g. 0.62% in East Kiskatinaw sub-basin) 2 . Other

industry practices, including water recycling in well

development operations, innovations in fracturing

processes using non-chemical constituents, and

shifts away from surface water sources, will all

reduce surface water demand. This has included

a City-industry co-funded partnership for an

enhanced wastewater recycling system producing a

targeted minimum of 4,000 m 3 per day of relatively

clean treated water – the first 3,400 m 3 of which

will be diverted for gas well development by Shell

Canada, primarily within the Groundbirch Gas

Field. Additional volumes will then be available

for the City to sell as bulk water to other rural and

industrial customers.

As earlier noted, water flow and supply

implications have long been known to exist

during periods of low flow during drought and

winter seasons. However, it is not yet known how

groundwater affects this flow regime. Shallow

groundwater areas, artesian formations and

numerous springs in river headwall areas exist

at mid elevations in the watershed, and indicate

potential risk from development activity. Related 29

UNBC Reseach team with

Watershed Steward Reg Whiten


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to this concern regarding aquifers, of course, are

potential risks to water quality from chemical

additives used in fracturing, or from surface

leakage during or after well development.

Groundwater monitoring and protection

plans following from further aquifer mapping

is presently considered a high priority of the

watershed stewardship program.

In an effort to start closing the information

gap, the City embarked on the creation of a

formal, ongoing watershed steward position and

program in 2008. This was further supported

by a three-year partnership with the Peace

River Regional District to undertake baseline

characterization under contract to the University

of Northern British Columbia. This study included

installation of eight hydrometric stations within

the upper Kiskatinaw River to monitor surface and

shallow groundwater flows as well as selected

water quality parameters, and a second component

to develop a hydrological model that integrates the

hydrometric data and considers changing land-use

patterns since the mid-1990s.

Through its partnership with government and

industry in the Montney Water Project, a greater

understanding of the area’s hydrogeology has

been developed. This collective effort is aimed

at understanding the water balance in each of

the main sub-basins, and relationships to flow

and quality affects from both surface and subsurface

development activities. Recent initiatives

by government and industry to disclose fracturing

fluid constituents, the introduction of a new

water allocation and use reporting system, and

improved hydrological modelling are all measures

that will eventually increase the City’s ability to

implement its watershed management and watersource

protection plans.

Through effective engagement of watershed

stakeholders, it is hoped the City will soon be

well positioned to develop a model of watershed

governance tied to an effective hydrological

monitoring system for improved decision-making

regarding both water and land-use management.

To be effective in managing both risks and

opportunities, the City is employing an effective

strategic ‘systems approach’ to water sustainability

that builds on its success in energy conservation

practice. In addition to its unique local government

program in watershed stewardship and sourcewater

protection, other efforts are being aimed

at improving water security through raw-water

reservoir expansion from 30 days to one year

storage capacity, ongoing distribution system

management to reduce leakage and increase

efficiency, wastewater recycling, and a host of

water conservation and planning initiatives.

It is hoped that the combined efforts and

investments in both watershed stewardship and

water-use management will create a stable and

healthy environment for sustainable community

development well into the future.

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1 This review noted in 2008 that there were

15 forest licences, 24 range-use permits, 29

coal mining tenures, 802 right-of-way licences

(primarily pipelines and utilities), 200 gas

exploration permits, 96 licences for various

activities from wind to quarry development,

three guide-outfitting territories, 16 trap lines,

20 recreational tenures, 33 water licences, 13

licenced waterworks and 25 temporary water

extraction permits for oil and gas development.

2 Quarterly Report on Short-Term Water Approvals

and Use, 2011 (Oil and Gas Commission).

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provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian

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plan for public infrastructure beyond the

expiry of the Building Canada Plan in 2014.

The process will take place in three phases over

the next year. First, the Government of Canada

will work together with its partners to take stock

of recent accomplishments and their impacts, and

examine the results of the significant investments

that have been made by all orders of government.

The second phase includes working with our

partners and leading experts to collaborate on

research and analysis that will inform and guide

the long-term infrastructure plan. This important

work will lay the foundation for the third phase,

where a series of in-depth discussions with

partners will confirm the plan’s principles and

priorities. The result: an effective, sustainable,

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a view to jobs and growth. As the Government of

Canada develops this new plan, it will continue

to deliver significant infrastructure investments

through the $33-billion Building Canada Plan.

It has already tabled legislation to make the $2

billion Gas Tax Fund (GTF) permanent, providing

stable and predictable funding for municipalities

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To date, over $1 billion has flowed from the

federal government to the Province of British

Columbia, translating into over 880 projects

supporting local infrastructure needs, and

contributing to the local economy.

One of the defining features of the Gas Tax

Fund is its predictability. The federal government

provides set allocated amounts to provinces and

territories based on municipal populations, and

flows the dollars before work on projects begins.

Municipalities have the added financial flexibility

to pool, bank and borrow against the funding

allocations for their infrastructure needs. These

features – coupled with local decision-making

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workers, build, and manage their core public


The district of saanich integrated allocated

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and save funding over multiple years to take

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regional growth strategies, and water and waste

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The regional district of okanagan

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diverts 51% of its waste, and that organics,

recyclables from commercial and multi-family

units, and construction waste constitute the

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report recommended a number of initiatives: the

development of a food waste to compost collection

program for homes and businesses; the creation

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and the development of recycling centres for

construction waste. By implementing these

proposals, it is projected that waste diversion will

increase to over 70% within the next five years.

These are just a couple of examples of the

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From October 2011 to February 2012, Jennifer

Crosby, Senior Project Engineer with Metro

Vancouver, took a leave of absence to lend her

experience to project-related recovery efforts

in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

sector in Haiti.

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0

earthquake struck southern Haiti, with its

epicenter located 10 miles southwest of the

capital, Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed an

estimated 316,000 people (as reported by the

Haitian government), displaced over one million

and and affected approximately two million others.

Merely 10 months months later, the country was was then

struck with an outbreak of cholera, resulting

in more than 485,000 reported cholera cases, cases,

nearly 260,000 hospitalizations, hospitalizations, and more than

6,700 deaths. Before the earthquake, earthquake, nearly

3,000 3,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

were working in haiti; after the earthquake,

some reports have estimated that the number

increased to over 10,000 NGOs.

January January 12, 2012 marked marked the two-year

anniversary of the earthquake. Despite the

massive response, over half a million people

continue to live in ‘temporary’ camps, and

while rebuilding is underway, the city is still

inundated inundated with with earthquake earthquake debris debris and a a lack lack

of basic basic services services and supplies. According to an

October 2011 report by the UN Office for the

Coordination Coordination of of Humanitarian Affairs, Affairs nearly

one in two people people in Haiti are ‘food insecure.’

In In addition, with the shift shift from emergency emergency

sector in Haiti. Haitian government), displaced over one million

“I have always been

quite passionate

about supporting


humanitarian efforts

related to water and

I feel very lucky to

have this opportunity to

assist directly with

a project in the field,”

says Jennifer.


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response to recovery, reconstruction and

development, many humanitarian agencies have

shifted their focus and funding to other crises and

events throughout the world.

With this reality, as well as a newly formed

government, change continues to take place and,

as with any disasters, there are often opportunities

to make positive changes. In Haiti, it appears

that the earthquake and cholera outbreak have

triggered an important shift in regards to the

management of wastewater in the country.

Following the earthquake, critical water

and sewer infrastructure in the capital city of

Port-au-Prince were severely damaged. With the

use of thousands of portable latrines in the camps

and no wastewater treatment facilities, liquid

waste was being disposed in ditches, canals and

other areas throughout the city.

In order to provide some manner of protection

to the internally-displaced people living in and

around Port-au-Prince, a project was initiated by

the UN and World Vision to dig an emergency

lagoon in the city’s solid waste dump located

in Truitier, just northeast of the city. The lagoon

was intended to temporarily receive wastewater

(approximately 3 ML per week) until permanent

containment, separation and treatment lagoons

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“One of the more exciting parts of the work

was the opportunity to meet a variety of fascinating people.”

could be established in the second half of 2011.

In September of 2011, the first ever

wastewater treatment facility (a series of

lagoons) in Haiti became operational (a second

facility is currently under construction). With this

development, the temporary liquid waste lagoon

in the Truitier landfill could be decommissioned. I

was asked to join World Vision Haiti as a project

manager to facilitate this closure.

The project is actually quite similar to water

and wastewater projects in Canada: hire a

technical consulting firm to develop options and

devise a methodology, manage a project team,

consult with stakeholders, obtain the necessary

government approvals, hire a contractor to

execute the work, and, of course, look after

all the requisite paperwork and reporting


However, there are also some significant


The lagoon is located in the city’s only landfill

which is found on the outer edge of Cite Soleil,

the city’s largest slum which has been called

“the most dangerous place on Earth” by the

United Nations. There is a large community of

people (and farm animals) that actually live in

the landfill. These families subsist by salvaging

materials (glass, metal, plastic and other

recyclable or re-sellable materials) from the

landfill. As could be expected, these extremely

difficult living conditions have created a very

strong survivalist culture, and, until earlier this

year, political protests, including blockading

access and kidnappings of NGO workers entering

this area, were a very common occurrence.

The landfill is owned and operated by a

different government agency from the one that

is responsible for water and wastewater in

Haiti – and, to put it lightly, some key individuals

in these two agencies do not see eye to eye

on many issues, especially the location of the

new wastewater facility and the closure of the

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emergency lagoon. Add to that the fact that the

government in Haiti has only recently been reestablished,

and most roles and responsibilities

are in the process of being defined and

revised. To further complicate matters, there

are numerous NGOs and other agencies (such

as UNICEF, UNOPS, WhO, CDC, World Bank,

International Red Cross, etc.) interested in

participating in decisions regarding the lagoon

at Truitier because of its storied history, given

that it was the location for liquid waste disposal

during the cholera outbreak. Thankfully, there

was an active and well-organized emergency

response WASH cluster, which brought most

of these players to the same table at least

once a month to discuss coordination of water,

sanitation and hygiene activities.

There was also the learning curve of working

in a developing country for a large, international

NGO. Working for Metro Vancouver prepared

me very well to adapt quickly to the multitude

of business systems and processes. Obviously,

as an agency that has to be transparent and

accountable for every donated dollar that is spent,

World Vision has many checks and balances that

are in place. However, with only three months

to execute a highly politicized, technically

challenging project, this was definitely my least

favourite part of the first few weeks in Haiti.

One of the more exciting parts of the work

was the opportunity to meet a variety of

fascinating people, often entirely unexpectedly

– such as the morning I was given 15 minutes

notice for a meeting with the Canadian

Ambassador and the heads of all the Canadian

NGOs working in Haiti!

Quite possibly the biggest difference was the

fact that most of my day was spent working

in French and trying to understand and learn

a few phrases of the local language – Haitian

Creole (Kreyol). Although many of my Haitian

colleagues speak both French and Kreyol (and

Haiti eartHquake

relief effort

some also speak English), many Haitians

speak only Kreyol, and understanding it is a

must if you are having any interactions with

local communities or are attending Haitian

social events.

Rather than get into all the details of

the project to date, suffice it to say that we

have been able to make great strides on the

project (both technically and politically). We

have issued, awarded and completed one

contract on the site, and the second contract is

underway and expected to be completed by the

end of February.

Unlike many of my expat colleagues, I am

very lucky in that I get to spend most of my

days out in the field interacting with my Haitian

colleagues as well as other people (both Haitian

and expat) living in and around Port-au-Prince.

Although the country is so desperately in need

of change and I have seen so many sad and

destitute things, I feel a very real connection

with the community here and I know that I will

miss it dearly when I leave.

If you would like to support relief and

development efforts in Haiti, here are some wellrespected

agencies that are still actively doing

work there:

• World Vision Canada

• Doctors Without Borders

• International Rescue Committee


I would like to say a special thank you to

my colleagues at Metro Vancouver and the

consultants at Hatch Mott MacDonald who

helped to make this experience possible and


Jennifer Crosby

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BC-based network leverages diverse expertise

to improve drinking water in small communities

The popular consensus in Canada seems to be

that fresh, potable water is a bottomless resource.

It is certainly taken for granted. The Conference

Board of Canada in 2011 ranked us 15 th out

of 16 ‘peer countries’ for water consumption –

giving us a ‘D’ grade for usage more than double

that of the 16-country average.

What rarely makes the news is the fact that

the health of millions of Canadians is at risk

each day from improperly treated and potentially

unsafe drinking water in small, rural and First

Nations communities (SRCs). here, unique and

complex socio-cultural, economic, political and

technological issues have hindered the progress

that research, development and significant

government funding from broad tax bases has

brought to larger populations.

All of that could change if a diverse group of

researchers and a growing coalition of public and

private partners have their way.

“We set out to put small communities on the

map in terms of their urgent need for affordable

technological solutions tailored to their unique

circumstances,” says Dr. Madjid Mohseni, scientific

director of RES’EAU WaterNET, a national,

multidisciplinary research network based at the

University of British Columbia. “Our approach is

about much more than R&D. It involves creating

a bench-to-tap synergy between science, industry

and the end-user to create technologies and

processes to provide clean water in these settings,

while fostering the political will at all levels to fund

their installation and operation.”

RES’EAU WaterNET was launched in 2009

through a Natural Sciences and Engineering

Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Network grant.

13 principal investigators based at 7 Canadian

universities lead 15 collaborative research

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projects organized under RES’EAU’s core foci –

Characterizing Source Water Quality, Development

of Innovative Treatment Solutions and Diffusion

of Innovative Solutions. Joining them are dozens

of top Canadian water technology engineers,

scientists, economists, science policy experts,

industry partners and community representatives.

Since the network’s launch, almost 90 trainees

ranging from undergrads to post-doctoral fellows

have participated in RES’EAU as part of an ongoing

effort to create a new generation of water experts

committed to improving conditions in SRCs.They

have their work cut out for them.

It is detailed work on a grand scale that

requires real-world testing and analysis to

succeed. For instance, RES’EAU researchers

are working with 25 communities throughout

British Columbia, Quebec and Newfoundland

to assess the microbial and chemical quality of

source water in order to develop a validated

database characterizing seasonal and regional

variability. That database will be used to inform

the development of technological solutions

that can cope with differences in source water

quality. The network is already working closely

with industrial partners to pilot test new systems

in community settings.

RES’EAU defines a small system as one that

serves less than 2,000 residents (and/or less

than 500 connections). This includes rural,

isolated and cottage or fishing communities,

many First Nations reserves and fringe areas of

urban centres where local treatment options are

deemed to be most effective. In all, the definition

encompasses 75% of all water systems in

Canada, supplying more than six million people.

Replacing their out-of-date equipment with most

new purification technologies is cost-prohibitive,

so RES’EAU aims to push the boundaries

of conventional wisdom to develop simpler,

affordable and low-maintenance strategies these

communities can easily adopt and manage.

“The technologies we are developing are only

one aspect of a solution to bring safe water to

SRCs,” Mohseni explains. “SRCs struggle with

limited funds for public services, and so our

systems need to be affordable, and the community

needs to see real value for their money. They also

need to be able to operate and maintain the

technologies we develop, so there is a significant

human element that must be considered.”

To fully understand how that human element

affects the marketing, funding, delivery and

maintenance of water purification technologies

for SRCs, RES’EAU maintains a robust dialogue

with First Nations organizations and other small

community stakeholders. To date, the network has

held two well-attended knowledge translation

workshops as well as a 2010 conference focusing

solely on aboriginal drinking water challenges.

The goal of these events is to gather key

stakeholders from SRCs, government, industry

and the RES’EAU research team to identify and

prioritize challenges, solutions and best practices.

“To be successful, we have to maintain a

discourse among these groups that is informed

by technical information, but with an expert

appreciation of the circumstances in which

technical solutions must operate,” Mohseni

concludes. “The RES’EAU process takes into

account all factors that can affect the progress of

the work that needs to be done. That has required

us to engage a wide range of partners, and to act

as the voice for the needs of SRCs in Canada.”

For more information on RES’EAU WaterNET,


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take me to your litre!

By Neal Klassen, MA Brought to you by the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee


ome of us older folks might remember

a song called I’m a Stranger Here by

the Canadian group, The Five Man

Electrical Band. It is about an alien who

comes to Earth and is shocked to witness the

environmental damage done to the planet in the

name of progress.

You younger folks should look it up on YouTube,

if only to hear the emotional climax when the alien

cries, “Oh you crazy fools, don’t you know you had

it made…you were living in paradise.” Hey, it was

the early ‘70s, what can I say?

But, if someone from outer space really did

visit our little blue planet, third from the sun,

what would they think of our water conservation

efforts? If the aliens took a tour across British

Columbia, what would they see?

Well, if they landed in Sparwood, they would no

doubt be impressed by the world’s largest truck.

But, then they would find out that Sparwood has a

pretty impressive water conservation program for a

relatively small town.

Sparwood, along with 19 other communities

and two regional districts in the Kootenays, is

involved in the Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT)

Water Smart initiative. CBT has developed Water

Smart Action Plans to help these communities

reduce water consumption by 20% by 2015.

If our alien friends then moved west and

landed in the Okanagan, they would find that

Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton

are all metered, and all have active water

conservation programs. They might have lunch

with the folks at the Okanagan Basin Water

Board and hear about their region-wide water

conservation programs.

And so it would go, as the aliens travelled into

the Fraser Valley and into Greater Vancouver.


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Every major community is doing serious,

effective work at reducing water

consumption. Not wanting to miss anyone,

the aliens would go to the island and see the

work done by the Capital Regional District,

then head up north to Campbell River and

see what is happening there.

The point is, there is an awful lot going on

when it comes to water conservation in British

Columbia. The Province, regional governments,

municipalities and other organizations are

working both together and separately to meet

the same goal.

Is there overlap? Sure there is. Is there a

leader – one voice that speaks for everyone?

I don’t think so. Do we need to have one?

Probably – but in a province as big and

diverse as British Columbia, who is going

to speak for both Sparwood and Surrey, for

Keremeos and Kitimat? If aliens ever do land

in British Columbia and demand, “Take me to

your leader,” where should they be taken?

There is really just one place, one

organization, that is in the position to take on

a leadership role in water conservation: BC

Water & Waste Association. This organization

is already at the forefront when it comes

to operator training and cross connection

control. Maybe it is time to develop a certified

Water Conservation Practitioner’ program.

Such a program could offer a standard set

of tools. Practitioners would learn how to

interpret water consumption data, and how

to develop specific measurable programs

targeted to different audiences. They would

learn how to do a cost-benefit analysis of

rebate programs and how to assess the

efficiency of a residential irrigation system.

There are a number of specific skills required

to develop and administer an effective water

conservation program, but there are few

places to actually learn those skills. Who better

than BCWWA to lead the way by creating a

certification program?

Captain Kirk was no alien, but he knew a

thing or two about space travel. When he said

his mission was “to boldly go where no man has

gone before,” he was not talking about being the

first to use the low-flow toilets on the Enterprise.

He was talking about leadership.

Is it time for BCWWA to take on the leadership

role for water conservation in British Columbia?

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Preparing for sea level rise in Bc:

first steps in flood hazard management

By Jesal B. Shah, P.E., P.Eng., Flood Safety Engineer and Neil J. Peters, Brought to you by the BCWWA Climate Change Committee

M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Head, Flood Safety Section (Provincial) and Inspector of Dikes


s a relatively new resident of British

Columbia, I am not surprised that

a majority of British Columbians

like to live near the scenic Pacific

coasts and in the shadows of its mountains that

look out over the sea. This is definitely one of the

most desirable places to live on earth!

However, the allure of BC’s scenic coast brings

with it the need to consider flood related issues,

including the effects of climate change induced sea

level rise. The table below is taken from a report

published by the BC Ministry of Environment (MoE)

and Fisheries and Oceans Canada that examines

the factors that influence sea levels along the BC

coast, and calculates a range of relative sea level

rise scenarios for various parts of BC. Global sea

level rise, vertical land movement (post-glacial

rebound and subsidence), ocean circulation,

temperature, salinity and other factors were

included in the analysis.

table 1 – Estimated net sea level rise

Location net sea level rise (m)

Prince Rupert 0.95 - 1.16

Victoria 0.89 - 0.94

Vancouver 0.89 - 1.03

Fraser River Delta 1.20

Nanaimo 0.80


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Over the last three years, the Flood Safety

Section of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and

Natural Resource Operations (MFlNRO), with

assistance from the Natural Resources Canada

(NRCan) Regional Adaptation Collaborative

program, has developed guidelines to prepare

for and respond to this new reality, and to

strengthen BC’s existing defences against

coastal flooding.

Dikes, sea walls and designated flood

construction levels are BC’s traditional approach

to coastal flood protection, especially in the

Lower Fraser Delta. However, current design

standards are insufficient to accommodate

sea level rise projected over the next century.

Given the increasing value of investments in

areas currently protected by coastal dikes, a

few key questions arise: What level of sea level

rise should we plan for? What other associated

coastal factors need to be included in planning?

figure 1 – Sea level rise planning curve

Sea Level Change relative to 2000 [m]







Recommended Curve for Sea

Level Rise Policy in BC

Answers to these questions are provided in

Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines for Sea

Dikes and Coastal Flood hazard land Use, a

set of technical reports released by the Flood

Safety Section in 2010 that include: a Draft

Policy Discussion Paper, Sea Dike Guidelines and

Guidelines for Management of Coastal Flood

hazard land Use. These reports recommend a ‘sea

level rise planning curve’ for BC of 0.5 m by the year

2050, 1.0 m by 2100, and 2.0 m by 2200 (Figure 1).

The reports also describe the technical

considerations for designing coastal flood

protection structures and determining coastal

setbacks and flood construction levels,

considering factors such as tidal range, sea

level rise, storm surge, wave set up/run up and

freeboard. For example, based on a 1 m projected

rise in sea level by 2100, certain dikes may need

to be raised approximately 3 m – 5 m, depending

on local coastal conditions. For more detailed




1900 1950 2000 2050 2100 2150 2200 2250 2300



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information, please read the reports located at


The documents also provide other land use

planning strategies besides building and improving

sea dikes. Some of the strategies include avoiding

development in lands prone to flooding from

sea level rise and/or retreating to areas more

appropriate for development. Interesting visuals

of these land use options are available at the

University of British Columbia’s Collaborative for

Advanced Landscape Planning website (www.calp.

