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Optimizing Asset Management Through Environmental Management Standards

Posted on August 10, 2017
Written by Edgar Tovilla

There are an increasing number of municipalities in Ontario adopting environmental management standards (EMS) for their wastewater and stormwater systems in the form of ISO 14001, a standard of the International Organization for Standardization. Based on a review of current municipal activity in Ontario [...]

A Vision for Canada as a Leader on the Global Water Stage

Posted on August 3, 2017
Written by R.W. Sandford

On this most important anniversary for our country, we have opportunity to reflect upon the role water has played in shaping our identity. When people think of Canada, they think of water—in all its forms. Falling snow, dazzling ice, sparkling rivers, and more than two million lakes. Canada is the [...]

Artificial Intelligence—Set to Transform the Water Industry

Posted on July 31, 2017
Written by Ahmed Badruddin

Big data, internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are rapidly making their way into the water industry. A plethora of organizations in the water sector are pushing the envelope and taking us into the digital water future. Coupled with the right business models, these technologies are [...]

Four Myths about Water Fluoridation and Why They’re Wrong

Posted on July 25, 2017
Written by Matthew Hopcraft

Evidence gathered over 60 years about adding fluoride to drinking water has failed to convince some people this major public health initiative is not only safe but helps to prevent tooth decay. Myths about fluoridated water persist. These include fluoride isn’t natural, adding it to our water supplies [...]

Lakes in Our Backyard Serve as Windows into Earth’s Origins

Posted on July 21, 2017
Written by Josh D. Neufeld, Jackson Tsuji, and Sherry Schiff

Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. The Boreal Shield is the the largest of Canada’s 15 terrestrial ecozones, where boreal forests overlap [...]

Kernza, the Next Winner for Water and Agriculture?

Posted on July 17, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

When the makers of Cheerios get behind a new grain, touted to build healthier soils, sequester carbon, improve water quality, and be drought resistant: take notice. In March 2017, Cascadian Farm, part of General Mills, announced a partnership with The Land Institute in Kansas, U.S.A. to commercialize [...]

OPINION: Why Ontario Needs the Sewage Bypass Reporting Act

Posted on July 5, 2017
Written by Krystyn Tully

On May 31, the Sewage Bypass Reporting Act, 2017 passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature. The bill amends the Ontario Water Resources Act to ensure that information about sewage bypasses is communicated to the general public. The Act comes at a time when more people than ever before are turning [...]

Looking at Future Stormwater Solutions

Posted on June 26, 2017
Written by Brian Owens

Onto each city, some rain must fall. But we can be smarter about how we deal with it. Most of the time rainwater is treated as a nuisance or a threat, something to be quickly swept away and dumped into rivers or lakes so that it doesn't end up in our basements. But what if, instead, that water was treated [...]

First Nations Access to Water Infrastructure Linked to Health

Posted on June 15, 2017
Written by Dr. Melanie O’Gorman and Helen Fallding

International development experts are well aware that families in poor countries living without a toilet or piped drinking water are at risk for all kinds of health problems. Yet it’s sometimes hard for Canadians to accept that there are similar conditions on some First Nation reserves that may also [...]

A New Water Management Paradigm Aims to be Energy-Positive

Posted on June 11, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

As if consistently topping world happiness surveys wasn’t enough to make you wonder what they’re doing right in Arhaus, Denmark, how about this? They’ve achieved a 134 per cent surplus in energy production from their wastewater treatment, serving 200,000 people. That’s right. Arhaus—the second [...]
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