Training or Tragedy - The Importance of Operator Education


0.6 CEUs


This one day workshop profiles how training is a water operator’s best insurance. Lax practices can miss or ignore the signs of deteriorating water quality that may lead to disaster. The lag between stated regulation and enforcement may wrongly be seen as condoning poor practices. This course will profile the multi year decline of a municipal water system that could have been prevented if the water operators possessed the knowledge and skill sets that only proper training would have provided.

Lunch will be provided for registrants.

Note: AWWOA presents "Ensuring Safe Drinking Water" by Dr. Steve Hrudey, which is taking place the following day to the training above. Check the listing for course details and registration information.

Dates & Locations

    • Session #1
    • May 30, 2018 8:00am - May 30, 2018 4:00pm
    • Chateau Louis - 11727 Kingsway Ave - Edmonton

Delivery Formats

In Class


This workshop is divided into three sections:
1) Examine the three week acute phase of the Walkerton Tragedy, noting the factors that contributed to the disaster including actions, inactions, and decisions that led to a complete failure of the municipal water system.

2) Explore how the culture of complacency and decades of false assumptions created a blueprint for disaster. Without proper training poor decisions combined with ineffective regulatory enforcement and supervision led to disastrous consequences years later.

3) Finally examine the legal ramifications of failing to comply with regulations and how ignorance of federal and provincial law is not an effective defense against prosecution.


$250.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$350.00 Non-Members

$187.50 Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.