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Water Forecast

Posted on January 26, 2015
Written by Josh Martin

The global population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. How will municipal leaders provide citizens with enough safe, clean water?

The future is notoriously difficult to predict. But if the past is anything to go by, the coming decades could bring a lot of change. Since the early 1980s, worries over chlorine by-products have been replaced by Giardia and Cryptosporidium concerns. Ultraviolet disinfection and membrane filtration have [...]

What’s Old is New

Posted on January 19, 2015
Written by Nathaniel Andres

An abandoned bridge finds new purpose as a piece of water conveyance infrastructure.

Tansley Bridge was originally built in 1919 and supported a highway crossing Bronte Creek. In 1948, the highway was realigned following the construction of the adjacent highway bridge that services the general public in north Burlington, Ontario to this day. At the same time, the Tansley Bridge was decommissioned [...]

Canada’s Top 5 
Water Projects

Posted on January 12, 2015

A look at five of Canada’s big-ticket water assets.

A rendering of the proposed new Lions Gate secondary treatment plant in Vancouver, which is expected to be fully commissioned and operational in 2020. Once the plant is in operation, the existing Lions Gate primary treatment plant will be decommissioned and deconstructed. Credit: Metro Vancouver. Lions [...]

Interview: Brent Wootton on the Export Opportunity for Ontario’s Water Tech Sector

Posted on January 5, 2015

Ontario’s water technology champion, WaterTAP, is placing a new focus on supporting the province’s water tech companies as they build capacity to export their products and services. Water Canada spoke with Brent Wootton, who has joined the WaterTAP team in a new role to support the strategy. Water [...]

Rights and Reconciliation

Posted on December 15, 2014
Written by Danika Littlechild

Alberta First Nations take on the federal government over unsafe drinking water.

This summer, four Alberta First Nations decided to pursue judicial consideration of their right to water. Over the past decade, the issue of unsafe drinking water in First Nations communities across Canada has garnered increasing public interest and scrutiny. In spite of years of debate, reports, analysis [...]

Without a Paddle

Posted on December 8, 2014
Written by Jon MacNeill

Documenting the failure—and the potential—of New Brunswick’s Water Classification Program.

During the height of fishing season in New Brunswick, as anglers lured Atlantic salmon on the famous Miramichi River and kids navigated through thickets to seek out their favourite summer swimming holes, a report came forth casting a stark and sobering reality for the rivers so enjoyed in the province. On [...]

Toxic Relationship

Posted on December 1, 2014
Written by Eve Krakow

Researchers make advances in monitoring the potential toxicity of contaminants in wastewater effluent.

When McGill professor and researcher Viviane Yargeau used to visit wastewater treatment stations to explain her work on controlling contaminants of emerging concern, municipalities were doubtful. With thousands of new compounds out there, did she really expect them to ever have the resources to monitor [...]

The Fracking Point

Posted on November 24, 2014
Written by Erin Murphy-Mills

A look at the latest developments in shale gas drilling and its potential effects on drinking water wells.

The total volume of shale gas present across Canada is estimated to be greater than 4,995 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), and approximately 573 Tcf of this is recoverable with current extraction technology. However, given Canada’s short history with shale gas production and development, potential reservoirs [...]

Shock Waves

Posted on November 17, 2014
Written by Saul Chernos

Fukushima’s radioactive plume reaches Canadian waters.

In March 2011, a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan. More than 15,000 people died as a result of the 9.0-magnitude quake and 14-metre-high tidal wave. And although these fatalities haven’t been directly linked to radiation [...]

I Don’t Flush

Posted on November 10, 2014

A new public awareness campaign aims to encourage proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals.

It should come as no surprise that wastewater operators continue to be plagued by non-flushables on a daily basis. Dental floss, personal care products, paper towels, cotton swabs, and even toys are just a few of the items wreaking havoc on our treatment systems, and the damage can be clearly seen in [...]

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