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					                                                                                                                       October 2005

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Students get the scoop on biosolids

“W            elcome to Water ‘Re-cycle.’
              Are you having fun today?
              Has everyone heard of the
water cycle? Well, today we’re going to
talk about the human water cycle. We’re
going to talk about what happens to your
water after you flush the toilet.” If you
attended this September’s Third Annual
Children’s Water Festival, you may have
heard Deanna Barrow, from Niagara
Region, deliver this introduction time and
time again.
     Deanna was using a prototype of the
newly developed Water and Wastewater
EnviroScape to demonstrate wastewa-
ter treatment and biosolids utilization.
Across the road, another Niagara Region
employee used the same model to dem-
onstrate water treatment. The Niagara
Children’s Water Festival provided a
wonderful opportunity to premiere this
model, developed over the last 18 months
by the WEAO Biosolids Committee and
JT&A Inc.                                      into houses, and then from the houses and        “What do we do with the solids that
     Premiering the Water and Wastewater       ‘city’ buildings to the wastewater treat-    settle out of the wastewater?” Most of the
EnviroScape at the Niagara Children’s          ment plant and back into the river. The      time, students don’t have any idea. It’s
Water Festival provided the opportunity        model can be used to demonstrate both        not something that most kids think about.
to find out how much students know about       water treatment and wastewater treatment,    However, if you ask what is spread on
water and wastewater treatment. When           as well as how biosolids are handled.        farmer’s fields to help crops grow, many of
asked, many of the children believed that          The model uses easily accessible         them answered manure. Using the model,
the wastewater they produced in their          kitchen supplies such as cocoa powder,       Deanna explained that just like manure,
houses went directly in the lakes, rivers,     chocolate pudding and rice to mimic          the solids that settle out of the wastewa-
and oceans. This model provided an             sewage; gelatine to show coagulation         ter are spread on farmers fields, but not
excellent opportunity to show what really      and blue Kool-aid to help students visu-     until it is treated at the wastewater treat-
happens.                                       alize chlorine. At the festival, reactions   ment plant. Key concepts such as diges-
     When complete, the table-top model        upon first seeing the ‘sewage’ tend to       tion and stabilization were explained.
will consist of a coloured landscape of        range from a wrinkled nose to “That is so    She then reinforced the many rules that
moulded plastic that sits on a clear base.     gross!” The grosser the better! However,     have to be followed when applying bio-
Colour coded channels, or ‘pipes,’ run         the next comment is often “Mmmm, that        solids, including set-back distances,
under removable road sections to allow         smells good.” When they are told that it     application rates, weather, ground condi-
students to trace the path of water from       is chocolate pudding, they all ask if they   tions and run-off.
the river, through the water treatment plant   can eat some.                                                      Continued overleaf...
                                                  Another message that this model is         neers to get water, how a wetland works,
    WEAO Board of Directors,                  able to convey is the importance in pro-       what not to pour down a storm drain, how
                2005 - 2006
                                              tecting our environment. If you ask if the     water has shaped the Niagara Peninsula
 Cordell Samuels, Region of Durham            water we drink today is the same water         and much more.
 Tel: (905) 686-2004 Fax: (905) 686-0661      that the dinosaurs drank thousands of              Over 500 volunteers from back-          years ago, the overwhelming response by        grounds ranging from high school stu-
Vice President                                the children is “no!” This model allows        dents to retired teachers, kept the week
 Vincent Nazareth, R.V. Anderson              us to illustrate how we use water over and     running smoothly. The water festival pro-
 Tel: (416) 497-8600 Fax: (416) 497-0342      over again. The students learn the impor-      vides students, parents and teachers with                     tance of protecting our most precious          a hands-on opportunity to learn about
Past President                                resource by not putting harmful chemi-         water. This year’s festival had 48 activ-
 David W. Hein, KMK Consultants Ltd.          cals such as gasoline, oil, paint, etc. down   ity stations, including several specifically
 Tel: (905) 459-4780 Fax: (905) 459-7869      the drain.                                     geared to Niagara.
                                                  The Niagara Children’s Water Fes-              The Niagara Children’s Water Festi-
Treasurer                                     tival was, once again, a huge success.         val is a joint initiative with the Niagara
 John Presta, Region of Durham                More than 4,800 grades 3 and 4 students        Peninsula Conservation Authority, Niag-
 Tel: (905) 668-7725 Fax (905) 668-7494              attended the festival over the week of         ara Region, the City of St. Catharines,
                                              September 19-23. Schools from as far           Ontario Power Generation and our many
Directors                                     away as Fisherville, Dunville and Fort         sponsors. If you would like more infor-
 Tim Constantine, CH2M HILL
 Tel: (416) 499-0090 Fax: (416) 499-4687
                                              Erie attended. Classes visited a variety       mation about the Niagara Children’s                                of activities dealing with water attitude,     Water Festival, please visit: www.niaga-
                                              water conservation, water protection,
    George Crawford, CH2M HILL                water science, and water technology.               We look forward to an even better fes-
    Tel: (416) 499-0090 Fax: (416) 499-4687                         Students learned how hard it was for pio-      tival next year.
    Rosanna DiLabio, Praxair Canada Inc.
    Tel: (905) 450-3187 Fax: (905) 830-1696

    George Lai, Ministry of the Environment
    Tel: (416) 327-3528 Fax: (416) 327-9091

    Ian McIlwham, Region of Durham
    Tel: (905) 987-0514 Fax: (905) 987-1968

    Mark Rupke, City of Toronto
    Tel: (416) 392-5160 Fax: (416) 397-0908

WEF Director 2004-2005
 Peter Nicol, CH2M
 Tel: (416) 499-0090 Fax: (416) 499-4687

WEF Director 2005-2008
 Tony Petrucci,
 CH2M Hill - Water Business Group
 Tel: (416) 499-0090 Fax: (416) 499-4687

WEF Director 2003-2006
 John C. Thompson, Region of Durham
 Tel: (905) 576-9844 Fax: (905) 576-8611

CWWA Representative
 Cindy Toth, Town of Oakville
 Tel: (905) 845-6601 Fax: (905) 338-4188

OPCEA Representative
 Redir Obaji, ABB Inc.
 Tel: (905) 333-7586

PWO Representative
 Eldon Wallis, Hands on Training/Consulting
 Tel: (705) 487-6453 Fax: (705) 487-6553

Executive Administrator
 Julie Vincent
 Tel: (416) 410-6933 Fax: (416) 410-1626

                                                                                             President’s Message

A new direction for communication

       he summer is over and there have                                                     ity of revenue sharing from a magazine
       been many occurrences since our                                                      instead of the costs associated with pro-
       last newsletter.                                                                     ducing a newsletter.
    The tremendous images we saw                                                                This does not suggest that there is
recently from the southern US, with the                                                     any dissatisfaction with the communica-
devastation to people’s lives as a result                                                   tions committee, whose members have
of the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, leave                                                   performed super service to the WEAO
us astonished at the awesome power of                                                       in producing this fine newsletter. Sandra
nature. Ontario had a storm on August 19,                                                   Davey has done a great job getting this
which caused some damage, but appears                                                       publication out, and has expended a lot of
small when compared to what happened                                                        energy and care over the last few years. I
in the US.                                                                                  want to express a heartfelt thanks to all
    These recent events give us reason to                                                   for your efforts.
pause and ponder how blessed we are.                                                            The board decided to investigate the
There are many colleagues, plants and                                                       possibilities of producing a magazine,
businesses in our industry in the US that                                                   and a request for proposal was issued to
have been affected. Their lives will be                                  Cordell Samuels
                                                                                            four publishers in August. Two groups
forever changed by these events. They                                                       responded and the board has chosen
remain in our prayers, and we hope for            We have been invited by the Ministry      Kelman and Associates to publish the
the speedy rebuilding of their lives and      of Public Infrastructure Renewal to a ses-    new magazine format starting in 2006
communities.                                  sion on October 11 for informal discus-       for a three-year period. It is anticipated
    We must now turn our attention to the     sions with them on a recently submitted       that the contract will be concluded by the
business at hand. There are many projects     report called ‘Watertight.’ This report was   end of October, and we will be giving the
to be completed during the life of this       prepared by an expert panel, and recom-       membership more information as soon
board, and we must move with dispatch         mends changes to the water industry in        as it is available. We will use the e-mail
to address them.                              Ontario. We will report on this meeting       broadcast to communicate developments
    Many items in past strategic plans,       in a future newsletter.                       between publications, and our next and
which were drawn up over the last sev-            Our newsletter is also slated for         final newsletter for 2005 will carry more
eral years, have been implemented. In         change. Over the last few years, there        details.
a review of recent plans at our Septem-       have been many discussions at the board           We are convinced that this move will
ber board meeting, it was found that the      about changing the format of the news-        add value to membership benefits, and
vast majority of the targets have already     letter and turning it into a magazine. We     will become an additional selling point
been achieved. In November, we will be        have observed that many groups have           for our association.
holding another strategy session to begin     gone to the magazine format. Recently,            The future is bright for the WEAO.
to set new goals and objectives for our       OWWA also changed their newsletter to         The industry is vibrant in the province at
organization. I urge you to forward your      a magazine. It seems that we are among        this time, and we are determined to raise
suggestions to the office so they may be      the last in the industry to keep the news-    our profile, and be an effective voice in
included in our deliberations.                letter format. Also, there is the possibil-   the affairs of water in Ontario.

