Canadian Water and Wastewater Association @ FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day



This conference will bring together drinking water, wastewater, water security, water and energy efficiency, biosolids and climate change. It will be the first time all these players will be together at a national level to discuss how all these aspects of water and wastewater management connect – and where they diverge or conflict. It will build new collaborations and relationships and give the sector a stronger national voice.

Utility managers, consultants, government officials, operators and academics— all will appreciate this chance to learn and network.

This Conference is FOR YOU, be sure to be there!


Visit http://www.cwwawatergo.com/ for more information

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) @ 2015 Operator Conference
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day
2015 BCWWA Island Operator School @ Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Nov 2 – Nov 6 all-day

Learn more and register now – http://bcwwa.org/operator-education/island-school.html


  • Water Distribution 1 – November 2 – 6
  • Water Distribution 2 – November 2 – 6
  • Wastewater Collection 1 – November 2 – 6
  • Wastewater Treatment 1 – November 2 – 6
  • Reservoir Maintenance & Cleaning – November 2
  • Excavation Safety – November 2
  • Source Water Protection – November 3
  • Unidirectional Flushing – November 4
  • Small Wastewater Systems – November 4 – 5
  • Water Quality & Sampling – November 5 – 6
2015 Yukon Water & Wastewater Conference @ 2015 Yukon Water & Wastewater Conference
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

More information coming soon!

2015 BCWWA Interior Operator School @ Delta Grand Okanagan
Nov 23 – Nov 27 all-day

Learn more and register now – http://bcwwa.org/operator-education/interior-school.html


Upcoming Courses include:

  • Small Water Systems – November 23 – 24
  • Chlorine Handling – November 23 – 27
  • Management Skills Certificate Program Module 1 – November 23 – 27
  • Water Distribution 1 – November 23 – 27
  • Water Treatment 1 – November 23 – 27
  • Wastewater Collection 1 – November 23 – 27
  • Wastewater Collection 2 – November 23 – 27
  • Wastewater Treatment 1 – November 23 – 27
  • Wastewater Treatment 2 – November 23 – 27
  • UV Disinfection – November 25
  • Small Wastewater Systems – November 26 – 27
  • Water Quality and Sampling – November 26 – 27
Water Purveyor Working Group @ Parksville Community & Conference Centre
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fall Workshop 2015

Come to network with fellow small water system operators and learn helpful management tools
from expert speakers. This is an opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss challenges and tricks
of the trade, and learn from each other!

Presenters & Topics

  • Kirk StinchcombeEconics – ‘BC Drought Response Plan & Dealing with Drought’
  • Gilles WendlingGW Solutions Inc. – ‘Surface & Ground Water Interaction & how it will be addressed via Environmental Flow Needs’
  • Scott WalkerBI Pure Water Inc. – ‘Water Treatment Technology, Water Testing & Pumping, & Rainwater Harvesting’
  • Lynne MageeIsland Health – ‘Island Health Perspective: Point of Entry Treatment Systems, Rainwater Harvesting & Related Topics’

This is a FREE event. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

BCWWA Networking Event: Nanaimo @ Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am

WaterTapWith water scarcity top of mind for many BC communities, join us at this informative networking event that looks at drought management in BC today, what changes are on the horizon with the Water Sustainability Act, and two island community perspectives.

Presentation Overview

  • Law reform and managing drought: Lessons from BC, California and elsewhere;
  • North Salt Spring Waterworks District: The governance aspects of water scarcity; and
  • Municipality of North Cowichan: The challenges of basin level water management planning.

Learn more and register now – https://bcwwa.org/component/bcwwa/?task=eventregister&event=3837&Itemid=3

MIIWSS – Annual Spring B&B Operator to Operator Workshop @ Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
Jan 16 all-day

This year at the Mayne Island Annual Spring B&B Operator to Operator Workshop our Facilitator will be Scott Jameson from Jameson Water Services in Victoria.

Topics this year include:

  • Chlorination chemistry and hypochlorite safety
  • Chlorine dosage calculations
  • Water main and reservoir cleaning
  • visit to new installations a Mayne Island water districts

This also includes a valuable opportunity during Q&A for well owners and operator to swap info and questions with hands-on certified Small Water Systems Operators in a relaxed and non-committal atmosphere.