For areas of BC that do not have foreshore

protection, effective land use planning strategies are

vital for adaptation to sea level rise. To develop these

strategies, comprehensive, uniform floodplain mapping

guidelines are required. Therefore, the province’s

Flood Safety Section, again with the assistance of

NRCan, developed the Coastal Floodplain Mapping

Guidelines and Specifications. These guidelines provide

local governments with a uniform methodology for

developing coastal floodplain maps to assist with land

use decisions. The methodology relies on acquisition

of detailed floodplain topography and coastal

engineering analysis to estimate current and future

flood construction levels.

A sample floodplain map based on these

components was prepared for Campbell River, BC

and can be viewed at


Stakeholder engagement on the Climate Change

Adaptation Guidelines for Sea Dikes and Coastal

Flood hazard land Use and Coastal Floodplain

Mapping Guidelines and Specifications has revealed

a number of needs including financial support for

floodplain mapping, estimates on the costs of raising

dikes, further information on alternative options

(avoid, retreat, accommodate), and increased public

awareness about the need to prepare for sea level rise.

To begin addressing these needs, MFlNRO has

initiated a study to estimate the costs of upgrading

BC’s existing coastal dike system up to the proposed

new standards. This study will also explore the costs

to implement alternative coastal defence and/or

land use management strategies. In collaboration

with this project, the Ministry of Environment is

preparing a Primer of Options to Adapt to Sea

level Rise to assist local governments in comparing

and selecting adaptation options that are suitable

for local conditions. Both of these projects are

supported with funding from NRCan and will be

available in 2012.

After the preceding projects are completed, the

next steps will be to explore possible mechanisms

to assist local governments in adapting to sea level

rise (i.e., conducting engineering studies, developing

floodplain maps, designing and building dikes, etc.).

Hopefully, such programs can be established so that

current and future residents can continue to live in

and enjoy the scenic coastal areas of BC.

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hydrogeologist with Western Water Associates Ltd. in Lake Country, BC.



versus protection

In the last issue of Watermark (Winter 2011/12),

I wrote about the status of groundwater protection

planning in BC. One of the points raised in the

article was that there has been slow progress on

the completion of groundwater protection plans. My

argument was that this is in part due to the choices

local governments have to make with available

limited funding. In other words, since impacts to

groundwater are typically slow to occur, attention

is usually given to putting out other ‘fires’ that are

burning hotter. The main point of the article was

that inaction does not reduce risk, and groundwater

protection planning should be taken off the back

burner and brought to the forefront.

On the other side of the coin, having worked

on many groundwater protection plans over the

last few years, it is obvious that water suppliers

are spending considerable funds to investigate

the interaction between groundwater and surface

water. This is being done in response to water

quality concerns raised by the Ministry of Health.

Such studies, which are generally referred to

as Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of

Surface Water (GUDI or GWUDI) studies, are

used to determine if water-borne biological

pathogens associated with surface water are

sufficiently mobile enough to migrate into public

water supply wells and represent a public health

concern. Water suppliers who use groundwater

are also spending significant amounts of money

on treatment plants in response to policy, which

calls for a ‘multiple barrier’ or ‘dual barrier’


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approach. Typically, a multiple barrier approach

refers to treatment using both filtration and

disinfection for surface water. Where groundwater

is considered GWUDI, it is being proposed that

disinfection and either ultraviolet treatment

(which is an enhanced disinfection technology

compared to chlorination), or some form of

filtration, would be required. Where groundwater

is not GWUDI, the need for filtration would be

dropped, in lieu of the natural filtration provided

by the aquifer. It is interesting to note that some

of the largest capacity water wells in the world

are located immediately adjacent to major

rivers or lakes, and are located as such to take

advantage of the filtration capacity of the aquifer

materials. This is referred to as riverbank filtration.

The water quality concern by the Ministry of

Health is based on the prevalence of organic and

biological matter in surface water, and the argument

that pumping from shallow wells in close proximity

to a surface water body induces flow (pulls) the

surface water into the well, without appropriate

filtration (removal) of biological pathogens. There

is also the argument that turbidity, associated

with surface flow (especially during high-flow

periods) reduces the effectiveness of chlorination.

Valid technical studies that support a connection

between gastro-intestinal illness and turbidity exist,

as well significant documentation that proves the

effectiveness of chlorination is impacted by turbidity.

The Province has developed a draft protocol

for GWUDI studies entitled Draft 5 – Guidance

Document for Determining Groundwater at Risk

of Containing Pathogens Including Groundwater

Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water. The

acronym for this long-winded title is GWAROCP,

and the protocol is used to classify groundwater

sources using the following stages:

Stage 1: Screening Tool

Stage 2: Preliminary Hydrogeological Assessment

Stage 3: Advanced Hydrogeological Assessment

Stage 4: Long-Term Monitoring.

A significant amount of money being spent by

groundwater purveyors on studies is the result

of a well being initially flagged as ‘potentially’

GWUDI during the Screening Tool Stage. To be

potentially flagged GWUDI, the well could be

relatively shallow (less than, say, 20 m deep),

in close proximity to a surface water body (say,

within 100 m), or have a history of turbidity or

positive biological test results. Once designated

as potentially GWUDI, the onus is on the water

purveyor to undertake studies to disprove the

potentially GWUDI designation – with the

ultimate objective of eliminating the need (cost)

for dual treatment. Typically, the additional

study costs being incurred by purveyors are

for multiple particulate analysis (MPA) studies,

which require test pumping and sampling.

The sample is a filter (that water was passed

through) which is sent to a microbiological

lab and visually analyzed for the presence of

(among others) plant debris, algae, diatoms,

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insect/larvae, rotifers, pollen and (in a separate

test), Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

It must be conceded that water wells located very

close to surface water, at very shallow depth and

within a coarse-grained aquifer that does not provide

adequate filtration, should be considered GWUDI,

and that very basic bacteriological testing can be

used to verify this. However, as a hydrogeologist,

it is my opinion that the vast majority of wells,

especially those in sand and gravel aquifers, are

not GWUDI. Furthermore, turbidity in a well is very

different than turbidity in surface water. The turbidity

in a well is associated with fine-grained aquifer

material that gradually migrates through the aquifer

and into the well during pumping. Wells producing

water with high iron can also produce turbid water

when the iron oxidizes upon reaching the surface.

A properly constructed and maintained water well

should produce water with very low turbidity. In

turn, those wells that produce turbid water may be

poorly designed, physically damaged, or in need of

rehabilitation. Finally, if you talk to the laboratories

that do the analysis of filters from MPA testing, you

would discover that positive results for any of the

previously mentioned particulates or pathogens are

rare. My colleague at Western Water, Doug Geller,

has overseen numerous MPA sampling programs on

wells over the years, and has never seen one result

that is positive for Giardia or Cryptosporidium.

Regardless of the source of turbidity and the

outcome of MPA testing, it appears that groundwater

purveyors by default are being subjected to the

precautionary principle and, therefore, required

to invest in extensive GWUDI studies and/or dual

treatment. If turbidity in a well is relatively low

and the required chlorine residual is maintained

in the associated water distribution system, I am

suggesting (again, as a hydrogeologist) that there is

likely far more risk to water quality in the well as a

result of land use activities in the vicinity of the well.

Therefore, instead of making water purveyors spend

money on unnecessary GWUDI studies and expensive

treatment plants, more effort (and money) should go

toward source protection. I further suggest that the

costs of source protection should not be borne solely

by the water purveyor, but also by land users in the

area. Unfortunately, this argument directs us towards

the most obvious hurdle (mentioned in my previous

article), which is that groundwater protection

planning is politically complex.

In closing, I am suggesting that there needs to

be more discussion regarding the identification

of real risks to groundwater quality, and that

practical solutions need to be implemented for

the monitoring of water quality and treatment

required. These issues should be at the forefront of

groundwater protection planning.

Please note that the opinions represented in this

article are those of the author, and not necessarily

those of the BC Groundwater Association.

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young Professionals Committee update


The BCWWA Young Professionals (YP) Committee

has been busy planning events to bring together

young professionals in the water and waste

industry, and we are looking forward to having a

strong presence at the upcoming 2012 BCWWA

Annual Conference & Trade Show.

The committee will be holding a welcome

reception for YPs, students and first-time attendees

at the conference, open to all participants. The

reception is an opportunity for attendees to get

introduced and network early in the conference.

The reception will take place at the Penticton

Lakeside Hotel on Sunday, April 22 from 5:30 to

6:30 pm. There will be a cash bar and business


1) What is cathodic protection?

a. Potable water lubricant

b. A method of protecting metal pipe from corrosion

caused by current

c. A hat worn by a religious order in Fort Nelson

d. The static head plus friction losses that result from

water flowing through the pipes, valves and fittings

card draw for door prizes. We will also be

arranging a get together for YPs after the Trade

Show on Sunday night at the Barking Parrot –

more details will be given at the reception.

The YP Committee will also be hosting a poster

board competition at the conference, which will

showcase innovative work by BC and Yukon

YPs and students. We encourage all conference

participants to visit the competition and see what

your younger colleagues have been working on.

The posters will be displayed in the South Foyer of

the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre.

For members in the Lower Mainland area, our

next event will be a pub night on March 21 at

2) Which of the following are

two styles of fire hydrants?

a. Red and green

b. Terminal City and Clow

c. Slide gate

and compression

d. Mueller and Wet Barrel

Yagger’s in downtown Vancouver. All professionals,

young and experienced, are encouraged to join us.

For registration and more information for this event,

please visit

The committee is always interested in meeting with

BCWWA members, young or experienced, who would

like to work with us to promote young professionals

in the industry. If you are interested in learning about

or joining our committee, feel free to contact us by

e-mailing our chair, Mike Homenuke, at mhomenuke@ We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming

YP events and at the conference in Penticton.

Michael Celli, YP Committee Communications Officer

3) A volute is:

a. Part of the control system of a pump system

b. A part of the pump body housing on a centrifugal pump

c. A pump station water operator

d. The spiral housing for a nutating disc water meter

4) Name the five basic components in

a water distribution system.

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Heads up! Only a few weeks left before

we gather in Penticton for the 2012

BCWWA Conference & Trade Show.

Our conference theme is ‘Exploring Our Depths’

– a call to investigate and understand the deeper

issues that impact the water and wastewater

industry. We have a range of activities that will

allow us to do just that, so read on!

The conference this year is being held at two

venues: the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre

(PTCC), and the Penticton lakeside Resort (the

Lakeside). BCWWA staff have arranged for shuttle

buses to connect these venues and surrounding

hotel locations for delegate convenience.

This is the premier event in our calendar, and

this year we are planning to include all the usual

features that we love, plus a few new ones for

good measure.

Golfers can start with 18 holes of challenging

play, followed by a gourmet dinner at the Golf

Classic on Saturday at the Penticton Golf and

Country Club. The rest of us will assemble the

following day for the tours, opening ceremonies

and events.

We will provide two technical tours on

Sunday morning this year – pick one and register!


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The first is of the recently upgraded Penticton

Water Treatment Plant. The second is of the

Penticton Advanced Waste Water Treatment

Plant for which major upgrades are just being

completed, with a side visit to view the latest

associated technologies at the Okanagan

University campus nearby.

The Opening Ceremonies will be held at

the Lakeside on Sunday afternoon and will

feature a panel discussion including presenter

Brock Dolman, WEF president Matt Bond and

representatives from BCWWA and AWWA.

Also during the Opening Ceremonies, BCWWA

will present its first ever Presentation Surge,

challenging up to seven participants to each

present 18 slides in only six minutes, through a

concise and disciplined delivery.

Other opening day events at the PTCC include

the poster board display, First Nations welcome

and operators icebreaker, Operators Challenge

events, and the ever-popular Meet and Greet

Trade Show.

For Monday and Tuesday, Conference

Committee members have put together programs

for the technical sessions and the operators

and practical knowledge sessions. Nearly 200

abstracts were reviewed and the technical


our Depths

program format was altered to be able to accept

as many as possible of the outstanding papers

that were submitted.

We will be holding our reception and fun

night on Tuesday evening at the PTCC. This

year, we are featuring a buffet dinner, dancing

to our very own BCWWA band ‘Wasted,’ and

the opportunity to participate in some sporting

events in one of the main exhibition halls where

we will be setting out basketball, indoor soccer

and dodgeball facilities.

The seminars on Wednesday will focus on

current and crucial topics that will provide

important and useful information for all of us –

topics currently include Drinking Water Quality

Guidelines, and helping Municipalities Reach

Carbon Neutral Goals.

Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm (and gym

gear) – we plan to share a lot of knowledge and

enjoy ourselves. Check out the BCWWA website at for more details and to register.

The City of Penticton, BCWWA Conference

Committee, BCWWA staff and I look forward to

seeing you in Penticton from April 21 – 25, 2012.


Ian Chapman, Conference Chair

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Shotgun Start

Dinner and Awards

All Day PTCC Poster Board Competition 50

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Depart PTCC Technical Tours (WTP & WWTP) 54

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeside Annual General Meeting 91

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Lakeside Opening Ceremonies, Presentation Surge &

Member Recognition


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Lakeside YP, Student and First Time Attendees Reception 44

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm PTCC First Nations Welcome 51

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm PTCC Operators Icebreaker 51

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm PTCC Meet & Greet Trade Show 71

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm PTCC Operators Challenge Events 51

MondAy, April 23


All Day PTCC Poster Board Competition 50

8:00 am – 11:40 am

1:50 pm – 4:55 pm

Lakeside Technical Sessions 55

8:20 am – 11:40 am

1:45 pm – 5:05 pm

PTCC Operator Sessions 51

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Lakeside Small Water Systems Symposium 64

11:45 am – 1:30 pm PTCC Trade Show: Lunch


5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Trade Show Reception: light refreshments

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm PTCC Operators Challenge Events 51

tuEsdAy, April 24


8:00 am – 11:40 am

1:50 pm – 4:55 pm

Lakeside Technical Sessions 58

8:20 am – 11:40 am

1:45 pm – 5:05 pm

PTCC Operator Sessions 51

11:45 am – 1:40 pm PTCC Attendee Luncheon

Keynote Presentation by Brock Dolman


6:00 pm

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

WEdnEsdAy, April 25


PTCC Reception

Wrap-Up Sports Night Event

All Day PTCC Wednesday Seminars:

Seminar 1: Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

Seminar 2: helping Municipalities Reach

Carbon Neutral Goals






ian chapman, Conference Chair, City of Penticton

Brent edge, Trade Show Chair, City of Penticton

Manjit Herar, Technical Program, Metro Vancouver

irfan gehlen, Technical Program,

Kerr Wood Leidal Inc.

Michael Zemanek, Technical Program,

BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport

randy craig, Operators Program (Sessions),

City of Penticton

shirley Koenig, Operators Program (Sessions),

City of Vernon

rick Marchand, Operators Program (Pumps),

Metro Vancouver

shawn sanders, Operators Program (Top Ops

& EOCP), MTS Maintenance Training Systems Inc.

tjaart Van den Berg, Entertainment Chair,

LandInfo Technologies Inc.

carolyn stewart, Water For People Chair,

City of Penticton

Joel Mertz, Conference Events, City of Penticton


BCWWA is looking for volunteers to help out at the

2012 conference!

• registration volunteers: assist BCWWA staff

with distributing registration packages, conference

materials, and attendee gifts to delegates, and

answer general inquiries about conference activities.

• conference hosts: welcome and direct attendees,

respond to questions and assist with conference

logistics as required.

• golf classic volunteers: assist with informing

players of their tee-off times, and distributing golf caps.

• tuesday Wrap-up event volunteers: help

BCWWA and show services staff set up activities

and decorate for the evening’s festivities. Once

the party starts, volunteers will act as greeters for

attendees and then join in the fun. *Set up will

involve physical activity; possible heavy lifting.

Volunteers are asked to sign up for two three-hour

shifts over the course of the four days. Please note that

BCWWA does not provide accommodation and will not

reimburse travel or other expenses incurred by conference

volunteers. Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

More information, including volunteer job

descriptions and a volunteer sign-up form, is available


Contact Ariele North if you have questions: ac2012@ or 604-630-5349. 47

ConfErEnCE EvEnts


Sponsored by Autodesk

Kick off your conference with some inspiration.

This year’s Opening Ceremonies promise to be the

highlight event of the conference. Starting at 3:00

pm at the Penticton Lakeside Hotel, this session will

start the dialogue and set the tone for the rest of the

conference. Featured components of the Opening

Ceremonies include:

• welcome messages from BCWWA’s president and

the mayor of Penticton;

• a panel discussion with conference keynote Brock

Dolman, AWWA Vice-President Wayne Stiver, WEF

President Matt Bond, and representatives from

BCWWA and CWWA. Topic: Unexpected Benefits

and Unanticipated Consequences of Pursuing


• the new Presentation Surge event, with fastpaced,

timed presentations on key industry

projects and initiatives; and

• recognition of BCWWA’s 2012 award winners,

including the first-ever recipients of the new Awards

for Excellence in the Water & Waste Community.

Plan to attend the Opening Ceremonies to hear

from industry leaders and innovators, and to

begin three days of ‘Exploring Our Depths.’

sunday, april 22

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Penticton Lakeside Hotel


Sponsored by CUPE

sundAy, April 22

Lakeside PTCC

9:00 am – 6:00 pm* 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

MondAy, April 23

Lakeside PTCC

7:00 am – 2:00 pm 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

tuEsdAy, April 24

Lakeside PTCC

7:00 am – 2:00 pm 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

WEdnEsdAy, April 25

Lakeside PTCC

7:00 am – 9:00 am

*The registration desk at Lakeside Hotel on Sunday,

April 22 is only for badge pickup for pre-registered

attendees. There will not be on-site registration

or payment facilities available at the Lakeside on

Sunday, April 22.

Registration also sponsored by:

• AECOM • ProMinent • Jelcon Equipment ltd.

• Aplin & Martin Consultants ltd. •Aeromix


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Basins of relations: thinking Like a Watershed

tuesday, april 24, during the attendee luncheon

11:45 am – 1:30 pm, Ptcc

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) biologist, educator

and WATER Institute Director Brock dolman will offer a series of

slide images and interpretation about water, watersheds, human

development patterns, and land use ideas that support regenerative

human settlements. Brock will discuss rainwater harvesting as a

strategy of water conservation and will expand on ideas of conservation hydrology and low impact

development, which emphasizes the need for human development designs to move from drainage

to retain-age. Instead of land use practices that, by design, capture and convey excess volumes of

stormwater, discharging this often-degraded water off site, he will discuss how landowners can spread,

slow and sink stormwater on their site. Moving away from run-off to run-on land uses can result in

multiple watershed benefits such as reduced flooding, improved water quality, increased groundwater

recharge for local supply, short-term and long-term economic benefits, and improved localized aesthetics.

Brock dolman is a co-founder and co-owner of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Sowing

Circle Intentional Community. he is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and Permaculture Program.

He is a wildlife biologist and permaculture, watershed restoration, roofwater and stormwater harvesting

designer, consultant and educator. Brock has presented at numerous conferences such as Bioneers,

EcoFarm, GreenPrints, hOPES and SolFest. he also has lectured internationally in Costa Rica, Brazil and

China. he has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th hour by leonardo DiCaprio; The

Call of life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In 1992, he

completed his B.A., graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology

Department and Environmental Studies Department.


Air Canada is the Official Canadian Airline for the BCWWA Annual Conference &

Trade Show. Air Canada is offering special discounts to delegates travelling to the

event. Contact BCWWA at 604-433-4389 to obtain the promotional code.


sundAy, April 22

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Lakeside PTCC Every 10 minutes

5:00 pm – 11:00 pm PTCC All hotels Departing PTCC every 10 minutes

MondAy, April 23

7:00 am – 5:30 pm Lakeside PTCC Every 10 minutes

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm PTCC All hotels Departing PTCC every 10 minutes

tuEsdAy, April 24

7:00 am – 5:30 pm Lakeside PTCC Every 10 minutes

5:00 pm – 12:00 am PTCC All hotels Departing PTCC every 10 minutes

Shuttle buses sponsored by Xylem/ITT Water & Wastewater

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BCWWA’s Young Professionals Committee will host a poster

board competition for students and young professionals

during the 2012 Annual Conference. Poster boards will

showcase British Columbia- and Yukon-based projects,

research and programs through the use of diagrams, tables

or charts, and text. Submissions will be judged by a panel

of judges representing different areas of the BC water and

waste community. Winners will be announced during the

Tuesday luncheon.

Posters will be on display from Sunday to Tuesday

in the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, in the South

Lobby/Atrium area. Visit

for more information.


Visit for prices,

reservation details and additional listings. Book early for

the best selection! Hotel rooms in Penticton are already

selling out.

Conference hotel: Penticton lakeside Resort

(aka The Lakeside) soLd oUt!

Other BCWWA hotels:

• Days Inn

• Summerland Waterfront Resort

• Best Western Plus Inn at Penticton

• Sandman hotel soLd oUt!

• Coast hotel soLd oUt!

• Ramada Inn soLd oUt!

note: If your preferred hotel is sold out, ask to add

your name to a wait list for late cancellations.

*Additional hotels - Slumber Lodge, Golden Sands

Resort, Spanish Villa Resort

Hotel key cards sponsored by

Biomaxx Wastewater Solutions


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Typically, the social highlight of the conference, this year’s Tuesday evening wrap-up

event, promises not to disappoint. This year, the event will have a ‘Sports Bar’ theme.

In addition to food and drink, attendees can partake in a variety of sporting events

including basketball, indoor soccer and dodgeball. yes, dodgeball. Come ready

to play and remember to wear (or bring) your sneakers and team colours!

This will also be the second year that we showcase the musical and performing

talents of BCWWA members. The BCWWA band ‘Wasted’ will be playing the night

away with classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Come dance along or join them

onstage – see the “Call for Musicians” below.

In between ‘Wasted’ music sets, get your team together for the trivia challenge.

The trivia challenge will test general knowledge and obscure trivia facts. Plan to

compete in this fun event and win some exciting prizes.

With no speeches or formal program, the Tuesday evening event is a great way

to wind down the conference, reconnect with contacts and swap stories.

Come down and have some fun!

Access to this event is included in

the ‘full conference fee’ and

‘partner conference pass,’

and is available to other delegates

as an additional cost for $85,

including buffet dinner and

entertainment. Keep an

eye on the BCWWA website


for further updates.


The BCWWA “ad-hoc” band, Wasted, will return at the 2012 BCWWA Annual Conference

in Penticton and is looking for volunteers. If you play an instrument and/or sing, this is a

great opportunity to have some fun at the conference and show off your talents. The band

will provide ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s music to complement the Tuesday night social event.

