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The Droplet Interview: Valerie Jenkinson, CEO World Water and Wastewater Solutions

Posted on September 25, 2015
The Droplet: Interview: Valerie Jenkinson, CEO World Water and Wastewater Solutions. Valerie Jenkinson is the CEO of World Water and Wastewater Solutions LTD (WWWS), a provider of 70 operator training programs as well as the Effective Utility Management Program, currently operating in Canada and 16 countries worldwide. The company provides operational assessments and strategic advice to water and wastewater utilities for strategic planning, communications plans and setting realistic rates and tariffs. Valerie wrote the Strategic Plan for the Environmental [...]

Antarctica: The Final Proving Ground

Posted on August 21, 2015
Written by James Sbrolla
Scott Boze has an MBA from Harvard and a pedigreed career working for notable global enterprises. A family man and sports fan, he currently holds the position of VP of transformation at CSM Bakery Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. Boze is not a “Greenpeacer,” “tree hugger,” or “granola,” yet something drove him to join Robert Swan’s “2041” mission to Antarctica. During the 10-day mission in March 2015, Boze asked Swan a very good question: “What do you want from us?” The answer is a complicated one. Swan thinks and speaks at about 1,000 [...]

California Adds Shade Balls to Reservoir

Posted on August 17, 2015
Written by Raven-Paige Wilkinson
As of August 10, 2015, there are 96 million shade balls covering Los Angeles reservoirs in a US$34.5-million attempt to conserve water in the midst of the city’s four-year drought. The small plastic balls cover the surface of the bodies of water, protecting them from UV rays and preventing evaporation. They also prevent chemical reactions caused by sunlight, repel birds and other wildlife, and protect water from rain and dust. In its media release, the city says they will save more than 300 million gallons of water and US$250 million in comparison to [...]

Low Oil Prices Call for a Change

Posted on August 11, 2015
Written by Yaniv Schmidt
The Alberta oil sands market is facing a challenging time. The rapid drop in oil pricing from $110 per barrel to $40 per barrel, and then recovery to around $60 per barrel recently, is putting a lot of stress on new developments and making it almost impossible to raise capital. Oil-producing companies are looking for a way to make new projects viable, a challenging task to accomplish after previous projects break even at $80 per barrel. The market is looking for lower capital investment; reduced installation efforts and risks; and shorter project execution [...]

Interview: Eric Meliton of Partners in Project Green

Posted on July 27, 2015
Partners in Project Green, launched by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), aims to create the biggest eco-business zone in the world. With a new stormwater charge set to be introduced in Mississauga, Ontario, Water Canada reached out to TRCA’s Eric Meliton to discuss the Partners in Project Green program. Water Canada: How will the new stormwater charge work for residential individuals compared to businesses? What has the response been from those living in the Region of Peel? Eric [...]

Apples and Oranges? Lessons for B.C. from California’s Drought and Groundwater Law Reform

Posted on June 28, 2015
Written by Laura Brandes
Drought can be scary, and there’s no doubt that recent news about the potentially cataclysmic drought in California has us all uneasy. Groundwater has long been California’s “safety net” in times of drought, but so much groundwater has been taken recently that land is sinking under people’s feet and aquifers are at serious risk of being depleted (if they aren’t already). What is really hard to believe is that, up until last year, when and where wells were drilled and how much could be pumped from them was basically unregulated in most of California. Can [...]

Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy Students Explore the Science of Water

Posted on June 23, 2015
Written by Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy Grade 8 Class
Ava Latham collects a water sample from a nearby creek. Credit: Alana Guinane An eighth-grade class at Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy explored the science of water—from learning about water treatment and testing to experimenting with oil removal methods. This highly curious and enthusiastic grade eight class then reported their key findings to Water Canada. What’s in our water? We know that staying hydrated is important to our health and wellness. So we wondered, is our school tap water the same as bottled spring water for drinking [...]

Interview: Laura Brandes of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Posted on June 16, 2015
The June 19 POLIS Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar examined the importance of public participation and media engagement in influencing water policy and law reforms. Prior to the webinar, Water Canada reached Laura Brandes, communications director for the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, to discuss the public’s engagement in the development of the new Water Sustainability Act. Water Canada: What is the importance of public participation in the process of reforming water policy? Laura Brandes: When done well, public participation can have a real [...]

VIDEO: OPG's "The Power of Water"

Posted on June 2, 2015
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is kicking off a new water safety campaign with a public service announcement titled The Power of Water—a 30-second TV spot illustrating the danger of water near hydroelectric dams and generating stations. https://youtu.be/z85P7iEnMbk [...]

International Joint Commission Finds Successes in Great Lakes Basin Protection

Posted on May 25, 2015
Written by Stuart Frings
In 1998, when a Canadian entrepreneur proposed to ship Lake Superior water to Asia by marine tanker, the Canadian and United States governments put protections in place to prohibit the removal of water from the Great Lakes. The protections put in place more than a decade ago have been successful to date. At this point, there have been no new inter-basin or intra-basin diversions approved that would negatively impact the integrity of the Great Lakes due to many of the policy gaps identified by the International Joint Commission (IJC) in 2000 being filled. The [...]

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