Call for Nominations                                                                               Table of Contents

                                                                                              Biosolids news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
        he Water Environment Asso-            ment activities, research activities and
        ciation of Ontario (WEAO) is          public acceptance activities.                   President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . 3
        soliciting nominations for the            A nomination package must be sub-           Operations Challenge . . . . . . . . . . 4
3rd Annual Awards for Exemplary Bio-          mitted to the WEAO for an organization
solids Management. These awards rec-          to be eligible for an award. Nominations        Website update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
ognize biosolids practitioners that go        may be prepared by the proponent or by          WEAO golf tournament . . . . . . . . 7
beyond the normal requirements and            other supporting organizations such as
“raise the bar” in the practice of manag-     engineers, consultants and agronomists.         WEFMAX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 9
ing biosolids. The objective of the awards    The Awards will be announced at the             WEFTEC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
program is to promote excellence in bio-      WEAO Annual Conference and will con-
solids management in Ontario. Two awards      sist of a certificate and a plaque.             CWWA report . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12
are given to recognize excellence for small       The deadline for submission of nomi-        Facilities tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
(<5 dry tonnes per day) and large (>5 dry     nations for 2006 is Tuesday, January 31,
tonnes per day) biosolids generators.         2006. Requirements for the nomination           Select Society sits . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Within these categories the awards rec-       package and the evaluation criteria can be      OCPEA news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
ognize excellence on the basis of contri-     obtained at Use this as an
butions in one or more areas that include     opportunity to get some good publicity for      Newsletter sponsors . . . . 17, 18, 19
operating projects, technology develop-       your biosolids management program.

Operations Challenge

The tradition continues
T      he changing colours and crisp temperatures of autumn are signals for the Operations Challenge Committee (OCC) to convene
       and prepare for the 2006 WEAO Conference. In conjunction with its numerous partners and sponsors, the OCC will be orga-
       nizing and planning the Professional Wastewater Operator (PWO) Technical Session, Operations Challenge Competition, and,
Totally Wasted Game Show events.

Professional                                 Operations Challenge Competition
                                                    he 35th Annual WEAO Technical          province to demonstrate the knowledge,
Operator (PWO)                                      Symposium and OPCEA Exhibi-            technical expertise and skills they con-
                                                    tion, April 9 – 12, 2006 at the Dou-
Technical Session                           bletree International Plaza Hotel, Toronto,
                                                                                           tribute on a daily basis in their places of
                                                                                           work. With bragging rights and the pride
                                            will mark the 15th consecutive year for

                                                                                           of participation aside, through generous
        he requirement for continuous       the Operations Challenge Competition.          sponsorship the top four-person team
        learning and professional devel-    From its humble beginnings in Niagara          goes on to represent Ontario at the annual
        opment in the wastewater indus-     Falls, Ontario in 1991 the Challenge has       WEFTEC Challenge.
try is the focus of the PWO Technical       grown in sophistication and presence.              The competition is structured into two
Session.                                    The Challenge is a showcase opportu-           divisions, one for two-person teams and a
    In conjunction with the WEAO Tech-      nity for agencies and municipalities, and,     second for four-person teams. Participa-
nical Symposium, the one-day PWO            the vast number of service providers and       tion in the two-person division is open to
program is designed with the licensed       equipment suppliers to demonstrate their       everyone. The four-person division fol-
professional operator in mind.              excellence in water resource management        lows the Water Environment Federation
    The OCC will once again be seeking      in Ontario.                                    (WEF) requirements that team members
Ontario Environmental Training Con-             The Challenge is a hands-on, friendly      must be drawn from PWO members, cur-
sortium (OETC) accreditation for the        and high-spirited competition consisting       rently employed or retired, from one or
program in the form of CEU credits for      of five events: process control, laboratory,   more facilities or municipalities and each
participants.                               safety, pump maintenance and collection        team must be comprised of at least two
                                            system. The events provide a stage for         operators in non-supervisory roles.
                                            wastewater professionals from across the

Totally Wasted Game Show

        he OCC is looking forward to the         Over the coming months, watch
        seventh offering of the Totally      your mailbox and log on to the
        Wasted Game Show (TWGS)     website for updates on
at the 2006 Annual Conference. The           2006 activities.
show saw double duty in 2005 and was             For additional information about the
well received by associations south of       OCC and anyone interested in becom-
the border during the May 13, 2005           ing a member please contact myself
WEFMAX (WEF Member Association      or Rick Niesink
Exchange) event held in Toronto.   
    Fashioned after a popular TV game            Comments, ideas and suggestions are
show, the TWGS quizzes contestants           always welcome and can be forwarded to
with questions comparable to those found     the e-mail addresses listed.
on Provincial Certification Exams. The
TWGS is both educational and entertain-      Wayne Key
ing as teams (comprised of a consultant,     2006 Operations
OPCEA supplier and professional opera-       Challenge Committee Chair
tor) compete for top honours.

    Upcoming seminar on sludge treatment alternatives

           seminar is being planned for Thursday, January 19, 2006, which will cover various aspects of sludge handling through
           thickening, digestion, dewatering and thermal reduction. If you, or someone you know, has something interesting to
           present at this seminar, we ask that you please forward a brief outline to the attention of:
          Mike Newbigging                             Voitek Kozakiewicz                                 Brian Gage                   

Internal Affairs

Website update                                                                          OPCEA request
                                                                                        for information
T       he WEAO website has been opti-
        mized to increase its exposure
        to a larger audience. A string of
keywords were coded into the website
                                             by active members via their last name
                                             (the username) and the Member ID
                                             (the password). Once in, sensitive
                                             information of membership interest can
                                                                                        on Terms and
pages for a better ranking with the major    be browsed via a custom menu, such
search engines and directories. The most     as research reports, correspondence
popular search engine, Google, has been
primarily targeted in this campaign and,
as a result, our website is now show-
ing on the first page when searching
                                             on major issues of the WEAO, AGM
                                             minutes and annual budget, WEAO by-
                                             laws and Constitution, and the CCME
                                             MWWE Group page.
                                                                                        T       he OPCEA board has identified
                                                                                                an issue of increasing concern.
                                                                                                There has been, over the last few
                                                                                        years, a significant increase in onerous
for terms like ‘clean water Ontario,’            Please visit the website from time     terms and conditions placed on vendors,
‘effluent disinfection,’ ‘waste activated    to time to keep yourself updated with      which has prompted many companies
sludge,’ ‘sewage screening,’ and many        current events and announcements, read     to choose not to bid. For example, the
others.                                      the latest WEAO Newsletter issue online    terms of payment have been stretched
    The online registration section of the   in PDF format and browse the jobs          out until substantial completion even
website is secure and simple to use. New     section.                                   though the vendor has no control over
members, and existing ones wishing to            As always, if you have any ideas       the length of time a contractor takes to
renew their membership, can use this         or comments regarding the website we       complete a job. If you have examples of
system with their VISA, MasterCard, or       would like to hear from you, email us at   situations where you have had to walk
AMEX. Whenever available, payments  Your feedback          away from a job or, worse yet, been hurt
for seminars and courses are processed.      is appreciated.                            as a result of onerous terms we would
Other products offered include the Water                                                appreciate receiving input from you.
Source Book and the AquaVenturer CD.         Emil Cocirla, Webmaster                    Please forward any insights or examples
    Another feature of the website is the    Can-Am Instruments Ltd.                    to the attention of the OPCEA board via
member-only area that can be accessed                                         

