Canada’s Needs and Opportunities to Address Contaminants in Wastewater

To put into clearer context the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater contaminants in Canada, Canadian Water Network is leading a national review of known and emerging contaminants in municipal wastewater and our options to deal with them. The project will leverage CWN’s extensive network of research and practitioner communities to consider the following critical questions:

  • Which wastewater contaminants do we need to worry about most, now and in the future?
  • What are the options for our diverse Canadian communities to address these contaminants through wastewater treatment?
  • What are the important opportunities and trade-offs involved in those treatment choices, including resource recovery, costs, implications for related issues like greenhouse gas emissions, and socio-economic and cultural fit?

An expert advisory panel of national leaders will frame and assess the leading knowledge, practice and priorities in municipal wastewater treatment in Canada. The panel’s work will be augmented by other experts from across the country with knowledge of municipal wastewater practice, environmental impacts and assessments associated with wastewater, and legal and community perspectives. 

Expert Advisory Panel

The project will culminate in a synthesis report that delivers critical insights to guide, inform and empower decision makers and stakeholders to choose the most effective wastewater treatment investments. If you'd like to receive a copy of the report once it's available, subscribe to CWN updates.

Project Timeline

October 2017

A national expert advisory panel with a strong collective understanding of both the knowledge and practice base in the area of wastewater treatment and impacts was established to guide the process. Click on the button above to view the panel.

November 2017 – February 2018

The panel’s work will be augmented with information and case studies from other Canadian experts. This information will be gathered through surveys and a series of expert advisory panel working sessions.

May 2018

A synthesis report will be released at CWN's Blue Cities conference (May 1 & 2, 2018) that can be used to inform future practices, policies, and investment decisions for practitioners, the public and all levels of government.