Friday, May 13, 2022

Part 2: Expect the Unexpected



Join this session to learn about the emergency events experienced in the water distribution system and treatment plant in the Town of Smiths Falls when a 1600 mm water is ruptured by a contractor:

            • Discuss two case studies both dealing with the aftermath of contractor rupturing a primary feed 1600 mm water main that feed the north section of the municipality.
            • Review how fast things can go wrong and the immediate impact throughout the municipality.
            • Discuss the impact on the community when the BWA was declared and the importance of having a good relationship with the local Health Unit.
            • Operators were still learning the operational capabilities of the new treatment plant when this event occurred, we will look at how the treatment and distribution operators had to adapt quickly to overcome the operating challenges brought on by these events.
            • Discuss lessons learned.

The session will consider two different emergency events that occurred in 2011 and 2018 and how the two events were linked.


Brigitte Roth
OMWA W3ETAC Executive, Acclaims Environmental Inc
Brigitte is a management systems, compliance and risk management professional with over 25 years’ experience in achieving legislative compliance, optimizing and integrating management systems, and conducting risk assessments and analysis. She has a passion for preparing and improving emergency response plans, planning and executing annual emergency test exercises and debrief sessions, and developing and delivering training related to the above areas of expertise. Brigitte is also experienced as an alternate Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) for the City of Guelph from 2015 to 2017 and as a Planning Section Chief in the City’s Emergency Operations Centre from 2014 to 2017.


Ted Joynt
Ted started his drinking water career in 1979 as a full-time relief water treatment plant operator and distribution operator Town of Smiths Falls. From 2007 to 2010 Ted was the Town of Smiths Falls Project Manager for new Water Treatment plant and for new 4.3 ML CSO tank installed at the Class 4 WPCP Plant. In 2011, he was awarded the American Water Work Association (AWWA – Ontario Section OWWA) Operator Meritorious Service Award. He is a Member of AWWA, OWWA, WEF, WEAO and has been involved with various MECP working groups over the years. Ted is a Past President of the Eastern Ontario Water Works Association 2017 (EOWWA). In 2019 he retired from the Town of Smiths Falls as the Superintendent of Utilities Water and Wastewater. Currently, Ted is the Township of Cramahe (Acting) Wastewater Treatment (ORO) Colborne WPCP as well as a Consultant to North Grenville WPCP Facility Plant Upgrade. Ted is also a trainer for the Walkerton Clean Water Center.





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