Climate Change Adaptation Options for W&WW Systems in the Prairies


1.2 CEUs


Adaptations to avoid or reduce climate change impacts on water and wastewater infrastructure systems requires knowledge of past and future trends of climate variability and predicted impacts of climate change on the local climate. In addition to the direct impacts on water and wastewater infrastructure, there is potential secondary impacts due to the climate change impacts on watershed, agriculture, economy and social/behaviour.

Without a knowledge of the future tendencies in the coming years and decades most decision makers will have a limited technical capacity to address adaptive management practices and having appropriate policies for planned adaptation to climate change.

This two-day course will provide a toolbox of technical options, discuss policy and management options available for planning, implementation and available responses to specific impacts.

This course is presented by Lalith Liyanage, Ph.D., P.Eng. of WSP Group, a globally recognized professional services firm as well as the owner of Aqualta School of Operator Training.

The CEUs from this course can be used toward the following discipline(s) for certification renewal:

• Water treatment
• Water distribution
• Wastewater treatment
• Wastewater collection

Dates & Locations

    • Session #2
    • May 11, 2023 8:00am - May 12, 2023 4:00pm
    • Hotel Blackfoot - 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE - Calgary

Delivery Formats

In Class


Topics include:
-basics of climate change
-scientific observations (atmosphere, ocean, glaciers) and climate change myths
-global predictions
-regional (Prairie) predictions
-specific vulnerabilities for water infrastructure including water sources, supply, treatment, demand, storage and distribution
-specific vulnerabilities for wastewater infrastructure including wastewater collection systems, pump stations, treated wastewater re-use and discharging to a variable receiving environment and possible impacts on treated wastewater quality criteria
-specific vulnerabilities associated with biosolids management
-exposure and possible impacts on water and wastewater infrastructure: timeframe, frequency and impacts
-adaptation options for water and wastewater infrastructure for policy, planning, monitoring, management and technical (capital and operational)
-operator role in mitigation and adaptation

No manuals will be forwarded to students in advance of this course – the instructor will provide all material on-site.


$460.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$560.00 Non-Members

$345.00 (For in-class courses only) Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.