Training news from WCWC

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 complex.

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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