Aboriginal Water & Waste Water
Association of Ontario


The Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario’s (AWWAO) continuous goal is to attain assurance that First Nations Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators are confident, efficient and effective in managing the purification of the water and the treatment of wastewater in their community.

The vision of the AWWAO has been built upon fifteen years of increasing provincial and federal government recognition of the importance of training and certification of First Nations Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, thereby, achieving the AWWAO goals and objectives. This document is for the needs of the AWWAO, in order to continue preparing Ontario First Nations Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators educationally to be effective workers in a demanding workplace and to be productive community members.

AWWAO will be a non profit incorporated entity on April 2011. This action will allow AWWAO to enter into contribution agreements with federal and provincial governments as well as solicit private sponsorships.

Operator of the Year Award Winners

We all know it takes a very dedicated person to be a water/wastewater treatment plant operator. To diagnose and treat water when it’s difficult to determine where the bugs are, it’s truly a gift. Operators play an important role in the lives of our communities, and given their hectic day-to-day responsibilities, we do not always have the chance to express our appreciation for the hard work that they do. AWWAO would like to help by giving you the opportunity to say thank you.

Congratulations to our winners!

The winner from the North is Edward Rydoell

The winner from the South is Norm Tabobondung

The awards were presented at the 19th Annual General Assembly and Training Conference Banquet, Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario