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Interview: Michele-Lee Moore on Global Water Governance

Posted on January 7, 2013

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series kicks off 2013 with a session on global networks and governance innovation for resilient watersheds. Water Canada spoke with University of Victoria’s Michele-Lee Moore, an emerging scholar in this area, who will [...]

Look Before You Leak

Posted on January 2, 2013

Funding is scarce and need is great. How can municipalities optimize the water assets they already own?

As the infrastructure deficit exceeds capital and operational budgets, the leaders in charge of Canada’s municipal water and wastewater assets and operations are being asked to do more with less. User rates are not high enough to reflect the true cost of water infrastructure and operations and government [...]

Rethinking Pumps and Pipes

Posted on December 7, 2012
Written by Michael Anschel and Kerry Freek

Hot ideas for moving warm water around the home.

Even though hot water can be the first or second largest use of energy in many homes, not a lot of thought is given to moving it through buildings efficiently. Add domestic hot water use, filtration, and distribution networks, and the energy value of water becomes significantly larger than generally [...]

Building Blue

Posted on November 30, 2012
Written by Kaitlynn Dodge

Forging a path to reduce the residential water footprint.

For a City that relies solely on groundwater, conservation is a given challenge. Add to that a rapidly growing population and a strategy to reduce water use by 20 per cent by 2020, and you’ve got one ambitious target. Guelph, Ontario is the fifth fastest growing city in Canada. Currently, population [...]

Interview: Rahul Singh

Posted on November 25, 2012

Rahul Singh, head of GlobalMedic. Photos courtesy of GlobalMedic. A reliable water supply can be one of the first—and most important—things to be threatened in a state of emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster or time of conflict. As a professional paramedic, Rahul Singh is drawn to [...]

The State of Our Water Assets

Posted on November 16, 2012

Experts comment on Canada’s first municipal infrastructure report card.

Municipal and industry associations make frequent calls for government funding to replace leaky old drinking water systems, or to upgrade systems to meet incoming regulations, such as the new national wastewater standards. But do they have proof of a nation-wide crisis? This past September, an infrastructure [...]

Curbing the Flow

Posted on November 8, 2012
Written by Saul Chernos

A tale of ten Great Lakes cities.

Bordered by two countries, eight states, one province, and more than a hundred municipalities, the Great Lakes hold more than a fifth of the planet’s surface fresh water. Formed some 10,000 years ago by retreating glaciers, this giant, interconnected body of water nourishes not only the surrounding [...]

Is the Grass Always Greener?

Posted on November 2, 2012

A lush lawn can be a drain on scarce water resources, 
but it may also be a boon to cities with stormwater issues.

Your city is suffering from an extended summer drought. Every blade of grass has recoiled from the sun. Every lawn has large, crispy sections which look more like more hay than turf. One home’s lawn, however, defies the sun, looking lush; thriving in the sun. Feelings of jealousy override any rational [...]

Interview: Robert Haller and the Future of the CWWA

Posted on October 22, 2012

Robert Haller Robert Haller is putting his knowledge of how national and provincial policies play out at the municipal level to good use.After 20 years in municipal administration and the last eight as a CAO, the new executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association is confident [...]

Turn of the Century

Posted on October 15, 2012
Written by Rick Williams and Luke Dineley

British Columbia has plans to update its 100-year-old Water Act and finally regulate groundwater use.

It’s almost impossible nowadays to open a newspaper or listen to a newscast without finding at least one article or report focussing on the criticisms of shale gas development, particularly as it relates to the heavy reliance on water. Perhaps the only thing garnering more criticism is a certain proposed [...]

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