Water & Wastewater

New Water and Wastewater Specialist Richard Shawanda

The Ontario First Nations Techncial Services Corporation is announcing the hiring of a Water and Wastewater Specialist Richard Shawanda.  Mr. Shawanda will be providing water and wastewater services to Unaffiliated First Nations (no tribal council affiliation) in Ontario. The OFNTSC remains committed to working with First Nations to deliver quality drink water to communities in Ontario. Mr. Shawanda has over 15 years of experience delivering quality drinking water, as well as an extensive history in training plant operators to meet and exceed provincial regulations.  

Wastewater System Effluent Regulation (WSER) limits now in force

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation is informing First Nations and Tribal Councils that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) that came into force in 2012, under the Fisheries Act now has effluent limits that are in force. The limits came in to force on January 1, 2015. The WSER aims to monitor the amount of effluent discharged into bodies of water at any given time.

Wastewater Systems Regulations and Reporting Webinar

The Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) will be holding a Wastewater Systems Regulations and Reporting Webinar on March 5, 2013 from 10am to 12pm. The webinar is intended for municipal/ First Nation wastewater plant operators. All participants of the Webinar must pre-register to participate. 

Upon completion of the online registration form, you will receive an email with all webinar login information.

Results of the National Assessment of First Nation Water and Wastewater Systems

The results for the National Assessment of First Nation Water and Wastewater Systems have been released by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

An overview of the results can be found here: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/enr/wtr/nawws/index-eng.asp 

For Ontario's results click here: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/enr/wtr/nawws/ruront/fsont-eng.asp

Water mains breaks and repairs training

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is pleased to announce training for water plant operators in water mains breaks and repairs.  The training will be taking place from Sept. 29- Oct.3, 2014 at the Hilton Double Tree in Niagara Falls, ON. 

This comprehensive three day course will cover equipment, techniques and procedures used to safely repair drinking water distribution lines. Also explored during this course are water audits, fundamentals of leak detection, types and causes of breaks and the organization of repair procedures. 

New Guidance Documents Available

New Guidance Documents Available for Drinking Water Quality and other related updates:

The new Guidance Document for Chloral hydrate, approved by the Federal- Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Health and the Environment, is now available on Health Canada's web site:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/chloral_hydrate-chloral/index-eng.php

Proposed INAC Water and Wastewater Legislative Framework

The provision of safe drinking water and the effective treatment of wastewater are critical in ensuring the health and safety of First Nation people and the protection of source water on First Nation lands. While legislation for drinking water and wastewater has been developed in provinces and territories, such legislation for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities does not currently exist.

CRTP Expansion

The Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP) has expanded. Throughout the past year the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) has worked hard to expand capacity for the CRTP. With this new capacity the CRTP program has hired new trainers and expanded service to 68 First Nations in Ontario. The CRTP has also produced an information pamphlet for First Nations communities to view. The pamphlet includes a community message, goals/initiatives, CRTP training modules, CRTP Trainer contacts and the OFNTSC's Mission Statement. Pick up your copy today!

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