                                                                                                                   Internal Affairs

Keep the rain away

         little rain is good for the environ-           Every hole had a ‘skill’ competition
         ment and fortunately only a small          from hole-in-one contest to closest ball to
         amount fell during the last few            a diffuser. Winners for each contest were
holes of the annual golf tournament. Not            announced during the dinner and prizes
enough to dampen spirits or affect the day.         were awarded.
    A full complement of 36 teams reg-                  The golf tournament also raised
istered for the seventh annual event. The           money for the WEAO charity of choice,
day started with coffee and donuts fol-             Water for People (WFP). Teams could buy
lowed by lunch, a shotgun start and steak           Mulligans, bracelets and raffles tickets
dinner. In addition, all holes were spon-           for prizes. Tony Petrucci, (CH2M Hill
sored by member companies. A special                Canada) and Barb Robinson (Stantec Inc)        John Carney displays great form
thanks to all the companies that sponsored          sold opportunities to improve your golf
the golf tournament and provided prizes.            game or to win prizes. Almost $2,000
The companies that sponsored the tourna-            was raised for Water For People. Thanks
ment included:                                      to everyone who participated.
    Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd.                  Format for golfing was a scramble
    AWS Engineers & Planners Corp.                  and the winning team consisted of Ben
    B.N.W. Valve Manufacturing Limited              Kramer, Eugene Chajka, Steve Yake and
    CIBA Specialty Chemicals                        Simon Hopton with a score of 11 under
    Directrik Inc.                                  par. Others tried to win the hole-in-
    Earth Tech Canada Inc.                          one contest and a golf trip to Florida,
    ENV Treatment Systems Inc.                      although someone was so upset about
    Envirocan WWT Co. Ltd.                          not sinking their drive that they left their
    Floval Equipment                                club at the tee off area. Anyone missing
    Flowserve Canada Corp.,                         a left handed 7-iron, please contact the
       Flow Control Division                        WEAO office.
    H2FLOW Equipment Inc.                               The golf tournament was organized          International Team, Roger Mayo, George
                                                                                                   Balcerczyk, Frank Dachille and Sean Partington
    Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.                       by the Special Events Committee chaired
    KMK Consultants Ltd.,                           by Michael Albanese (H2FLOW) and
    Marshall Macklin Monaghan Ltd.                  each member of the committee worked
    Neo Valves                                      tirelessly to make the day a success.
    Nord Gear                                       Committee members consisted of Brian
    Performance Fluid Equipment Inc.                Burrell (Dorr Oliver/Eimco), Xavier Fer-
    Pro Aqua + Shadrack Inc.,                       nandes (R.G. Robinson) and David Hein
    R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.                   (KMK Consultants Limited)
    SGS Environmental Services                          Special thanks to Julie and Carrie Vin-
    SNF Canada Ltd.                                 cent for getting all the packages together
    Totten Sims Hubicki Associates                  and for registering all the golfers.

                                                                                                   Julie and Carrie Vincent at the registration

Best Dressed Team from Nord Gear, Andrew Scholler, John Carney, Aldo Casino and Denis Dryburgh     Tony Petrucci sells Mulligans to improve your game


WEAO welcomes WEF MA representatives to Toronto

            EAO welcomed 70 WEF
            Member Association (MA)
            representatives, from 17 North
American MAs, to a member exchange
(WEFMAX) meeting held in Toronto
May 12 to 14, 2005. WEFMAX meet-
ings provide an opportunity for Member
Association representatives to meet and
share ideas with WEF staff, elected WEF
officials, and other MA leaders.

    Member Associations represented at
the Toronto meeting included:

            Alaska WWMA
            Arizona WPCA
        Atlantic Canada WWA
        British Columbia WWA
            California WEA
              Indiana WEA
            Michigan WEA
              Nevada WEA
          New England WEA                         The morning portion of Friday’s        • Arizona WPCA – “Membership
           New Jersey WEA                     Agenda consisted of a number of WEF          Retention, Young Professionals, and
            New York WEA                      related reports and topics:                  AWPCA Utility Council”
               Ohio WEA                                                                  • Atlantic Canada WWA – “Challenges,
         Reseau Environment                   • WEF/MA Partnering Policy                   Opportunities, and Accomplishments”
            WEA of Ontario                      Implementation                           • British Columbia WWA – “BCWWA
        WEA of South Carolina                 • WEF Environmental Strategy Report          Case Study … Can You Make Money
             WEA of Texas                     • WEF Plant Operations and                   with Your Newsletter?”
        Western Canada WEA                      Maintenance Committee                    • California WEA – “Strategic Plan”
                                              • WEF Group Membership                     • Ohio WEA – “Reorganization;
    WEF was represented by WEF                • WEF Students and Young                     Strategic Plan, What We Do Well…
President-Elect Michael Read, Phyllis           Professionals Committee                    Educate; and What We Need to
Eastman, WEF Managing Director of             • Academics and MAs                          Work On’
Membership and Association Services,            – A Great Opportunity!                   • WEA of Ontario – “Biosolids
and Dianne Crilley, WEF Manager of                                                         Education Model”
Association Services.                             After lunch, teams were formed and     • Alaska WWMA
    Five WEFMAX meetings are held             attendees had the opportunity to experi-   • Indiana WEA
annually. Facilitated by WEF staff, the       ence first hand WEAO’s Totally Wasted      • Michigan WEA – “Joint Conference,
meetings are organized and hosted by the      Game Show, hosted by Rhonda Harris.          Outsource MA Magazine, and
MAs. In 2005, WEFMAX meetings were            The Game Show attracted a great deal         New Logo”
also held in Highland Beach, Florida;         of attention and numerous inquiries        • Nevada WEA
Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tucson,           have been received from various MAs        • New England WEA – “Success with
Arizona; and Washington, DC.                  interested in hosting their own version      New Initiatives”
    Official Toronto WEFMAX activi-           of the event.                              • New York WEA – “NYWEA
ties began with a Welcome Reception on            The Friday afternoon and Saturday        Business Plan and Membership
Thursday evening in the Fireside Lounge       morning agendas provided an oppor-           Recruitment and Retention Activities”
of the Marriott Courtyard Downtown            tunity for the MAs to share with one       • New Jersey WEA – “Growing and
Hotel. Attendees were able to relax after     another their experiences and success        Sustaining Membership”
a day of travel, establish new friendships,   stories. The most popular portion of a     • Reseau Environment
and renew old acquaintances.                  WEFMAX session, the Toronto MA             • WEA of South Carolina –
    The formal session began Friday           Exchange was particularly beneficial         “Operator Conference and Operator
morning with opening remarks provided         because of the unprecedented number          Recognition Pins”
by Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental       of attending MAs from across North         • WEA of Texas – “Added Mem-
Commissioner. Welcoming and intro-            America.                                     bership Value, Greater Financial
ductory remarks were made by Michael              Presentations made by the following      Accountability, and Energetic Young
Read, WEF President-Elect, and Cordell        Member Associations may be accessed          Professional Committee”
Samuels, WEAO President.                      on the WEF website:                        • Western Canada WEA

   A summary table prepared by WEAO Vice-President Vincent Nazareth, based upon information provided during WEFMAX,
provides an interesting profile of a number of the participating WEF MAs.

WEF’s Member Association Profile
                                                    Annual Budget    MA Dues    “MA only”   MA/WEF     #MA        Annual Conference     Student       Scholarship
                Member Association                     CDN $          CDN $     Members     Members1   Staff   Attendees    Exhibitor   Chapters    Program CDN $

    Atlantic Canada
    Water Works Association - 1986                      N/R            42         500         61        1        350           30          -            N/R
    British Columbia
    Water & Waste Association - 1976                7,200,000          42        3,000       184        4        700          130          -         Yes $600
    Water Environment
    Association of Ontario - 1972                     198,000         45.6        706        545        1        454          102          2           None
    RESEAU environment - 1972                       2,400,000          N/R       1,790        70        1       4,500         250          -            Yes
    Western Canada
    Water Environment Association - 1973              21,600           48          15        212        2        500          150          1            N/R
    US MAs (near/neighbouring Ontario)

    Central States WEA2, 1928                         171,810          18         N/R       1,268       1        350           73          4       Yes - $4,920

    Michigan WEA,1930                                 360,000          36         528       1,041       1        250           40          5       Yes - $1,200

    New England WEA3,4, 1929                          600,000         39.6         -        2,024       3       1,595         165          2       Yes - $2,400

    New Jersey WEA3, 1942                             832,447         32.4         -        2,829       5       2,300         204          5       Yes - $25,000

    New York WEA3,1929                                480,000          60          -        1,648       3        850          149         12            Yes

    Ohio WEA, 1932                                    108,000         32.4         3        1,795       3        537           80          2            N/R

    Pennsylvania WEA, 1926                            409,440          48         Yes       1,320       4        300           89        N/R           None

    California WEA, 1928                            3,120,000         116.4      4,883      2,767      9.5      1,250         852          4       Yes - $6,000
  Require a minimum of 500 to retain 2 Directors at the WEF House of Delegates                                                                 N/R = Not Reported
  Central States includes: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
  No ‘MA only’ membership category
  New England includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

