The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (the Centre) is an operational service agency of the Government of Ontario established in October 2004 as part of the Province's response to the Walkerton Inquiry Report. The Centre provides high-quality training for drinking water system owners, operators, operating authorities and postsecondary students across Ontario. The Centres Technology Demonstration Facility is an effective platform for hands-on training and pilot testing. The Centre plays a critical public service role as a key element of Ontario's drinking water safety net.
To-date, training has been delivered to more than 50,000 operators and professionals in the drinking water industry. Maintenancefest events are organized every year to provide hands-on training. Our annual Maintenancefest, held at the Centre, usually attracts 110 participants, while regional events bring together 30 to 50 participants each. The Centre also delivers provincewide workshops and seminars to provide information on regulatory and technology issues to the drinking water industry. The Centre offers hands-on-training to postsecondary institutions including the 16 colleges that deliver the entry-level course. The Centre supports research and transfers information and knowledge to owners, operators, operating authorities and the public.