Network's Phase 2 Gets Head Start with First Nations Conference


Phase 2 of the RES’EAU-WaterNET program was given a head start during a joint event at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s 6th Annual BC First Nations Water and Wastewater Operational Excellence Conference in Vancouver October 2-3, 2013.

Impact 2013 attracted more than 150 community water operators and 80 network investigators and students, as well as several representatives from many of RES’EAU’s partner organizations.

On Day 1, the conference brought together First Nations water operators with engineers, academic researchers, policy makers and others to explore how each sector might play a role in improving drinking water delivery in small systems. Discussions focused on the unique and sometimes conflicting points of view among each group, as well as on how to build trust and define success.

Day 2 featured experts from Canada, the US and Europe who discussed their experiences in adapting science and technology to the needs of rural communities for an audience of RES’EAU investigators and network partners.

Click below to download a PDF summary of the meeting.