    Friday evening’s social activity was                    The Canadian Affairs Council met                      In 2006, WEFMAX meetings will be
dinner at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.                on Saturday afternoon with WEF staff                   hosted by the following MAs:
The club ambience and meal made for a                   and WEF President-Elect Michael Read
memorable experience. I’m sure many                     to discuss items of particular interest                • March 9 - 11, Kansas WEA
are still talking about the bus trip back to            to the Canadian WEF MAs. Duncan                          Lawrence, Kansas
the hotel.                                              Ellison, CWWA Executive Director,                      • March 23 - 25, New England WEA
    Two additional meetings were held in                and representatives from Reseau Envi-                    Boston, Massachusetts
conjunction with the Toronto WEFMAX.                    ronment, WEAO, Western Canada
    A WEF House of Delegates meeting                    WEA, and British Columbia WWA were                     • April 6 - 8, Pacific Northwest CWA
was held on Thursday. The meeting                       in attendance. Agenda items included                     Bonneville, Washington
Agenda included a review of priori-                     a WEF Board of Trustees update, Cana-                  • April 27 - 29, WEA of South Carolina
tized key issues and strategies developed               dian MA reports, Canadian National                       Charleston, South Carolina
at WEFTEC04, the development of a                       Biosolids Partnership update, CWWA                     • May 4 - 6, Reseau Environment
responsibility matrix for WEF planning, a               activities report, Canadian WEF mem-                     Montreal, Quebec
review of the proposed time line and process            bership report, Canadian Stockholm
for revising the WEF Strategic Plan, a Long             Junior Water Prize update, and a dis-                  Submitted by John Thompson,
Range Planning Committee update, and the                cussion of the proposed WEFTEC05                       Regional Municipality of Durham,
development of a list of WEF core values.               Canadian hotel and Icebreaker.                         WEF House of Delegates

Internal Affairs

WEAO will have strong presence at WEFTEC

          any of our WEAO members will be at the podium pre-       you to our many Session Moderators – Stephen Nutt, Vince
          senting papers at the upcoming WEFTEC Technical          Nazareth, Wayne Parker, William Cairns, Deborah Ross and
          Symposium in Washington, DC from October 31 to           Richard Waite – your support and time is appreciated.
November 2. In addition to our 27 podium presenters, WEAO              Many WEAO members are involved in multiple papers,
members will also be on the technical program presenting one       either as author or co-author. David Bagley, George Crawford,
poster, seven alternate papers, and moderating eight sessions.     George Nakhla and Hugh Monteith are involved in five papers
Many of our papers are presented by Ontario University stu-        each.
dents – another indication of the high quality of research and         Be sure to support our WEAO presenters, and look for their
education in Ontario.                                              sessions and presentations if you are in Washington during
    The list of podium and poster presenters, each with            WEFTEC!
their session number and paper title, is presented in the table.
(Session numbers may change, so check in advance.) Thank           George Crawford, WEAO Director

      Session         Presenter                  Paper Title
         1            Wayne Parker               Steam-Explosion Pre-treatment for Enhancing Anaerobic Digestion
                                                 of Municipal Wastewater Sludge
         3            George Nakhla              Conventional and Thermophilic Aerobic Treatability of High Strength
                                                 Oily Pet Food Wastewater Using MBRs
         5B           Tim Constantine            Alternatives for Treating High Nitrogen Liquor from Advanced Anaerobic
                                                 Digestion at the Blue Plains AWTP
         18           Brian Petri                Understanding Organism UV Sensitivity to Avoid Sizing Pitfalls
         18           Brian Petri                UVDis Requires Validation for Sizing UV Reactors
         21           Deo Phagoo                 Enhanced BNR with MBR: A Unique Combination
         28           George Nakhla              Performance of UASB Reactor Treating High Oil and Grease Pet Food
                                                 Wastewater under Critical Loading Conditions
         30           Richard Jones              The Importance of Quantifying Gas Phase Composition in Determining
                                                 Aeration System Requirements
         34           Ron Droste                 Enhancement of Anaerobic Waste Activated Sludge Digestion
                                                 by Microwave Pretreatment
         46           David Bagley               Including External Costs in On-Site Energy Recovery Decisions
         46           Hugh Monteith              WERF: Assessing Cost-Effective Energy Recovery from Anaerobically
                                                 Digested Wastewater Solids Using a Life-Cycle Costing Tool
         48           George Nakhla              Biological Nutrients Removal in Circulating Fluidized Bed Bioreactor (CFBBR)
         51           George Crawford            Parallel Operation of Large Membrane Bioreactors at Traverse City
         52           Richard Jones              Simulation Applications Made Possible by pH Modeling
         52           Imre Takacs                The Importance of Modeling Metal Uptake and Release in BNR Processes
         53           Troy Briggs                Size Matters: An Overview of Screening Processes
         53           John Armistead             Fine Screen Retrofit Changes
         55           Wayne Parker               Influence of Staged Operation of Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion on
                                                 Microbial Reduction
         58           Mike Hulley                Working Towards Permitting CSOs in Cincinnati
         66           Tim Constantine            Technical Comparison of Nine Treatment Alternatives to
                                                 Achieve 0.1 mg/L Effluent Phosphorus
         72           Peter Dold                 Batch Test Method for Measuring Methanol Utilizer Maximum Specific Growth Rate
     72 (Poster)      Spencer Snowling           A 3-Dimensional Aeration Tank Model for Activated Sludge Simulation,
                                                 Using Off-Line Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Data
         75           Olav Natvik                Achieving Low Effluent Phosphorus Concentrations - How Low Can We Go?
         79           David Bagley               WERF: Comparison of Full-Scale Biogas Energy Recovery Alternatives
         90           Alan Royce                 Performance Testing of a UV Disinfection and Oxidation System to
                                                 Achieve Regulatory Approval for Wastewater Reinjection
        101           Oliver Scraa               Selecting the Most Cost-Effective High-Rate CSO Treatment Technology
        110           Evangelia Belia            Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade: The Incorporation of Process Modeling
                                                 from Conceptual Design to Implementation and Operation

                                                                                                            CWWA Report

F     ollowing are reports on CWWA
      event planning and support and
      government liaison activities since
March, 2005.
                                                   CWWA continues to work with EC
                                               through a joint National Pollutant Release
                                               Inventory Working Group, who met in
                                               September in Québec City and reported
                                                                                             and chlorite. CWWA is currently consult-
                                                                                             ing with its Drinking Water Committee,
                                                                                             and will submit comments if necessary.
                                                                                                 CWWA was contracted by Health
                                               on requirements for pollutants released       Canada to collect data on Halo-Acetic
     Event planning and support
                                               from wastewater treatment plants (pri-        Acids in drinking water across Canada.
Plans for the CWWA annual Window on            marily effluents and biosolids). CWWA         This data will be used to assess the need
Ottawa and the 12th Canadian National          is actively participating in an “indus-       for a Guideline on this substance.
Drinking Water Conference are confirmed        try group” concerned over the apparent            Health Canada contacted CWWA to
and planning is under way.                     directions being followed by the National     collect data on reporting mechanisms
    The Window on Ottawa will be held          Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) – an       for adverse water quality events. Health
in Ottawa, December 1 and 2, 2005. The         ever-increasing number of substances sub-     Canada and the Federal-Provincial-Ter-
CWWA Board will meet in conjunction            ject to annual reporting requirements and     ritorial Committee on Drinking Water is
with this meeting. As well, the Annual         a failure to harmonize with other require-    in the first steps of developing a reporting
General Meeting (AGM) will take place          ments. The group is seeking ways of           mechanism for events on First Nations
the evening of December 1. At the AGM,         improving the requirements while mini-        and other federal lands, and asked CWWA
changes to CWWA’s bylaws and Policy            mizing the impact of having to complete       to contact utilities across the country to
Governance Model will be accepted, as well     and submit reports. (CWWA advised the         determine how these events are being
as several new board members. Additional       Group that the European and US require-       reported, to ensure that First Nations and
meetings of CWWA’s technical committees        ments are as onerous as EC’s and the          other federal facilities are connected to the
are anticipated, including the first meeting   group has seized upon this information for    mechanisms already in place, and what-
of CWWA’s Biosolids Partnership.               their own positions). CWWA proposed,          ever system is implemented on federal
    The Drinking Water Conference will         and is continuing to press, for a review      lands works in harmony within the exist-
take place in Saint John, NB, April 1 to 4,    within NPRI of the definition of product      ing framework. In conducting this study,
2006. The Program Technical Committee          (as a means of challenging the classifica-    CWWA realized that none of the spill and
has been formed and had its first telecon-     tion of biosolids as wastes). The industry    environmental emergency reporting mech-
ference in early April 2005.                   group is supporting CWWA on this initia-      anisms in place recognized the need to
    CWWA is also pleased to be support-        tive. The Québec City meeting resulted in     contact and inform downstream utilities of
ing: Water Quality Technology Confer-          beneficial changes—EC staff now realize       an emergency. This issue is being raised.
ence and Exposition, Ville de Québec,          the difference between sewage sludges             CWWA was contracted by Health
QC, hosted by RÉSEAU environnement             and processed and treated composts and        Canada to develop a Canadian guidance
and AWWA, November 6 to 10, 2005.              biosolids. CWWA has been asked to pro-        document for risk assessment and risk
                                               pose wording that would remove report-        management evaluations for drinking
         Government Liaison                    ing requirements provided the biosolids       water supply systems. The document is
Wastewater                                     met certain quality conditions (such as the   in the final stages of review and will be
CWWA has continued to participate in           expected CCME Guidelines).                    presented to the Federal-Provincial-Ter-
the Core Advisory Group (CAG) to the               CWWA continued to work with stake-        ritorial Committee on Drinking Water in
Canadian Council of Ministers of Envi-         holders in the potential formation of a       their October 27 meeting.
ronment (CCME) Development Commit-             Canadian National Biosolids Partner-              Health Canada is reviewing and devel-
tee (DC) developing a proposed national        ship (CNBP). A small group of Cana-           oping water quality parameter guidance
approach to managing municipal                 dian stakeholders met with the United         for non-potable water uses (see below
wastewater effluents and is coordinating       States National Biosolids Partnersip (US      Grey water and rain water use).
this involvement with member associa-          NBP) staff at WEF HQ on September 8
                                                                                             Water efficiency
tions and municipal associations. The DC       to explore the origins and development of
                                                                                             CWWA published a September 2005 revi-
considered the comments provided on the        the US NBP and obtain a first hand under-
                                                                                             sion to the report on performance testing of
draft commissioned consultants’ reports        standing of its successes and pitfalls. The
                                                                                             6L toilets available on our website: http://
and have referred them to the CAG for          results of the meeting were encouraging
comment. A teleconference meeting of           and a proposed scope and business plan
                                                                                             This was prepared by collective funding
the CAG took place in September, and the       for the CNBP is being prepared. These
                                                                                             from 15 utilities (see below).
CAG is awaiting the DC’s responses to the      will be discussed through the Biosolids
                                                                                                 Also available on the CWWA web-
comments received on the Consultation          Committee and Network. A special meet-
                                                                                             site is the report of the Drain Line Carry
Document.                                      ing of stakeholders is being planned for
                                                                                             Evaluation Report assessing the impact
    CWWA is producing a template chlo-         November 30.
                                                                                             of low flush toilets on drain line carry of
rine audit protocol for use by munici-         Drinking water quality                        solid materials.
palities as part of the requirements under     Health Canada has published several               There have been no developments
the P2 Plans for the Management of             Drinking Water Quality Guidelines. A          in this period to the proposed Cana-
Chloramines and Chlorinated Munici-            proposed Guideline for MTBE is 0.015          dian Water Star program (to parallel and
pal Effluents. CWWA’s Wastewater and           mg/L. CWWA agreed with the health risk        supplement the U.S. program) for water
Stormwater Technical Committee is con-         assessment, and supports the proposed         efficient appliances and devices although
tinuing to prepare technical comments on       Guideline.                                    interest remains on the parts of CMHC,
the Notices for discussion with Environ-           The Federal-Provincial-Territorial        EC and Industry Canada.
ment Canada (EC) and advice to munici-         Committee on Drinking Water has pro-              The CWWA Committee, chaired by
palities.                                      posed a Guideline of 1 mg/L for chlorate      Glen Pleasance, developed a cooperative

