WSP’s water experts to turn tides at ACWWA 2018

WSP water experts will be presenting at the 2018 Annual Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) Conference that takes place in Sydney, Nova Scotia, from September 16 to 18.

WSP water experts will be presenting at the 2018 Annual Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) Conference that takes place in Sydney, Nova Scotia, from September 16 to 18. The annual conference is hosted by ACWWA, a branch of the American Water Works Association dedicated to the improvement of drinking water. With “Turning Tides” as the theme of the conference, the program focuses on the changing regulatory landscape of the industry.



Monday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Management of a Watermain Rehabilitation Program: City of Toronto case study

Stewart Dickson

Structural re-lining of aging water infrastructure offers a number of benefits to the owner when compared with typical open cut replacement, but also presents additional challenges that—with appropriate planning and resources—can be managed efficiently. This presentation aims to answer the following questions: Why structural lining vs. full replacement? What does it take to rehabilitate tens of kilometres of water main per year? What are the challenges? How much does it cost? What are the savings?
The City of Toronto has been facing these questions for several years. Growing in size each year, the City’s rehabilitation program renewed approximately 60 km of distribution watermain by Cured-in-place Pipe (CIPP) structural lining in 2017. This presentation will discuss how the City manages a program of this scale.



Monday, September 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Future Ready: Considering trends in climate, society, technology and resources in the design of municipal infrastructure in Atlantic Canada

Patrick Lewis

Future Ready thinking enables municipalities, utilities and professionals to be more insightful in the way we see the future and to be more innovative in designing for it today by integrating future trends. We know that the future world will be vastly different from today, but thinking outside the current paradigm can be challenging to navigate. The concept of “Future Ready” brings clarity and vision to the complex challenges and opportunities that are forecasted for our region. This presentation focuses on how municipalities in Atlantic Canada can consider and adapt to the emerging and future trends.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Municipal Asset Data Collection & Data Management Best Practices

Don Partington and Kelsey Green

Creating sustainable communities requires a clear understanding of the municipal asset portfolio. A complete and accurate asset inventory forms the foundation of all effective asset management practices; in conjunction with the benefit of knowing condition information, the inventory can be used in capital planning, deterioration modelling, lifecycle planning and asset issue identification as well as risk management tool.

Data collection can be challenging however, especially without a clear understanding of what information provides value as well as how to collect and utilize it. This presentation will identify industry best practices for field data collection and management of municipal asset portfolios including the collection of linear, point and facility assets. The presentation also includes discussion on data structure and planning, record information and data collection, desired versus required accuracies of data, appropriate technology application, data management and updating practices and the next steps.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Pugwash Central Water Supply

Patrick Lewis

In 2012, the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, in conjunction with the Pugwash Village Commission, began the process of creating a central potable water supply for the Village of Pugwash. Situated on the east side of Pugwash Harbour in the Municipality of Cumberland, the Village of Pugwash is a community of approximately 750 full-time residents. In 2015, the municipality along with the provincial and federal governments announced a $14.9 million project that will bring clean water to the village where residents and businesses in and around currently rely on individual wells to supply drinking water. Many of these wells are contaminated with dangerous metals, including arsenic, lead and uranium, as well as elevated levels of chloride, making the water unsafe to drink. Once complete this year, the project will ensure the community has access to a clean and reliable supply of drinking water.

The presentation will cover the project through the various design stages and construction, highlighting some of the challenges along the way.


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