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York Region Topped Ontario Drinking Water Quality in 2016

Posted on March 24, 2017
York Region has announced that it either met or exceeded the required parameters for drinking water quality established in its Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 for 2016. In its 2016 Drinking Water Report, the Region summarizes the management of its drinking water systems, describes procedures, reporting, and adverse water test results. Of 18,489 laboratory analyzed tests, the Region had only 25 adverse test results, 14 due to sodium, 4 microbiological, 4 inorganic, and 3 non-regulated organic. None of the adverse water quality events were non-compliance occurrences, according to its report. Some are the result of expanded reporting [...]

Actor Kevin Costner Backed Smart Membrane, Water Planet

Posted on March 23, 2017
In 2009, famed actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and Eric Hoek, then a professor of engineering at UCLA, developed a system aimed at cleaning up oil & gas contaminated water. In 2010, this system was put to a different kind of test when it was used to clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout this process, Costner and Hoek forged a partnership that continues to this day with Water Planet, Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that sells smart membrane products. A year after the BP spill, Hoek and his colleague Subir Bhattarcharjee, now Water Planet’s Chief Technology Officer, co-founded the company, with [...]

Alberta Invests $12M in Watershed Councils

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to fulfill its mandate to preserve water resources. “World Water Day challenges us to think about how we protect this extraordinary economic and environmental resource. We are taking [...]

Budget 2017—Seven Areas of Interest for the Water Sector

Posted on March 22, 2017
Although Budget 2017 was ambiguous on tax reform, it did include a significant focus on innovation. From the $1.4 billion of new capital for cleantech and promise of a new approach to procurement, to the commitment and new investments in green infrastructure and smart cities—Budget 2017 proposes some great opportunities for the water sector. Here's seven areas of note: 1. Infrastructure—Communities build for change Budget 2017 asserts a bold goal for water: “Clean drinking water for every Canadian, no matter where they live.” More specifically, it proposes to: Make available $400 million over three years through the [...]

Closing U.S. Water Infrastructure Gap Could Generate $220B

Posted on March 22, 2017
The Value of Water Campaign, supported by founding member Water Environment Federation (WEF), has released a new report that found closing the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure would create 1.3 million jobs and generate $220 billion in economic activity. The analysis also found a severe economic cost to inaction. At a national level, a one-day disruption in water service can lead to a loss of $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP. At the local level, industries most reliant on water would see sales drop by up to 75 percent due to a one-day disruption in service. The report, The Economic Benefits of Investing [...]

First Nation Takes Peel River Watershed Case to Supreme Court

Posted on March 22, 2017
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke today from the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada to mark World Water Day and to support the Yukon First Nations who are in Ottawa to witness the hearing of their landmark case involving the Peel River watershed, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, et al. v. Government of Yukon. A traditional water ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court. "On World Water Day, First Nations stand together to support our rights and our responsibilities to our traditional territories," said National Chief Bellegarde. "As peoples with the right to self-determination, we have [...]

New Research Suggests Water Scarcity Measurement Flawed

Posted on March 22, 2017
New research from the University College London suggests that current metrics used to determine the global water crisis might not accurately reflect scarcity and sufficiency. The research, led by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Geography, targets the evolution of methodologies over the last thirty years as inaccurate. The researchers point to the development of holistic measurements from threshold indicator, arguing that the threshold for water scarcity is context-specific and based on an industrialized country in a semi-arid region. Courtesy, University College London, Damkjaer, and Taylor. Other areas of [...]

Statistics Canada Reports on Canada's Renewable Freshwater and Water Use

Posted on March 21, 2017
A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's 25 drainage regions, as well as the latest summary of industrial and household use. Water availability in Canada Statistics Canada reported, "Canada's average annual water yield—an estimate of the country's supply of renewable freshwater—is so large that there is enough water to approximate a one-minute [...]

P.E.I.'s Draft Water Act Suggests Strong Regulation

Posted on March 21, 2017
On March 16th, Prince Edward Island released its draft Water Act for public comment. The draft is comprised of existing and new legislation, which includes purpose and goals, a quantity and quality monitoring program, and a public registry for all water-related approvals. The province has stated that the act is “designed to protect the Island’s water resources and the ecosystems that support them,” and that “the goal of the proposed Water Act will be to protect the quality and quantity of the Island's water and ensure that our water supply is healthy and sustainable now and into the future.” In order to achieve this end [...]

Wastewater Fund Puts West Kelowna Treatment Plant 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

Posted on March 21, 2017
A $41 million federal and provincial grant under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will make the construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant a reality at least five years ahead of schedule. West Kelowna originally intended to start construction on the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant in 2022, as outlined in its 10-year financial plan. “The City of West Kelowna is grateful beyond words for this generous contribution, which will put us on the fast track to building a state of the art facility with the aim of bringing water quality assurances to the entire northern half of our city,” said Mayor Doug Findlater. The [...]
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