Fall Seminar 2011 a success
TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - 80 trainees attended Taste & Odour,
Science & Practice in late October. Presenters brought a mix of
academic and applied experience and the latest in science and practice.
Experts including Gary Burlingame, Dr. Susan Watson and Dr. Susan
Andrews highlighted the causes and treatments required to correct taste
and odour in drinking water. Human perception of smell when eating or
drinking was demonstrated using nose plugs. On the risk communications
side, appropriate media messaging and customer service scenarios were
demonstrated. [For photo of participant identifying differences in
tastes and odours click here].
Participants were taught valuable facts directly applicable to their
drinking water operations. One important message was the fact that
cyanobacterial toxins, or toxins produced by blue-green algae, often
occur simultaneously with the common taste and odour causing compounds.
Therefore it was stressed as misleading to tell consumers that taste
and odour-causing compounds are harmless unless testing for toxins was
done. In summary, it was identified that organisms responsible for
taste and odour are numerous and the relationship between these
organisms, the natural environment and drinking water treatment are
The WCWC received excellent evaluations from participants. A total of
97% of attendees said they would recommend "Fall Seminar: Taste &
Odour, Science & Practice" to others. Participants appreciated the
W.W.W. (Warm Walkerton Welcome).
Summer at the Centre
Coming up in 2012 WCWC is pleased to announce a new program called
"Summer at the Centre." Training opportunities, many of them hands-on,
will be offered at the Centre throughout the summer of 2012. The last
week of August 2012 will feature a fine-tuned version of
Maintenancefest, last year's best training event at WCWC. Registration
will begin soon for Maintenancefest and other 2012 "Summer at the
Centre" events. "Summer at the Centre" participants will be offered
local tourism incentives so they can plan a summer vacation around
their stay! [For photo of trainees enjoying the WCWC outdoor patio last
summer click here].
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is an agency of the Government
of Ontario. The WCWC is committed to the following mission, "We
safeguard drinking water for the people of Ontario as the leading
centre for high quality training, applied research and technology
demonstration." Since its inception in 2004, the WCWC has trained more
than 30,000 participants. WCWC training across Ontario offers special
hands-on programs at the Certified LEED Gold headquarters in Walkerton.
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For more information please visit www.wcwc.ca