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Chairs: Beth Weir, Regional Municipality of York and Brent Burton, Metro Vancouver

Wastewater and Stormwater

The Wastewater and Stormwater Committee is a group of experts on municipal wastewater and stormwater treatment. The group provided coordination for CWWA’s advocacy activities on the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulation and continues to monitor federal activities related to wastewater and stormwater regulation. The group assists in coordinating the wastewater and stormwater sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Colwyn Sunderland, KWL

Water Efficiency 

This Committee offers a national platform for information sharing and coordination on water efficiency issues. Part of the mandate is to help coordinate relevant sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Ian McIlwham, Regional Municipality of Durham

Security and Emergency Management

The Security and Emergency Management Committee cooperates with Public Safety Canada and other federal departments concerned with emergency preparedness and national security. The Committee actively contributes to the knowledge base and federal programs related to critical infrastructure.

Chair: Anna Comerton, Associated Engineering

Drinking Water Quality

CWWA’s Drinking Water Committee focuses on issues impacting water quality and treatment. The Committee monitors and reviews the National Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, helps organize the drinking water streams at the National Water and Wastewater Conference, and forms an invaluable network of drinking water experts.

Chair: Carl Bodimeade, Hatch

Utility Leadership

The Utility Leadership Committee provides a forum for managers and senior staff of public utilities to discuss the challenge in utility management.

Chair of Committee: Amy Winchester (CBCL Limited) 
Vice Chair: Bobby Pettigrew (J.L. Richards & Associates Limited) 
Past – Chair:  Hiran Sandanayake (City of Ottawa) 

Climate Change

The Climate Change Committee monitors and coordinates CWWA’s involvement on federal programs and initiatives to both mitigate and adapt to changing climate. Committee members participate in several national initiatives including Advisory Council on Flooding, National Working Group on Financial Risk of Flooding, National Working Group on Flood Mapping, Strategic Vision for Urban Water Management in Canada for the next 50 years representing the Association. The Committee plays a key role in organizing sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Kaoru Yajima, Regional Municipality of Waterloo


The Biosolids Committee is a national advocate for the beneficial use of biosolids in Canada. The Committee is exploring means of functioning as an independent consortium within CWWA. Until a decision about the future of a national consortium are finalized the Committee is dormant.

Chair: Qing Zhang, EPCOR

Energy Efficiency

The objectives of the Energy Efficiency Committee under the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) include:

  • Monitor the development of legislation and government programs in Canada (federally, provincially and inter-provincially) related to energy efficiency and net-zero emission. Share this information with our members and seek their input and feedback. 
  • Support the CWWA as the national voice for water and wastewater by engaging our members in preparing comments and advice in response to government departments and agencies on behalf of CWWA. 
  • Present/advocate the key issues regarding energy efficiency and net-zero emission to the CWWA members by: 
    • Facilitating a national dialogue on the potential and expected impacts of energy efficiency and net-zero emission;
    • Encouraging cooperative research and experience-sharing on the innovative technology and their applications;
    • Developing CWWA position papers or case studies pertaining to energy conservation and recovery in municipal water and wastewater services, undertaken through task force;
    • Demonstrating the contributions of energy efficiency improvements to the GHG emission reductions.
  • Cooperate with other CWWA committees to support cross committee issues such as climate change actions, water and energy efficiency nexus, and net-zero emission to synergize the resources to achieve common goals of CWWA.
Chair: Jennifer Leno, Town of Coburg

Flushable Products

All of us in the wastewater sector understand the harmful impact that so-called flushable products have on our municipal wastewater systems. From additional maintenance, to equipment damage, to clogs and system failures to contamination of sludge, this issue is costing Canadian municipalities over $250 million each year. The inappropriate labeling of products and counter-education of our customer’s needs to be addressed. Currently, there are no standards, regulations or official definitions for the use of the term ‘flushable’. A solution is needed that supports jobs and free trade, but not at the expense of our wastewater systems. MESUG and CWWA have combined forces to address this situation for Canadian utilities, but we need your support.

Find out what the Committee has been doing to support these efforts and learn how you can help by visiting our advocacy page.

CWWA is a non-profit national body representing the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector suppliers and partners.

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