Please contact the Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society at watersociety@shaw.ca for more information.

Building Sustainable Small Water Systems Workshop @ Lawn Bowling Club at Bill Moore Park
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Building Sustainable Small Water Systems

Approximately 10 per cent of British Columbia’s population relies on a small water system to deliver water to their home. These individual and families, most of whom are living in rural or remote communities, are depending on these systems to protect their health, quality of life and the environment. However, small systems experience more water quality advisories than large systems, and often struggle to maintain the infrastructure associated with their water supply due to financial and operational challenges.

About the project

To help address many of the risks facing small water systems and the communities they serve, the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) is launching a pilot project to build financial and management capacity of up to 40 systems across the province. Through training, professional coaching and community engagement, the BCWWA will provide system representatives with the information and tools to improve the financial sustainability, operational resilience and safety of their systems. The pilot will run from January 2016 to March 2017.

How to participate

Are you part of a Water Users Community (WUC), Mobile Home Park, strata, co‐operative, or small Improvement District? Does your water system serve at least 30 homes and a population of up to 500 people? Is your system independent and not directly connected to a municipality or regional district and as a result, not eligible for government funding for upgrades or major repairs? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, you may be a great candidate to participate.

Participant information sheet

Learn more about the challenges facing small water systems

45th Annual Convention, Tradeshow and AGM @ Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
Mar 1 – Mar 3 all-day


On behalf of the B.C. Ground Water Association, I am pleased to invite you to our upcoming Trade Show and Convention at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Convention Centre in Kamloops from March 1st to 3rd, 2016. Our theme this year is “Groundwater – Our Shared Resource.”

The event will kick-off on Tuesday March 1st with a hands-on workshop on “How to use EWELLS,” and Ministry-led information sessions on the new Ground Water Protection Regulation (sneak previews were offered at our Regional Meetings this fall) and the new Water Sustainability Regulation (including new requirements for groundwater licensing). These regulations will support the new Water Sustainability Act which is expected to come into force in early 2016.

On the morning of Wednesday March 2nd we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM), starting with an energizing breakfast for all AGM participants. This is an important opportunity for members to comment on industry-related issues and developments across the Province, and to define the Association’s priorities for the coming year. This year’s AGM is not to be missed, as we will be (re)electing several members of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A members Motion form for corporate members is included in your December Newsletter. If you have an issue which you would like added to the AGM agenda, please fax or mail it to Deborah Lamont at our office.

Wednesday’s luncheon will include a welcoming address from your General Manger, Kathy Tixier, with introductions of the elected BCGWA Board of Directors and Executive. Next, the event will really kick into gear with our 25-boothTrade Show and trade and technical talks. One-on-one instruction on how to use EWELLS will also be offered during the convention. Long coffee breaks will provide opportunities for networking and ruminating over talk materials, as well as visiting the Trade Show area to take in the impressive displays and place a bid (or two or three) at our Silent Auction.

When everyone’s brains are full for the day, join us for a Meet & Greet cocktail hour in the Trade Show area and the announcement of our Silent Auction winners. Festivities will continue at our evening awards Banquet with live entertainment. At this time we will announce the winner of a draw for a full pass to the Canadian Groundwater Conference & Expo 2016 in Niagara Falls in June. All sponsors and Silent Auction contributors are eligible to enter the draw. Be sure to get your name in, and join in on Wednesday evening’s best gig in town!

On Thursday we are pleased to welcome Dr. Diana Allen, professor of hydrogeology Simon Fraser University and acclaimed advocate for sustainable groundwater resource development, to deliver a keynote technical talk on climate change and the hydrologic cycle. Our lunchtime speaker will be Russ Dantu, business coach and top 10 finalist at Toastmaster’s International competition in Las Vegas in 2015. He will entertain and enlighten us on finer points of customer service, business communication, and employee satisfaction.

Please register for the event early (before January 29) to take advantage of discount room prices at the Coast Hotel, and to keep your planning committee in good spirits. Don’t let progress pass you by – see you in March!

Blaine Matuga
President, B.C. Ground Water Association