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How Water Utilities Can Recover Millions of Dollars Using Big Data

Posted on November 1, 2016
Written by Trevor Hill

Climate change, drought, and increasing demand are creating a global water volatility crisis. As communities around the world find ways to use water more efficiently, counterintuitively our water utilities suffer. A study 2007 by the C.D. Howe Institute found that Canadian water agencies’ revenue [...]

Isle Utilities’ New Business Model for Risk Reduction and Innovation

Posted on October 25, 2016
Written by David Martin

For many reasons, town councils, plant operators, and regulators are nervous about making changes in the way they run their water treatment operation. Change can be scary, especially when hundreds or thousands of neighbours drink the water from their taps that you are responsible for. Stephen Hawking [...]

Pensions and a New Era of Canadian Infrastructure Financing

Posted on October 21, 2016
Written by Jeff Sanford

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government handed down a budget this spring that indicates the government is set to spend a remarkable $120 billion on new infrastructure over the next ten years. Experts welcome the money to begin filling the infrastructure funding gap—but some are raising questions about [...]

Wellington Water Watchers Public Opposition to Nestlé Waters Canada

Posted on October 14, 2016
Written by Mike Nagy

Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) opposes Nestlé’s permits and similar ones, because the wholesale removal of water for profit practised by water extractors, such as Nestlé, run counter to public need and the intent of the Permit to Take Water (PTTW) regulations. The PTTW process is outdated and the [...]

Nestlé Discusses Water Use in Wellington County

Posted on October 4, 2016
Written by Nelson Switzer

As consumers, we expect that when we turn on the tap—whether for drinking, cooking or cleaning—the water will flow. At Nestlé Waters North America, we expect the same thing, which is why we work tirelessly to manage our shared water resources. Water is both our passion and our business, so we approach [...]

Eau Canada: Celebrating 150 years of River Heritage

Posted on September 30, 2016
Written by Stephanie Merrill

The St. John River Society led the effort to have the Saint John River in New Brunswick designated as Canada’s 38th Heritage River in 2013, and is now bringing together river managers of the Heritage River System with Heritage Canada and Parks Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, to support activities and events along each watercourse. [...]

Insurance Co. Partners to Build More Flood-Resilient Communities

Posted on September 19, 2016
Written by Rob Wesseling

At a multi-stakeholder roundtable discussion, it was agreed that to improve our flood resiliency, Canadians needed the following conditions to be in place: Canadians understand the risk that overland and urban flood presents to their homes, business and communities [...]

Mobile Home Park Demos Innovative Wastewater Pay-For-Performance Funding Model

Posted on September 16, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

Small communities in Ontario can now benefit from an innovative wastewater collection and treatment system, as well as a unique funding model to implement it. In 2013, residents at the Fetherston Mobile Home Park in Ontario faced eviction due to a septic system that had been leaking for years, and [...]

All-Female Sailing Expedition Surveys Microplastics in the Great Lakes Basin

Posted on September 8, 2016
Written by Katherine Balpataky

A light breeze from the southwest catches the sails of our Catalina 42 as we manoeuvre her bow into the wind under the direction of our skipper, Dianne. “All right ladies, we are going to tack—this means we are going to turn the boat to the left,” she hollers. “You’re going to unwind that [...]

First Nations' Community Ends Boil Water Advisory through Research Partnership

Posted on August 29, 2016
Written by Megan Wood, Jim Brown, Danny Higashitani, Ted Molyneux, and Madjid Mohseni

 Can a community-centric approach to innovation solve First Nations’ water woes? It did not garner any national headlines, but the small community of Nickeyeah Indian Reserve (IR) 25 on the Lytton First Nation (located between Kamloops and Vancouver, B.C.) is no longer living under a boil-water [...]
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