The BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) offers a number of programs and services to meet the needs of our members and industry stakeholders, including:
- Public education
- Membership and industry news
- Professional development and networking events
- Operator education
- Cross connection control certification
- Research and advocacy
- Job board
- Awards and industry recognition
As a not-for-profit organization, the BCWWA is self-financed on a cost-recovery basis through the delivery of its programs and services. By sponsoring one of our programs or services, you are investing in a valuable marketing opportunity for your business and strengthening the association that works on behalf of water industry professionals in BC and the Yukon.
In 2015, the BCWWA launched a campaign to build understanding among water users and residents of BC and the Yukon about the value of their water infrastructure, workforce and natural resources. Our Value of Water website have been developed to promote this message among the public, and media share the message via coverage of our 'Best of the Best' Tap Water Taste Test held at our annual conference each year in May.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKING EVENTS
The BCWWA offers a wide range of knowledge-sharing and networking events to help water professionals earn CEUs and professional development hours, stay current on changing technology and regulations, and build relationships within the industry. These events range from short, interactive webinars, networking events and technical tours, to one-day workshops, to one of the largest Annual Conference & Trade Show of its kind in Western Canada.
Check out upcoming events by visiting our event calendar today!
For more than four decades, the BCWWA has been the largest and most trusted source of training in BC and the Yukon. We offer level one and two certification courses, available both online and in-class, for water distribution and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment, and small water systems and small wastewater systems.
We also offer a number of single and multi-day courses that train operators on specific topics, techniques and equipment that is directly applicable to their day-to-day operations. And if you have a group of operators that all need the same training, our instructors will come to your worksite and custom deliver any one of our courses.
To find out what courses are currently open for registration visit our upcoming courses.
CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL CERTIFICATION
The BCWWA is the recognized administrative body for voluntary cross connection control certification in the province of British Columbia. With the support of our accredited training institutions, we offer approximately 70 exams each year so that over 2,000 backflow assembly testers and cross connection control inspectors/surveyors can obtain or maintain their certification.
We also host an annual professional development event each year to ensure testers and inspectors have the opportunity to network, stay up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies, and improve their skills.
To view a list of the exams currently scheduled, visit our exam calendar now!
RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
The BCWWA, through its technical advisory committees, has developed and adopted thirteen position statements on a variety of important issues that affect risks to public health and the environment, and to the sustainability of our water systems. The BCWWA has also released research on the financial sustainability of BC’s water and sewer infrastructure, and undertaken a joint study of the water sector workforce in BC. Visit BCWWA research reports to view full reports and additional documents.
MEMBERSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS
With over 4000 members, the BCWWA engages with water and wastewater professionals, including:
- facility operators and utility managers,
- engineers and consultants,
- government policy and regulatory staff,
- manufacturer and supplier reps, and
- backflow prevention device testers and cross connection control inspectors.
Membership with the BCWWA has its benefits. BCWWA members have access to preferred rates for training and professional development events, receive member-only e-newsletters and publications like Watermark magazine, have access to a professional network of industry peers, and influence change through support for our research and public education activities. Find out more about the benefits of being a BCWWA member.
AWARDS AND INDUSTRY RECOGNITION
Every year, the BCWWA selects individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership, innovation and excellence in the BC and Yukon water sector. These award recipients are honored in front of their peers at our Annual Conference & Trade Show for their commitment and dedication to the BCWWA, as well as their outstanding achievements in the industry. Find out more about our awards program and make a nomination.