Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #5: Distribution Networks: A Modern Approach with Online Analytical Instrumentation


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


While metering solutions have advanced leaps and bounds in recent years, the quality of water in the distribution network has been long considered a write off. This has left many questions for the modern supplier, public health officials and consumers. Are we maintaining disinfection? How can we detect events? Is there byproduct formation or microbial regrowth? What is causing customer complaints? These questions can be answered with recent advances in Online Analytical Instrumentation and the Smart Water Grid.

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

  • How and where to implement online analytical instrumentation for distribution monitoring
  • An understanding of new sensors and terminals that can be used in the distribution network
  • Why multiple parameters are necessary and simple threshold alarms are not for effective for event detection
  • How the Smart Water Grid can be used to maintain safe water quality, pinpoint events, and address infrastructure failures with targeted responses while maintaining safe delivery.
  • The economical and operational benefits of real-time online spectroscopy



Jeff Simpson

President and CEO of Aquatic Life Ltd specializing in water quality monitoring solutions. Jeff is involved in ongoing research into advanced water monitoring systems for the Canadian Environment. Guiding Aquatic Life, he has provided solutions to the Canadian market and abroad for over 35 years. Jeff has worked with the University of Winnipeg, Freshwater Institute and Ducks Unlimited. He lives in Pinawa on the banks of the Winnipeg River with his wife and 2 children.


Steven Simpson

a long-standing part of the Aquatic Life Ltd team, and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. His studies focused on instrumentation, control, automation, simulation techniques, and advanced manufacturing. He utilizes a systems engineering approach to design instrumentation, control, and ruggedized monitoring solutions for the discerning water professionals of Canada.


Brian Jobb

of Brian Jobb Training & Consulting.  Brian has been working in several sectors of the water industry since 1979; as a supervisor with MOE, a technical representative for a coagulant manufacturer, Vice-President of an equipment manufacturer and Training Institute Manager for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Brian is currently working as a training specialist and consultant. He has an Honours BSc. In environmental biology and has specialized in water quality and treatment of unusual contaminants throughout his career. Brian was the Chair/President of the OWWA (2004-5) and has received numerous water industry awards from AWWA, OWWA and OMWA.


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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