CWWA Report
research-funding program, through which          • The City of Ottawa has negotiated an             Federal legislation
municipalities are able to contribute to col-        extension to the time frame to comply          CWWA submitted comments on the
lective research programs. This mechanism            with the Order to stop depositing water        administration of the Canadian Envi-
is being used in part to fund participation          treatment back-flush effluents in the          ronmental Protection Act 1999, which is
in the Unified North American Require-               Ottawa River.                                  entering the five-year review. These com-
ments Project jointly with U.S. utilities             Fisheries and Oceans conducted an             ments will form the basis of a report from
to develop toilet equipment specifications       environmental audit of its own operations          EC to the Parliamentary Committee on
(flush valves, flappers, etc.). These items      and determined that it is improperly dis-          the Environment, which will conduct the
can significantly affect flushing capabil-       charging laboratory wastes into several            review during the course of 2005. CWWA
ity when replacements are installed. Other       Maritime harbours – Halifax and St. John’s         has requested intervener status to appear
municipalities are being approached to           (where there is no sewage treatment by             before the Committee when it commences
contribute to the fund.                          the cities). This information was released         public hearings.
                                                 through an Access to Information request               CWWA has learned that Conservative
Grey water and rain water use
                                                 to the Globe and Mail, who published the           MP, Bill Casey, intends to introduce a Pri-
The developing interest for the use of waste-
                                                 story on March 12, 2005.                           vate Members Bill to require the federal
water effluents (grey waters) and for rainwa-
                                                      Nevertheless, CWWA continues to               government to develop guidelines for bio-
ter collection in some non-potable household
                                                 press the Minister of the Environment to           solids use. CWWA has contacted Mr. Casey,
uses has taken two steps forward.
                                                 clarify the policy for compliance to recog-        and will be monitoring the situation.
     Health Canada, as previously men-
                                                 nize that occasional technological failures                     Other Activities
tioned continues to develop draft water
                                                 will occur and that conformity with pro-
quality guidelines for non-potable water                                                            Measurement Canada has begun work on
                                                 vincial discharge standards do not consti-
quality for selected uses (toilet flushing                                                          performance standards for water meters.
                                                 tute the basis of charges.
and irrigation) which is likely to reflect                                                          They have expressed intentions of adopt-
recreational water quality standards.            Environmental emergency regulations                ing both the Organisation Internationale
     CSA formed a new Technical Com-             EC has released a discussion document on           de Métrologie Légale (OIML) Standard,
mittee B128 for the design and installa-         proposed changes to the Environmental              which is used in Europe and the AWWA
tion of non-potable water systems and for        Emergency Regulations. The primary goal            Standard. This will allow utilities to
their operation and maintenance. An initial      of the proposed amendments would be to             choose meters that meet either Standard.
draft has been published for public review.      harmonize the list of substances subject           CWWA supports this approach. Adopt-
Comments close on October 4, and the             to the regulations with the List of Toxic          ing the OIML Standard alone would have
next committee meeting is November 3.            Substances under CEPA, 1999. According             forced a European framework that makes
                                                 to the discussion document Chlorinated             little sense, and doesn’t fit with current
Operator training and certification
                                                 Wastewater Effluents will not be subject to        Canadian market practices, while the
CWWA is represented on the National
                                                 the Regulations, however chloramines are           AWWA standard alone would create a
Steering Committee of the former Cana-
                                                 proposed for addition at a container thresh-       barrier to international trade. By adopting
dian Council for Human Resources in the
                                                 old of 1 tonne. After consulting with mem-         both approaches, Measurement Canada
Environment Industry, now ECO Canada,
                                                 bers, CWWA advised EC that chloramines             is preserving its obligations under the
continuing interest in operator training and
                                                 are not packaged and stored chemicals that         World Trade Organization without forc-
certification by Bob Smith. ECO Canada
                                                 could be released, but are produced within         ing unnecessary changes on the Canadian
has developed National Occupational
                                                 the water streams by injecting chlorine and        metering market.
Standards (NOS) for Water and Wastewa-
                                                 ammonia, and further that these activities              CWWA has contacted Member Utili-
ter Operators. They are now trying to deter-
                                                 are already regulated. EC was encouraged           ties in attempts to develop two new Tech-
mine the importance of each NOS task to
                                                 to not proceed with proposing to list chlo-        nical Committees (TC), a Source Control
operators at different levels of certification
                                                 ramines in an anticipated Canada Gazette           Committee and a Utility Managers Group.
(if any) and the importance of each NOS
                                                 Part 1 notice this December.                            The Committee Drafts of the proposed
task within the various classes and types of
facilities. CWWA has actively encouraged         Fertilizer Act regulations                         ISO TC 224 standards for the management
its member Utilities to participate in these     CWWA submitted comments to the Cana-               and assessment of water and wastewater
consultations.                                   dian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on              services, and in particular the development
                                                 the proposal to delete exemptions for sev-         of performance indicators for:
Fisheries Act enforcement activities
                                                 eral municipal organic waste byproducts            •	 Services to customers
There have been a number of enforce-
                                                 from registration as part of their proposal             (Working Group (WG) 2),
ment actions under the Fisheries Act that
                                                 to prevent the spread of BSE propagating           •	 Water supply services (WG 3), and
impacted municipal operations in a number
                                                 materials. CWWA was able to cite Brit-             •	 Wastewater services (WG 4)
of aspects (municipal waste disposal, com-
                                                 ish scientific papers indicating that these        was circulated at the end of March 2005
bined sewer overflow, and water treatment
                                                 materials presented negligible risks.              to the national committees. Comments of
operations). CWWA is maintaining a close
                                                     CWWA is still awaiting news from the           the national committees were submitted
watch on these:
                                                 CFIA on the proposal.                              by June 30, collated by the Secretariat,
• The City of Kingston was denied leave
                                                     CWWA also participated in a Stake-             assessed by the WG Conveners and are
    to appeal to Canada’s Supreme Court.                                                            to be reviewed at the next TC meeting in
                                                 holders Consultation Workshop hosted by
• The City of Winnipeg fought the                                                                   Berlin in October. The Draft International
                                                 CFIA’s Fertilizer Branch, which confirmed
    charge for its wet-well incident and                                                            Standard is expected in the spring of 2006
                                                 that registration of fertilizers is a major con-
    won, the court found strongly that the                                                          and the final Standard by the fall of that year.
                                                 cern to fertilizer manufacturers. It is planned
    City had been duly diligent and EC
                                                 that a formal multi-stakeholder process will
    withdrew the charges.
                                                 be established in the fall of 2005.
                                                                                                                  Internal Affairs

