For Immediate Release
February 16, 2001

Mitch Zamojc
Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4395


(Brampton) - The Region of Peel's Public Works Department has been selected to present four papers at the American Public Works Association's (APWA) 107th International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Philadelphia, September 2001.

"This is an outstanding honour for our Public Works department, and a testament to the innovative work we do," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works. "We are a true leader in the industry, and this event is an ideal opportunity for us to share our successes with others in the Public Works sector."

The APWA is an international, educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality Public Works goods and services.

Peel was selected to present the four papers after submitting topics for presentation and speakers in a "call for papers". All proposals received were evaluated and judged by a peer review committee of accomplished professionals from diverse public works backgrounds.

The topics which will be presented at the Congress are:

Environment Day Events
Each year, the Region of Peel hosts four Environment Days to bring recycling services closer to home for residents. These events offer residents a chance to help the environment by dropping off large recyclable goods, reusable items and household hazardous waste such as paint and cleaners, for recycling and proper disposal. Residents can also stop by and pick up a new recycling box, buy a subsidized Backyard Composter, or get free compost for their garden.

Environment Day events have enjoyed great success, with over 10,000 residents attending the events in 2000.

Managed Competition
Managed Competition is "a process where a public agency bids for the right to deliver a well-defined package of services over a specified period of time". In Public Works, the implementation of Managed Competition means various tasks performed by Public Works staff and contractors will be put through the Managed Competition process. Public Works staff, as well as outside organizations, will have the opportunity to submit proposals and bids to carry out work. The Region's Public Works Department has recently put out its first bid to the marketplace.

Etobicoke Trunk Sewer
The Etobicoke Trunk Sewer project involved the design and winter construction of 2.5 km of 1.98 m (6.5 ft) diameter trunk sewer through a privately owned golf course, a municipal park with baseball and soccer facilities and the Etobicoke Creek Valley, an environmentally sensitive valley land. The five-year project will twin an existing trunk sewer through the Etobicoke Creek Valley. The rationale for the "twinning" is to ensure the Region of Peel meets the projected growth demands of the area to the year 2031. The Region of Peel, the public and local businesses worked together to make this project a success with minimal disruption to residents, golfers, park users and the environment.

Wellhead Protection Program
The Region of Peel implemented a Wellhead Protection Program in 1992. The Wellhead program was developed to protection existing municipal wells and groundwater resources, so that quality drinking water is available to residents who depend on well-water. One of the main features of the program is to identify the aquifers in Caledon, and then to place controls and prohibition on land uses that place the water supply at risk.


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