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The Trouble with Lead

Posted on May 30, 2014
Written by Katie Yantzi
The Toronto Star reported last week that, of 15,000 household water samples collected by the city over the past six years, 13 per cent contained an unsafe amount of lead. This news is unsettling to homeowners who may not even be aware that their home is fitted with lead pipes. Many citizens are also either unaware of the threat, or feel indifferent or unconcerned. “Most people don’t think about it or even know that they have a lead pipe. And some people don’t really care,” said Lou Di Gironimo, general manager of Toronto Water, to the Toronto [...]

DOCUMENTARY: Lost Rivers

Posted on May 30, 2014
Once upon a time, in almost every city, many rivers flowed. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? This documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world. http://vimeo.com/50839044 Written & Directed by Caroline Bâcle Produced by Katarina Soukup Catbird Films, Inc (Montreal, Canada) lostriversdoc.com NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD! catbird-shop.myshopify.com/ [...]

The Watersheds 2014 Forum Consensus

Posted on April 28, 2014
Written by Laura Brandes
Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond was held on Cowichan Tribes territory in Duncan, British Columbia from January 27th to 29th, 2014.  This forum attracted nearly 200 delegates, plus more than 75 virtual participants via online satellite events across the country. The delegates came from a diversity of backgrounds—including watershed groups, researchers, professional resource managers, and decision-makers at all levels of government, including First Nations—who came together to re-envision the way we use, share [...]

Profiling Ooho: An Environmentally Friendly, Edible Water Bottle

Posted on April 28, 2014
Written by Kristen Curtis
A new creation made of edible algae may eliminate the need for disposable plastic water bottles. The Ooho was designed by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche, three London-based design students who have co-founded Skipping Rocks Lab in New Zealand together. The Ooho is an edible and environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic water bottle. Credit: Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez. The trio's design won the 2014 Lexus Design Award, with this year's theme being curiosity. The three collaborators worked on their design idea together [...]

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. http://youtu.be/CFKt8Y3kAwg [...]

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! http://youtu.be/oZiCTN4TISY [...]

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 [...]
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