If you are interested in becoming part of the group, please contact Don Degen at or Tjaart Van den Berg at

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opErAtors ChAllEngE EvEnts

toP oPs

Sponsored by Northwest Valve Systems

Operators: do you know your stuff? Teams of three will compete in a round robin style,

answering skill-testing questions to determine the Top Ops champions. Form a team or

join a team as a single. With new questions for this year’s competition, it is sure to be

entertaining and fun.

If you have questions about Top Ops, please contact Shawn Sanders at

Large PUMP teardoWn

Teams of three operators will test their maintenance techniques, safety skills, dexterity

and knowledge pertaining to a 4” trailer-mounted Godwin pump, including setting up

an automated float system. Each team will be required to properly isolate all energy

sources, perform maintenance functions, install and rebuild or upgrade various parts.

An instructional video is posted online – search “BCWWA 2012 large pump teardown”

on Youtube or visit

first nations WeLcoMe and oPerators iceBreaKer

sunday, april 22, 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm, Ptcc

Operators! Break the ice -– sign up your Challenge team and get acquainted with fellow operators during these receptions.

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sMaLL PUMP teardoWn

Teams of two operators will test their skill, dexterity and knowledge

pertaining to a Smith Cameron/ProMinent hypochlorite injection

pumping system. Each team will be required to properly isolate

all energy sources and perform maintenance functions including

removal, installation and rebuilding or upgrading of various parts.

coLLection eVent

A team of two will be huffing and puffing as they quickly cut

through 6” PVC pipe to remove a section of pipe, core a 4” tap by

hand, and reinstall the section complete with repair couplings and

new service saddle from the other side of the bench. Teams are

evaluated on safety, skills and speed.

Contact Rick Marchand at rick.marchand@metrovancouver.

org to register your large pump practice time and small pump or

collection team.

opErAtors & prACtiCAl KnoWlEdgE sEssions

PreLiMinary scHedULe

Penticton trade & convention centre (Ptcc) Sponsored by Canadian Dewatering LP and PSI Process Solutions Inc.

MondAy Morning


8:20 am – 11:40 am Instrumentation Basics (level, flow, pressure and analytical measurement) and chlorine options for water disinfection

– Paul Wessel, Corix Control Solutions

Confined Space Entry - hazard Identification/Risk Assessment (hIRA) – Kelly Kaye, STC Consulting

Coffee Break

9:50 am - 10:10 am

Odour and Corrosion Control: Monitoring and Testing – Brad Behiel, B.G.E. Service and Supply Ltd.

Water Distribution System Components: The Latest in Product Offerings, Technologies and Standards

– John Cobb, American AVK Company

MondAy AftErnoon


1:45 pm - 5:05 pm Cross Connection Control – Trevor Hoff, MTS

Coffee Break

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Emergency Response Programs for Water Systems – Wayne Muzyka, MTS

Asset Management and Benchmarking for Operators – Gail Kelota, Smith Cameron Pumps

Centrifugal Pumps – Tom Dunn, OPUS Dayton & Knight

tuEsdAy Morning


8:20 am - 11:40 am Control Valves – Greg Anderson, Mearl’s Machine/ Northwest Valve

UV254 Measurement, Grundfos Digital Dosing, Thermo Scientific Instrumentation – Mark Carey, ClearTech Industries Inc.

Coffee Break

9:50 am - 10:10 am

tuEsdAy AftErnoon


1:45 pm -5:05 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Control Valves: Operation, PRV’s, Cavitation, hands On Demo – Roy Ratfis, Summit Valves

360 Degree Digital Pipe Scanning Technology: Methods for Lowering Inspection Costs and Improving Maintenance Decision

Making – Eric Sullivan, Rapid View

Polymer Selection, Optimization and Use – Anthony Greville, Waterhouse Environmental Services

Manhole Inspection: Beyond the Surface Level – Eric Sullivan, Rapid View

Water Quality – Darcy Hansen, Hach Sales & Service Canada

Asset Management and Benchmarking for Operators – Don Degen, City of Kelowna

Operator Challenge shirts

sponsored by CEDA International 51

WAtEr for pEoplE fundrAising EvEnts


Saturday, April 21 at Penticton Golf & Country Club

(see below for Golf Classic information)


Sunday, April 22 – Monday, April 23 at Penticton Trade & Convention Centre (PTCC),

South Lobby (near the operators events). Silent Auction items can be dropped off at the PTCC any time

on Sunday, April 22.


Sunday, April 22, Departing from PTCC, 11:15 am – 3:00 pm.

Please join Water For People and Hillside Winery for a tapas and

wine tasting event. Your support for this worthy cause is critical

in ensuring success for Water For People–Canada’s projects in

developing countries.

Join our professional tour guide at the Penticton Trade &

Convention Centre at 11:15 am on Sunday, April 22. First stop: a

tasting at a surprise Naramata Bench winery! After sipping and

learning about local vintages, we will transport you and your

friends to Hillside Winery where your taste buds will experience why

Okanagan Life Magazine awarded Hillside Bistro the ‘Best Winery

Restaurant in 2011.’

Here you will learn all the secrets behind Hillside Winery’s

esteemed wines, and experience wine pairing canapés, all while

overlooking a background lifted from a fairy tale book. The weather

in April is always inviting for a truly unique and memorable stroll with camera in hand.

We will be back (and feeling fantastic) around 3:00 pm for the Opening Ceremonies.

Cost: $75 plus tax per person; net proceeds donated to Water For People – Canada.

BCWWA golf ClAssiC prEsEntEd By EnginEErEd puMp systEMs ltd.

The 2012 BCWWA Golf Classic will be held at the Penticton Golf &

Country Club on Saturday, April 21. The Club is a short walk from the

Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, next to the Ramada hotel. For

$115, the golf package includes 18 holes of play, a tee package, gourmet

dinner and prizes. If you would like to rent a golf cart (limited quantities

available) for this walkable course, contact the Pro Shop at 250-492-8727.

Registration and Water For People Activities: 12:00 pm

Shotgun Start: 1:00 pm

Dinner and Awards: 6:00 pm

Penticton golf & country club

600 Comox St., Penticton, BC V2A 6K3

Please don’t drink and drive.


–CANADA is a charitable, non-profit,

international humanitarian organization

dedicated to the development and delivery

of clean, safe water and sanitation

solutions in developing nations. It is the

Canadian equivalent of the US-based

charity, Water For People. Canadian water

industry professionals established Water

For People–Canada in 1995, to support

and promote the mission of Water For

People in Canada among the public and

the water community.

Since its founding in 1995, Water

For People–Canada has sponsored

more than 50 projects benefiting the

most marginalized people, particularly

women and children in Bolivia, Honduras,

Guatemala, Malawi and Vietnam.

Water For People–Canada takes pride in

teaching people how to address their own

water issues. All project work is designed

to encourage capacity-building and longterm

sustainability by the communities


Thank you for your support of Water

For People. For more information, please

contact Carolyn Stewart at carolyn. or 250-490-2562.

sign up soon to secure your spot in this experience of a lifetime... all for a worthy cause

Golf tournament also sponsored by: • Northlands Water & Sewer Supplies • Aplin & Martin Consultants ltd. •Canadian Dewatering lP


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AnnuAl ConfErEnCE tEChniCAl tours

sunday, april 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Departing fron the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre - board the bus at 9:45 am!

to attend these tours, please register online or complete the individual or group registration forms at

TOuR 1

- Water Treatment Plant

In February 2008, the City of Penticton

completed a Master Plan for its water supply

and treatment system, resulting in the

development of a phased strategy for raising

water supply capacity at the existing water

treatment plant (WTP) from 60 ML/d to the

ultimate build-out capacity of 115 ML/d.

In order to identify upgrading

requirements at the WTP to allow it to

be expanded to 115 ML/d, a detailed

engineering review of the existing facility

was completed. The evaluation identified

two major bottlenecks in the existing plant:

The existing gravity sedimentation basin,

which performed poorly on the highlycoloured

Penticton Creek source at higher

flows, and the residuals handling system,

which had a limited ability to process


During the technical tour, the

construction aspects of the retrofit project

will be reviewed and the current WTP

operational performance will be evaluated,

now that the upgrade has been functional

for roughly two years.

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

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TOuR 2

- Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant and Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

Part 1: City of Penticton

Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Penticton’s Advanced Wastewater

Treatment Plant is world renowned for its ultralow

level nutrient effluent quality (TP levels

of 0.06 mg/l). The facility serves a population

of approximately 33,000 people and has just

undergone $24,000,000 in upgrades.

Upgrade highlights include:

• 60 kw microturbine, including methane gas

cleaning/scrubbing processes;

• effluent energy recovery for plant buildings,

heating and cooling;

• major expansion to its reclaimed water system

that services golf courses, parks and school


• new biological foul air removal;

• two new centrifuges;

• new DAF;

• new cloth media filtration;

• new UV disinfection; and

• New head works and new primary tanks.

Part 2: Okanagan College university (OuC)

- Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

The Jim Pattison Centre

of Excellence, designed

by CEI Architecture

Planning Interiors, is a

facility that supports

a program mix with

a focus on sustainable building technologies and

processes, as well as research and development of

alternative and renewable sources of energy. The

innovative features of the building are going to

be used as a teaching tool to help train the next

generation of trades people in green construction


The Jim Pattison Centre building recycles and reuses

all wastewater produced on-site, using chemicalfree

treatment by the City of Penticton. Treated water

will be returned to the site for use in the building’s

grey water system and for on-site irrigation.

The structure has been built to meet the

ambitious targets of the Living Building Challenge,

which requires net-zero energy and water

consumption, as well as several other prerequisites.

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Service is our business, new Pumps, Motors and

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Timely on-going Preventative Maintenance is our

formula for worry free system and equipment life.

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BCWWA 2012 prEliMinAry tEChniCAl progrAM

Technical Program sponsored by: Aplin & Martin Consultants ltd., DFI, PSI Process Solutions Inc., Urban Systems ltd., Aeromix, ProMinent and Canadian Dewatering lP.

note: Presentations marked “CAWQ” are student submissions, supported by the Canadian Association on Water Quality

session 1

Stormwater Issues I

Session Moderator: Trevor Jones, CH2MHILL

Monday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

1.1 Stormwater Adaptive Mangement -

univerCity at SFu

Presenting author: Stephen Bridger, P. Eng.,

AECOM, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Dale Mikkelsen, SFU Community Trust,

Burnaby, BC; Nancy hill, AECOM, Burnaby, BC

Monday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

1.2 A Non-typical ISMP for Clayburn Creek

Presenting author: Crystal Campbell, P.Eng.,

Stormwater Sector Leader, Kerr Wood Leidal

Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: David Zabil, P.Eng., Kerr Wood

leidal Associates ltd., Burnaby, BC; Kathy Zhang,

Drainage Engineer, City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford,

BC; Art Kastelein, P.Eng., Manager, Special Projects,

City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford, BC

Monday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

1.3 Integrated Stormwater Management

Planning: Applying Lessons learned in Norwich,

united Kingdom to British Columbia, Canada

Presenting author: Matthew Graham, MSc,

MCIWEM, CPESC, CEnv, Team Flood Risk

Management, Worley Parsons, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: James Ogilvie, M.Eng., Flood Risk

Engineer, Worley Parsons, Burnaby, BC; Tasmin

Mills, MSc, Climate Change Adaptation Planner,

City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

Monday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

1.4 Wood Stave Storm Sewer Rehabilitation

in Saanich

Presenting author: Jeff Howard, P.Eng., Kerr

Wood Leidal Associates Ltd, Victoria, BC

Monday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

1.5 A Forest Runs Through it: Innovative

Solutions for Growing Large Trees for

Stormwater Management and Other Ecological

Services in urban Areas

Presenting author: Michael James, Hon P.A.,

DeepRoot Canada Corp., Vancouver, BC

Monday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

1.6 Rainwater Harvesting and Re-use as a

Stormwater Runoff Reduction Practice

Presenting author: Michael Macnosky, P.E.,

Regulatory Manager – Stormwater, Contech

Construction Products, Inc., Portland, OR

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session 2

Water Conservation and Sustainability

Session Moderator: Eric Pettit, Genivar

Monday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

2.1 Stormwater Re-use in the City of Edmonton

Presenting author: Liliana Bozic, MSc., P.Eng.,

Senior Water Resources Engineer, Urban Systems,

Calgary, AB

Co-authors: Kristel Unterschultz, MSc, P.Eng.,

Water Resources Engineer, Urban Systems,

Edmonton, AB; Xiangfei li, Ph.D., Environmental

Engineer, City of Edmonton - Drainage Services,

Environmental Planning, Edmonton, AB; Fayi

Zhou, Ph.D., P.Eng., PMP, General Supervisor, City

of Edmonton - Drainage Services, Environmental

Planning, Edmonton, AB

Monday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

2.2 Landscape and Irrigation Standards for

Water Efficiency

Presenting author: Neal Klassen, MA, Water

Conservation Manager, City of Kelowna Water

Utility, Kelowna, BC

Co-author: David Reid, BlArch, Manager of

Environmental Planning and Design, HB Lanarc,

Nanaimo, BC

Monday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

2.3 Combining Stormwater and Sanitary

Planning: Vernon’s LWMP

Presenting author: Ehren Lee, P.Eng., Water

Management Consultant, Urban Systems,

Kelowna, BC

Co-author: City of Vernon

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

Monday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

2.4 universal Metering Rolls Out Across


Presenting author: Kristen Meersman, P.Eng.,

MBA, Capital Projects Manager, City of Kamloops,

Kamloops, BC

Co-authors: Angela Zapp, P.Eng., MBA,

Director Service Business, Neptune Technology,

Mississauga, ON; Darlene McNichol, Product

Manager, Neptune Technology, Mississauga, ON

Monday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

2.5 The Third Generation of Water Demand

Management: Where Will We Get Our Water

Savings From in the Future?

Presenting author: Kirk Stinchcombe, MES, MBA,

PMP, Director, Econnics - Eco Efficiency Specialists,

Victoria, BC

Monday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

2.6 Rehabilitation of Los Angeles’ Historic

Echo Park Lake

Presenting author: Hala Titus, P.E., PMP, Associate

VP, Project Director, Black and Veatch Canada,

Vancouver, BC

session 3

Municipal utility Management I

Session Moderator:

Lawrence Benjamin, CH2MHILL

Monday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

3.1 Christchurch Earthquake - Case Studies

from the Field

Presenting author: Walt Bayless, P.Eng., Project

Manager, Opus DaytonKnight Consulting Ltd.,

North Vancouver, BC

Monday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

3.2 Water and Sewer Rate Setting 101

Presenting author: Jean-Pierre Joly, BASc, Project

Manager, Aquavic Water Solutions Inc., Victoria, BC

Monday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

3.3 Water Loss Management Plan

Development for the District of Squamish

Presenting author: Ryan lesyshen, MSc, P.Eng.,

Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates

Ltd.,Victoria, BC

Co-authors: Jenni Chancey, B.Eng., EIT, Municipal

Infrastructure Engineer, District of Squamish,

Squamish, BC; Neal Whiteside, Chief Engineer,

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

Monday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

3.4 Water Treatment and Distribution Systems

- Electrical Efficiency Options

Presenting author: Charlie Smeenk, PMP, P.Eng.,

Discipline Leader - Energy Efficiency, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC

Monday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

3.5 How Deep are your Pockets? Cost and

Funding Implications from the Wastewater

Systems Effluent Regulations

Presenting author: Rina Thakar, llB, ll.M

(London School of Economics), Partner, Valkyrie

Law Group LLP, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Sonia Sahota, P. Eng., LLB, Partner,

Valkyrie Law Group LLP, Vancouver, BC 55

Monday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

3.6 The Road Map for Integrating Multiple

Irrigation Districts into One unified Water


Presenting author: John Van Andel, P. Eng.,

Manager Municipal Infrastructure, BC Interior,

AECOM Canada Ltd., Kelowna, BC

Co-author: Gary O’Rourke, P.Eng., Director of

Engineering, District of West Kelowna, Kelowna, BC

session 4

Wastewater Issues I

Session Moderator:

Tom Robinson, Associated Engineering

Monday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

4.1 Optimum Frequency for Microwave-enhanced

Methane Production from Biosolids (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Jake Bobowski, Ph.D.,

Postdoctoral fellow, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Cigdem Eskicioglu, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

Professor, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC; Thomas Johnson, Ph.D.,

P. Eng., Professor, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Monday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

4.2 Trickling Filter Media Pilot and Operation

of a unique Header & Nozzle System

Presenting author: Bonita Dirk, MASc, P.Eng.,

Project Engineer, Opus DaytonKnight Consultants

Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Hart Frese, Chief Operator Salmon

Arm Water Pollution Control Centre, City of

Salmon Arm, Salmon Arm, BC; harlan Kelly,

P.Eng., Vice President Technologies, Opus

DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., North Vancouver,

BC; Al Gibb, P.Eng., Senior Environmental

Engineer, Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.,

North Vancouver, BC

Monday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

4.3 Pilot testing of OHxyPhogg Odour

Control System at Gladwin Siphon Chamber,

City of Abbotsford

Presenting author: Tyagu Mathialagan,

Wastewater Planning Engineer, MASc, P.Eng., City

of Abbotsford, Abbotsford, BC

Co-authors: Jon Coombs, Commercial Leader,

P.E., Parkson Corporation, San Diego, CA; Richard

Higgins, Senior Associate, P. Eng., Sanitherm,

Coquitlam, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

Monday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

4.4 Post-Disaster Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Presenting author: William Moore, P.E., Lead

Structural Engineer, AECOM, Burnaby, BC


Watermark Spring 2012

Monday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

4.5 update on the Review of BC’s Municipal

Sewage Regulation and Implementation of the

CCME Municipal Wastewater Effluent Strategy

Presenting author: Jennifer Wilson, P. Ag., Unit

Head, BC Ministry of Environment, Victoria, BC

Monday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

4.6 Odour and Air Management Studies:

A Key Tool in Determining Effective Odour

Control Solutions

Presenting author: Wayne Wong, MASc, P.Eng.,

Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.,

Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Karl Mueller, P.Eng., Facilities Design

Sector Leader, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.,

Burnaby, BC; Chris hunniford, PE, Engineer, OCTC,

a V&A Company, Austin, TX

session 5

Small Water Systems I

Session Moderator:

Freda Leong, Associated Engineering

Monday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

5.1 Arsenic, Building Fixes, and a Cedar Tank:

The ABCs of Implementing an Arsenic Removal

System in the yukon

Presenting Author: Jonathan Musser, M.A.Sc.,

EIT, Project Engineer, Associated Engineering,

Burnaby, BC

Co-Authors: Steven Bartsch, P.Eng., Project

Manager, Associated Engineering, Whitehorse, YT;

Mike Baerg, Operations & Maintenance Manager,

Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Carcross, YT

Monday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

5.2 Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble: The Trouble

with Boil Water Advisories in British Columbia

Presenting Author: Renuka Grover, MSc,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Co-Authors: Kay Teschke, BA, DiplT, MPH, PhD,

Professor, School of Population and Public Health,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Ray

Copes, MD CM, MSc, DIH, Director, Environmental

and Occupational Health, Ontario Agency for

Health Protection and Promotion, Toronto,

ON; Donald Mavinic, Ph.D., P.Eng, Professor

and Associate Head, Dept of Civil Engineering,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Monday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

5.3 Boston Bar Water System Integration -

Making Small Systems Viable Through Creative

Project Delivery

Presenting Author: Tareq Islam, P.Eng, Director

of Engineering and Community Services, Fraser

Valley Regional District, Chilliwack, BC

Co-Author: Jacob Scissons, P.Eng., Project

Engineer, Urban Systems, ltd., Richmond, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

Monday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

5.4 MacArthur Reedman Case Study

- From Acquisition Strategy to Innovative

Treatment Process

Presenting Author: Cameron Gatey, P.Eng.,

Municipal Engineer/Principal, Urban Systems ltd.,

Kamloops, BC

Co-Author: Terry Langlois, Water Services

Coordinator, Columbia Shuswap Regional District,

Salmon Arm, BC

Monday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

5.5 Primary Disinfection - understanding CT

Requirements and Effective Options to Get

your Credits

Presenting Author: Mark Burger, MASc., P.Eng.,

Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.,

Burnaby, BC

Monday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

5.6 updated Provincial Design Guidelines for

Small Water Systems

Presenting Author: Christoph Moch, P.Eng.,

Ministry of Forests, lands and Natural Resource

Operations, Victoria, BC

session 6

Asset Management

Session Moderator: David Main, AECOM

Monday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

6.1 Status of Condition Assessment

Technologies of Metallic Potable Water Pipelines

Presenting author: Martin Allen, Ph.D. Canadian

liason, Water Research Foundation, Denver, CO

Co-author: Frank Blaha, Senior Project Manager,

P.E., Water Research Foundation, Denver, CO

Monday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

6.2 Gaining Traction on Asset Management in

the District of Squamish

Presenting author: Jenni Chancey, EIT, Municipal

Infrastructure Engineer, District of Squamish,

Squamish, BC

Co-author: Mike Homenuke, P.Eng., Project Manager,

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

Monday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

6.3 How to Make Million Dollar Decisions

Based on Accurate Hydraulic Modeling

and Genetic Algorithms: A Case Study of

the Development of the Abbotsford Water

Distribution System Master Plan

Presenting author: Jeff Cowburn, AScT,

Engineering Technologist, City of Abbotsford,

Abbotsford, BC

Co-author: Werner de Schaetzen, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

GeoAdvice Engineering Inc., Port Moody, BC

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coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Monday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

6.4 Asset Management in the uK: Sharing

Lessons and Best Practices

Presenting author: Matthew Graham, MCIWEM,

CPESC, CEnv, Project Manager, WorleyParsons,

Burnaby, BC

Co-author: James Ogilvie, M.Eng., WorleyParsons,

Burnaby, BC

Monday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

6.5 Building Asset Management Capacity in BC

First Nations Communities

Presenting author: Danny Higashitani, P.Eng.,

Senior Engineer, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern

Development Canada, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Catherine Simpson, Planning

Consultant, Urban Systems ltd., Richmond, BC;

John Weninger, P.Eng., MBA, Senior Consultant/

Principal, Urban Systems ltd., Richmond, BC

session 7

Decentralized /

On-site Wastewater Systems

Session Moderator:

Mike Seymour, MSR Solutions, Inc.

