Walkerton Clean Water Centre
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is a world-class institute dedicated to ensuring that training and education about drinking water quality is available and accessible to owners and operators of Ontario`s drinking water systems, especially to those serving small and remote communities. Established in 2004, the Centre features a state-of-the-art technology demonstration facility, providing a unique opportunity for hands-on training and serving as a practical resource for operators and other water professionals.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre exists solely to safeguard and protect Ontario's drinking water. Today, tomorrow and for generations to come. Our unwavering commitment to applied research, technology demonstration, and expert training set the standards by which the safety and security of water is measured in Ontario. We ensure full access to our resources and expertise of water system operations to owners and operators of Ontario's drinking water systems, especially to those serving small and remote communities. The Centre features a state-of-the-art technology demonstration facility that provides a unique opportunity for hands-on training and serves as a practical resource for operators and other water professionals.
Established in 2004, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre is an operational service agency of the Government of Ontario. It is responsible for delivering education, information and advice on water treatment, equipment, technology and operational requirements and environmental issues related to drinking water. It develops and delivers training to drinking water system owners, operators, and operating authorities across Ontario with a focus on smaller, remote and older systems, including First Nations systems. It also provides advice, information and promotes public education on water safety and quality issues. In addition, the Centre provides advice to the Minister of the Environment on research needed to achieve and maintain high quality safe drinking water.
The Centre is located in the Town of Walkerton in the Municipality of Brockton, and has both a local and a provincial profile, offering services throughout the province. As it has expanded its drinking water training programs and related services, the Centre's profile has grown to become the province’s leading centre for applied research, technology demonstration and high quality training.
We safeguard drinking water for the people of Ontario as the leading centre for high quality training, applied research and technology demonstration.
The mandate of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre is:
- To deliver drinking water education and training for owners, operators and operating authorities of drinking water systems
- In collaboration with other training organizations, to coordinate the accessibility and availability of education and training for owners and operators
- To provide support to owners, operators and operating authorities with a primary focus on small, remote and older systems by providing information and advice about those topics outlined in Ontario Regulation 304/04 s. 3 (2)
- To demonstrate leading-edge drinking water treatment technology
- To assess research gaps and needs, advise the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) on research priorities and to respond to the resulting direction from the minister. The Centre could sponsor high-priority drinking water research that contributes directly to the Centre's mandate
- To provide, both directly and through alliances with other organizations and in coordination with the MOE, public outreach and education related to the Centre’s mandate and to make technical, scientific and regulatory information more readily available including information about the standard of care requirement imposed in section 19 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 (SDWA)
- To provide other services as described in any policy direction issued by, or set out in any agreement with the minister, that helps to safeguard drinking water.