Coastal Water Suppliers Association



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Apr 9,2018 - Apr 10,2018    Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Save the date! Our Annual Conference, AGM, Trade Show and Operator Courses is scheduled for April 9-10, 2018 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo. Administrative Workshop, AGM, and Trade Show (April 9th) Monday April 9th will be our Administrative Workshop, AGM, and Trade Show. More information on the speakers will be available soon.

It’s Not Just Math: How Water Rates Drive Policy and Shape Your Community's Future

Kirk Stinchcombe, MES, MBA, PMP - ECONICS

Setting water rates is challenging, but it’s not just a mathematical problem.  When we increase rates or make changes to the rate structure itself, we implicitly move a cluster of different policy drivers. These decisions shape how our water systems perform, and ultimately what our communities will be like in the future.  Key drivers include:

  • revenue sufficiency – do we have enough to run the system now and forever?
  • revenue stability – is the revenue stream consistent from year to year?
  • simplicity – do residents understand how they are being charged? Or why?
  • affordability – are rates as low as they can be?
  • sustainability – are we encouraging people to use water efficiently?
  • equity - are customers and customer classes being charged fairly?

This presentation will share ideas about how to use water rates to drive your community’s policy goals. Along the way, it will provide some really useful tips and links to resources that will make the whole rate setting process less work and less of a hassle.

Early Bird Cost for the Administrative Workshop is $125 for members/$175 non members if registered prior to February 28th, after February 28th the cost is $150 members/$225 non membersTo register manually please print out the Delegate’s Registration Form 2018 and mail it to the address on the form along with a check. If you plan to travel to our conference ahead of time we are hosting a Meet and Greet in the lounge from 7:00pm-9:00pm Sunday, April 8th. Appetizers are courtesy of CWSA. Staying overnight? Coast Bastion has reserved a block of rooms under our name. Please call 1-800-716-6199 to reserve your room. Operator Courses (April 9-10, 2018) Coastal Water Suppliers Association is pleased to offer the opportunity for water operators to acquire valuable CEU’s. Courses to be announced shortly. Dam Inspection and Maintenance (0.6 CEU's)  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 This one day course covers organizing and preparing a dam safety inspection, evaluation of dams, evaluation of dam stability, identification of visual deficiencies, evaluation of seepage conditions, of spillways and outlets, hydraulic and hydrologic adequacy, and inspection and testing of gates, valves, and other mechanical systems. Recommended for operators who maintain dam safety. This course is also open to Managers, Trustees, and other related parties. Students will also go on a field trip to visit a dam site.

Instructed by John Baldwin – Civil Engineering Technician with over thirty years experience in dam design, construction, operations, maintenance and regulation. BC Provincial Dam Safety Officer since 2003 located on Vancouver Island.

Early Bird Cost for the Dam Inspection and Maintenance course is $250 for members/$325 non members if registered prior to February 28th, after February 28th the cost is $275 members/350$ non membersCost includes lunch, coffee breaks, field trip transportation and CEU form submission to EOCP. *15% Discount for 3 or more Operators from the same organization.


Coast Bastion Hotel
11 Bastion St
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4

Registration is closed for this event.
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