Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

Wed, 29 May 2019 15:00:00 GMTWed, 29 May 2019 23:00:00 GMT




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8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am: Education Session

10:00 – 10:15 am: Coffee Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (not provided)

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Education Session

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Coffee Break

2:15 – 4:00 pm: Education Session

4:00 pm: Adjourn





Workshop attendees are eligible for 0.6 CEUs.


Instructor: Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, AOE, FRSC, FSRA, IWAF, FCAE, FEC, FGC(Hon), PEng. Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.


Although it is now 19 years since the Walkerton Ontario tragedy that allowed contaminated drinking water to kill 7 and make over 2,000 ill, drinking water contamination episodes keep happening in the developed world. In August 2016, manure-contaminated drinking water killed 4 and made over 5,500 ill in Havelock North, New Zealand, a country with similar geography and societal perspectives to British Columbia. More than 24 serious outbreaks of disease from contaminated drinking water in affluent countries have been documented by published reports since Walkerton, meaning that many more incidents have gone unpublicized.


Dr. Hrudey served on the Research Advisory Panel to Justice Dennis O’Connor’s Walkerton Inquiry from 2000 to 2002 leading him to focus his research on drinking water safety and in 2017 he was retained by Water New Zealand to provide evidence to the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North outbreak. In 2004, he published Safe Drinking Water – Lessons from Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations which became an all-time best seller with the International Water Association Publishing.


This one-day course Why Learn the Hard Way is based on his 2014 American Water Works Association book - Ensuring Safe Drinking Water – Learning from Frontline Experience with Contamination. The premise for the book and this course is that those concerned with ensuring safe drinking water should be able to learn from the painful experience of others. A set of detailed, authentic case studies will be presented as they were experienced by the frontline personnel, followed by an explanation of what really happened, what were the consequences and what can be learned.