Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS) is the Provincial Standard that the Town must maintain for us to deliver safe drinking water to our residents.
This year the Town signed a ten-year contract designating Ontario Clean Water Agency to perform the full Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) role.
Since 2016 OCWA has been the Town’s ORO and used a hybrid workforce with our municipal staff. In 2019 we renewed an ORO contract with OCWA and were informed at that time that after 2022 they would no longer be able to offer a hybrid service.
The Town’s single most important and legal responsibility – is the delivery of safe drinking water. OCWA is a crown agency, with a full-time staff of 700 and services more than 150 communities provincially.
The Agreement sets out OCWA’s policies and procedures with respect to quality and environmental management in accordance with the requirements of the Province of Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS)