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Water Loss Map

Posted on August 8, 2017
The founder of Ontario's Waterlix has developed an interactive map that shows the costs associated with water loss (i.e. non-revenue water) of Canadian municipalities across Canada. For each location, the map displays the annual costs of water leakage, the total annual volume of lost water, the CO2 emissions from water leakages, billed lost water, and non-revenue water. The map also estimates the costs associated with building damages. Waterlix's founder, Mehrdad Varedi, who created the map said,"The reason I published the data, was to show the size [...]

Water Drama

Posted on July 31, 2017
Humour can be great device for dealing with serious issues. In the theatrical play, DIVINE, Natalie Frijia's depicts a wild west water crisis based in Ontario—an all-female dystopia—that delivers a lighthearted glimpse of a world without water. Swan and Lem, a.k.a., The Grand River Bandits, are searching across the province for the most coveted water diviner by the name of Penn (played by Amanda Cordner). They find her at a whiskey bar where bartender Marion (played by Christina Bryson) and Seven (Haley Garnett), who is also our narrator, are [...]

Dispatches from Water Town

Posted on July 18, 2017
Written by Andrew Hellebust
Looking twenty years in the future, Andrew Hellebust shares his futuristic, fictional vision for a wholly sustainable community called Water Town. See Part II below to continue from WC page 7. Welcome to Water Town, 2037. Twenty years ago, headlines spoke of energy efficient central treatment facilities, net-zero houses with small natural gas boilers, and the self-sufficient Water House that collected rainwater and utilized composting toilets. Infrastructure design was mostly linear, flowing from central plants to individual consumers and back. Much would [...]

Freshwater Essays

Posted on June 26, 2017
With support from the RBC Blue Water Project, the International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) launched a national essay competition for high school students from grades 8-11 focusing on the topic of freshwater in Canada.   In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary students were asked about the best ways we can continue to sustainability manage our fresh water for the next 150 years. The prize for the top three essays in the competition was a trip to Toronto and participation in the Canadian Water [...]

Summer Reads for Water Nerds

Posted on May 26, 2017
You might have a pile of sci-fi or chick-lit lining your bookshelves in line for your summer vacay. Mindless, light, easy. But we recommend that you don't let your brain go completely mushy; instead, that you use the time off to recharge with the latest selection of winning water management fiction and non-fiction. Here's a few that we recommend: Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity By Jeremy Schmidt NYU Press Released: April, 2017. paperback | $35 (U.S.) An intellectual history of America's water management philosophy. Humans [...]

Water & Climate Change: 3 Tips to Motivate People

Posted on April 26, 2017
While water is tangible and relevant in our day to day lives, for most, climate change is an abstract and invisible phenomenon. To communicate and engage the public effectively requires a strategic approach. Here are three tips on how to motivate people: 1. Identify your audience and meet them "where they are." For learning to be useful, most people need to place it in a context that is relevant for them. This requires connecting with your audience’s needs, experiences and interests. Manitobans, for example, are more likely to be more concerned with the [...]

World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
In honour of World Water Day, Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken over 2,000 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, has bid Canadian Water Summit delegates a happy world water day. World Water Day Message, from Geoff Green. On June 22nd, Green will address CWS delegates from a ship voyaging through Canada's three boundary waters, speaking on Canada as a water and ocean nation, Students on Ice, and sharing [...]

Water Protectors

Posted on March 8, 2017
Written by Jacinda Mack
Kla. Tuu. Kwe. These are our words for water. As an indigenous woman, I am culturally, physically, spiritually, and mentally connected to water in ways that I am only now beginning to fully understand. Born from the ancient Nuxalk and Secwepemc indigenous peoples, living in modern day British Columbia, Canada, I think about water a lot. In 2014, the tragic and catastrophic tailings dam fail at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine released over 25 billion litres of mine waste into the clean and salmon-bearing waters of my motherland. Ground waste rock and [...]

Water Brothers Season Four

Posted on March 1, 2017
Alex and Tyler Mifflin (a.k.a. The Water Brothers) are at it again, having launched their fourth season of water episodes on March 3 through TV Ontario. The series of six episodes, airing Fridays at 7:00 p.m., explores how we can better protect water resources. “One of the more interesting things that we did was to go underground and explore the sewers of Toronto,” said Tyler. “It was gross. I smelled for three days. But it gave me a whole new level of respect for people who work in wastewater and water treatment.”“We also visited with Barry [...]

Wastewater Treatment Video Connects Community to Water

Posted on January 25, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has released a video detailing its wastewater treatment process at its biological nutrient removal (BNR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The plant treats water for four communities: City of West Kelowna, the District of Peachland, and Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10. "The video was created in an attempt to bring awareness of the Westside Regional Wastewater facility. We hoped to target not only the public through our various social media sites but also our stakeholders..." said Mike Wyman AScT [...]
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