Monday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

7.1 Watermark at Bearspaw WWTP: Tertiary

Treatment and Nutrient Removal for River Discharge

Presenting author: Julie Gardner, MASc,

Environmental Specialist, WorleyParsons, Victoria, BC

Monday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

7.2 Nutrient Removal at Small Community and

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Presenting author: Justin Hebner, Sales and Marketing

Manager, ECOfluid Systems Inc., Burnaby, BC

Co-author: Karel Galland, P.Eng., President,

ECOfluid Systems Inc., Burnaby, BC

Monday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

7.3 Onsite Sewage System Management

Programs at the Regional Level - Dos and Don’ts!

Presenting author: Todd Johnston, Environmental

Science Officer, Capital Regional District,

Environmental Sustainability Dept., Victoria, BC

Co-author: Henry Lee, Senior Environmental

Science Officer, Capital Regional District,

Environmental Sustainability Dept., Victoria, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Monday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

7.4 Organic Material Soil Enrichment: Providing

Hydraulic Functionality in Situ for Challenging Sites

Presenting author: Curt Kerns, R.P.Bio, M.S.,

President, WetlandsPacific Corp., Nanaimo, BC

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Monday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

7.5 Microwave Irradiation Enhanced Advanced

Oxidation and its Applications in Phosphorus

Recovery from Dairy Manure Slurry (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Hui Zhang, BSc, Department

of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC

session 8

Wastewater Residuals Management

Session Moderator:

Maryam Mofidpoor, Ministry of Environment

Monday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

8.1 Successful Refurbishment and Commissioning

of the Lions Gate WWTP Digester 4

Presenting author: Christian Brumpton, M.Eng.,

P.Eng., Contract Administrator, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Ken Masse, P.Eng., Project Engineer,

Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC; Caroline O’Reilly,

B.Sc. PhD, Senior Process Designer, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC; leif Marmolejo, M.Eng.,

P.Eng., Process Design Engineer, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC;

Monday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

8.2 Enhancement of Kelowna’s Biosolids to

Energy Conversion with Thermal Pretreatment

Techniques (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Neda Mehdizadeh, MASc

Candidate, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Cigdem Eskicioglu, Assistant

Professor, P. Eng., University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC; Piero Galvagno, P.Eng,

Ph.D. Student, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Monday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

8.3 Fine Screens for Okanagan BNR Plants/

Lessons Learned

Presenting author: Leslie Nemeth, MASc, P.Eng.,

Senior Engineer, AECOM Canada, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Randy Craig, WWTP level IV /

Supervisor, City of Penticton/AWWTP, Penticton,

BC; Mike Wyman, WWTP level IV / Chief Operator,

Central Okanagan Regional District / WRWWTP,

West Kelowna, BC; Mike Gosselin, WWT Supervisor,

City of Kelowna/ WWTF, Kelowna, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Monday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

8.4 Co-Digestion of Wastewater Sludge with

Municipal Solid Waste

Presenting author: Barry Rabinowitz, Ph.D.,

P.Eng., Principal Technologist, CH2M HILL Canada

Limited, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Trevor Jones, P.Eng., Senior

Project Engineer, CH2M HILL Canada Limited,

Vancouver, BC; Peter Borrowes, P.Eng., Residuals

Management Specialist, CH2M HILL Canada

Limited, Kitchener, ON

Monday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

8.5 Improvement of pH Prediction Module in

Anaerobic Digestion Model No: 1

Presenting author: Danmei Yang, Biochemical

Researcher, Ch-Four Biogas Inc., Ottawa, ON

Co-authors: Cigdem Eskicioglu, Assistant

professor, P. Eng., University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC; Piero Galvagno, P.Eng.,

Ph.D. Student, University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

session 9

Stormwater Issues II

Session Moderator: John Van Andel, AECOM

Monday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

9.1 Peeling Back the Pavement: Reinventing

Rainwater Management in Canada

Presenting author: Oliver Brandes, BA(H),

DipRNS, M.Econ, llB, Co-Director & Water Project

Lead, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance,

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Co-authors: Laura Brandes, BScH,

Communications & Outreach Coordinator, POLIS

Project on Ecological Governance, University of

Victoria, Victoria, BC; Jesse Baltutis, B.Soc.Sc.(h),

MSc, Policy & Governance Research Assistant,

POLIS Project on Ecological Governance,

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Monday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

9.2 2011 Flood Events in the South Peace -

Getting Moving Again

Presenting author: William Cheung, P.Eng.,

Branch Manager and Senior Hydrotechnical

Engineer, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.,

Prince George, BC

Co-author: Des Goold, M.Eng., P.Eng., Principal,

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, North

Vancouver, BC

Monday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

9.3 Erosion & Sediment Control - Compliance

at a Fraction of the Cost

Presenting author: James Kay, P.Eng., CPESC,

Principal, Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd.,

Kelowna, BC

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Monday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

9.4 New Tools for Design of Source Controls

Presenting author: Laurel Morgan, MSc, P.Eng.,

P.E., Water Resources Engineer, Kerr Wood leidal

Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

Co-author: Robert hicks, P.Eng., Senior Engineer,

Reg. Utility Planning, Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC

Monday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

9.5 Doing More with Less: Lessons Learned in

Developing Stormwater Modeling Standards for

the City of Coquitlam

Presenting author: Dana Soong, P.Eng., City of

Coquitlam, Coquitlam, BC

Co-authors: Werner de Schaetzen, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

GeoAdvice Engineering Inc., Port Moody, BC; Ken

Beck lee, P.Eng., New East Advisor, Coquitlam, BC;

Tom Barnard, Ph.D., P.E., GeoAdvice Engineering

Inc., Port Moody, BC; Johnathan hung, E.I.T.,

GeoAdvice Engineering Inc., Port Moody, BC

session 10

Small Water Systems II

Session Moderator:

Jonathon Lowe, urban Systems

Monday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

10.1 Ministry Initiatives and updates

Presenting Author: David Fishwick, BSc, CPHI(C),

Drinking Water Manager, Ministry of Health,

Victoria, BC

Monday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

10.2 Best Management Practices

Presenting Author: Vernon Rogers, M.Sc., P.Eng.,

President, Sustainable Infrastructure Society,

Victoria, BC

Monday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

10.3 Setting Sustainable Water Rates

Presenting author: Madjid Mohseni, Professor,

Department of Chemical & Biological Eng.,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Co-presenter: Mohammed Dore, Professor,

Department of Economics, Brock University,

Hamilton, ON

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Monday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

10.4 Cost-Effective Compliance for IHA 4-3-2-1-0

Objective: Water Treatment System Case Studies

Presenting Author: Nathan Ward, Water Quality

Technologist, CEO, Aqua Diversities, Nelson, BC

Monday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

10.5 Drinking Water Advisories - What Systems are

Most at Risk? A Cross Sectional Study Identifying

the Characteristics of Water Systems on Advisory

Presenting Author: Joanne Edwards, MPH,

CPHI(C), Small Water Systems Specialist, Interior

Health Authority, Penticton, BC


Watermark Spring 2012

session 11

Wastewater Issues II

Session Moderator: Albert Li, AECOM

tUesday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

11.1 Performance of Pumice Stone as a Fixed

Bed Media in the Biological Treatment of

Formaldehyde (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Shelir Ebrahimi, Ph.D.

Student, University of British Columbia Okanagan,

Kelowna, BC

Co-author: S. Mehdi Borghei, Associated Professor,

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

tUesday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

11.2 Nutrient Management in Wastewater

Treatment Plants by Combining Anammox and

Struvite Precipitation (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Parssa Hassan, BSc in Civil

Engineering, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Donald Mavinic, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

Professor, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC; Babek Rezania, Ph.D. University of

British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

11.3 New Turbo Aeration Blowers and

Automated Controls at Campbell River WWTP

Enhance Plant Performance

Presenting author: Jonathan Knudsen, P.Eng., Opus

DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Graham Stewart, Wastewater Supervisor,

City of Campbell River, Campbell River, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

tUesday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

11.4 Pilot Scale Demonstration of uniBAR-

Anammox Process for Ammonia Management

at Prince George Wastewater Treatment plant

Presenting author: Babek Rezania, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Process Engineer, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Randy Garton, Chief Operator, City

of Prince George, Prince George, BC; Marco

Fornari, Utility division Manager, City of Prince

George, Prince George, BC; harlan Kelly, P.Eng.,

VP Technology, Opus DaytonKnight Consultants

ltd., Vancouver, BC; Don Mavinic, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,

BC; Stella Chiu, P.Eng., lEED, Process Engineer; City

of Abbotsford, Abbotsford, BC

tUesday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

11.5 Struvite from Separated urine

Presenting author: Gaetan Royer, Manager

Metropolitan Planning, Environment & Parks,

Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Kevin Shantz, Research Technician,

Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

11.6 Phosphorus Recovery is Fine, But Don’t

Forget About Nitrogen

Presenting author: Dean Shiskowski, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

Corporate Water Planning and Technology Leader,

Associated Engineering, Burnaby, BC

session 12

Source Water Issues /

Watershed Management

Session Moderator:

Sharon Peters, Independent Consultant/Engineer

tUesday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

12.1 Sustainable Groundwater Resource

Management in Coordination with Land use Planning

Presenting author: Shelley Bayne, MSc, P.Geo., Senior

hydrogeologist,Waterline Resources Inc., Nanaimo, BC

Co-author: Darren David, MSc, P.Geo., Principal

hydrogeologist,Waterline Resources Inc., Nanaimo, BC

tUesday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

12.2 Thinking Like a Watershed: Towards

Ecological Governance in British Columbia

Presenting author: Oliver Brandes, B.A.(h), DipRNS,

M.Econ, LLB, Co-Director & Water Project Lead,

POlIS Project on Ecological Governance, University

of Victoria, Victoria, BC

tUesday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

12.3 using WEAP to Make Better Informed Water

Management Decisions

Presenting author: Don Dobson, P.Eng., Senior

Water Engineer, Urban Systems ltd., Kelowna, BC

Co-author: Glen Zachary, P.Eng., Water Resource

Engineer, Urban Systems ltd., Kelowna, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

tUesday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

12.4 Rethinking Our Water Ways - Planning for

Healthy Communities and Watersheds

Presenting author: Steve litke, MRM, Senior

Manager, Fraser Basin Council, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

12.5 Edmonton’s Healthy River Strategy:

Pursuing a Vision of Zero Pollutant Discharge

Presenting author: Kristel Unterschultz, MSc, P.Eng.,

Water Resources Engineer, Urban Systems ltd.,

Edmonton, AB

Co-authors: Liliana Bozic, MSc, P.Eng., Senior Water

Resources Engineer, Urban Systems ltd., Calgary, AB;

Jeff Rice, P.Eng., Senior Water Resources Engineer,

Urban Systems ltd., Vancouver, BC; John Kenney,

MES, E.P., Environmental Planner, Urban Systems ltd.,

Kamloops, BC; Diane Wirtz, BA, MSc, P.Eng., Senior

Environmental Engineer, City of Edmonton - Drainage

Services, Environmental Planning, Edmonton, AB;

Fayi Zhou, PhD., P.Eng., PMP, General Supervisor,

City of Edmonton - Drainage Services, Environmental

Planning, Edmonton, AB

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tUesday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

12.6 Source Water Protection in Northern

BC: Challenges and Opportunities

Presenting author: Reg Whiten, P.Ag. MCIP,

Watershed Steward, City of Dawson Creek,

Dawson Creek, BC

session 13

Municipal utility Management II

Session Moderator:

Hala Titus, Black and Veatch

tUesday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

13.1 What Happened in Abbotsford?

Is There a Future for Water/Wastewater P3s

in British Columbia?

Presenting author: Chris Baisley, P.Eng., VP

Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

13.2 City of Victoria Post Disaster Fire

Protection System Study

Presenting author: Steven Fifield, Eng.L., AScT,

Manager Underground Utilities, City of Victoria,

Victoria, BC

Co-author: Steve Brubacher, P.Eng., Principal,

Urban Systems ltd., Richmond, BC

tUesday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

13.3 Energy Generation Assessment of

Metro Vancouver’s Water Transmission


Presenting author: Manjit Herar, M.S., P.Eng.,

LEED AP, Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver,

Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Tameeza Jivraj, P.Eng., Project

Engineer, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

tUesday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

13.4 BC Municipal Wastewater Treatment

Plant Survey of Energy Efficiency

Presenting author: Caroline O’Reilly, BSc,

Ph.D. Senior Process Designer, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC

Co-author: Charlie Smeenk, P.Eng., Discipline

Lead - Energy Efficiency, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC

tUesday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

13.5 Liquid Liability - Navigating your Way

Through Water Law in BC

Presenting author: Rina Thakar, llB, ll.M

(London School of Economics), Partner, Valkyrie

Law Group LLP, Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Sonia Sahota, P.Eng, LLB, Partner,

Valkyrie Law Group LLP, Vancouver, BC

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tUesday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

13.6 upgrading the Mica Creek Townsite

Presenting author: Kia Zahrabi, B.Eng., EIT,

Civil Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.,

Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Jurek Janota-Bzowski, P.Eng., Project

Manager, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.,

Burnaby, BC; John hart, P.Eng., Sector leader,

Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Processes,

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

session 14

Drinking Water Issues I

Session Moderator:

Roger Warren, Opus DaytonKnight Consultants

tUesday 8:00 aM – 8:30 aM

Medium-Pressure uV Advances Negatively

Impacting Sub-240 nm Cryptosporidium

Correction Factors: Practical Guidance for

Adjusting Design & Operations

Presenting Author: Alex Mofidi, MASc, PE, Water

Practice Leader, AECOM, Seattle, WA

Co-Authors: Brett deWynter, MASc, P.Eng,

Design Project Manager, AECOM, Kelowna, BC;

Simon Breese, P.Eng, Global Water Treatment

Practice leader, AECOM, Kitchener, ON; larry

Vandeventer, MASc, Vice President and Water

Treatment Practice Leader, AECOM, Wakefield,

MA; Doug Brown, PE, Design Manager and

Water Practice Leader, AECOM, Denver, CO

tUesday 8:35 aM – 9:05 aM

14.2 Research on the Application of 185 nm

(VuV) for Treatment of Micro-Pollutants in

Drinking Water (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Laith Furatian, Ph.D.

Candidate, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Gustavo Imoberdorf, Research

Associate, P.Eng., University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC; Mehdi Bagheri, Ph.D. Candidate,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver,

BC; Clara Duca, Ph.D. Candidate, University

of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC; Madjid

Mohseni, Professor, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC

tUesday 9:10 aM – 9:40 aM

14.3 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan

Presenting author: Bob Hrasko Administrator,

Black Mountain Irrigation District, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Mark Watt, City of Kelowna,

Kelowna, BC; Darwyn Kutney, General Manager,

Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District, Kelowna,

BC, Kevin Reynolds, Assistant Manager, Rutland

Waterworks District, Kelowna, BC; Toby Pike,

General Manager, South East Kelowna Irrigation

District, Kelowna, BC

coffee BreaK 9:40 aM – 10:00 aM

tUesday 10:00 aM – 10:30 aM

14.4 Economic Level of Leakage: A Cost Effective

Leakage Management Tool

Presenting author: Mohammad Islam, Okanagan

School of Engineering, University of British Columbia,

Kelowna, BC

tUesday 10:35 aM – 11:05 aM

14.5 Development of a Rapid Capture Flow

Cell for Detection of Harmful Microorganisms in

Drinking Water (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Sina Jomeh, Ph.D. Candidate,

University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Deborah June Roberts, Ph. D., Eng. l.,

University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC; Mina

hoorfar, Ph.D., P.Eng., University of British Columbia,

Kelowna, BC

tUesday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

14.6 Response to a Boil Water Notice in White

Rock: Finding the Contamination Path, Rehabilitation

of the System, & Lifting the Notice

Presenting author: Neal Whiteside, MASc, P.Eng.; Chief

Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Stephen Craik, Ph.D., P.Eng.; Director of

Quality Assurance, EPCOR Water Services, Edmonton,

AB; Betty Icharia, M.Sc., Utility Manager, EPCOR White

Rock Water,White Rock, BC

session 15

Climate Change

Session Moderator: TBA

sPeciaL sessions

Organized by BCWWA Climate Change

Committee. Visit

for updated information.

tUesday 11:10 aM – 11:40 aM

15.6 Addressing Climate Change by Applying

Adaptive Management Techniques to

Infrastructure Management

Presenting author: Steve Conrad, PICS Fellow, Simon

Fraser University, Burnaby, BC 59

session 16

Wastewater Issues III

Session Moderator:

John Hart, Kerr Wood Leidel Associates

tUesday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

16.1 ‘Continuous Thermal Hydrolysis’ the Key

for Wastewater Power Plants

Presenting author: Christian Cabral, P.E.; Process

Manager, VWS Canada, Mississauga, ON

Co-authors: Nick Gurieff, MSc, Ph.D.; Product

Manager, Kruger AS, Soborg, Denmark; Marie

Meunier, MSc; Director,Western Canada, VWS

Canada, Montreal, QC

tUesday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

16.2 On-Site Evaluation of uV Disinfection on

Trickling Filter/Solids Contact Effluent

Presenting Author: Michael Celli, Project

Engineer, AECOM, Burnaby, BC

Co-Presenter: Stella Chiu, Wastewater

Planning/Process Engineer, City of Abbotsford,

Abbotsford, BC

Co-Authors: David Lycon, Senior Wastewater

Engineer, AECOM, Burnaby, BC

tUesday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

16.3 Jervis Forcemain Tunnel – Live Sewer Tiein

300 m Down a Tunnel

Presenting author: Colin Meldrum, P.Eng., Senior

Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Redgenald Musana, P.Eng., Project

Engineer, Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC; Rob

Zimmer, CRSP, ChSC, Safety Management System

Supervisor, Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

tUesday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

16.4 Finding Operational/Control Methods to

Save Energy at WWTFs under Variable Tariffs

Presenting author: Eustina Musvoto, Ph.D.,

Senior Wastewater Process Specialist, Associated

Engineering, Burnaby, BC

tUesday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

16.5 Rehabilitation of Sewage Lift Stations -

Concrete and Steel Wet Wells

Presenting author: Gurjit Sangha, P.Eng.,

Vice President, Opus DaytonKnight Ltd., North

Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Sean Rooney, Project Engineer, E.I.T.,

Opus DaytonKnight Ltd., North Vancouver, BC


Watermark Spring 2012

session 17

Drinking Water Issues II

Session Moderator:

Anthony Greville, Waterhouse

tUesday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

17.1 Norrish WTP Improvements for Turbidity

Presenting author: Kristi Alexander, P.Eng., Water

Planning/Process Engineer, City of Abbotsford,

Abbotsford, BC

Co-authors: Jesus Garcia-Aleman, Ph.D., P.Eng.,

Regional Membrane Technology leader, Ch2M

hIll, Toronto, ON; lawrence Benjamin, P.Eng.,

Vice President and Area Manager BC, CH2M

hIll, Vancouver, BC; Umar Ulfaruq, P.Eng., Project

Engineer, Ch2M hIll, Vancouver, BC; Yariv Ben

Shooshan, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager/Service

Excellence Leader, Opus DaytonKnight Ltd., North

Vancouver, BC

tUesday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

17.2 Quantity, Quality, Lisims and Lava -

Water Improvements for the Nisga’a Village of


Presenting author: Matt Henney, P.Eng., Practice

Leader – Water, Associated Engineering, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Harry Nyce Jr., B.Sc., MBA, Chief

Executive Officer, Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw,

Gitwinksihlkw, BC; Christian Brumpton, M.Eng.,

P.Eng., Contract Manager, Associated Engineering,

Burnaby, BC; Claudio Pirillo, Project Manager,

Broadwater Industries ltd., Prince Rupert, BC

tUesday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

17.3 Treatment of High Colour, Organic Water:

Sharing Experiences from the Design of the

Sunshine Coast’s Newest WTP

Presenting author: Colin Kristiansen, P.Eng.,

MBA, Principal, Delcan Corporation, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: Pierre Kwan, PE, Northwest and

Alaska Water Treatment Business Class lead, hDR

Engineering, Bellevue, WA

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tUesday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

17.4 Ion Exchange Resins for Natural Organic

Matter Removal

Presenting author: Madjid Mohseni, Professor,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Gustavo Imoberdorf, Research

Associate, P.Eng., University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC; Mohammad Mahdi Bazri, Ph.D.

Candidate, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC; Sonia Rahmani, Ph.D. Candidate,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

17.5 GWuDI or Secure Groundwater Sources:

Making a Determination using Multiple Lines

of Evidence

Presenting author: Ryan Rhodes, P.Geo,

Hydrogeologist, Western Water Associates Ltd.,

Lake Country, BC

Co-author: Douglas Geller, P.Geo, Senior

Hydrogeologist, Western Water Associates Ltd.,

Lake Country, BC

session 18

Municipal utility Operations

Session Moderator:

Kevin Ramsay, District of Squamish

tUesday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

18.1 Municipal SCADA Optimization

Presenting author: Tom Dunn, SCADA

Technologist, Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.,

North Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Victor Wong, Manager, Electrical Power

Automation & SCADA, P.Eng., Opus DaytonKnight

Consultants Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

tUesday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

18.2 Municipal SCADA Optimization

Presenting author: Tom Green, SCADA

Technologist, District of Squamish, Squamish, BC

Co-authors: Robin Wang, SCADA Engineer, P.Eng.,

Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., North

Vancouver, BC; Victor Wong, Manager, Electrical

Power Automation & SCADA, P.Eng., Opus

DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

tUesday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

18.3 SCADA: A Snapshot of Municipal

SCADA Systems

Presenting author: Dan Richards, MBA, BSc,

Account Manager BC, YT, SK, MA, CTH Systems,

Richmond, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

tUesday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

18.4 Lead, Speed and Lag: Easily Trim Pump

Power Cost by up to 20%

Presenting author: Brian Short, P.Eng., BK Short

Engineering Ltd., Nanaimo, BC

tUesday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

18.5 District of Kitimat SCADA Challenges for

Small Municipality

Presenting author: Victor Wong, Manager,

Electrical Power Automation & SCADA, P.Eng.,

Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., North

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Wayne Sussbauer, AScT. District of

Kitimiat, Kitimat, BC; Nicole Wright, P.Eng., PMP,

Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd., North

Vancouver, BC

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session 19

Assorted Topics

Session Moderator:

Christina yamada, Interior Health Authority

tUesday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

19.1 Are your Membranes Going Downhill?

Integrating ultra filtration into a Gravity Water

Supply System

Presenting author: Bill Harvey, P.Eng., Practice

Leader – Water, Associated Engineering, Burnaby, BC

Co-authors: William Sims, A.Sc.T., Manager, Water

Resources, City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo, BC; Quinn

Crosina, MASc, P.Eng., Water Process Engineer,

Associated Engineering, Burnaby, BC; Ian Wright,

P.Eng., Vice President – Water, Associated

Engineering, Calgary, AB; Matt henney, P.Eng.,

Project Manager, Associated Engineering,

Kelowna, BC

tUesday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

19.2 Pipe Material Selection for Water

Transmission Mains

Presenting author: Shaun Hodgins, P.Eng., Project

Manager, Delcan Corporation, Burnaby, BC

Co-author: Jim Young, P. Eng. Manager

Engineering Design & Construction, City of

Richmond, Richmond, BC

tUesday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

19.3 Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent


Presenting author: Snehal Lakhani, P.Eng.,

Environment Canada, Vancouver, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

tUesday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

19.4 From Wastewater Treatment to

Community Asset - Is it Possible?

