Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #3: Tracing the Flush – Navigating the Sanitary Network to the Source & Identify Virus Hotspots


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FREE to members.
Fee for non-members $30+HST.


Wastewater has long since been considered ‘out of sight and out of mind’, until now. Wastewater contains an incredible amount of valuable information that can be used to monitor the public health of a community. What if you were able to sample beyond the wastewater treatment facilities and go into the community in search for viruses? What if you were able to sample sanitary lines at the source of an epicenter of a virus outbreak? What if using these sampling techniques could ultimately establish KPIs for interventions?

At the completion of this one-hour OJT session, participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Step-by-step guide for entering a building, review engineering drawings and access sanitary lines.
    • How to deploy samplers on site.
    • Deciding factors to consider when tailoring a sampling strategy for a location.
    • How to adjust sampling strategies to account for in unforeseen challenges in field.

Paul Westlund

Our workshop facilitator is Paul Westlund, Ph.D., Founder of C.E.C. Analytics.  Paul is a water treatment specialist that has in-depth experience in tracking and monitoring contaminants of emerging concern, which include illicit drugs, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial contaminants.  He has extensive expertise in developing analytical techniques for contaminant detection within wastewater and treatment strategies to reduce environmental impacts.  Paul leads a team of scientists that support wastewater based epidemiology projects across Canada with a focus on monitoring rural and remote vulnerable communities.

These 1-hour virtual sessions are offered every alternate Thursday starting at 2:00 pm.  Sessions are complimentary to all OMWA members and the fee for non-members is $30.00 CAD plus HST per person per session.  

If you have any specific questions regarding this OJT session, please feel free to submit them when you register and we will provide them to the workshop facilitator.   

The OMWA will provide a certificate recognizing participation in these On the Job Training sessions.
Attendance may also qualify as a Continuing Knowledge Activity for the PEO PEAK program

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