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Statistics Canada - 2015 Survey of Drinking Water Plants 

In the winter of 2016, Statistics Canada will be conducting the Survey of Drinking Water Plants. This survey is a census of public drinking water plants serving communities of 300 or more people. The survey results will produce a national portrait of treatment processes and costs, and source water quality across Canada. The plants in the survey range in size from ones that use complex treatment processes for surface water to ones that use minimal treatment for groundwater. The data collected will be used to monitor water reserves at the regional level in Canada and to develop environmental accounts.

Drinking water plant operators will be contacted by phone in January of 2016 to verify contact name and address. The survey will be mailed out in February 2016 and we encourage all utilities that receive the survey to complete it as best and as soon as they can, and return it to Statistics Canada.

Specific enquires about this survey should be directed to the Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Evaluation of firefighting water demand towards rightsizing water mains

The City of Ottawa and the National Research Council Canada are conducting a review of current methods for calculating flows needed to fight fires in urban areas, and the required number and spacing of fire hydrants. Fire flow requirements are higher in many residential areas due to the current trend towards larger structures on smaller properties, with greater exposures to adjacent structures.

The sizing of local water mains is driven by two conflicting objectives:

  • Provide adequate capacity to fight fires; and
  • Minimize water main sizing to avoid excessive water age during periods of low demand.

The study will include a survey of current practices among other leading North American municipalities, and will solicit input from various professional associations. Depending on the results of a first phase of study and the level of support among collaborating municipal partners, the City of Ottawa may proceed with a second phase involving the development of an alternate approach to fire flow calculations.

We need your input! If you are interested in participating or wish to learn more about the study, please contact Rick Zaporzan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-990-7249. 


Biosolids Call for Papers Extension

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their paper proposals for the 2016 Canadian Biosolids and Residuals Conference. We have received requests to extend the deadline for the submission of papers for the 2016 Canadian Biosolids and Residuals Conference. As a result, the Call for Papers deadline has been extended to January 22, 2016. For more information on topics and submission details please click here. 
 
Source: CBRC2016 | December 16, 2015 

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