Presenting author: Joan Liu, P.Eng, M.A.So

Co-authors: Laurie Ford, P.Eng., Senior Engineer,

Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC; Fred Nenninger,

P.Eng., Project Manager, Metro Vancouver,

Burnaby, BC

tUesday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

19.5 Sewage: Flush Full of Heat

Presenting Author: Jeff Carmichael, Ph.D.,

Division Manager, Utility Research and

Opportunity Projects, Utility Planning Department,

Metro Vancouver, Burnaby, BC

Co-Authors: Chris Davidson, P.Eng., Metro

Vancouver, Vancouver, BC; Shaheli Masoom, EIT,

Ph.D, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, BC; Genevieve

Tokgoz, P.Eng, M.Eng, LEED AP, CEM, Metro

Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

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session 20

Water Resources

Session Moderator:

Larry Sawchyn, Fransen Engineering

tUesday 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

20.1 Environmental Tracers to Delineate

Groundwater Age and Recharge Processes in

the Gibsons Aquifer (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Jessica Doyle, MSc Student,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Tom Gleeson, Ph.D., Associate

Professor, McGill University, Montreal, QC; Sue

Gordon, Ph.D., P.Geo., P.Geol., Principal, Gordon

Groundwater Consultancy, Gibsons, BC; Ulrich

Mayer, Ph.D., Professor, University of British

Columbia, Vancouver, BC

tUesday 2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

20.2 The Role of Inventory, Dynamics and

Risk Analysis in Water Management

Presenting author: Jon Fennell, MSc,

Ph.D, P.Geo, Director of Water Resources,

WorleyParsons Canada, Calgary, AB

tUesday 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

20.3 Tools to Support Proactive Drought

Planning in the Semi-arid Okanagan:

Basin-negotiating a Community’s Water

Insurance Policy

Presenting author: Nelson Jatel, LGMC, BSc,

MA Candidate, Okanagan Basin Water Board,

Kelowna, BC

coffee BreaK 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

tUesday 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

20.4 Osoyoos Lake Drought Management

Presenting author: James Mattison, MRM,

P.Eng., Urban Systems ltd., Victoria, BC

Co-author: Don Dobson, P.Eng., Urban Systems

Ltd., Kelowna, BC

tUesday 4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

20.5 Wading in on Governance for Osoyoos

Lake: An Okanagan Approach to International


Presenting author: Anna Warwick Sears, PhD,

Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water

Board, Kelowna, BC

BacK-UP PaPers

Water Conservation and Sustainability

Keeping Water in the Pipes: How Irrigation

Auditing Can Help

Presenting author: Shauna Burnell, BA, CID,

CLIA, Owner/Operator, Waterkind Consulting

Services, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Brad Burnell, BBA, CID, CLIA,

Owner/Operator, Waterkind Consulting Services,

Kelowna, BC

Anaerobic Treatment of Winery Solid and Liquid

Waste Streams (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Jose Garcia, Master of Applied

Science (candidate), University of British Columbia

Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Cold Climate Water System Management

Presenting author: Ian Rose-Innes, Senior Project

Manager P.Eng., M.Sc., Opus DaytonKnight

Consultants Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

Adapting P3 for Water/Wastewater Projects:

Aligning Theory with Practice

Presenting author: John Herbert, P.Eng., Senior

Program Manager, CH2M HILL, Vancouver, BC

Co-author: Leofwin Clark, Vice President, CH2M

HILL, Denver, CO

To Meter or Not to Meter? That is the Question.

Presenting author: Jean-Pierre Joly, BASc, Project

Manager, Aquavic Water Solutions Inc., Victoria, BC

Co-author: Kirk Stinchcombe, MBA, MES, PMP,

Director, Econnics, Victoria, BC

Risky Business - Providing Community Water and

Sewer Services while Minimizing Risk of Liability

Presenting author: Rina Thakar, llB, ll.M,

Partner, Valkyrie Law Group LLP

Co-authors: Sonia Sahota, P. Eng, LLB, Partner,

Valkyrie Law Group LLP, Vancouver, BC

Wastewater Issues I

Sewage Trunk Sewer Ventilation Design and

CFD Simulations

Presenting author: Alexandru Carciumaru,

Air Quality Engineering Manager, AECOM,

Markham, ON

Lagoons Effluent Toxicity - When Meeting your

License Effluent Quality isn’t Enough

Presenting author: Martin Hildebrand, P.Eng.,

President, Nelson Environmental Inc.,

Winnipeg, MB

Co-author: Merle Kroeker, P.Eng., Project

Development Engineer, Nelson Environmental

Inc., Winnipeg, MB 61

Advanced Anaerobic Digestion: Practicalities

of Recovering Energy from Wastewater

Presenting author: Sebastien LeScraigne,

Process Engineer, M.Eng., Hatch Mott

MacDonald, Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Siobhan Holladay, Process

Engineer, MASc., Hatch Mott MacDonald,

Vancouver, BC; Trevor Cooke, Western Canada

Water Team Manager, PE, Hatch Mott

MacDonald, Vancouver, BC

Developing a Business Case for Inflow and

Infiltration Reduction

Presenting author: Chandra Naiduwa,

P.Eng., Utilities Engineer, City of Chilliwack,

Chilliwack, BC

Co-author: Steve Brubacher, P.Eng., Principal,

Urban Systems ltd., Richmond, BC

Innovative Application of Okanagan BNR

Technology in Strathmore, AB

Presenting author: Brandon Stearns, C.E.T.,

AECOM, Kelowna, BC

Small Water Systems

Electrocoagulation: A Feasible Alternative to

Chemical Coagulation?

Presenting author: Siobhan Holladay, Process

Engineer, MASc., Hatch Mott MacDonald,

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Trevor Cooke, Western Canada

Water Team Manager, PE, Hatch Mott

MacDonald, Vancouver, BC; Sebastien

LeScraigne, Process Engineer, M.Eng., Hatch

Mott MacDonald, Vancouver, BC


On-site Wastewater Systems

Retrofitting SBR Systems to Improve BOD &

TSS Removal in Tourist Camping Areas

Presenting author: Mohamad Ghosn,

Engineering Coordinator, Premiertech Aqua,

lachenaie, QC


Watermark Spring 2012

Wastewater Residuals Management

Non-compliance Risk Assessment for

Disinfectant By-products and Pathogens in a

Water Distribution Network (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Nilufar Islam, MASc and PhD

student, School of Engineering, University of

British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

Co-authors: Sadiq Rehan, Ph.D., Associate

Professor, School of Engineering, University

of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC; Manuel J.

Rodriguez, Ph.D., École d›aménagement du

territoire et développement regional, Université

laval, Quebec City, QC; Alex Francisque,

Ph.D., École d›aménagement du territoire et

développement regional, Université laval,

Quebec City, QC

Source Water Issues/

Watershed Management

Bottoms up - Challenging the Status Quo of

Drinking Water Resource Management

Presenting author: Anita Francoeur, BSc, Water

Resource Consultant, Vancouver Island Water

Watch Coalition/Save Our Valley Alliance, Port

Alberni, BC

Okanagan Lake Water Supply Project

Presenting author: Bob Hrasko, P.Eng., Agua

Consulting Inc., Kelowna, BC

Co-author: Darren Schlamp, Manager of

Development and Engineering, Glenmore-Ellison

Improvement District, Kelowna, BC

Can Retrofitting urban Watersheds Improve

the Health of Aquatic Communities in urban

Streams? (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Sara Pour, BASc , MASc

Candidate, University of British Columbia Civil

Engineering Department, Vancouver, BC

Drinking Water Issues

Optimization of Water and Wastewater

Treatment Infrastructure using CFD Modelling

Presenting author: Stephen Horsman, P.Eng.,

Project Engineer, AECOM, Kelowna, BC

Co-author: Ryan Edison, PE, Senior hydraulic

Specialist, AECOM, Grand Rapids, MI

City of Prince George Groundwater Protection

Plan- Protecting our Drinking Water Wells

Presenting author: Gina Layte Liston, MSc,

Project Manager, City of Prince George, Prince

George, BC

Iron and Manganese Removal from Potable

Water using On-site Generated Sodium


Presenting author: Jesse Maddaloni, EIT, MASc,

WorleyParsons Canada, Victoria, BC

Solutions for First Nation Water and

Wastewater Challenges: Simplification and


Presenting author: Jack Touhey, B.A Commerce,

Vice President Public & Government Affairs

and head of Global Customer Relations, Corix,

Vancouver, BC

Co-authors: Michelle McLarty, B.Eng., Manager,

Business Development, Corix, Vancouver, BC;

George Dolmat, P.Eng., Project Manager, Corix,

Vancouver, BC

Assorted Topics

Digester Gas utilization Through an Innovative

Project Delivery Model

Presenting author: Hala Titus, P.E., PMP,

Associate Vice President/Project Director, Black &

Veatch Canada, Vancouver, BC

Water Resources

Improving Drought Risk Assessment using

Soft-Computing Methods (CAWQ)

Presenting author: Amin Zargar, MSc and

MTech, Ph.D. Student, University of British

Columbia, Kelowna, BC

Co-author: Rehan Sadiq, Professor, University of

British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

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session 1:

Canadian Drinking Water Quality

Guidelines: What Water Suppliers

Need to Know

Presented by the BCWWA Drinking Water

Committee, this seminar will review recent

changes to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking

Water Quality (GCDWQ), and discuss potential

future changes to the drinking water guidelines

and other related policies.

Delegates will learn about specific parameters

where there is new research, and/or the guidelines

are changing, specifically in regards to:

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• Turbidity

• Disinfection By-Products (DBPs)

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impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry.

Who should attend? Water suppliers,

other drinking water quality specialists, and

anyone passionate about drinking water

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Watermark Spring 2012

7:30 am • Registration and Breakfast


8:30 – 8:45 am • Introduction and Welcome

Overview of the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality

8:45 – 9:15 am Barry Boettger

• Discuss process for revisions to GCDWQ

• how relative risk is assessed

• Review new/emerging parameters, parameters under review

Manganese in Drinking Water: Health Impacts on Children and Fate in Distribution Systems

9:15 – 9:45 am Benoit Barbeau

What Insights Turbidity Can and Cannot Provide as a Drinking Water Quality Parameter

9:45 – 10:15 am Speaker: Steve Hrudey

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break

Microbiological Indicators – What They Can and Can’t Tell Us

10:30 – 11:00 am Natalie Prystajecky, BCCDC

A Review of the Current State of Knowledge About Disinfection By-products and Public health Risks

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Steve Hrudey

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Risk Management for lead

1:00 – 1:30 pm Sylvia Struck, BCCDC

Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrite: Recent Information on Thyroid Toxicology

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Arsenic: Treatability Versus Risk Reduction

2:00 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 2:45 pm Coffee Break

What Does it Mean if Our Source has Elevated Radiological Parameters like Uranium and Radon?

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion & Questions

3:15 – 3:45 pm Steve Hrudey and other presenters

Closing Remarks

3:45 – 4:00 pm • Closing remarks

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session 2:

Helping Municipalities

Reach Carbon Neutral Goals

Organized by BCWWA. Chaired by Zaid

Azaizeh and co-chaired by Bengül Kurtar

descriPtion: Many municipalities have

signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter

with the intention to become carbon neutral by

the year 2012, but not everyone knows what

to do next. This seminar will give an overview

of the charter and how it relates to water

and wastewater utilities. Presenters will give

examples of how municipalities can measure

their green house gas emissions and attendees

will explore some of the different options for

moving forward with meeting carbon neutral

goals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from

current operations, and planning for the future.

The session will include case studies on what

some of BC’s municipalities and communities

are already doing to reach carbon neutral

goals, with a focus on water and wastewater

utilities. It will also answer some questions

about the available financial incentives,

funding and grants from federal and provincial

governments to the charter signatories and

about updates to climate change policies in BC.

The varied panel of presenters in this seminar

hope to leave attendees with the practical

tools necessary to make a change within your

business and community.

Who should attend? Municipal

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7:30 am • Registration and Breakfast

Introduction and Welcome

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Min. of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Intergovernmental Relations and Planning

8:30 – 9:20 am Jessica Brooks, Manager, Intergovernmental Initiatives

• Updates on the Climate Action Charter workbook

• Review of Green Communities Carbon Neutral Framework

• Available financial incentives, funds and grants from various sources

Min. of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Integrated Policy

9:20 – 10:10 am Chris Jensen, Infrastructure Resource Officer

• GhG emission reductions through asset management.

• GhG emission reductions in water and wastewater utilities.

10:10 – 10:25 am Coffee Break

Steve Conrad (PhD Candidate at SFU and Chair of REM Water Research Working Group)

10:25 – 11:10 am Steve Conrad

• Overview on climate change

Pacific Carbon Trust

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Cameron Stonestreet, Business Development

• Carbon Offset

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Climate Smart

1:00 – 1:45 pm Elizabeth Sheenan, President

• Tools to map, measure and report GhG emissions for businesses and


PW Trenchless Technologies

1:45 – 2:30 pm David O’Sullivan, President

• GhG emission reductions and carbon credits through trenchless technology.

2:30 – 2:45 pm Coffee Break

Metro Vancouver, Utility Planning Department

2:45 – 3:15 pm Jeff Carmichael, Division Manager, Utility Research and Opportunity Projects

• Drivers (provincial, regional, local)

• Plans and actions (Metro corporate and Metro municipalities)

• Challenges

Success Stories, Case Studies and Discussion (TBA)

3:15 – 4:15 pm • Success stories, case studies and discussion

Closing Remarks

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Regional/Local Consulting/Contracting Manufacturing/Supply Retired


Educational Institute Private utility Other

Public utility


Position tyPe

Executive/Principal Engineer/Scientist Educator Management Technical/Technician

Student Marketing/Sales/Admin Operator Retired

I would like to purchase or renew my BCWWA membership for one year and receive the “member rate” for my 2012 Conference registration, as well as other member benefits including Watermark Magazine.

Individual ($60) Operator: EOCP # ($35)

Student ($25): Institution and Student #


Member/Non-Member Rate

(choose one; circle appropriate cost) early Bird regular onsite

Up to feb. 13 - after april 11

feb. 12 april 11

Full Conference (Includes Tuesday Wrap up) $ 470/570 $ 520/620 $ 620/720

Exhibits ONLy $ 300 $ 300 $ 375


Provide EOCP #:

$ 340/440 $ 395/495 $ 470/570

SWS Symposium ONLy

One Day Only:

$ 125 $ 125 $ 125

Sunday $ 125 $ 125 $ 125

Monday $ 300 $ 300 $ 350

Tuesday (Daytime Only)

Single Trade Show Session:

$ 250 $ 250 $ 300

Sunday $ 125 $ 125 $ 125

Monday Lunch $ 125 $ 125 $ 125

Monday Evening $ 125 $ 125 $ 125


Institution and Student #:

$ 100 $ 100 $ 100

Partner Conference Pass (Register Partner Separately)

subtotal 1: $

$ 150 $ 150 $ 150

1. BCWWA will try to accommodate requests for special meals received by Friday, March 30. unfortunately, we cannot accomm-

odate all dietary restrictions. It is the responsibility of each delegate to accommodate his or her own allergy restrictions.

Vegetarian Vegan Severe Allergy:

PayMent & canceLLation inforMation

fieLd of serVice/area of interest Please check all that apply:

Asset Management

Cross Connection






Drinking Water



First Nations

Ground Water

Hazardous/Toxic Waste





Public Awareness



additional costs cost

Golf Classic: $ 115

Sunday Technical Tour (pick one) $ 60

Tour 1: WTP Tour 2: WWTP

Water For People – Wine and Tapas Tour $ 75

Tuesday Evening Wrap up Event : $ 85

Wednesday Seminars (Includes lunch) Choose One:

1) Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

2) Helping Municipalities

$ 225

Reach Carbon Neutral Goals

subtotal 2: $

subtotal 1 + subtotal 2: $

$ 225

12% Hst (#128755352): + $

Water For People Donation (optional): $

Membership (optional, see above): $

totaL encLosed: =$


Small Water Systems

Wastewater Collection

& Treatment

Water Conservation

Water Quality

Water Supply &


Watershed Management


2. I do not wish my contact information to be included in the

‘Attendee List’ provided to select event sponsors before and/

or after the conference.

3. Events are subject to change and may be cancelled if

minimum registration requirements are not met.

Please note: events are subject to change

Credit Card: Visa Mastercard Cheque: Make cheques payable to: BC Water & Waste Association

BcWWa conference registration Payment and cancellation Policy:

Once your registration form (online or paper) has been received by BCWWA, your registration is considered firm.

Name on card

Payment is due before the event start date.

Refunds will be processed for cancellations received by BCWWA seven (7) working days before the event start date,

Card Number

subject to a cancellation fee of $50 +HST. Delegate substitution will be permitted at no extra charge with 24 hours

advance written notice to the BCWWA office. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within seven (7)

Expiry Date

working days of the event start.

If you register without paying and do not attend the event, your registration will be considered firm if you do not notify


BCWWA of your cancellation per the refund policy stated above. you will be invoiced for the full registration cost.

For more information on what is included in your registration visit

Complete this form and fax it back to BCWWA (604-433-9859), or register online at

Questions? Contact the BCWWA office at 604-433-4389 or

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HDPE Sewage


Industrial Effluent



Above Ground

Bolted Steel Tanks

Industrial Process


Lined Underground



Water Quality

Custom installed Geomembrane lining systems

for steel, concrete, and earthen berm structures.

Supply and installation of Steel Bolted Reservoirs.

Western Tank & Lining offers a full selection of

textured and smooth HDPE, LLDPE and Geosynthetic Clay Liners.

Authorized distributor for mixing systems by PAX Water Technologies.

All containment systems meet AWWA, API and NSF specifications.

Toll Free: 1-800-551-4355 Tel: 604-241-9487 Fax: 604-241-9485

12180 Vickers Way, Richmond, BC V6V-1H9

Email: or

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coMPany inforMation



registration - cost Per registrant



first name/Last name Membership #



$ 60*

Early Bird $ 470/570

Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Early Bird $ 300

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Sunday Night $ 125

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

Early Bird $ 470/570 Early Bird $ 300 Sunday Night $ 125


$ 60* Regular $ 520/620

Onsite $ 620/720

Regular $ 300

Onsite $ 375

Monday Lunch $ 125

Monday PM $ 125

* optional 1-year Membership Purchase/renewal

early Bird: Before Feb. 12 regular: Feb. 13 - April 11 onsite: After April 11

I do not wish my contact information to be included in the ‘Attendee List’ provided to select event sponsors before and/or after the conference.

PayMent & canceLLation inforMation

Credit Card: Visa Mastercard Cheque: Make cheques payable to: BC Water & Waste Association

Name on card

Card Number


Expiry Date


group rEgistrAtion forM April 21-25, 2012 Penticton, BC

First Name Middle Initials Last Name Company/Municipality/Organization

Mailing Address City Province/State Postal/Zip Code

Telephone Number E-mail Address

Events are subject to change and may be cancelled if minimum registration requirements are not met.

subtotal: $

12% Hst (#128755352): +

Water for People donation (optional): $

Membership(s) (optional): $

totaL encLosed $ :

BcWWa conference registration Payment and cancellation Policy:

Once your registration form (online or paper) has been received by BCWWA, your registration is considered firm.

Payment is due before the event start date.

Refunds will be processed for cancellations received by BCWWA seven (7) working days before the event start date,

subject to a cancellation fee of $50 +HST. Delegate substitution will be permitted at no extra charge with 24 hours

advance written notice to the BCWWA office. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within seven (7)

working days of the event start.

If you register without paying and do not attend the event, your registration will be considered firm if you do not notify

BCWWA of your cancellation per the refund policy stated above. you will be invoiced for the full registration cost.

For more information on what is included in your registration visit

Complete this form and fax it back to BCWWA (604-433-9859).

Questions? Contact the BCWWA office at 604-433-4389 or

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trAdE shoW

One of the main features of the BCWWA Annual Conference is the Trade Show. This year the Trade Show is taking place at the Penticton Trade & Convention

Centre (273 Power Street, Penticton BC). There are over 170 booths this year. For more information about the Trade Show, see

sUnday aPriL 22:

Evening ‘Meet & Greet’

5:30 pm: exhibitors have access

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Trade Show

Appetizers will be served from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,

with a cash bar open all night. Shuttle buses will

run between the PTCC and conference hotels to

ensure safe transportation for attendees.

penticton trade

and Convention Centre

floor plAn

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Monday aPriL 23:


11:00 am: exhibitors have access

11:45 am - 1:30 pm: Trade Show: lunch

Boxed lunches will be provided. Redeem the

Monday lunch ticket found in your registration

package. Shuttle buses will run between the PTCC

and Lakeside to facilitate attendee transportation.


• Star Pipe Canada •Andritz Separation Inc. • MEQUIPCO ltd. • Urecon Pre-Insulated Pipe

Monday aPriL 23:


4:30 pm: exhibitors have access

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Trade Show: light refreshments

Shuttle buses will run between the PTCC and

Lakeside, and to other conference hotels, to

facilitate attendee transportation.

