The Canadian Water Network (CWN), announced their Consortium Leadership Group (CLG) on February 26. The group brings together leading municipal water managers from across the country who will lend their expertise to managing the new normal of increasingly frequent extreme weather events across Canada.

The Consortium Leadership Group will lend its expertise to managing the new normal of increasingly frequent extreme weather events across Canada, like the 2013 Toronto flood. Credit: Valerie Walking.

“Connecting municipal water managers with leading research will ensure that we are tackling key issues head on,” said Bernadette Conant, the executive director of CWN. “The immediate participation of municipalities and utilities across the country speaks to the need for this type of initiative. The Consortium Leadership Group’s goal is to address priority water management needs and help Canadians realize the importance of water management to our quality of living.”

The CLG currently includes 12 water management organizations, including Halifax Water, Toronto Water, York Region, Peel Region, Durham Region, Region of Waterloo, City of Regina, City of Calgary, and the Capital Region District, among others.

“Canadian municipalities have been given a tremendous responsibility for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management, and while we’re optimistic, it has felt like a road less travelled,” said Carl Yates, the general manager of Halifax Water. “With the strength of our group, we will blaze a trail together to address priority municipal water improvements and innovations.”

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