On July 29, the Canadian Water Network (CWN) announced an investment of more than $165,000 toward helping communities develop an integrated risk management framework for municipal water systems. The investment comes at a time when municipal water systems are under stress from a variety of factors, including population growth, aging infrastructure, and climate change. Through partner support, the total investment for the project is nearly $1 million.
“In Canada, municipal water issues related to drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, urban watersheds, and related urban planning and disaster management responses have traditionally been managed in isolation,” said Warren Wishart, manager of CWN’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium. “This project will demonstrate the interrelationships and interdependencies of municipal water systems, and will assist the current movement towards sustainable water resources.”
The project, Integrated Risk Management Framework for Municipal Water Systems, is being led by Edward McBean of the University of Guelph. It will draw on the expertise of more than 30 partners, including municipal, academic, private sector, and non-governmental organizations across the country.