> Water Distribution Modeling & Design

> Sanitary System Modeling & Design

> Stormwater Management Planning

> Hydrology & Hydraulics

> River & Coastal Engineering

> Flood Risk Management

> Flood Protection Design



Learn more at


250.477.2206 71

ExhiBitor profilEs (At Press Time)

aBs canada/sulzer Pumps 32

ABS/Sulzer Pumps is a world leading manufacturer

providing water and wastewater solutions

associated with pumps, mixers, aeration systems,

blowers, control systems and dewatering products.

1401 Meyerside Drive, Unit 2

Mississauga, ON L5T 1G8

T: 905-670-4677 F: 905-670-3709

agat Laboratories 830

AGAT Laboratories provides “service beyond

analysis” and offers full-service laboratories to

the environmental, agri-food, life sciences, energy,

mining, industrial and transportation sectors.

Unit 120 - 8600 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC

T: 778-452-4000 F: 778-452-7074

aeromix 106

T: 763-746-9294

a.H. Mcelroy sales

& service (canada) Ltd. 820

Serving the industry across Canada Since 1980

with McElroy Equipment, Mustang squeeze

tools, Friatec electrofusion, bead removing tools,

training, support and testing of HDPE pipe.

13212-146 th Street, Edmonton, AB T5L 4W8

T: 780-454-0638 F: 780-452-5639

alfa Laval inc. 9

#334-1275 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 1A6

T: 604-734-2225 F: 604-734-2265

altek industrial supply Ltd. 97

We are Western Canada’s largest stocking

distributor of Denso anti-corrosion tapes and

coating. Extensive stock of valves. Very helpful

staff with years of experience.

#112-1140 Castle Crescent

Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5M2

T: 604-230-4103 F: 604-648-9355


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american aVK company 818

Manufacturer of fire hydrants, gate valves and

check valves for municipal water and wastewater

systems, offering exceptional quality through

unmatched design and construction.

1168 Juniper St. N., Keizer, OR 97303

T: 503-602-3954 F: 888-202-5414

anachemia science, a VWr company 843

VWR International is a global laboratory supply

and distribution company that offers highly

diversified products to pharmaceutical, biotech,

industrial, educational and governmental


2360 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON l5N 5Z7

T: 800-932-5000 F: 800-668-6348

aplin & Martin consultants Ltd. 74

#201-12448 82 nd Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 3E9

T: 604-572-5407 F: 604-597-9061

armtec 847

A leading global infrastructure and construction

materials company combining engineered

solutions with exceptional customer service.

Proven products for drainage, soil retention,

rehabilitation and water treatment systems.

7900 Nelson Road, Richmond, BC V6W 1G4

T: 604-278-9766 F: 604-278-3537

associated engineering 85

Associated Engineering is an employee-owned,

Canadian consulting firm providing services

in the water, infrastructure, environmental,

transportation, energy, building and asset

management sectors. Associated Engineering is a

carbon neutral company.

300-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4M5

T: 604-293-1411 F: 604-291-6163

austin & denholm industrial sales 43

Water and wastewater pumps and packages,

mechanical adjustable speed drives, process

equipment, electric variable speed drives.

201-7188 Progress Way, Delta, BC V4G 1M6

T: 604-940-2722 F: 604-940-2710

autodesk canada co. 100

210 King Street E., Toronto, ON M5A 1J7

T: 416-874-8238 F: 416-874-8386

avensys solutions 827

Leading Canadian distributor for water and

wastewater including equipment such as

water samplers, flow meters, water quality

instrumentation, microbiology test kits and gas

detection. We represent Isco, Plasti-Fab, Idexx and


33043 Caithness Place, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7B2

T: 604-657-8866 F: 403-242-6168

aWi (anthratech Western inc.) 104

We focus on granular media water filtration,

providing filter optimization solutions through

custom engineered products including: Phoenix

underdrain and Phoenix panel systems and

Puracite filter anthracite.

4450 46 th Ave. SE, Calgary, AB T2B 3N7

T: 866-755-7377 F: 403-255-3129

aWt technologies inc. 60

AWT Technologies Inc., advanced wastewater

treatment specialists provides simple and reliable

engineered systems and products with minimal

carbon-footprint and running costs.

Suite 205, 280 Midpark Way SE

Calgary, AB T2X 1J6

T: 403-453-2298 F: 403-770-8694

Barr Plastics inc. 17

Tanks, pumps, fittings, hose and liquid handling;

mat-hand containers; dock components;

rainwater harvesting systems; septic systems and

wastewater treatment; custom fabrication; spill

containment and drum handling; brine systems.

31192 South Fraser Way, Unit A

Abbotsford, BC V2T 6L5

T: 604-852-8522 F: 604-852-8022

Bc one caLL 41

Suite 222, 4259 Canada Way

Burnaby, BC V5G 1H1

T: 416-874-8238 F: 416-874-8386

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Solinst Levelogger Edge,

CCI Water Level Tape,

and Hanna 4-in-1 Meter

Available in our Rental Department

Concept Controls’ Rental inventory is the largest in Canada, giving

our customers a flexible alternative to buying. We make it a priority

to ensure that we always have the newest, most up-to-date Gas

Monitors, Industrial Hygiene instrumentation, and Environmental

Monitoring equipment calibrated and ready for you when you need it.

East: 1.800.793.9548 | West: 1.888.207.2212



the Environment.

Serving the


United Water: One drop at a Time. United Water is one of the leading

providers of water and wastewater services in North America. Serving over

27 million people in North America, and employing over 2600 people.

• Project management - (billing services, clerical support, regulatory compliance)

Water utility operations and maintenance

• Technical support services

Wastewater treatment and collection operation and maintenance

• Fully trained, qualified and experienced staff

United Water.

Making the planet sustainable

is the best job on Earth. 73

B.g.e. service & supply Ltd. 2

BGE and Purafil have solutions to prevent

odors, protect critical electronics from corrosion,

eliminate the risk of toxic gas releases and

biological air treaters.

202, 590 Ebury Place, Annacis Island

Delta, BC V3M 6K7

T: 604-526-3154 F: 604-526-3092

BioMaxx Wastewater solutions inc. 84

Canada’s leading technology in non-toxic and

non-hazardous chemical elimination of sulfide/

H2S in collection systems and WWTPs, collection

system monitoring and reporting, automatic wetwell

washers, grease elimination, filters/scrubbers,

dosing pumps and design and installation of

dosing stations.

#1-7163 Vantage Way, Delta, BC V4G 1N1

T: 855-940-5556 F: 604-940-5557

Bi Pure Water (canada) inc. 57

BI Pure Water is a leading designer, manufacturer,

installer and maintainer of customized

package water treatment plants. The plants are

operationally tested in our facility before shipping.

9790 190th St. Surrey, BC V4N 3M9

T: 604-882-6650 F: 604-882-6659

(Licensed Manufacturer for AFC Inc.)


680 litres/minute.

to 8500 litres/second.

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Birksco 21

Bulk water filling stations - skid mounted and DIY

packages. Pre-paid and billing control systems.

2132 Fifteen Sideroad, Moffat, ON L0P 1J0

T: 905-854-9875 F: 905-854-0180

Black and Baird Ltd. 30

1641 Welch Street, North Vancouver, BC V7P G9

T: 604-986-1640 F: 604-986-1675

Bowrio Water technologies inc. 848

BowRio Water represents leading North American

and European manufacturers of water and

wastewater equipment and processes.

13488-63rd Ave., Surrey, BC V3X 1J9

T: 604-592-2464 F: 604-592-2465

cambridge Brass 67

27576 51A Ave., Langley, BC V4W 4A9

T: 604-856-7250

canada Pipe company Ltd. 61

Supplier of 4” thru 64” (100mm thru 1600mm)

ductile iron pipe for use in pressurized water main

and sewer force main applications.

1100-1200 West 73rd Ave.

Vancouver, BC V6P 6G5

T: 604-737-1279 F: 604-733-0465

canada Pipeline

accessories(1986) corp. 102

Manufacturer and supplier of waterworks

material including saddles, couplings, brass, air

valve, spacers and thermoplastic fittings.

27576 - 51A Ave., Langley, BC V4W 4A9

T: 604-856-7250 F: 604-856-7260

canadian dewatering LP 12

Successfully providing pumping solutions to

communities throughout British Columbia since

1972. Give us a call to see how we can help with

your pumping project.

19577 94th Ave., Surrey, BC V4N 4E6

T: 604-888-0042 F: 604-888-0054

cansel survey equipment 65

T: 604-205-7689

canwest tanks 107

capital H2o systems, inc. 855

Aquarius fine/coarse bubble diffusers, BDP sludge

thickening/dewatering, ChemScan nutrient/

chloramination/UVT analyzers, Econity MBR, fluid

dynamics polymer systems, hi-tech clarifiers/

fermenters, HMT aluminum tank covers and

Merrick dry feeders.

12315-17th St. SW, Calgary, AB T2W 4A1

T: 403-251-2438 F: 403-251-0428

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caro analytical services 91

CARO Analytical is a full service water, soil and

vapor testing laboratory that tests bacteriological,

chemical, organic and metal analysis in

Richmond, Kelowna and Edmonton.

102-3677 Highway 97N, Kelowna, BC V1X 5C3

T: 250-765-9646 F: 250-765-3893

cascade equipment Ltd. 825

Cascade Flow Control Solutions is the proud

representative for American flow control

waterworks products for Western Canada.

5728 - 10th St. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8W7

T: 800-661-6129 F: 403-291-3992

cB engineering Ltd. 47

Since 1974 CB Engineering has been providing top

quality field instruments for pressure, temperature,

level, flow and other water applications (streaming

current, particle monitors, etc.). Our group of

product and application trained engineers and

technologists are there to assist you.

5040 12A St., Calgary, AB T2G 5K9

T: 800-992-2364 F: 403-259-3377

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ceda international corporation 101

CEDA Environmental Fluid Solutions (EFS) is a

self-performing contractor specializing in the

delivery of fluid handling services for clients

throughout Canada and the United States.

Suite 2200, 250-5th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4

T: 403-476-5600 F: 403-476-5648

chemline Plastics table

114-5600 Andrews Rd., Richmond, BC V7E 6N1

T: 604-417-3784

cif composites outdoor display

T: 250-652-6313

cleartech industries 69

ClearTech is a leading distributor of chemicals,

chemical feed equipment, process equipment,

instrumentation and laboratory products across


1500 Quebec Ave., Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V7

T: 800-387-7503 F: 306-665-6216

clow canada 103

Clow Canada are manufacturers of Brigadier fire

hydrant and Clow resilient wedge gate valves,

butterfly valves, plug valves, check valves and pipe

restraint systems.

31868 Conrad Ave., Abbotsford, BC V2T 2K3

T: 604-807-6768 F: 604-850-9040

concept controls inc. 838

Concept Controls offers quality sales, rentals

and servicing of a broad range of gas detection,

industrial hygiene and groundwater monitoring

products from top manufacturers.

4177 McConnell Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 3J7

T: 778-328-3890 F: 778-328-3894

corix control solution,

formerly Bg controls 33

Disinfection systems including UV and

chlorination (gas/on-site generation sodium

hypochlorite systems/calcium hypochlorite).

Chemical pumps (peristaltic/mechanical). Chlorine

and turbidity analyzers, flowmeters, level and

pressure transmitters.

115-1551 Broadway St.

Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6N9

T: 604-942-0288 F: 604-942-5858

corix group of companies 13

Corix is a fully integrated provider of essential

utility infrastructure products, services and systems

for water, wastewater and sustainable energy.

Suite 1160 - 1188 West Georgia St.

Vancouver, BC V6E 4A2

T: 866-575-3330 F: 604-697-6703 75

craig Kelman and associates table

Publisher of Watermark and Watermark

Membership and Buyers’ Guide on behalf of


3rd Floor, 2020 Portage Ave.

Winnipeg, MB R3J OK4

T: 866-985-9789 F: 866-985-9799

ctH systems inc. 860

#130, 6807 Railway St. SE, Calgary, AB T2h 2V6

T: 403-259-7429 F: 403-292-0652

cubex Ltd. 839

Supplier of Aries pipeline camera inspection and

rehabilitation equipment, USB sewer nozzles

and cleaning equipment and Vacall combination

sewer cleaners.

#26, 19695-96th Ave., Langley, BC V1M 3E1

T: 877-GO CUBEX (462-8239)

cullen diesel Power Ltd. 26

T: 604-888-4749


ZCL Composites is North America’s

leading manufacturer of fibreglass

storage tanks. Fibreglass tanks provide

distinct advantages over concrete tanks

for water storage applications.

Features include:

l 3,000 to 190,000 litres

l Rustproof, long-lasting fibreglass

l Watertight Design

l NSF listed for use in potable-water


l Lightweight, easy to install

l H-20 load rated

l Wide range of accessories



degremont technologies 27

Through their Infilco and Ozonia brands,

Degremont provides high performance solutions

for water, wastewater and sludge treatment to

the municipal and industrial markets, and brings

more than a century of knowledge and innovation

to a broad suite of trusted, reliable solutions.

8007 Discovery, Richmond, VA 23060

T: 804-756-8423 F: 804-756-7643

delpro automation inc. 44

#213 669 Ridley Place, Delta, BC V3M 6Y9

T: 604-517-5599 F: 604-517-5598

dfi 864

T: 780-717-6114

droycon Bioconcepts inc. 836

Manufacturer of the easy to use BART

biodetectors for nuisance bacteria including those

which cause plugging in well and corrosion.

315 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK S4N 0E7

T: 306-585-1762 F: 306-585-3000

dWg Process supply Ltd. 832

DWG Process Supply are manufacturer’s

representatives for high quality water and

wastewater treatment plant equipment,

specializing in Pall MF/RO systems and electrolytic

high strength on-site chlorine generation.

110-44 Riel Drive, St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z8

T: 780-460-8433 F: 780-418-2227

dyK incorporated,

a division of dn tanks table

T: 503-323-2000

easy access industrial

distributors dBa scissor deck 804

T: 604-230-2704

e.B. Horsman & son 854

E.B. Horsman & Son is a BC company

specializing in the supply of automation, process

instrumentation, SCADA, motor control, safety

and other advanced electrical solutions.

19295 25th Ave., Surrey, BC V3S 3X1

T: 778-545-9916 F: 778-545-3099

Water and Wastewater Storage Tanks



Watermark Spring 2012

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econnics 3

1084 Gosper Crescent, Victoria, BC V9A 4J3

T: 250-588-6851

e.d.s. Pumps & Water treatment Ltd. 850

T: 604-534-1115 F: 604-534-5523

eecoL electric 51

Unit 101 - 19505 56th Ave., langley, BC V3S 6K3

T: 604-455-8160 F: 604-881-4328

eMco Waterworks corporation 36

103-199 Pinto Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 2G9

T: 250-765-3653 F: 250-765-3658

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endress+Hauser canada 7

Endress+Hauser is renowned worldwide for its

range of measuring devices and automation

solutions for process industries and is a global

provider of complete solutions for industrial

measurement technology and automation.

1075 Sutton Drive, Burlington, ON L7L 5Z8

T: 905-681-9292 F: 905-681-9444

engineered Pump systems Ltd. 24

Engineered Pump Systems Ltd. specializes in the

supply of water and wastewater conveyance,

treatment and disposal products. Submersible

pumps, solids grinders, access hatches, valves and

controls to name a few.

1635 Industrial Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6M9

T: 604-552-7900 F: 604-552-7901

festo inc. table

T: 905-614-4613

Terminal City Iron Works Ltd.

Size: 7” X 4-5/8” COLOUR

• TC Fire Hydrants

Water Works Fittings

• Gate Valves

• EBAA Joint Restraint

• Street Castings

filter innovations 89

1947 – 127A St., Surrey, BC

T: 403-651-8094

fLocor inc. 835

Flocor Inc. with three waterworks locations

in Delta, Nanaimo and Prince George. Pipe,

valves and fittings for all your water and sewer

requirements. 100% Canadian owned.

7168 Progress Way, Delta, BC V4G 1H2

T: 604-940-1449 F: 604-940-9878


a division of spartan controls 865

Best in class products supplier to the municipal

water/wastewater market. Leading manufacturers

include henry Pratt, Cla-Val, Rosemount and

Emerson. Contact us at 604-422-3700.

7500 Winston St., Burnaby, BC V5A 4X5

T: 604-422-3700 F: 604-422-3788

Quality, Experience &

Inventory…we have it all

Serving Western Canada for over 100 years

604.513.3800 • 250.245.0544 • 403.253.7348

Langley, BC Cassidy, BC Calgary, AB 77 81

FlowWorks is a web platform to gather, analyze

and understand all forms of environmental

monitoring data.

4185A Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, BC V5C 6G9

T: 604-294-2088 F: 604-294-2090

fournier industries inc. 1

3787, boulevard Frontenac Ouest

Thetford Mines, QC G6h 2B5

T: 450-375-7060 F: 450-988-1125

four star Waterworks Ltd. 817

Proud distributors of a full line of waterworks

products including Master Meter water meters,

AVK valves and hydrants, pipe and fittings, brass,

clamps and couplings.

Box 1181, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2

T: 250-954-3546 F: 250-954-3576

frank J. Martin company 20

Manufacturer’s representative of quality products

and services for the water and wastewater

industry since 1957.

18424 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98087

T: 800-654-1786 F: 206-523-9876

fred surridge Ltd. 4

Since 1963 we have provided a full line of municipal

waterworks from our four strategic locations in BC.

Exclusive BC distributor of Neptune water meters.

11871 Machrina Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4V3

T: 604-271-4343 F: 604-271-9411

fuji Pipelocators Ltd. table

T: 403-277-3300

galaxy Plastics Ltd. 6

Galaxy Plastics Ltd. is a leader in the manufacture of

PVC fitting and specializing in custom fabrication.

No order is too big for Galaxy Plastics Ltd.

#9 - 30321 Fraser Hwy, Abbotsford, BC V4X 1T3

T: 604-857-9660 F: 604-857-9674

Visit us at the: BCWWA Trade Show, Penticton BC April 21-25, 2012

Award winning “GREEN ” Water Filtration Plant Ymir, BC in 3D CAD

g.a.s. analytical systems Ltd. 809

G.A.S. Analytical Systems is a complete analytical

systems provider for Western Canada. If you have

an online process measurement, we have an

analyzer to help you.

212-7080 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 1X5

T: 604-279-0303 F: 604-279-0044

H2flow tanks & systems inc. 824

Supply and erection of AWWA D103 compliant

bolted steel tanks for water and wastewater

applications glass-fused-to-steel and epoxy

coated tanks. Applications include potable water,

fire water, process water, wastewater processes,

sludge storage, and anaerobic and aerobic

digestion tanks.

470 North Rivermede Road, Unit 6

Concord, ON l4K 3R8

T: 905-660-0649 F: 905-660-9744

H20 innovation 94

T: 418-688-0170

Water is our Business”

Water Treatment, Parts & Service

1-888-901-3111 toll free

Ultra Filtration & Reverse Osmosis Plant, Mosaic Potash GreensandPlus Filtration Plant, Mill Bay Ultra Filtration Plant, Rivershore Estates & Golf Links


BI Pure Water (Canada) Inc. provides customized package water treatment plants, service and parts. We have over 16 years of

experience in designing, manufacturing and commissioning plants throughout Canada and the world. Our dedicated employees,

working as a team, know how to complete a project on time and on budget to ensure customer satisfaction.

BI Pure Water (Canada) Inc. 9790 – 190th Street Surrey, British Columbia V4N 3M9 Canada

604-882-6650 local 1-888-901-3111 toll free 604-882-6659 fax 1-888-882-6659 toll free fax

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H2o Logics inc. 853

Technologies for potable water, freshwater and

wastewater treatment, heating and cooling

systems. THMs removal system, water mixer,

SolarBee solar powered mixer, self-cleaning

backwash filters, aerators, fountains, de-icer.

153 Athabascan Ave., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4C8

T: 780-417-9935 F: 780-665-7314

Hach sales & service canada Ltd. 844

Hach manufactures analytical equipment and

reagents for the water and wastewater industry

including portable and online meters for chlorine,

turbidity, pH and other measurements.

255 Newport Dr., Suite 372

Port Moody, BC V3H 5H1

T: 604-637-9599 F: 866-893-4709

Hanley agencies 55

Wholesaler of municipal water and sewer


110-16 Fawcett Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6X9

T: 604-524-9407 F: 604-524-0688

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Hayward gordon Ltd. 837

166 Riverside Dr., North Vancouver, BC V7h 1T9

T: 604-986-8764 F: 604-986-8794

Headworks inc. 38

Headworks Inc. is a total solutions provider

offering wastewater screening, MBBR/IFAS

biological treatment and tertiary filtration

products to the worldwide municipal and

industrial treatment industry.

800 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 340, Houston, TX 77042

T: 713-647-6667 F: 713-647-0999

Hy-Line sales Ltd. 59

Hy-Line Sales Ltd. services the plumbing, industrial,

mechanical, environmental and waterworks market

segments with WATTS BRAE rain harvesting

products and FOX gross pollutant traps.

2A 27355 Gloucester Way, Langley, BC V4W 3Z8

T: 604-856-5648 F: 604-856-8684

image inspection services Ltd. 833

Manufacture and service of sewer camera

inspection systems and pipe locators.

4650-50th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2B 3R4

T: 403-287-1053 F: 403-243-4564

insituform technologies, inc. 22

55 Nicola Road, St. Albert, AB T8N 7K7

T: 780-982-4717

iPec consultants Ltd. 857

IPEC provides equipment and solutions for

effective, economical treatment of municipal

and Industrial wastewater including primary and

scum screening, washing/compacting and sludge


2889 Norland Ave., Burnaby, BC V5B 3A9

T: 604-291-7150 F: 604-291-7190 79

itron canada inc. 82

2624 Dunwin Drive, Unit 4

Mississauga, ON L5L 3T5

T: 905-593-1702 F: 905-812-5028

Jelcon equipment Ltd. 93

Products manufactured by JWC Environmental.

Muffin Monster and Channel Monster grinders,

fine screening and separation systems for use

in headworks. Screening Washer Monsters and

septage receiving stations.

5752 Nickerson Road, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A7

T: 604-885-2956 F: 604-885-2900

John Brooks company Ltd. 18

John Brooks Company Ltd. has been supplying

the Canadian water and wastewater industry

with quality pumps, filtration equipment and

engineering support since 1938. Our product

lines include Gorman-Rupp pumps and booster

stations, E-One sewer systems and Patterson

sewage pumps.

2429 Canoe Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3K 6A9

T: 877-624-5757 F: 877-624-5759

Kaeser compressors canada inc. 849

The air systems specialist - Kaeser Compressors

supplies high quality compressed air equipment,

designed for reliable performance, easy

maintenance and energy efficiency. Locations all

over Canada.

