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Lynne Maclennan - Associate, Better Best Practices Initiative


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Better Best Practices for Small Communities

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Lynne Maclennan - Associate, Better Best Practices Initiative

  1. 1. Better Best Practices for Small Communities Trish Johnson Lynne Maclennan WaterTAP Teeny Tiny Summit OMAFRA Regional Economic Development, East Region June 28 & 29, 2017
  2. 2. Briefly: What is WaterTAP? Established by the Water Opportunities Act, 2010, WaterTAP brings private sector experience and guidance to help water industry entrepreneurs successfully commercialize products and services and grow their businesses. Importantly, WaterTAP also has a mandate to provide strategic advice to the provincial government on actions it can take to foster growth in Ontario’s water sector. 1
  3. 3. Better Best Practices Initiative 2 BBPI’s goal is to improve water management in Ontario by addressing challenges to adoption faced by innovative technology companies, solution providers and end users. Includes regulations, approvals, policies, procurement, and funding mechanisms.
  4. 4. We have been listening! 3
  5. 5. Better Best Practices Initiative 4 Top Priorities for 2017 1. Affordability in small communities 2. Advocating for life-cycle cost consideration 3. Procurement that enables innovation 4. Streamlining regulations and modernizing approvals 5. More efficient certification and validation
  6. 6. Aiming for outcomes • More life-cycle costing and stronger linkages to planning and asset management • Increased innovation in municipalities and and First Nation communities • More affordable small community infrastructure • Better management and maintenance of distributed and decentralized systems • More efficient permitting, approvals and procurement • Performance-based regulations for stormwater and phosphorous • More streamlined certification and validation of new water technologies in Ontario 5
  7. 7. Small community concerns 6 Affordable solutions are difficult to implement Lack of life-cycle costing and lack of focus on innovative solutions Face planning hurdles for decentralized solutions PPS and Official Plans often do not permit this option Need more robust management structures No mechanism to track long-term maintenance and inspection data MRA process needs to be modernized Need to facilitate long-term management capacity Regulations are too prescriptive Need flexibility and regulations based on outcomes
  8. 8. Top tips from the trenches 7 Size matters!
  9. 9. Scope the right project 8
  10. 10. Assess comparative alternatives 9 Life-cycle costs are important!
  11. 11. Strong partnerships are critical 10
  12. 12. We welcome more small community input 11
  13. 13. Trish Johnson Lynne Maclennan Better Best Practices Initiative WaterTAP Please join the conversation!