A Joint WEAO / BUC Biosolids Seminar

T       he WEAO Biosolids Seminar
        Committee is organizing a one-
        day seminar with the Biosolids
Utilization Committee (BUC) to be held
                                            8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
                                            8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
                                                                      Registration / Network
                                                                      Updates on Linkage between Source Water Protection Program and Nutrient
                                                                      Management Program
on December 7, 2005 at the Springfield      9:15 - 10:00 a.m.         Panel Presentation from Scientific Communities
Golf Club, 2054 Gordon Street, Guelph.      10:00 - 10:30 a.m.        Networking break
The BUC is a multi-stake holder Com-        10:30 - 11:15 a.m.        US’s Response to the 2nd NRC Report on “Biosolids Applied to Land:
mittee chaired by Ontario Ministries of                               Advancing Standards and Practices”
Environment (MOE) and Agriculture,          11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Agriculture, and Agri-Food Canada’s Research Program on Tracking Pathogen
                                                                      and Chemical Movement from Biosolids-amended fields
Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
                                            12:00 - 1:15 p.m.         Lunch / Networking break
Directors responsible for the Nutri-
                                            1:15 - 2:00 p.m.          Biosolids Application Case Studies at the Golden Horseshoe Areas
ent Management Program. WEAO is
                                            2:00 - 2:30 p.m.          Networking break
a member of the BUC. The BUC has
the mandate to provide advice to MOE        2:30 - 3:15 p.m.          Panel Presentation from Receiving and Medical Communities - Views on Biosolids
                                                                      Application Program and Recommendations for Continued Improvements
and OMAFRA regarding application of
                                            3:15 - 4:00 p.m.          Panel Presentation from Generating Communities – Improvements in their
non-agricultural source materials such                                Biosolids Management in the past five years and the next five years
as sewage biosolids on agricultural land    4:00 - 4:30 p.m.          Open Discussions
and to promote/facilitate public aware-
ness and cooperation between biosolids     The BUC will be making invitation to the leaders of the receiving and farming commu-
generators and receiving communities.      nities and associations to attend the seminar and have an open and sincere dialogue with
    The December 7 Seminar is enti-        the generation communities to advance the biosolids application program in Ontario.
tled “Building Trust and Partnership
between the Generating and Receiving       So mark your calendar now and invite your public to attend the seminar.
Communities.” The tentative program is     A detailed registration will be available very soon on the WEAO website or contact Julie
as follows:                                Vincent at or (416) 410-6933.

Internal Affairs

New Professionals facilities tour

       he efforts of the New Professionals Committee and the               decreasing the land costs, structural, building, and material costs
       Young Professionals Committee of OWWA were well                     for the owner.
       received by those in attendance with successful tours of the            Participants could walk away from this tour with a history of
Creemore Wastewater Treatment Plant and Raymond A. Barker                  the Collingwood water supply system, a more thorough back-
Water Treatment Plant held on Saturday, June 18, 2005. Atten-              ground of membrane technology, and how it services the water
dance was limited to a maximum of 20 registered participants and           and wastewater industries.
of those registered, 12 and 15 people benefited from the Creemore              Special Thanks to Paul White and Marcus Firman of Collin-
and Collingwood tours, respectively.                                       gwood Utility Services for making these tours possible and to
    The tours were well organized and participants were able to            Edgardo Tovilla (NP Committee) and Samantha Fraser (OWWA
observe the membrane technology in operation at both facilities.           Young Professionals), for planning and coordinating the event.
Participants were able to listen to first hand experiences and under-
stand the operational benefits and difficulties that may be encoun-        Article by : Kelly Dechert, NP Committee
tered when designing with a new technology.                                “The WEAO NP Committee has been created to represent those
    Tour participants also gained valuable insight into the                WEAO members with ten (10) years or less of experience in
advancement of membrane technology at the Raymond A.                       the wastewater industry, or less than 35 years of age. Our pri-
Barker WTP, which includes a smaller train of membranes that               mary goal is to aid in the technical and professional develop-
is able to process 2.5 times the capacity of the original unit.            ment of individuals entering the wastewater industry, as well
The improvements in membrane technology are allowing treat-                as to encourage participation of New Professionals in WEAO
ment plants to minimize the processing footprint and thereby               activities.”

Paul White, Collingwood Utility Services – gives the group an impressive   Tour participants receive a close-up look at the membrane tanks with
view of the aeration tank at the Creemore WWTP                             permeate and aeration piping employed at the Raymond A. Barker WTP
                                                                           in Collingwood

Select Society sits at St. George’s
          nce again, St. George’s Golf & Country Club was the              Daheb (in absentia). Although Mohamed (WEF Vice-President)
          site of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers’         was unable to attend, the others were received into the 5S with all
          annual luncheon and induction ceremony. Under the                of the honours which were their due by virtue of their outstand-
kind auspices of Erv McIntyre, a record attendance of 39 people            ing service to the WEAO and the water environment industry
convened in the lovely setting on a fine spring day to renew old           over many years.
acquaintances, and to elevate the new members to the ‘highest                  As part of the festivities, David Hein took the opportunity
level of the sludge bed.’                                                  to present a specially appointed new WEAO pin to the past
    Jim Brooker presided over the festivities in his usual efficient       presidents of the WEAO and its predecessor organization, the
and friendly manner. After an hour of socializing, where retired           Pollution Control Association of Ontario (PCAO). Many of the
shovelers could reminisce with their colleagues from yesteryear            attendees were past presidents and appeared to be pleasantly sur-
and more recent inductees could meet with some of the people               prised and very pleased at receiving this additional recognition of
who had ‘blazed the trail’ in the water environment industry, the          their past contributions to the water pollution control industry.
assembly sat down to the sumptuous meal that has become the                    Following the elevation ceremony, the assembly was enter-
trademark of St. George’s.                                                 tained and informed by a presentation from 5S Society member,
    Unlike the previous year, Geoff Scott, the honourable pH 7,            Len Yust. Len is now the Executive Director of Trout Unlim-
was able to attend. He conducted the rites of elevation with the           ited and an accomplished fly fisherman and guide. Len gave an
usual pomp and circumstance. There were four new members                   entertaining and enlightening presentation on the work of Trout
inducted: Bob Crane, Tony Petrucci, Bob Kuzyk and Mohamed                  Unlimited.

                                                                                                               OCPEA News

OCPEA golf tournament attracts record numbers

         n June 1, 2005, the 14th Annual Ontario Pollution Con-
         trol Equipment Association golf tournament was held at
         the Kleinburg Golf Club. This year, a record 250 mem-
bers and their guests golfed, with another four joining them for
an excellent dinner. Forty-nine OPCEA member companies par-
ticipated in this event.
    Hole In One Canada Inc. sponsored three closest-to-the-pin
holes and awarded prizes for landing on the green, closest to the
pin, within a 4-foot square and a hole-in-one prize.
    The Dorr-Oliver Eimco foursome of Ken Smith, Jan Schade,
Euan Ferguson and Martin Fischer won the scramble format
tournament with a low score of 12 under par.
    Walter Bedenikavjch scored a hole-in-one on the White #2,
which unfortunately was not one of the Hole In One Canada Inc.         Winning Team of (left to right) Jan Schade, Ken Smith,
sponsored holes.                                                       Euan Ferguson and Martin Fischer

   The OPCEA Golf Committee would like to thank the participating companies for supplying gifts for the prize table and
especially the following companies who sponsored the various events:

   Company	                                                   Hole	             Event	                         Winner
   John	Meunier	Inc.	                                         White	1	          Longest	Putt	Made	             Scott	Burn
   Cancoppas	Limited	                                         White	2	          Closest	To	The	Pin	            Walter	Bedenikavjch
   Snf	Canada	Ltd.	                                           White	2	          Closest	To	The	Pin	            Steve	Gregory
   Emnor	                                                     White	3	          Longest	Putt	Made	             Ian	Barrett
   Pro	Aqua	+	Shadrack	Inc.	                                  White	4	          Closest	To	The	Pin	            Larry	Reynolds
   Summa	Engineering	Limited	                                 White	5	          Closest	To	The	Pin	            Martin	Fischer
   Hole	In	One	Canada	Inc.	                                   White	5	          Closest	To	The	Pin	            Andrew	Hutton
   Indachem	Inc.	                                             White	6	          Longest	Putt	Made	             Benny	Seminerio
   H2flow	Equipment	Inc.	                                     White	7		         Longest	Putt	Made	             Dave	Tidy
   Troy-Ontor	                                                White	8	          Longest	Drive	                 Matthew	Elliott
   Neo	Valves	                                                White	9	          Straightest	Drive	             John	Thompson
   N−Viro	Systems	Canada	Inc.	                                White	9	          Longest	Putt	Made	             Darren	Newman
   Weir	Services	                                             Gold	1	           Longest	Putt	Made	             Ashok	Teli
   Greatario	                                                 Gold	2	           Longest	Putt	Made	             Bobby	Perritt
   C&M	Environmental	Technologies	Inc.	                       Gold	3	           Straightest	Drive	             Andy	Schell
   C.B.	Automation	                                           Gold	4	           Straightest	Drive	             Guy	Hancock
   Nord	Gear	                                                 Gold	5	           Closest	To	The	Pin	            Ron	Tripp
   Hole	In	One	Canada	Inc.	                                   Gold	5	           Closest	To	The	Pin					        Randy	Christopher
   Westfalia	Separator	Canada	Inc.	                           Gold	6	           Longest	Putt	Made	             Ron	Pritchard
   B.N.W	Valve	                                               Gold	7	           Closest	To	The	Pin	            Patrick	Newland
   Sterling	Power	Systems	                                    Gold	8									   Longest	Putt	Made			           Chuck	Hudsonboder
   Westech	Industrial	Ltd.	                                   Gold	9	           Longest	Drive	                 Johnny	Cosentino
   Floval	                                                    Gold	9	           Longest	Putt	Made	             Tony	Petrucci
   Environmental	Science	and	Engineering	Magazine	            Red	1	            Ladies	Straightest	Drive	      Stephani	Wray
   Env	                                                       Red	2	            Longest	Drive	                 Joe	Cunningham
   Flowserve-Control	Division	                                Red	3	            Straightest	Drive	             Gerry	Sigal
   Metcon	Sales	and	Engineering	Limited	                      Red	4	            Longest	Putt	Made	             Barb	Burgess
   Sew	Eurodrive	Company	Of	Canada	Ltd.	                      Red	5	            Closest	To	The	Pin	            Alex	Carciudiaru
   Canadian	Drives	Inc.	                                      Red	6	            Closest	To	The	Pin	            Don	Holland
   Hole	In	One	Canada	Inc.	                                   Red	6	            Closest	To	The	Pin	            Euan	Ferguso
   Vissers	Sales	Corp.	                                       Red	7	            Longest	Putt	Made	             Bob	Pickett
   Dorr-Oliver	Eimco	                                         Red	8	            Closest	To	The	Pin	            Doug	Fulton
   Ciba	                                                      Red	9	            Straightest	Drive	             Paul	Fenton
   Performance	Fluid	Equipment	Inc.	                          Red	9	            Longest	Putt	Made	             Anthony	Parente

Special thanks to Rob Anderson, Mark Reeves and Ross Humphry for running the check in and collecting the prizes.

Brian Allen, Golf Tournament Chairman
***The OPCEA Board would like to thank Brian Allen of Indachem Inc. for organizing a wonderful golf day.

Ontario high school students compete
in Stockholm water competition
       atrick Danielson and Robin Miron, both of North Bay,             Patrick and Robin were awarded an all-expense paid trip to
       Ontario, have recently returned from the Stockholm           Stockholm, Sweden for the international competition. The stu-
       Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition in Stockholm,          dents will also be invited to present their project at the Water
Sweden. The two 17-year old students, from Algonquin Sec-           Environment Federation (WEF) Technical Exhibition and Con-
ondary School, won the Canadian competition, held last May          ference, to be held in November in Washington D.C. This major
in Vancouver. Patrick commented that “it was one of the best        conference will be attended by more than 15,000 water industry
weeks of my life.” He and Robin passed on thanks to all of the      professionals. The two runner-up student teams in the Canadian
Canadian organizers and sponsors, who made the trip to the          competition were each awarded $300.
competition possible.                                                   Student teams from 27 countries participated in the weeklong
    Their project, entitled Macro-Invertebrate Sampling Tech-       competition. Pontso Moletsane, Motebele Motshodi and Sechaba
nology (MIST), involved the development of a flow-through           Ramabenyane from South Africa were awarded the prestigious
lake water sampler that can sample in real time, macro-inver-       Stockholm Junior Water Prize in a formal ceremony at Dansens
tebrates such as Mysis relicta and Bythotrephes longimanus.         Hus in Stockholm. The award, presented by Crown Princess Vic-
Patrick explained to the judges that “these zooplankton species     toria, on behalf of the Stockholm Water Foundation, is accompa-
are alien to Canadian lakes and are poised to potentially disrupt   nied by a $5000 US scholarship and a crystal sculpture.
aquatic life in northern Ontario lakes.” The sampler and accom-         The prestigious SJWP event recognizes students for excellence
panying software can be used to produce three-dimensional           in water research. The Canadian SJWP competition is organized
charts, either in real time or back in the lab. Rick Corbett, the   by the Canadian Affairs Council of the WEF. The Canadian
Chief Judge for the Canadian SJWP competition noted that “the       Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Canadian Member
technique that Patrick and Robin have developed will allow sci-     Associations of WEF and ITT Flygt Industries provided funding.
entists to scan the lake water column very quickly and then
decide on what depths and areas to concentrate conventional         For more information, visit:
zooplankton sampling methods.”                            

                                                                                 Photo courtesy of SIWI

   The WEAO acknowledges the support of the following companies for its newsletter:


ASSOCIATED ENGINEERING                           DELCAN WATER                                    MACVIRO CONSULTANTS INC.
21 Four Seasons Place, Suite 525,                133 Wynford Drive,                              600 Cochrane Drive,
Toronto, Ontario M9B 6J8                         Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1                        Markham, Ontario L3R 5K3
Tel: (416) 622-9502, Fax: (416) 622-6249         Tel: (416) 441-4111 Fax: (416) 441-4131         Tel: (905) 475-7270 Fax: (905) 475-5994
E-mail:                         E-mail:                        E-mail:
Website:                               Website:                         Website:
Contact: Bill De Angelis                         Contact: D. Langley                             Contact: Eric A.D. MacDonald
Associated Engineering provides multi-disci-     Water resource management, water/wastewater     Consultants to the public and private sector
pline consulting engineering, asset manage-      systems, SCADA, procurement and financing,      providing multi-discipline engineering and
ment, and project management services in         intelligent water systems (IWS).                environmental science services.
the water, environmental, infrastructure and
transportation sectors.

                                                 EMA CANADA INC.                                 MARSHALL MACKLIN MONAGHAN
                                                 2381 Bristol Circle, Suite A200,                LIMITED
                                                 Oakville, Ontario L6H 5S9                       80 Commerce Valley Drive East
CHM HILL                                                                                        Thornhill, Ontario L3T 7N4
                                                 Tel: (905) 829-4440 Fax: (905) 829-4061
255 Consumers Road,                                                                              Tel: (905) 882-1100 Fax: (905) 882-0055
Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B6                                                                         E-mail:
Tel: (416) 499-9000 Fax: (416) 499-4687                                                          Website:
                                                 Contact: Yasmin Khan
E-mail:                                                                         Contact: Peter Sladen, Senior Project Manager,
                                                 Helping clients build sustainable communi-
Website:                                                                           Environmental Engineering
                                                 ties, their organizations, business processes
Contact: Dave Umbach/Rayna Volden                                                                Services to private and government clients
                                                 and technology systems while strengthening
Wastewater collection and treatment, water                                                       in environmental engineering, environmental
                                                 organizational resources.
treatment and supply, drainage, environmental                                                    management and water resources.
assessment, water resource management.

CONESTOGA-ROVERS                                 GIFFELS ASSOCIATES LTD.                         R.J. BURNSIDE
AND ASSOCIATES                                   30 International Boulevard,                     & ASSOCIATES LIMITED
651 Colby Drive,                                 Toronto, Ontario M9W 5P3                        15 Townline, Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3R4
Waterloo, Ontario N2V 1C2                        Tel: (416) 675-5950 Fax: (416) 798-5559         Tel: (519) 941-1161 Fax: (519) 941-8120
Tel: (519) 884-0510 Fax: (519) 884-5256          E-mail:                 E-mail:
E-mail:                      Website:                        Contact: Jeff Langlois
Website:                        Contact: Peter Ollos/ Stephen O’Brien           Every aspect of water management from
Contact: George Godin                            Drinking water treatment and supply, munici-    potable water supply and wastewater treat-
Providing comprehensive, cost-effective exper-   pal wastewater collection and treatment and     ment to stormwater control, groundwater
tise in engineering, environmental, municipal,   environmental planning and construction         conservation.
water, and wastewater consulting services.       management.