3760 la Verendrye, Boisbriand, QC J7V 4G8

T: 800-477-1416 F: 450-971-1415

KsB Pumps inc. 79

Pumps, mixers and agitators for water, sewage

and wastewater collection, treatment and


275 - 251 Midpark Blvd., Calgary, AB T2X 1S3

T: 403-532-4652 F: 403-532-4651

Lambourne environmental Ltd. 810

#51, 37337 Burnt lake Trail, Red Deer, AB T4S 1K5

T: 403-348-8298 F: 403-348-8290

Layfield environmental systems Ltd. 861

11603 – 180th St., Red Deer County, AB T5S 2h6

T: 780-935-2003 F: 780-455-5218


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Levitt safety table

T: 778-233-6276

LubriLab Bc 863

A complete line of grease, lubricants and fluid

additives, which provide exceptional protection,

0% water washout, resist salt and corrosion and

are environmentally friendly.

654 Durango Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 6Y5

T: 250-573-5723

Martech driving strategic sales 64

7210A 5th St. SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2L9

T: 403-640-7797

Mar-tech Underground services Ltd. 811

5166 – 272nd St., Langley, BC V4W 1S3

T: 604-888-2223 F: 604-857-2700


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T: 604-683-8521

Mequipco Ltd. 52

Chemical processing and feed systems, renewable

energy technologies, clarification, filtration,

process mechanical, storage tanks, UV systems,

water/wastewater treatment systems, membrane

systems, bulk water, stormwater control, aeration

equipment, odour control, fibreglass tanks,

mixers, residuals/waste management.

#225 - 11020 #5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E7

T: 604-273-0553 F: 604-277-8302

Metercor inc. 862

T: 403-215-3483 F: 403-280-3098

Metro Vancouver 822

Take a closer look at Metro Vancouver and

you might be surprised by the dedication

to sustainability and social, economic and

environmental leadership that is the foundation

of our capital projects and operating initiatives.

4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4G8

T: 604-432-6221 F: 604-432-6455

Mica controls Ltd. 29

MICA Controls is a manufacturers’ representative

company with product lines that encompass the

measurement, instrumentation and automation

systems fields – BEIJER hMI Systems, DYCOR

SCADA Solutions.

Unit 406, 5723-10th St. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8W7

T: 604-866-7181 F: 403-269-3537

Mueller canada 40

North American manufacturer of fire hydrants,

gate valves, municipal brass, manhole castings,

hydro guard, butterfly valves, check valves,

tapping machines – sleeves and valves and fire

protection products.

5620 Frances St., Burnaby, BC V5B 1T8

T: 604-308-0150 F: 604-291-9939

national Process equipment 68

5049 74th Ave., Calgary, AB T2C 3H2

T: 403-724-4302

nelson environmental inc. 48

Nelson Environmental Inc. provides reliable and

cost-effective solutions for water and wastewater

treatment with a specific focus on lagoon-based


5 Burks Way, Winnipeg, MB R2J 3R8

T: 204-949-7500 F: 204-237-0660

neptune technology group

(canada) Ltd. 5

Neptune Technology Group is Canada’s leading

provider of water meter products, reading systems

and field services. Neptune offers a single source

solution including product manufacturing,

system implementation and turn-key project

management metering programs.

#174 5489 Byrne Road, Burnaby, BC V5J 3J1

T: 604-789-7266 F: 604-929-4107


a division of spartan controls 866

Now part of Spartan Controls covering Western

Canada we sell, apply, service “Best-in-Class”

products from manufacturers such as Emerson

Process Management – municipally focused.

7500 Winston St., Burnaby, BC V5A 4X5

T: 604-422-3700 F: 604-422-3788

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CUBEX LIMITED has over 30 years of industry experience

and is committed to the Municipal, Construction, and

Public Works industries via distribution of quality new and

pre-owned equipment. Our mission is to supply, service,

and make available, technologically superior equipment

to our customers.

Aries Inspection Systems

and Rehabilitation Systems

ARIES offers the most diverse, reliable line of CCTV inspection systems

for the sewer, water, and natural gas, electric and geophysical industries

in the world. ARIES can provide cameras that will allow you to inspect 2”

diameter to 200” diameter pipe

ARIES is a full line manufacturer of rehabilitation equipment for the

pipeline sealing and relining industries. ARIES has set the standard

when it comes to productivity reliability and support for the pipeline

rehabilitation industry.

Aries Truck Aries - LETS

Aries Pathfinder Saturn


12126-44 Street Se, Calgary, aB t2Z 4a2

26-12695 - 96th ave, langley, BC v1M 3e1

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Excellence in

Water and




SaniBrane® Membrane Bioreactors, RBC, EA and SBR

package plants, odour control, disinfection and much more.

Design, construction, installation and operation of package

treatment plants worldwide.

Over 350 installations and an international reputation for

quality equipment and service.

Non-Metallic Chain &

Flight Collector Mechanisms

Trickling Filter Media

Memcor Membranes

T: 1-888-821-5451

E: 81

northlands Water

and sewer supplies Ltd. 77

Complete inventory of all your waterworks

requirements. Northern distributor and repair

depot of Flygt pumps. BC’s only distributor of

Enviro-span culverts.

1733 South Lyon St., Prince George, BC V2N 1T3

T: 250-561-1884 F: 250-561-1830

northwest Pipe company 14

Full-service steel pipe manufacturer offering spiral

weld and rolled and welded engineered water

system products that serve the municipal, power,

industrial, force main and piling markets.

5721 SE Columbia Way, Suite 200

Vancouver, WA 98661

T: 360-397-6250 F: 360-397-6257

northwest Valve systems 76

1146 Richter St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K7

T: 250-860-7229

oasis filter international Ltd. 99

The first slow sand filter to be easily cleaned

using backwash under low pressure. Effective

removal of iron, manganese, arsenic, fluoride and

pathogens. Patent pending.

2525 Mcleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2G 5J4

T: 403-269-1555 F: 403-264-6244

opus daytonKnight consultants Ltd. 72

Opus DaytonKnight provides engineering

consulting services which include water supply

and treatment, wastewater treatment and reuse,

stormwater management, asset management,

SCADA, energy reuse, transportation and

electrical and mechanical engineering.

210 - 889 Harbourside Dr.

North Vancouver, BC V7P 3S1

T: 604-990-4800 F: 604-990-4805

ovivo Water 816

2335 – 23rd Ave., Calgary, AB T2T 0W3

T: 403-221-8585


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Pall corporation 58

Pall designs membrane MF and UF systems

that remove bacteria, cysts and particles from

groundwater, surface water, salt water and

secondary effluent. The result: pure water for

drinking, irrigation, manufacturing and many

other uses.

25 Harbor Park Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050

T: 516-801-9245 F: 607-758-4528

Parkson corporation 828

P.O. Box 1158, Pointe-Claire, QC h9S 4h9

T: 514-636-8712 F: 514-636-9718

Pentair canada 23

Myers manufactures submersible solids handling

and grinder pumps for the municipal, commercial

and residential markets. One to 125 HP with

flows to 8,000 gpm.

c/o 17 Creekstone Place, Port Moody, BC V3H 4L7

T: 604-461-2500 F: 604-461-2501

Point four systems inc. 11

A water quality and instrumentation company

with emphasis on management of dissolved

gases in water and monitoring and control

systems by PT4, OxyGuard and YSI.

103-16 Fawcett Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6X9

T: 800-267-9936 F: 604-759-2115 34

Manufacturer and distributor of quality water

and wastewater products and equipment. Serving

BC operators and distributors. Family owned and

operated since 1836.

17515 NE 67th Ct., Redmond, WA 98052

Precision service & Pumps inc. 39

Celebrating 20 years of providing a complete

range of pump related service, sales and solutions

for domestic, municipal, industrial, agricultural

and mining sectors in Western Canada.

1334 Riverside Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 8J2

T: 604-850-7010 F: 604-850-9666

Predl systems north america inc. 105

Predl Systems offers a complete manhole lining

system from top to bottom, including benching.

Eliminate infiltration and corrosion in new

structures or rehabilitate existing ones.

7550 Conrad St., Burnaby, BC V5A 2H7

T: 604-415-9944 F: 604-415-9954

Process solutions, inc. 56

1077 Dell Ave., Suite A, Campbell, CA 95008

T: 408-370-6540 F: 408-866-4660

Procon systems inc. 805

Procon Systems is committed to providing

unsurpassed customer service and superior products

for gas detection, pH, TSS, turbidity, pressure, flow

measurement, calibration and control.

6138 Crescent Drive, Delta, BC V4K 4B7

T: 604-940-8757 F: 604-940-9126

Pro-Line fittings inc. 834

Manufacturers of quality PVC gasketed sewer,

profile, tel and hydro fittings, inspection

chambers, backwater valves, flow controls, custom

fabrication and insert tees and wyes.

9423-192nd St., Coquitlam, BC V4N 3R7

T: 604-531-8408 F: 604-531-8468

Promag enviro systems Ltd. 54

Equipment and supplies for water and

wastewater treatment. Includes municipal sanitary

wastewater treatment equipment, chemicals,

chemical metering equipment and controls.

8042 Winston St., Burnaby, BC V5A 2H5

T: 604-421-6844 F: 604-421-6842

ProMinent fluid controls Ltd. 62

2770 24th Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6V7

T: 888-709-9933 F: 403-291-4618

Psi Pipeline supply international 28

Manufacturer’s representatives for Sensus water

meters, CCI casing spacers, Standon pipe supports,

Romac flexijoint and specialty products, Uni Flange

restraint systems, Degremont Technologies water

and wastewater treatment systems and Ozonia UV

and ozone systems for disinfection.

#1 - 12357 82A Ave., Surrey, BC V3W 0L5

T: 604-596-2180 F: 604-596-9649

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Meeting environmental protection standards in an increasingly complex web of regulations

and expectations is a challenge and an opportunity for industry and government in British Columbia.

We know that part of the answer is at Okanagan College, in

our Water Engineering Technology (WET) program, a twoyear

diploma program that trains today’s enthusiastic students to

be tomorrow’s professionals, meeting and exceeding regulatory

requirements and supporting industry’s ongoing environmental

stewardship initiatives.

Graduates are eligible to write certification exams administered by

the Environmental Operators Certificate Program (EOCP) of BC.

Graduates are also eligible for registration as an Applied Science

Technologist (AScT) and/or a Registered Biology Technologist


If you are seeking a rewarding career which offers challenge,

stability and competitive wages, then consider jumping in and

getting WET at Okanagan College. The career paths available to

our graduates are diverse. Career opportunities include:

• Environmental Engineering Technologist

Water Quality Technologist

• Utility Operator

• Laboratory Technician

• Engineering Sales Representative

Water or Wastewater Treatment Operator

The program also has a co-operative work term option, that blends

on-campus education with paid employment in the industry.

Be part of the solution.


Jump in, get WET

For more information,

visit our website:

If you’re an employer who wants to learn

more about our graduates or our co-op

work program, please contact our Student,

Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre at

250-862-5412 or


Pureworld solutions inc. 80

Providing innovative filtration, water treatment and

wastewater treatment solutions, including primary,

secondary and tertiary treatment, metals removal,

polymer systems, sludge de-watering and O2


4916 River Reach, Delta, BC V4K 4A4

T: 604-889-2429 F: 604-909-1843

rainwater Management 812

Rainwater Management specializes in engineered

solutions for removing pollution from stormwater

runoff. We target sediment, oil, grease, metals,

floatables, etc.

502 - 1952 Kingsway Ave.

Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6C2

T: 604-944-9265 F: 604-676-2601


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ramtech environmental Products 815

Ramtech provides and services water, wastewater

and stormwater process equipment throughout

Western Canada. Manufacturers include TrojanUV,

Biorem, Sanitaire, Ovivo, Duperon, APG Neuros

and more.

2335 23rd Ave. SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0W3

T: 403-221-8585 F: 866-586-7400

rapidview iBaK north america 829

The world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of

sewer inspection systems - from CCTV mainline, to

lateral launch, to 360 digital scanning of manholes

and pipe - our cameras are known for quality,

innovation and high production.

1828 West Olson Rd., Rochester, IN 46975

T: 574-230-3100 F: 574-233-7953

robar industries Ltd. 25

12945 78th Ave., Surrey, BC V3W 2X8

T: 800-663-6553 F: 604-591-5288

rockwell automation canada Ltd. 859

750 Chester Avenue, Delta, BC V3M 6J1

T: 604-519-8857

roco rescue of canada inc. table

T: 888-816-8585 F: 888-807-1963

roMac industries 806

Industry leading manufacturer of pipeline

products including repair clamps, couplings,

flanged couplings, service saddles, tapping

sleeves, restraint systems, waterworks tools and

valve insertion.

21919 – 20th Ave. SE, Bothell, WA 98021

T: 800-426-9341 F: 425-951-6201


a clean Harbours company 807

2120 Hartley Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3K 6W5

T: 888-821-5451

scantron robotics inc. 856

Scantron Robotics is an industry leader for providing

on-line inspection and cleaning of potable water

from clear wells, tanks and reservoirs. Industrial

applications are also available for petro chemical,

manufacturing and nuclear power generation plants.

Box 335, Craven, SK S0G 0W0

T: 306-539-6798 F: 306-731-2863

sensus Metering systems 851

1636 204th Place NE, Seattle, WA 98074

T: 206-295-4532

sfe global 19

SFE Global is a technical services company

specializing in flow, water quality and

meteorological monitoring, smoke testing,

pipeline pigging, fire flow testing, reservoir


201 26641 Fraser Hwy., Aldergrove, BC V4W 3L1

T: 604-856-2220 F: 604-856-3003

sigma corporation 90

7399 Bella Vista Road, Vernon, BC V1h 1C2

T: 800-688-6230 F: 250-558-7877

simark controls Ltd. 31

Simark Controls Ltd. distributes liquid turbine

meters, totalizers, instrumentation, automation

and power products from ABB, General Monitors,

Invensys Foxboro and Schneider Electric.

10509 46 St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 5C2

T: 403-236-0580 F: 403-279-6553

simson-Maxwell 823

Power generation and industrial engines including

diesel, natural gas and propane generators;

standby and prime power; related generator

accessories (switchgear, ATS, etc.).

1605 Kebet Way, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5W9

T: 604-944-7100 F: 604-944-7300

singer Valve inc. 841

Singer Valve is a world class manufacturer of

innovative automatic control valves for pressure,

flow, pump, altitude and relief applications.

12850 - 87th Ave., Surrey, BC V3W 3H9

T: 604-594-5404 F: 604-594-8845

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• Automatic Samplers

• Flowmeters

Water Quality

• Coliform Testing

• Flumes

• Gas Detection

• Level Measurement

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Specialty Fabrications


Corrosion & abrasion resistant

UV resistant for surface pipelines.

Available in diameters ½Ó - 63Ó

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Available in pressure classes from 40 PSI to 400 PSI

20175 - 102 Avenue

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Phone: (604) 513-4300

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Engineering specialists in:

• Automation & Process Control

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• Instrumentation

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Proudly serving the water/wastewater

industry for over 20 years!

MPC Consulting Ltd., Sidney BC | Tel: 250.655.8959 |


Wachs Canada’s

ERV-750 extended

reach valve exerciser

is the only machine

featuring Intelligent

Automation with true

hands free operation.

Now with 5 mounting

options including 3

factory and 2 customer

installed methods,

it’s easy to choose the

ERV that works best

for you.

Truck Mounting the ERV-750

Automated Valve Exerciser

Factory mounting options include

• Pedestal Mount - the ERV easily clears the sidewalls of the bed

• Bed Mount – low profile configuration allows the use of a bed cap

• Hitch Mount – utilizes a standard 2” hitch receiver for a wide arc of motion

Factory components with customer installation includes

• Front Bumper Mount - keeps the truck between you and traffic

• Drawer Mount (utility body) - keeps the unit under lock and key (not shown)

Every Wachs ERV-750 features

• True Hands Free Operation • Greater Productivity and Operator Safety

• Patented Intelligent Automation • VITALS Software with GIS Synchronization

• Full Conformity to AWWA Exercising Procedures • Patented Auto Shutdown

Prevents Breakage • Full Data Collection & Valve History • 13’ Reach (3.96M)

For additional information on the entire line of Wachs products including our

ready to run valve maintenance trailers and P-2 and RS-2 handheld exercisers, visit

us at the OWWA Conference, Booth 319. Contact your local Wachs representative

for a no cost, no obligation demonstration of our Superior Equipment.


1166 Gorham Street Unit 8 I Newmarket, ON L3Y 8W4 I Canada

T: +1.905.830.8888 I F: +1.905.830.6050 I 888.785.2000


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T: +1.780.469.6402 I F: +1.780.463.0654 I 800.661.4235


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Customer Installation 85

smith cameron Pump solutions 63

We provide system solutions for potable water

disinfection including pumps, blowers, gates and

process equipment for water and wastewater

applications. We leverage our experience and

technical knowledge to provide equipment,

packaging, product support, maintenance and

repair services.

13478 78th Ave., Surrey, BC V3W 8J6

T: 604-596-5522 F: 604-596-4505

specialty Polymer coatings, inc. 819

Leading formulator, manufacturer and distributor

of state-of-the-art 100% solids (no VOCs) liquid

epoxy and polyurethane anti-corrosion coatings.

#101 – 20529 62nd Ave., Chilliwack, BC V2P 3W9

T: 604-514-9711 F: 604-534-9722

srP control systems Ltd. 814

Miniature submersible transmitters for depth/level

measurements of ground water, wastewater and

sea water. Portable and dedicated transit time

flow meters. Pressure gauges and transmitters.

19 5155 Spectrum Way, Mississauga, ON L4W 5A1

T: 800-268-2605 F: 905-238-9590

star Pipe canada, inc. 92

Manufacturer of MJ fittings, push-on compact

fittings, flanged fittings, flanges, AWWA grooved

products, joint restraints, municipal castings, valve

boxes, service boxes and rods.

1144 Industrial Road, Cambridge, ON N3h 4W4

T: 519-650-1550 F: 519-650-1553

Ph: (250) 561-1884

Fax: (250) 561-1830

1733 South Lyon Street

Prince George, BC V2N 1T3


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stoncor group 75

The StonCor Group combines the resources of four

leading corrosion control companies - Stonhard

(floor and wall systems), Carboline (coating and

linings), Fibergrate (grating and structural systems)

and StonCor Construction Products Group.

T: 800-263-3112 F: 800-786-6329

summit Valve and controls, inc. 840

8543 Commerce Court, Burnaby, BC V5A 4N4

T: 604-422-6900

target Products Ltd. 88

We produce and supply quality filtration media.

We are the only media producer in Canada that

is currently NSF certified and would be more than

happy to discuss your requirements. Please call

Don larsen (BC) 604-856-7976 or Merv Rogan

(AB/Prairies) 780-939-3033.

1080 Bradner Rd., Abbotsford, BC V4X 1h8

T: 604-856-7976 F: 604-856-7972

terminal city iron Works Ltd. 10

Manufacture and distribute TC fire hydrants,

gate valves, ductile iron water main fittings and

municipal street castings. We also distribute Clow

gate valves and Ebaa Iron restraint product.

#3-9494 198th St., Langley, BC V1M 3C8

T: 604-513-3800 F: 604-513-3811

the ford Meter Box company, inc. 8

153 Royal Birch Mews NW, Calgary, AB T3G 5N9

T: 403-978-6483

the Langley concrete group 852

Quality precast concrete products for infrastructure,

environmental and the construction industry.

Concrete pipe, manholes, catch basins, perimeter

drains, box culverts, headwalls, coalescing oil

interceptors, Stormceptor.

20152 Logan Ave., Langley, BC V3A 4L6

T: 800-667-9600 F: 604-533-8191

Unified alloys 53

140 - 6260 Graybar Road, Richmond, BC V6W 1h6

T: 604-270-8851 F: 604-273-4363

United Water 808

Contract services including project management,

utility operation and maintenance, clerical and

billing services and technical support.

4062 Beaver lake Road, lake Country, BC V4V 1T5

T: 250-766-1478 F: 250-766-1479

Urecon insulation Ltd. 78

Urecon has been factory insulating all

pipe types for over 40 years for above or below

ground applications. We also design/sell heat

trace systems.

5010 43rd, Calmar, AB T0C 0V0

T: 780-985-3636 F: 780-985-2466

UV Pure technologies/

gentis Water company 35

Gentis Water Company distributes best-in-class

water technologies including UV Pure Technologies,

hallett UV systems and True Blue industrial water

and wastewater treatment systems.

802 W 66th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6P 2R6

T: 604-320-0605



AvAilAble only At northlAnds wAter & sewer

the envirosPAn Modular Culvert system

• Non Metallic

• Non-corrosive

• Non-leeching

• Reusable arch Culvert System

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Valax systems inc. 826

Custom control panels for water analysis, level

measurement and pump control. Single source

supplier of process controls, commissioning and

trouble shooting services.

213 669 Ridley Place, Delta, BC V3M 6Y9

T: 604-527-8086 F: 604-527-8087

Veolia Water solutions

& technologies 831

VWS has served Canadians since 1948.

Specializing in the treatment of water, wastewater

and biosolids, we design, manufacture and service

technologies in Canada.

2000 Argentia Road, Plaza IV, Suite 430

Mississauga, ON L5N 1W1

T: 905-286-4846 F: 905-286-0488

Victaulic 16

Victaulic pipe joining solutions are faster, lighter

and easier to install. Reduce installation and

maintenance down time as much as two-thirds

compared with traditional methods.

123 Newkirk Road, Richmond hill, ON l4C 3G5

T: 905-884-7444 F: 905-884-2410

Vimar equipment 73

7445 Lowland Dr., Burnaby, BC V5J 5A8

T: 604-430-4274 F: 604-439-7926

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Wachs canada Ltd. 813

Wachs Canada Ltd. supplies automated truck,

trailer and handheld valve exercisers. Software

for valve diagnosis and GPS upload. Pipe cutoff

machines and utility vacuum systems.

5411-82nd Ave., Edmonton, AB T6B 2J6

T: 800-661-4235 F: 780-463-0654

Waste’n Watertech Ltd. 37

Leaders in water and wastewater treatment

technologies for municipal, industrial and off-grid

applications - components or complete packaged

and containerized systems.

