Emerging Issues in Water Treatment

Michael Lukich, B.Sc., [Honours]


Instructor Attributes/ Strengths: Experienced, Collaborative, Life-long Learner, Inspiring, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable


Michael retired in 2016 after a long distinguished career with Toronto Water where he served as the Manager of the Toronto Water Laboratory, a group of municipal laboratories that provide analytical services meeting the diverse needs of Toronto Water.


Michael has had almost 32 years of laboratory experience, specializing in water treatment. He began in the public sector working for the former Metropolitan Toronto Department of Works. He worked his way up from the laboratory bench in various water treatment plants becoming a plant Chief Chemist. During this time a large part of his responsibility involved working with plant staff providing technical training for process analyses including both manual and on-line equipment. Quality Control of the finished product was another area he worked closely on with plant operations staff. Municipal amalgamation in 1998 would eventually lead to the formation of Toronto Water. Michael’s responsibilities changed to include the running of the drinking water distribution sampling program for Toronto Water. In 2006 he was promoted to his current position as Manager. His laboratories are responsible for the analysis of samples from a variety of sources including drinking water, wastewater, industrial wastes, landfills as well as lakes and streams.


Michael’s personal experiences in both the laboratory and in the plant make him uniquely qualified to deliver training to operators and water quality analysts. He continually attends conferences and seminars to remain current on drinking water treatment issues. He has presented at seminars and conferences on issues related to laboratories and drinking water regulations. One of his latest work-related initiatives was to closely examine lead levels in drinking water and upcoming changes to wastewater effluent regulations.



Doug Stendahl, B.Sc., M.Sc.


Instructor Attributes/ Strengths: Knowledgeable, Thorough, Enthusiastic, Helpful, Interesting, Prepared


Doug Stendahl has a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in Montreal and Masters of Science from University of Guelph. After initially getting his feet wet back in 1970 as a Laboratory Technician, Doug has lead a very distinguished career serving the water and wastewater sector. Subsequent to earning his degrees, Doug has accumulated very valuable “hands-on” experience. As a result of this impressive combination of academic and hands-on expertise, he has become a highly sought out consultant and teacher.


Over nearly 40 years plus and counting, he has applied his talents to environmental studies and water resource management, notably water supply and wastewater collection operation and maintenance, compliance monitoring, regulatory report preparation, water treatment optimization and contaminated site assessment and operator training, where his knowledge, presentation abilities and obvious passion for teaching other operators makes him a very effective facilitator.


Since 2005, Doug has been one of our longest serving, most requested instructors and has delivered water treatment or regulatory training for us across Canada to an impressive volume of operators. On special assignment, he was called upon to deliver specialized training to many of Ontario’s “grandfathered” operators. These operators had originally been grandfathered as new certification systems were initiated however, subsequent to later regulatory changes, they were then required to write and pass certification exams in order to keep their licenses and essentially, their jobs. This process was extremely stressful and challenging for many participants however Doug’s personal attributes allowed him to be both well received and extremely effective.


Title:  Emerging Issues in Water Treatment

This course explores a wide variety of recently discovered potential contaminants that face many water suppliers, and examines how various treatment options affect their removal or destruction.  Many of these contaminants have recently received substantial press and have peaked public interest and concern.  This course will be of interest to water treatment and distribution operators, and will also be of value to supervisory and managerial personnel, including those involved with Public Relations as well as Water Treatment.

What will be covered:

  • Disinfectants used in Ontario, the disinfection by-products (DBPs) that they form and how the various treatment technologies, including biologically active filtration, perform on their removal or destruction

  • The current regulatory situation regarding these contaminates

  • Newly emerging pathogens such as enteric viruses, cyanobacteria, protozoa, legionella, mycobacterium avium complex , Naegleria fowleri and others

  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) and other endocrine disruptors

Time lines Description Contact Hours
7:30 – 8:30 Waterborne diseases


8:30 – 9:30 Disinfection methods 1.0
9:30 – 9:45


9:45 – 12:00 Effluent Chlorination 2.15
12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 2:00 UV Disinfection


2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-4:15 Ozone Disinfection 2.0
4:15-4:30 Summary and Conclusion 0.15
Total Instruction/Contact Time: 8.0