Experts meet in Moncton for IWA international environment conference

    HALIFAX, June 20 /CNW/ - An international environment conference with the
theme "Moving Forward: Wastewater Biosolids Sustainability: Technical,
Managerial, and Public Synergy" opens on Sunday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
    The International Water Association (IWA) will welcome international
specialists from the environment, biosolids and wastewater management fields,
as well as organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization
and World Bank. More than 40 countries will participate in the conference that
runs from June 24-27. It is the first time that a conference of this type has
been held at the international level.
    As announced in May, many renowned speakers will take part in the
conference, including Charles W. Peterson of the World Bank, Graham Alabaster
of the United Nations, and Homero Silva of the World Health Organization, who
will co-chair a plenary session on "The Global Perspective."
    "We are excited about the interest shown toward this conference," said
Ronald J. LeBlanc, conference chair and chair of the Greater Moncton Sewerage
Commission. "More than 400 delegates will gather in Moncton to learn and help
move the environmental agenda forward on new initiatives by sharing knowledge
and success stories. Since there is a phenomenal amount of interest in the
environment on an international scale, this is a perfect opportunity to
advance the question of the sustainable management of biosolids and
wastewater," he said.
    Throughout the conference, international specialists will make
presentations touching on a variety of industry issues, including management,
regulation, scientific and technical questions, research and public relations.
    During the conference, delegates will also have an opportunity to tour
Greater Moncton's wastewater treatment plant and its biosolids composting
facility. The composting facility is the only one of its kind since it was
conceived to face the environmental challenges of a cold-climate region with
significant snowfall and strong winds.
    The conference is being organized jointly by the Greater Moncton Sewerage
Commission, International Water Association, Water Environment Federation,
Canadian Association on Water Quality and Université de Moncton, among  

    For more information on the conference's program, visit

    (1) The other supporting organizations include the Canadian Water and
        Wastewater Association, the five Canadian Member Associations of the
        Water Environment Federation (the Atlantic Canada Water Works
        Association, Réseau Environnement, the Water Environment Association
        of Ontario, the Western Canada Water Environment Association and the
        British Columbia Water and Waste Association) and the New England
        Biosolids & Residuals Association.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Ronald J. LeBlanc, 2007
Moncton, Canada IWA Specialist Conference, Chair, Chairman, Greater Moncton
Sewerage Commission, (506) 387-7977, Fax: (506) 387-7389,,; T. Duncan Ellison, Executive Director, Canadian Water and
Wastewater Association, (613) 747-0524 X 1, Fax: (613) 747-0524,,

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