2473 Alexandria Way, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1T7

T: 250-859-4280 F: 888-381-1741

Waterhouse environmental

services corporation 98

Local supply/inventory and superior technical

support and service of all your coagulant, specialty

polymer needs. WTP and WWTP process and

residuals handling chemicals are our specialties.

P.O. Box 579, Lions Bay, BC V0N 2E0

T: 604-921-8659 F: 604-921-8931

Wd industrial group 845

Manufacturer and supplier of many types of

waterworks and sewage related products - tools,

accessories, pumps, couplings, repair kits, tanks,

boilers, plumbing and heating products.

1036 Waverley St., Winnipeg, MB R3T 0P3

T: 204-896-1333 F: 204-896-6969

Weir canada inc. 842

Pumps - Wemco torque flow, self priming, chop

flow and peristaltic; hidrostal centrifugal screw;

Floway vertical turbine; Warman and hazleton

slurry. Grit handling - Wemco hydrogritter.

#27-91 Golden Dr., Coquitlam, BC V3K 6R2

T: 604-552-3057 F: 778-284-6999

Wescan systems 858


Westech industrial Ltd. 802

5636 Burbank Crescent SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6

T: 403-259-9750

Western industrial enterprises 821

Exclusive BC distributor of Toshiba industrial

products and Krohne instrumentation products

including variable speed drives, motors,

electromagnetic, mass, vortex flow meters, radar

and ultrasonic level meters.

7962 Winston St., Burnaby, BC V5A 2H5

T: 604-936-4217 F: 604-936-5733

Western tank and Lining Ltd. 70

Western Tank and Lining has been installing

bolted steel tanks and environmental

containment systems in Western Canada and

around the world for over 25 years.

12180 Vickers Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1h9

T: 604-241-9487 F: 604-241-9485 87

WiLo canada inc. 66

Manufacturer of high quality German engineered

sewage pumps, circulation pumps and mixers.

Bay 7, 2915 10th Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T2A 5L4

T: 403-276-9456 F: 403-277-9456

Wireless Water inc. 50

Wireless Water online applications for

environmental data management, drinking

water date management and wastewater date


202-1551 W 11th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 2B5

WJf instrumentation Ltd. 96

WJF Instrumentation Ltd. is your Western

Canadian supplier for premium water and

wastewater instrumentation. Come see our stateof-the-art

chlorine and turbidity monitors as well

as other new products at BCWWA.

#5, 3610 29th St. NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 5Z7

T: 403-291-5570 F: 403-291-3714


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Wolseley engineered Pipe Pacific 15

HDPE pipe, fittings and fabrications. Butt fusion

and electrofusion rental depot and sales. Fusion

technicians on staff certified up to 65”. PVF

carbon and stainless steel pipe and fittings.

20175 - 102nd Ave., Langley, BC V1M 4B4

T: 604-513-4300 F: 604-513-4301

Wolseley Waterworks group 95

Proud supplier of underground service material to

the municipal and contractor market.

20175 - 102 Ave., BC V1M 4B4

T: 604-513-4300 F: 604-513-4333

Wonderware PacWest 87

Process control, operations management and

reporting software solutions.

20021-120th Ave. NE, Suite 202

Bothell, WA 98011

T: 425-368-7356 F: 888-942-4999

xylem 71

We move, treat and return water to the

environment and we help with the efficient use of

water in cities and industries. Also a dewatering

and pump rental program.

74 Glacier St., Coquitlam, BC V3K 5K9

T: 604-941-664 F: 604-941-3659

ZcL composites inc. 42

ZCL Composites manufactures a wide range of

fibreglass tanks to meet the needs of the water

and wastewater Infrastructure throughout North

America. Our underground water storage tanks

are ideally suited for a wide range of applications.

1420 Parsons Road SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 1M5

T: 800-661-8265 F: 780-466-6126

Zurn canada c/o icon agency table

T: 778-285-4288

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Please visit for the current operator training calendar.

course date Location duration Member non-Member

Water Distribution II - Online January 20-April 19 Online 3 Months $655.00 $720.00

Small Water Systems - Online February 1-April 30 Online 3 Months $360.00 $425.00

Small Wastewater Systems - Online February 15-May 14 Online 3 Months $360.00 $425.00

Small Water Systems March 19-20 Kamloops 2 Days $525.00 $590.00

Wastewater Treatment I March 19-23 Kamloops 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Treatment II March 19-23 Kamloops 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Water Distribution I March 19-23 Kamloops 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Water Treatment I March 19-23 Kamloops 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Small Wastewater Systems March 21-22 Kamloops 2 Days $525.00 $590.00

Water & Wastewater Operations April Kelowna 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Confined Spaces Awareness April 16 Prince George 1 Day $275.00 $340.00

Small Water Systems April 16-17 Fort St. John 2 Days $525.00 $590.00

Wastewater Treatment I April 16-20 Rossland 2 Days $525.00 $590.00

Water & Wastewater Operations April 16-20 Hazelton 5 Days $850.00 $915.00

Excavation Safety April 17 Prince George 1 Day $275.00 $340.00

Small Wastewater Systems April 18-19 Fort St. John 2 Days $525.00 $590.00

Dam Inspection & Maintenance April 19 North Cowichan 1 Day $275.00 $340.00

Bulk Water Delivery April 23 - 25 Fort Nelson 3 Days $650.00 $725.00


1. Course offerings and costs are subject to change without notice.

2. The above costs do not include 12% HST.

3. EOCP exam not included in course cost. EOCP CERTIFICATION EXAM (must apply separately) -Register at toll free 1-866-552-3627 or visit for more information.

4. To avoid cancellation of courses due to low registration numbers, please register 2 weeks before the event date.


Applications to write certification exams (Water Distribution, Water Treatment, Wastewater Collection, Wastewater Treatment, Small Water Systems,

Small Wastewater Systems and Water & Wastewater Operations) must be made separately to the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP).

Please contact the EOCP office at 1-866-552-3627 or 604-874-4784, or visit for more information. All EOCP requirements must be satisfied at

least two weeks in advance of the exam session. ExAMS CANNOT BE WRITTEN uNLESS REGISTRANTS FOLLOW THE ABOVE PROCEDuRE.


Please see the latest CCC exam schedule at

date examination type training institution city

March 19 Recertification UAPICBC Delta

March 30 Certification Pacific Vocational College Burnaby

April 4 Recertification MTS Inc. Vernon

April 13 Certification Pacific Vocational College Burnaby

April 21 Certification UAPICBC Delta

April 23 Recertification UAPICBC Delta

June 9 Certification & Recertification Thompson Rivers University Kamloops

October 29 Certification & Recertification Okanagan College Kelowna

December 10 Certification & Recertification Okanagan College Kelowna

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Vancouver Operators

Symposium & Trade Show

We are pleased to announce that the University

of British Columbia will be the venue for the

2012 BCWWA Vancouver Operators Symposium

& Trade Show, which will take place from

Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18, 2012.

Vancouver Operators School courses are

currently open for registration.

In conjunction with the Vancouver Operators

School, the Manufacturers, Suppliers and

Consultants Trade Show will be held in the

UBC Student Union Building Ballroom on

Wednesday, May 16. Trade Show booth

registration is now open – space is limited!

Booths will be available on a first come


first serve basis, so register early to avoid


Register for the Vancouver Operators Symposium

& Trade Show online or send in your registration

form by fax, email or mail. For more information

and to register, please visit

operator-training and click on “course registration”.

course date Location duration Member non-Member

Water Distribution I May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Water Distribution II May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Water Treatment I May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $525.00 $590.00

Water Treatment II May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Collection I May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Collection II May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Collection III May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Treatment I May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Treatment II May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Wastewater Treatment III May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Chlorine Handling May 14-18 Vancouver 5 days $850.00 $915.00

Small Water Systems May 14-15 Vancouver 2 days $525.00 $590.00

Managing Small Water Systems May 14-15 Vancouver 2 days $525.00 $590.00

Confined Spaces Entry Awareness May 14 Vancouver 1 day $275.00 $340.00

Excavation Safety May 15 Vancouver 1 day $275.00 $340.00

Leak Detection May 16 Vancouver 1 day $275.00 $340.00

Small Wastewater Systems May 16-17 Vancouver 2 days $525.00 $590.00

Water Quality & Sampling for Water and Wastewater May 16-17 Vancouver 2 days $525.00 $590.00

Unidirectional Flushing May 17 Vancouver 1 day $275.00 $340.00

Hydrant Maintenance Program May 18 Vancouver 1 day $275.00 $340.00

BCWWA encourages municipal staff from the Lower Mainland to drop by the trade show at the

ballroom in the UBC Student Union Building from 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.


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Flux Drive technology utilizes portions of induction motor theory

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Pumping | Mixing | Heating | Filtration | Vacuum | Chemical Systems

Come visit us at

the BCWWA 2012

Conference and Trade Show

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2012 Board elections

VOtiNg DeaDLiNe: aPriL 2, 2012 at 12:00 Pm (NOON)

A call for nominations for the 2012 BC Water

& Waste Association Board of Directors

elections was issued in December for the

following positions:

• director-at-large (three positions);

• president-elect;

• American Water Works Association (AWWA)

director; and

Water Environment Federation (WEF)


The call for nominations resulted in five

nominations for the three director-at-large

positions: Jason Dales, David Main, Mike

Seymour and Mike Van Ham. One nominee

withdrew after close of nominations for

personal and professional reasons.

Director-at-large candidate statements:


I look forward to an

opportunity to serve on

the Board of Directors

as a director-at-large to

help BCWWA realize its

goals and Ends Policies as

outlined in the Strategic

Business Plan. For the past

six years, my position with the Capital Regional

District has afforded me the opportunity to work

with a full spectrum of BCWWA members involved


Over the past few years,

I have enjoyed helping to

develop a range of wellattended


and asset management

seminars and technical

sessions on behalf of

BCWWA. It is great to

see how much can be done with the efforts of

everyone in our industry who volunteers their

time, knowledge and experience. While I enjoy

developing education and training opportunities,

More candidates on page 92.

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Only one nomination was received for the

position of president-elect – Jennifer Crosby;

one nomination was received for the position

of AWWA director – Ted Molyneux; and one

nomination was received for the position of

WEF delegate – Len Stein. The positions of

BCWWA president-elect, AWWA director and

WEF delegate are therefore elected through


All BCWWA members in good standing are

eligible to vote. On February 22, 2012 BCWWA

sent out a notice with voting instructions, and

voting opened. Instructions are also posted at

Voting takes place online at

Login to your BCWWA account to vote. Please

ensure that your email address is up to date.

in water and wastewater in both the public and

private sectors, for whom I would be honoured

to represent. While I am happy with the current

direction identified by BCWWA, there are several

areas upon which I would like to help build.

In regard to the Ends Policy of a qualified

and competent workforce, I believe there

needs to be increased collaboration with the

Environmental Operators Certification Program

in order to maximize the value of the training

offered. I would also like to see the strategic

I am excited at the direction of BCWWA to

play a larger role in advocacy on behalf of the

water sector and I would like to help the Board

strengthen this role.

Through all my past volunteer and committee

work, plus having worked in this industry for

many years, I know the excellent work that takes

place in our public water utilities. I take offence

when poorly researched news media target

our industry or distort facts to sensationalize

issues. Our public utilities are not funded

to ‘advertise and promote’ like many other

if you are unsure, or if you did not receive

your voting instructions, please contact

debbie Vance at or

604-433-9354 as soon as possible. If you prefer

a paper ballot, please contact Debbie as above.

Voting will close at 12:00 pm (noon) on

april 2, 2012. Ballots will not be accepted after

this time, so please meet this deadline and make

your vote count!

The results of the elections will be announced

at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on

Sunday, April 22, 2012 during the Annual

Conference & Trade Show in Penticton, BC.

The AGM will take place from 11:00 am to

12:00 pm, at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Please visit for election updates and more detailed information about each of the candidates.

priority for awareness of BCWWA and the

value of water focus on increased engagement

with our own members, as I feel many are

unaware of our vision and core values. Finally,

I would like to build upon our Ends Policies to

incorporate awareness of disaster and emergency

management with respect to critical water

infrastructure, because with climate change and

population growth, disasters are becoming more

and more frequent.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

household utilities. What would our industry

look like if we had advertising budgets like

Telus or BC Hydro? In my opinion, one of the

biggest challenges we have is in how we can

communicate what we do and how we, as an

industry, provide value that is unheard of when

compared to other commercial utility services.

This is where a strong BCWWA can help by

leveraging our combined efforts to effectively

communicate with customers and stakeholders

so that more productive water management

discussions can take place. 91


I would like to serve on

the Board of Directors to

assist BCWWA fulfill its

objectives by bringing the

following strengths:

1. I have a strong background

in small water and

small wastewater systems.

2. I have received valuable advice and

leadership from previous members of the

Board, and feel I can provide a similar

opportunity as a strong volunteer, and feel it

is appropriate to make a greater contribution


I have been an active

participant in BCWWA

for over two decades,

with membership and

committee leadership for

over a decade. I would like

to serve on the BCWWA

Board of Directors in order

to support BCWWA in serving the needs of the

current and future membership, and to provide

the Board with specific expertise in residuals

production and management.


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2012 Board elections

to an occupation choice, which has provided

me much enjoyment over the years.

3. As a person involved in both water supply/

treatment and wastewater treatment, I have

a valuable understanding of the water cycle

and potential impacts, which form a significant

direction of BCWWA activities.

4. Having been involved in the water and

wastewater community for 25 years, with

experience obtained from around the world,

I can understand the perspective of the local

issues, as well as the larger community issues.

Working on smaller systems, I am working

Inherent in the sustainability of our

water resources is the production and

management of the ‘waste’ portion of water

and wastewater treatment. I would like to

work with the Board to enable and support

a stronger role for BCWWA in the production

and highest-value management use of water

and wastewater residuals.

Sustainable water resources can only

be achieved with concurrent sustainable

management of the residuals generated in

water and wastewater treatment. I would like

closely with regulatory, operator and end user

requirements, so I understand the balance

required to meet the needs of often diverse

opinions or requirements.

5. As a member of BCWWA, I am constantly

involved with collaborative efforts with the

water and wastewater community to facilitate

growth in the industry, and I would continue to

bring those contacts to the Board to offer new

opportunities for dialogue.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve the

members of BCWWA.

to work with the Board to realize opportunities

to grow and expand the membership of

BCWWA through providing these new

members with valued services in education

and training, and the advantages inherent in

participating in a highly respected association

committed to sustainable water resources.

I look forward to the opportunity to

continue with my active participation in

BCWWA by sharing my knowledge, abilities

and passion as a director-at-large on the

BCWWA Board of Directors.

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Utility, Industrial, Commercial & Municipal

Electrical Engineering


• Pumping Stations

• Treatment Plants

Office locations: Victoria, New Westminster, Kamloops, Okanagan & Castlegar

1402 Columbia Ave.

Castlegar, BC V1N 3K3

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2) c. Slide gate and compression

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Questions on page 44.

• Substations

• Generators

• Lighting

6415 Northam Drive

Mississauga, ON L4V 1J2

Phone: (905) 678-2882

Fax: (905) 293-9774


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• Process Plants

• Building

• Energy Efficiency

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Fax: 250-365-6414

For over two decades SPD Sales

team has remained dedicated to

the promotion; supply and support

of instrumentation and

chemical feed products for the

process control market. Our

highly trained and qualified personnel

provides full technical

application and product support

to industries and municipalities,

putting forward the

highest quality products and

instrumentation solutions for

our clients. We build strong,

long lasting partnerships with

our clients by providing comprehensive

product support and

calibration services.

Online applications for:

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• Drinking Water data management

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Save time and reduce costs.

Produce high quality reports with accurate flagging of exceedances.

Wireless Water Inc.


We offer a complete range of products & services in the areas of:

• System Integration • Programmable Logic Controllers • HMI/SCADA

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Summa Engineering Limited

6423 Northam Drive, Mississauga, ON L4V 1J2 • Tel: (905) 678-3388, Fax: (905) 678-0444

E-mail: • Website:


inspection services ltd.

Sewer Camera Systems and Pipe Locators

Image Inspection Services

ISO 9001

Toll Free: 1-800-667-6670

• large inventories of Stainless Pipe,

Fittings and Flanges

• Pre-fabricated Pipe Spooling Systems

• lightwall Stainless Pipe Design and

Specification assistance

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Richmond, BC V6W 1H6

Telephone: 604-270-8851 93


Watermark would not be possible without the advertising support of these companies and organizations. Please think of them when you require a product or

service. We have endeavoured to make it easier for you to contact these suppliers by including their telephone number and, where applicable, their websites.

You can also go to the electronic version of Watermark at and access direct links to any of these companies.

company Page Phone Website

Aqua Backflow, Inc. 53 (847) 742-2296

Aqua-Bility Projects Ltd. 75 (250) 826-2967

Associated Engineering

Group Ltd.

27 (604) 293-1411

Austin & Denholm Industrial

Sales, Inc.

90 (604) 940-2722

Avensys Solutions 85 (888) 965-4700

AWI (Anthratech Western Inc.) 11 (403) 255-7377

AWT Technologies Inc. 93 (403) 453-2298

B & A Manufacturing 23 (204) 896-1333

B C I T 39 (604) 432-8547

Barr Plastics Inc. 44, 84 (604) 852-8522

BI Pure Water (Canada) Inc. 78 (604) 882-6650

BioMaxx WasteWater

Solutions Inc.

79 (855) 940-5556

Birksco (The Birks Company) 65 (905) 854-9875

Canadian Dewatering LP 3 (604) 888-0042

Canadian Union

of Public Employees

92 (604) 291-1940

Capital H2O Systems, Inc. 37 (403) 251-2438

Ceda International


30 (780) 472-6772

Cleartech Industries Inc. 23, 63, 96 (800) 387-7503

Concept Controls Inc. 73 (778) 328-3890

Corix Control Solutions 65 (604) 942-0288

Corix Group of Companies 37 (800) 500-8855

Cubex Limited 81 (877) 462-8239

Delcan Corporation 71 (604) 438-5300

Denso North America Inc. 50 (888) 821-2300

DWG Process Supply Ltd. 33 (780) 460-8433

E.B. Horsman & Son 73 (778) 545-9916

EECOL Electric 81 (604) 455-8160

Empac Engineering Ltd. 93 (250) 548-4151

Engineered Pump Systems Ltd. 41, 65 (604) 552-7900

Flotech a division

of Spartan Controls

65 (604) 882-0028

Four Star Waterworks Ltd. 53 (250) 758-1259

H2Flow Tanks & Systems Inc. 49 (888) 575-8642

Hach Sales &

Service Canada Ltd.

15 (604) 637-9599

Image Inspection Services Ltd. 93 (800) 667-6670

IPEC Consultants Ltd. 23 (604) 291-7150

IPEX Inc. 95 (604) 534-8631

Jelcon Equipment Ltd. 49 (604) 885-2956

Kerr Wood

Leidal Associates Ltd.

12 (604) 294-2088

Koers & Associates

Engineering Ltd.

18 (250) 248-3151

Kon Kast Products (2005) Ltd. 74 (250) 765-1423

KSB Pumps Inc. 39 (403) 532-4652

Lhoist North America 37 (604) 888-2575

Liphook Couplers

& Systems Inc

26 (705) 953-9988

Lystek International Inc. 39 (226) 444-0186

McElhanney Consulting

Services Ltd.

64 (604) 694-2263

McRae’s Environmental

Services Ltd.

75 (604) 434-8313

Mequipco Ltd. 14 (800) 663-9035

Metro Vancouver 63 (604) 432-6206

MPC Consulting Ltd. 85 (250) 655-8959


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company Page Phone Website

Mueller Canada 74 (604) 308-0150

Neptune Technology Group

(Canada) Ltd.

69 (604) 789-7266

Norske Corrosion

& Inspection Services Ltd.

71 (604) 882-1818

Northlands Water

& Sewer Supplies Ltd.

86 (250) 561-1884

Oasis Filter International Ltd. 63 (403) 269-1555

Okanagan College 83 (250) 762-5445


Small Water Systems

35 (250) 870-8580

OPUS DaytonKnight

Consultants Ltd.

10 (604) 990-4800

Paragon Engineering Ltd. 18 (604) 944-0820

PAX Water Technologies 43 (866) 729-6493

PipeLogix, Inc. 87 (866) 299-3150

Piteau Associates

Engineering Ltd.

43 (604) 986-8551 2 (425) 861-8755

Precision Service & Pumps Inc. 54 (604) 850-7010


Environmental Products

81 (403) 221-8585


A Clean Harbours Company

81 (888) 821-5451

Sealing Systems, Inc. 33 (763) 478-2057

Simark Controls Ltd. 45 (877) 940-7772

Singer Valve Inc. 73 (604) 594-5404

Smith & Loveless Inc. 49 (913) 888-5201

Smith Cameron Pump


16, 17 (800) 663-5841

SPD Sales Ltd. 93 (905) 678-2882

Spears Sales & Service Ltd. 69 (604) 872-7104

Specialty Polymer Coatings, Inc. 88 (604) 514-9711

SRP Control Systems ltd. 26 (905) 238-2880

Stantec Consulting 53 (604) 696-8000

Star Pipe Canada, Inc. 26 (519) 620-8900

Summa Engineering Limited 93 (905) 678-3388

Target Products Ltd. 41 (604) 856-7976

Terminal City Iron Works Ltd. 77 (604) 513-3800

Terratec Environmental Ltd. 21 (905) 544-0444

The Langley Concrete Group 33 (604) 533-1656

Thompson Rivers University 13 (250) 371-5955

Trojan Technologies Inc. 9 (519) 457-3400

Unified Alloys 93 (604) 270-8851

United Water 73 (250) 766-1478

Urecon Insulation ltd. 21 (780) 985-3636

Valax Systems Inc. 4 (604) 527-8086

Veolia Water Solutions Canada 31 (905) 286-4846

Vogelsang 44 (330) 296-3820

Wachs Canada Ltd. 85 (780) 469-6402

Waste’n WaterTech Ltd. 7 (250) 768-0435

Weir Minerals Canada 67 (604) 552-3057

Western Tank & Lining Ltd. 69 (604) 241-9487

Wireless Water Inc. 93 (604) 733-6642

Wolseley Canada -

Engineered Pipe Group

85 (604) 513-4300

Wolseley Canada -

Waterworks Business Group

21 (604) 596-5169

Xylem Inc. 19 (604) 941-6664

ZCL Composites, Inc. 76 (503) 653-1604

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