                DAKINS ENGINEERING               KMK CONSULTANTS LTD.
                 1-4161 Sladeview Crescent,      220 Advance Boulevard,                          SNC-LAVALIN ENGINEERS AND
                 Mississauga, Ontario            Brampton, Ontario                               CONSTRUCTORS INC.
                 L5L 5R3                         L6T 4J5                                         2200 Lake Shore Blvd. West,
                 Tel: (905) 814-6024             Tel: (905) 459-4780                             Toronto, Ontario M8V 1A4
                 Fax:(905) 814-6029              Fax: (905) 459-7869                             Tel: (416) 252-5311
E-mail:                         E-mail:                           Fax: (416) 231-5356
Website:                           Website:                          E-mail:
Contact: Karen Cellucci                          Branches: Pickering, Kitchener, Cobalt.         Website:
Systems integrator to the water/wastewater       Water and wastewater treatment, collection      A complete service in municipal and trans-
industry. Complete automation and integration    and distribution. Process engineering, plan-    portation engineering, and environmental
services for new and existing SCADA systems.     ning design and construction management.        assessment, planning and remediation.

     The WEAO acknowledges the support of the following companies for its newsletter:

STANTEC                                                                                         XCG CONSULTANTS LTD.
CONSULTING LTD.                                                                                 2620 Bristol Circle,
49 Frederick Street,                                                                            Suite 300
Kitchener, Ontario                                                                              Oakville, Ontario
N2H 6M7                                                                                         L6H 6Z7
Tel: (519) 579-4410                                                                             Tel: (905) 829-8880 Fax: (905) 829-8890
Fax: (519) 579-6733                                                                             E-mail:
                                                TOTTEN SIMS HUBICKI
E-mail:                                                                    Website:
Website:                                                                        Contact: Deborah Molloy
                                                300 Water Street,
Contact: Mark Jackson                                                                           Delivering excellence in environmental
                                                Whitby, Ontario L1N 9J2
                                                                                                consulting services including municipal and
                                                Tel: (905) 668-9363, Fax: (905) 668-0221
                                                                                                industrial water and wastewater treatment,
C.C. TATHAM &                                   E-mail:
                                                                                                water resources, and site assessment and
ASSOCIATES LTD.                                 Website:
201-115 Hurontario St.                          Contact: Robert B. Baker
Collingwood, Ontario                            Engineers, architects and planners offering a
L9Y 2L9                                         complete range of environmental services.
Tel: (705) 444-2565 Fax: (705) 444-2327
Contact: Lynn Hart
Specialists in a comprehensive range of
environmental and municipal engineering.

1215 Meyerside Drive,
Unit #7
Mississauga, Ontario
                                                                                                DAVIS CONTROLS LTD.
L5T 1H3
                                                CAN-AM INSTRUMENTS LTD.                         2200 Bristol Circle,
Tel: (905) 670-4677 Fax: (905) 670-3709
                                                2851 Brighton Road,                             Oakville, Ontario L6H 5R3
                                                Oakville, Ontario L6H 6C9                       Tel: (905) 829-2000 Fax: (905) 829-2630
                                                Tel: (905) 829-0030 Fax: (905) 829-4701         E-mail:
Contact: Jason Goldberg, P. Eng
                                                E-mail:                       Website:
Our mission statement is to offer our custom-
                                                Website:                         Contact: Barbara Smith
ers the most cost-effective whole lifetime
                                                Contact: Mark Reeves                            Process instrumentation and environmental
solutions for pumps, mixers, aerators,
                                                Sales, service, rentals of water monitoring     controls for every phase of water supply and
measurement and control and monitoring
                                                equipment.                                      wastewater treatment from abstraction to

CANADA CORP.                                    2595 Dunwin Drive, Unit #2                      ENV TREATMENT SYSTEMS INC.
200 Eastport Boulevard,                         Mississauga, Ontario L5L 3N9                    70 High Street,
Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7S4                       Tel: (905) 569-6246 Fax: (905) 569-6244         Etobicoke, Ontario M8Y 3N9
Tel: (905) 544-0444 Fax: (905) 544-0266         Toll Free: 1-800-595-0514                       Tel: (416) 503-7639 Fax: (416) 503-8925
E-mail:                    E-mail:                  E-mail:
Website:          Website:                      Contact: Edward M. Pikovnik, P. Eng
Contact: Phil Sidhwa/ Reuben Scholtans          Contact: Francine Lemon                         Complete line of water and wastewater
AWS Canada offers a full range of water and     Marketing, sales and service of process         process equipment with full local servicing,
wastewater related services to municipalities   measurement control and environmental           specializing in municipal and industrial
and industry.                                   instrumentation throughout Canada.              applications.

   The WEAO acknowledges the support of the following companies for its newsletter:

                                                                                                ENGINEERING LTD.
                                                                                                6423 Northam Drive,
                                                JOHN BROOKS                                     Mississauga, Ontario
FLOWSERVE CANADA CORP.                          COMPANY LIMITED                                 L4V 1J2
FLOW CONTROL DIVISION                           1260 Kamato Road,                               Tel: (905) 678-3388
120 Vinyl Court,                                Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1Y1                    Fax: (905) 678-0444
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 4A3                     Tel: (905) 624-4200 Fax: (905) 624-6379         E-mail:
Tel: (905) 856-8568 Fax: (905) 856-7905         E-mail:                    Website:
E-mail:                   Website:                      Contact: Frank Cosentino
Website:                      Contact: Pat Kelly                              Twenty-five years of servicing our industrial
Contact: Dan Hansen                             Pre-packaged sewage lift stations—above         and municipal clients with effective auto-
Sales and service of electric and pneumatic     ground and submersible: low pressure sewer      matic solutions.
and hydraulic valve actuation systems, and      systems; sewage and water pumps.
associated digital communication networks.

                                                                                                THE THOMPSON
                                                                                                ROSEMOUNT GROUP INC.
G.E.T. INDUSTRIES INC.                          KSB PUMPS INC.                                  160 St. David Street South, Unit 203
PO Box 640,                                     5885 Kennedy Road,                              Fergus, Ontario N1M 2L3
Brampton, Ontario L6V 2L6                       Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 2G3                    Tel: (519) 843-2552 Fax: (519) 843-2115
Tel: (905) 451-9900 Fax: (905) 451-5376         Tel: (905) 568-9200 Fax: (905) 568-3740         E-mail:
E-mail:                        E-mail:                       Website:
Website:                       Website:                            Contact: James Witherspoon, P. Eng
Contact: David Martin                           Contact: Tim Sansom                             Multi-discipline engineering services for
Manufacturers of comminutors—shredding/         KSB—wherever waste needs moving. We can         all sectors, specializing in rural water and
screening devices widely used in treatment      safely say the ideal solution is provided by    wastewater infrastructure.
plants and pumping stations to disintegrate     KSB. The right pump, the right impeller for
wastewater solids.                              every situation.

                                                                                                WATERLOO BIOFILTER
                                                                                                SYSTEMS INC.
HFLOW EQUIPMENT INC.                                                                           PO Box 400,
                                                PARKSON CORPORATION                             Rockwood, Ontario N0B 2K0
470 North Rivermede Road, Unit # 7
                                                9045 Côte-de-Liésse, Suite 201,                 Tel: (519) 856-0757 Fax: (519) 856-0759
Concord, Ontario L4K 3R8
                                                Dorval, Québec H9P 2M9                          Wesbite:
Tel: (905) 660-9775 Fax: (905) 660-9744
                                                Tel: (514) 636-8712 Fax: (514) 636-9718         Contact: Robin Jowett
                                                E-mail:                      Small to medium size wastewater treatment
                                                Website:                        specializing in re-use for toilets or irrigation,
Contact: Michael Albanese
                                                Contact: Jean Grenier/Lori Ott                  nitrogen removal and ‘plug-and-play’ com-
Offering a wide range of water and wastewater
                                                Systems for wastewater treatment, potable       munal systems.
treatment equipment for municipal and
                                                and process water treatment, biological and
industrial applications.
                                                solids handling.
                                                                                                CONCRETE PIPE
                                                PRO AQUA +
                                                SHADRACK INC.
                                                                                                5045 South Service Road,
                                                512 King Street East, Suite 320,
ITT FLYGT                                                                                       Burlington, Ontario
                                                Toronto, Ontario M5A 1M1
111 Romina Drive,                                                                               L7L 5Y7
                                                Tel: (416) 861-0237
Concord, Ontario L4K 4Z9                                                                        Tel: (905) 631-9696
                                                Fax: (416) 861-9303
Tel: (905) 760-7530 Fax: (905) 760-7527                                                         Fax: (905) 631-1905
Website:                                                                        E-mail:
                                                Contact: Geoff Coate
Contact: Mike Wimmer                                                                            Website:
                                                Supplier of market leading products for water
ITT Flygt, the total solution water handling                                                    Contact: Paul Smeltzer
                                                and wastewater treatment.
company. From wastewater, by-passes, dewa-                                                      Industry association for manufacturers of
tering, mixing and controls to expert advice.                                                   pre-cast concrete drainage products.


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