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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 [...]

Down for the Count

Posted on November 2, 2014
Written by Saul Chernos

High phosphorus levels spawn family feud in Ajax, Ontario.

The Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant was supposed to enhance phosphorus removal when an expansion was completed in 2013. Built by the province in the 1980s and later transferred to Durham and York regions, the activated-sludge facility replaced multiple smaller, legacy systems that were discharging [...]

Rainfrastructure

Posted on October 22, 2014
Written by Jennifer Stoneburgh

One company’s solution for stormwater management provides economic benefits but faces an uphill battle for wide adoption.

Urban flooding—increasingly prevalent with climate change—causes extensive economic, health, social, and environmental issues. Internationally, jurisdictions including Canadian municipalities are establishing stormwater utilities to mitigate the impact of changing precipitation patterns and increased [...]

Running Out of Time

Posted on October 16, 2014
Written by Whitney Matusiak

Who’s paying to implement the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations?

On July 8, 2012, Environment Canada published the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) under the Fisheries Act, a set of national wastewater effluent quality standards to be achieved through secondary treatment. While Canadian wastewater operators are on board with a national wastewater policy [...]

Small Towns Thinking Big

Posted on October 8, 2014
Written by Aman Singh

How are smaller municipalities charting new pathways to viability? 
It’s not always about more money for new projects.

While Canada is becoming increasingly urbanized, between 19 and 30 per of the population still lives in either rural or small-town areas. These areas face a very different reality than big city centres when it comes to servicing their citizens. Instead of meeting projected population growth, they face [...]

Shared Expense

Posted on September 30, 2014
Written by Roddy Bolivar

Introducing an innovative community program for financing small rural systems.

Elimination of long-standing provincial funding in the mid-1990s led the County of Oxford in Southwest Ontario to develop its own funding support program for existing residents—a program funded by the county’s existing utility customers. In the county’s experience, the capital cost is always [...]
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