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China's New Regs: Good for Canadian Cleantech

Posted on October 26, 2009
An article in today's New York Times consults XPV Capital's David Henderson (a regular CWT contributor, click here for "Opportunity Knocks") and Alan McMillan of Omazo Ventures, a technology incubator firm also based in Toronto, and chairman of BX Jishu, a Chinese clean-technology distributor. From the article: The staggering economic growth in China has come at a heavy cost, paid in severe contamination of the country’s air, soil and water. But now the Chinese government is aggressively pursuing more stringent environmental regulation, with a [...]

A Lesson in UV

Posted on September 29, 2009
Written by Linda Gowman
Although many people think that treating water with ultraviolet light is a new idea, the ability of ultraviolet light to disinfect microbes was discovered at the turn of the 20th century. The first installation using ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect public drinking water was in Marseille, France in 1910. While the science was right, the system was not robust, the technology was not quite advanced enough at the time, and it wasn’t until several decades later that other systems were installed. Today the UV (UVC) light used is more energetic than [...]

“Sheer Folly”: CCS and Groundwater

Posted on September 28, 2009
“Pumping compressed carbon dioxide into an earth pin-pricked with holes in inherently risky,” reads last week’s Globe & Mail article about the new study (pdf) from the Munk Centre at University of Toronto. When I noticed a curious advertisement on the back cover of The Walrus a number of months ago, I considered the same thing. Enbridge had taken out space to advertise its leadership in carbon solutions using a simplified diagram of CO2 molecules going down a pipe and bouncing happily in a saline aquifer containing water that is “unsuitable [...]

Wastewater Strategy Concerns Municipalities

Posted on September 25, 2009
“Some municipalities have been incredibly responsible and placed a real priority on sewer and wastewater treatment,” said Minister John Baird in an interview with ReNew Canada’s Ottawa correspondent, Guy Félio, recently. “Some have let it slip.” Proposed federal wastewater regulations are expected this autumn, but the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is “deeply concerned” about their impact on taxpayers. Last week, FCM’s president Basil Stewart wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, calling on the government to commit to a national [...]

We've Moved

Posted on September 4, 2009
After a week of moving boxes and waiting for internet connections, Canadian Water Treatment has a new home in downtown Toronto. Please feel free to drop us a line! 218 Adelaide Street West, Third Floor Toronto, Ontario  M5H 1W7 Watch for the latest issue to drop in mid-September. Enjoy the long weekend! [...]

Fighting for Aquifers

Posted on August 25, 2009
“In the farming communities of the Simcoe Lowlands surrounding Elmvale, Ontario, pure spring water emanating from artesian flows is cause for celebration, and a unique opportunity for environmental education,” wrote Dr. William Shotyk last year. “How many people on Earth have the tremendous fortune of water resources of this quality, literally bubbling out of the ground around them?” This past Saturday, CWT took a trip to Elmvale to take part in the second annual Elmvale Water Festival, a community celebration of the area’s pristine [...]

Swimming in Stormwater

Posted on August 24, 2009
Growing up in Nova Scotia, I spent many of my summer days swimming in Canada’s Ocean Playground. At the time, the biggest worries were the occasional jellyfish and the undertow. Thoughts of ear infections or worse (as a result of bacterial contamination) never occurred. And why would they? The water was free of pollution. Since moving to the Greater Toronto Area in the late 1980s, I’ve always resided close to the lake. It helps keep my bearings and the expanse of blue water serves as reminder of home. But since my first dip in Lake Ontario, I haven’t [...]

Ravensview Complete

Posted on August 17, 2009
After three years, Utilities Kingston’s upgraded Ravensview Water Pollution Control Plant is now online. This weekend, the Kingston Whig Standard published several articles on the plant, deemed one of North America’s “most environmentally responsible wastewater treatment plants,” and the largest of its kind in Canada, and, with a budget of $115 million, is the largest capital project ever undertaken by the City of Kingston. According to the project website, the objectives were to upgrade the plant’s treatment performance with the addition [...]

Hidden Infrastructure Uncovered, Lack of Funding Revealed

Posted on August 11, 2009
Written by Carl Bodimeade
Several recent events have highlighted how much our communities depend on our infrastructure to enable us to go about our daily lives. In Toronto, two large sinkholes (one five metres in diameter and 14 metres deep, the other five metres in diameter and three metres deep) appeared after heavy rainfall and closed Finch Avenue in both directions between Bathhurst and Dufferin. The cause of the sinkholes is suspected to be the collapse of a 60-year-old, 450-millimetre diameter corrugated metal storm sewer. The road is anticipated to be closed for weeks while [...]

Water's Next Big Hit

Posted on July 20, 2009
The parallels between the career of Michael Jackson and the evolution of the water industry in Canada are uncanny. From his Motown days in the Jackson 5 to his glory days as the King of Pop and finally to financial problems and sad ending, Michael Jackson and the water industry have traveled similar paths. In the early 1970s, the water industry in Canada was dominated by foreign players and Michael Jackson was part of the Jackson 5. Not quite ready to go solo, MJ was happy singing with his brothers. For the most part, many Canadian water companies [...]
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