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Trendspotting

Posted on January 16, 2011
Written by John Nicholson and Kevin Wong

As the new year begins, industry experts John Nicholson and Kevin Wong take a stab at predicting the future of Canada’s water sector.

Anyone interested in the business of water in Canada will be looking to Ontario to see what, if any, effect the recently passed Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act will have on the industry. With [...]

Reuse It or Lose It

Posted on January 9, 2011
Written by Ryan Devlin

Wastewater at NAIT’s new Centre for Applied Technologies will be doubly useful.

Canada depends on its water for agricultural, industrial, and domestic uses—but does it use more than it needs? A report from the Conference Board of Canada suggests Canadians are huge consumers of water because of its availability and low cost, and because of a lack of widespread water conservation [...]

Friend and Foe

Posted on January 3, 2011
Written by Brad Densmore

When it comes to maintaining water quality, is de-icing worth the salt?

Urban roads and expansive highways propel our interconnected economy and mobile lifestyle, but a snowstorm can bring productivity crashing to a halt. Not to mention, icy roads and snowy banks increase the probability of accidents, threatening motorist and passenger safety. Road salt plays a major [...]

Interview: Cal Watson, Devon Canada

Posted on December 20, 2010

In anticipation of the upcoming Managing Water Resources in Oil Sands In Situ Production conference in Calgary, January 26-27, we spoke with Cal Watson, Devon Canada's general manager of thermal heavy oil, about some of the company's water practices. Water Canada: The Devon Energy website says [...]

Full Disclosure

Posted on December 5, 2010
Written by Carla Stevens and Matt Loose

Water is vital for life and a healthy bottom line.

Within the evolving field of sustainability, businesses have faced a rapidly evolving series of priorities. Climate change, energy efficiency, corporate citizenship, material efficiency, waste and ethical production have all become common business language. Now, with the United Nations, the Carbon Disclosure [...]

Going Solo

Posted on November 28, 2010
Written by Maginnis Cocivera and Patrick Meyer

Is centralized treatment a thing of the past?

Roman aqueducts and sewers provide a powerful emblem of the antiquity of urban water infrastructure—centralized approaches to water and wastewater service provision may seem similarly old, but are in fact largely a product of the twentieth century. The centralized model arose as a response to a difficult [...]

Interview: Khoo Teng Chye

Posted on November 23, 2010

A densely populated island that relies heavily on rainwater, Singapore has for years imported nearly half of its supply from its neighbouring Malaysia. Two agreements, signed in 1961 and 1962, allow Singapore to purchase this water at a very low price. The first agreement expires in 2011; the countries [...]

The Networked Field

Posted on November 14, 2010

Smart tech takes a trip to the farm.

By 2030, the world’s farms will have to produce almost 50 per cent more food than they currently do. By 2050, agricultural yields will have to double. A hungry world is about to get hungrier, a dilemma that isn’t helped by increasingly scarce natural resources (water included) and urbanization [...]

Sea Change

Posted on November 8, 2010
Written by Brad Densmore

Victoria’s CRD has settled on a sewage solution, but not everyone agrees it’s the right one.

Victoria has faced decades of criticism for failing to treat its sewage before pumping it into the Pacific Ocean, releasing often-harmful materials into the marine ecosystem and food chain. Sewage from the “City of Gardens” has been a recurring theme in newspaper editorials on either side of the [...]

Wasted Energy

Posted on October 29, 2010
Written by Mira Shenker

The focus on energy efficiency should include a review of water waste.

Across the country, provinces are updating Building Code standards—or implementing policies that would allow provincial ministries to change standards. Canada’s new building code, coming in 2012, will enshrine energy efficiency in its objectives, making the standard for all new homes much better [...]
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