Emergencies declared by Ontario municipalities

Municipalities with states of emergency

The Province of Ontario enacted a state of emergency Mar. 17. As of Mar. 27, the following Ontario communities or municipalities have also declared states of emergency due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:

Bradford West Gwillimbury
Brant Cty
Bruce Cty
Central Elgin
Central Frontenac
Centre Wellington
Douro-Dummer Twp
Durham Region
Dutton Dunwich
Elgin Cty
Essex (Town)
Essex Cty
Frontenac Cty
Greater Napanee
Guelph/Eramosa Twp
Haldimand Cty
Hastings Cty
Huron Cty
Huron-Kinloss Twp
Kawartha Lakes
Leeds and the Thousand Islands Twp
Lennox and Addington Cty
Loyalist Twp
Malahide Twp
Mapleton Twp
Marten Falls First Nation/Ogoki Post
McDougall Twp.
Minden Hills
Norfolk Cty
North Dumfries
North Frontenac Twp
North Grenville
North Perth
Northern Bruce Peninsula
Owen Sound
Peel Region
Perth Cty
Perth East Twp
Perth South Twp
Peterborough Cty
Prince Edward Cty
Puslinch Twp
Quinte West
Rideau Lakes
St. Thomas
Saugeen Shores
Saugeen Ojibway Nation
Simcoe Cty
South Bruce
South Frontenac Twp
Southwold Twp
The Blue Mountains
Tiny Twp.
Trent Lakes
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
United Counties of Prescott and Russell
United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Walpole Island First Nation
Waterloo Region
Wellington Cty
Wellington North Twp
West Grey
West Perth
York Region
This list is culled from online news sources and social media daily, and will change frequently. We apologize if any communities have been missed and expect to include them in future updates. Please check with your local municipality for other restrictions and closures that many also be enacted.

Attend our free webinar on COVID-19


Please join OMWA President Mike Mortimer and Stantec’s Nicole McLellan, M.A.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate at 11 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 27 for this free webinar intended for  water and wastewater utilities to help answer your questions related to the fate of coronaviruses in sewage and water, the efficacy of water treatment for coronaviruses, risks to your staff, and how to address public inquiries. Click the registration link below.
The Ontario Municipal Water Association plans to provide ongoing education on the coronavirus as information develops. Please continue to look for updates in your email and in our weekly e-News broadcast.

Sponsored by Stantec and the OMWA.

To register for this free webinar click here: Stantec & OMWA Free webinar on Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Stantec’s Nicole McLellan, M.A.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate is an environmental scientist with more than 13 years of experience related to water quality and treatment. She is the lead author of Stantec’s whitepaper “Considerations for Water and Wastewater Treatment Related to the Recent Outbreak: COVID-19.” Her areas of expertise comprise water treatment optimization; regulatory compliance; process performance demonstrations; energy optimization; management of disinfection by-products; control of algae blooms; distribution system management; scientific study designs; and wastewater disinfection.

OMWA president Mike Mortimer is the Manager of Environmental Services for the City of Stratford, with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Biology, and almost 20 years’ experience in the water industry.


President’s message about COVID-19

OMWA president, Mike MortimerFirst and foremost, I hope this message finds everyone healthy and spending quality time with loved ones during the uncertain period ahead. In times like this, it is also important to remember those less fortunate to help them out when we can, and when it is safe to do so.

These are some of the most challenging times we have faced collectively as a country, province, and municipality. There is uncertainty over day-to-day life, growing concern for our elderly and medically-vulnerable citizens, and anxiety over our well-being and the economy consume our thoughts. Whether you are a small business owner, a banker, or a restaurateur, there are varying perspectives of what this is doing to everyday life. It is an extremely fluid environment that we are all living and adapting to daily.

Water and wastewater professionals are no different.

The world of water and wastewater is unique in the sense that we are not deemed an essential service but yet we are absolutely necessary to ensure the continued public health of our communities. We are not able to just pack up our belongings and go home; we are not able to leave a water main break or a blocked sewer for the next week; we are not able to ignore a low-chlorine residual alarm or a high-level alarm at a sewage pumping station; we are not able to just stop sampling when our normal testing locations have been closed because of this pandemic.

And we don’t want to go home. Water and wastewater professionals are extremely dedicated individuals, committed to ensuring the provision of safe drinking water and the environmentally-sound conveyance of wastewater. There has been no threat to either during this pandemic, and for that we should be extremely grateful, but this is also different for those of us who do this work day-to-day. The threat is not a low-chlorine residual or a looming summer storm, but a threat we have little to no control over. And the question lingers: What if our workforce is impacted?
Continue reading “President’s message about COVID-19”

Coronavirus white paper from Stantec

The international professional services company, Stantec, has given the OMWA permission to post their recent whitepaper on the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) and its relevance to water and wastewater professionals and utilities. We are honoured to be able to share it with our readers. As the paper notes,

As water treatment professionals, we want to inform stakeholders of the current state of knowledge on coronaviruses as it relates to our practice.

Please click here to download the PDF version.  The original blog post from Stantec can be read here.

(Please note, this PDF has been updated since this post was first published. If you downloaded the paper before Mar. 20, please do so again to get the latest version.)