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VIDEO: The Aqua Lauta Project in Action

Posted on April 25, 2014
  The product of both art and engineering students at McMaster University, the Aqua Lauta is an installation with a message: water conservation might be difficult, but it's incredibly important. It will be featured in Water Canada's May/June 2014 issue. [...]

VIDEO: Todd Latham on Infrastructure Spending

Posted on April 2, 2014
Todd Latham, publisher of Water Canada and ReNew Canada talks infrastructure at GLOBE 2014. Do you agree with him? Disagree? Tell us why! [...]

Five Things We Learned from Plumber Sustainability Training

Posted on March 31, 2014
Written by Econics
In the fall of 2013, 128 Canadian licensed plumbers and apprentices took part in a pilot version of the Green Plumbers® USA program. The plumbers came from the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Guelph-Waterloo, and the City of Vancouver to learn about a plumber’s role in urban water sustainability. The modern-day plumber should be a champion of sustainability. Of course, we hoped participants would find topics such as the water cycle, conservation programs, water audits, high-efficiency technology, rainwater harvesting, and greywater interesting [...]

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend WCWC’s “Provincial Workshop: Drinking Water Quality Management Standard - Life after Accreditation”

Posted on March 31, 2014
Written by Erin Hammond
1.      Having a DWQMS is a mandatory requirement for Ontario's municipal drinking water systems to further protect public health. Municipal drinking water systems across the province have established a quality management system, achieved accreditation of their operating authority, and have been issued a Municipal Drinking Water License and Drinking Water Works Permit. Participants listen intently during last year's DWQMS provincial workshop. Credit: Walkerton Clean Water Centre. 2.      It is brought to you by subject matter experts. This [...]

To Be or Not to Bv7

Posted on March 17, 2014
Written by Mikhail Smilovic
Lake Ontario is home to a diverse array of ecosystems, fish and wildlife species, recreational fishing and boating industries, and a shore and coastline of property and infrastructure. Perhaps most notable is its 26,000 hectares of wetland, which is largely the fountain of Lake Ontario’s ecosystem and species diversity. The health of these wetlands, however, is declining. Over half of the wetland meadow marsh—the presence and health of which is a strong indicator of ecosystem health—is now dominated by cattails and many areas have experienced an 80 [...]

Decentralized Subsurface Disposal System Solves Wastewater Woes

Posted on February 27, 2014
Written by Kevin Warner
One of the two lagoons that are incorporated as part of the decentralized solution. The drainfields receive treated effluent from the lagoons. Credit: Cambium Environmental and Infiltrator Systems. Small, rural communities in Canada have three general options for managing and treating wastewater: construct a centralized wastewater treatment system, connect to a nearby system, or rely on individual on-site systems. While many small towns rely on individual on-site septic systems, the density of historical development combined with older, poorly sealed [...]

Video: Towards a New Vision of the Experimental Lakes Area

Posted on February 27, 2014
For those who missed the Water Institute Seminar on December 12th or would like to see it again, you can watch the video below. In it, Dr. Mike Paterson, senior fellow and associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), discusses the Experimental Lakes Area facility, the types of experiments that have taken place there in the past, and an eye to its future under management by the IISD. [...]

Rewilding Our Rivers: The Riparian Edge

Posted on February 27, 2014
Written by Lauren Eden
The following article is part three of the Alberta WaterPortal’s ‘Rewilding Our Rivers’ blog series. The blog series connects the elements of a wild river to a recent article written in The Guardian by scientist George Monbiot . This article discussed emergent research coming out of the United Kingdom that tells us rivers do not necessarily store the precipitation that falls in their catchments. Instead, the majority of the precipitation is stored in the soils of their floodplains. This scientific finding directly questions the value of traditional [...]

Video: Israel and Canada Cooperate on Water Issues

Posted on December 19, 2013
Canada has a seeming abundance of water while Israel has a shortage. The water sector in both countries is growing quickly despite these starkly different circumstances, and many joint projects are now in the works. Find out how members of Canada’s world class water sector collaborate with international partners like Israel to share expertise and gain new knowledge in the video below. What do you think? [...]

A Wave of Change on the Horizon: British Columbia’s New Water Sustainability Act is on the Way

Posted on December 19, 2013
Written by Anna Warwick Sears
British Columbia is in the middle of another resource development boom, and water—as always—is central to everything. Over the next few months, the Province will be modernizing the century old Water Act and the changes are being watched with a mixture of hope and cautious anticipation. All eyes will be on British Columbia as it makes moves to change its century-old Water Act. Photo Credit: Julien Roohani. More than 100 years ago, the Water Act was created to bring order to the mining industry. Prospectors needed flumes to wash the gravels and extract [...]
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