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2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show registration open

Registration is now open for the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show, British Columbia`s premier water and wastewater industry event, featuring one of the largest trade shows of its kind in western Canada! 

Join us in Penticton on May 13 to 15 for our 46th Annual Conference and Trade Show to connect with exhibitors, network with colleagues, engage in educational sessions, and build your skills and industry knowledge.

This year's conference theme is Preparing for the Future of Water

Water and wastewater professionals face an ever-increasing number of concerns that affect their ability to deliver safe and reliable water services. Internal factors such as aging infrastructure, limited budgets, and workforce retirements create increased stress and demands on systems. External factors such as increasing populations, adverse events (flood, fire, earthquake, drought), climate change, security threats, and provincial and federal policy decisions all directly contribute to stress and demand as well.

With these risks come the opportunity to find more effective and innovative solutions. These may come from sharing of best practices, or stepping outside the box entirely. What does the future utility look like? How can we accommodate the growing needs of a community? What can we do to move towards a more resilient future state?

The 2018 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show is focused on Preparing for the Future of Water. This theme addresses both the concerns and risks going into the future as well as the optimism and innovation that ensures the long-term success of the industry.

Learn more and register


Winter Watermark available online

The latest issue of Watermark magazine, Infrastructure, is now available online.

View the Winter Watermark to access articles from BCWWA Board President Chris Johnston, BCWWA CEO Carlie Hucul, WEF Delegate Jennifer Crosby and CWWA Director David Main, as well as features on:

  • Wildfire Management in the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area

  • Unique challenges for managing an airport's buried assets

  • Risk-based renewal modelling for water infrastructure in the district of West Vancouver

Read the full issue

Coaching for Small Water Systems

Small water systems who participated in the Taking Care of Your Water System workshop  may apply to receive 8 hours of coaching based on the areas of need/priority that they have each identified as part of the Self-Assessment of Current Capacity. BCWWA is focused on long term challenges related to sustainability of their water system and capacity building of the individuals who are making financial and managerial decisions i.e. directors/trustees.  Coaching will not focus on trouble shooting or repairing specific equipment, nor will the coach will not come in and fix the problem or provide a report. The coach will guide skill development so that the individuals making decisions for their water system are better able to respond to similar challenges in the future or create building blocks i.e. documentation/plans that will allow their system to develop resilience.

Role of Coach (Associated Engineering):

  1. Guide the process of sharing skills and knowledge to participants to learn and gain proficiency in a specific skill, task or area knowledge related to building financial and managerial capacity
  2. Facilitate growth in knowledge, capacity, and ease in taking action to address the identified challenge
  3. Provide support and encouragement, expertise and resources, and feedback for progress and improvement

Role of Coachee (Your role with the involvement and support of your Council):

  1. Have a sincere interest in participating and open to feedback and new information
  2. Complete or make progress in meeting the agreed up on goals or work
  3. Make decisions and take action that is best suited to the needs of their water system and community

Application Process:

Please complete the following 3 forms (see attached):

  1. Request for Coaching
  2. Self-Assessment of Current Capacity
  3. Action Plan

BCWWA and Associated Engineering will review forms to ensure “best fit”, determine opportunities for group coaching, and then, contact Water Systems, request additional information (where required), and communicate next steps.

Application Review and Assessment Process (BCWWA and Associated Engineering):

1. Initial Screening: Review what they have requested vs is this what they should be doing?
Conduct an initial phone call to clarify needs, review and gather more information about their current processes and documentation

  • Acknowledge request and provide overview of screening and coaching process
  • Confirm understanding of coaching vs consulting
  • Review information provided, characteristics of water system, and rationale of request
  • Confirm key areas of need/stress

2. Identify Common Needs: Determine if there is a possibility of group coaching where small systems have common challenges. There may be an opportunity for a number of small systems to work together and pool coaching time. This may allow more systems to work with the coach for a longer period of time, make greater progress, and develop strong relationships with others in similar roles who they can remain in contact with and access on-going support.

3. Schedule and conduct an on-site visit and follow up session

  1. Site Visit, Source-To-Tap Screening Tool, Discussion, Questions & Answers
  2. Technical Expert Review of Capacity Assessment to compare to Self-Assessment completed by SWS
  3. Share resources & provide recommendations

4. Evaluation

  1. Survey Water Systems about their experience and effectiveness of coaching & program
  2. Create report to review coaching goals and outcomes

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