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Rising Tensions

Posted on August 8, 2010
Written by Tony Maas and Robert Sandford

Transboundary troubles in Canada’s largest river basin.

Named Deh Cho, or “big river,” by the Dene people, the Mackenzie River is one of the world’s few remaining large, free-flowing rivers, and one of remarkable continental and global importance. At 1.8 million square kilometres, the Mackenzie River Basin (MRB) drains 20 per cent of Canada’s land [...]

Ship Wrecked

Posted on July 18, 2010
Written by Craig Saunders

Ballast water from big boats is a major threat to the Great Lakes. 
What are we doing about it?

It’s a cool, wet morning in late April 2008. Somewhere in the islands near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Jeff Reutter, director of the Stone Lab, has just hauled in the net from a five-minute trawl. The good news is that there are plenty of fish. “More than I’d expected at this time of year,” says Reutter [...]

Operation: Efficiency

Posted on July 5, 2010
Written by Tony DiMarco

Geospatial solutions for management of water utilities infrastructure.

Like many other industries, the water industry is currently under pressure to do more with less. One way in which water utilities can improve their operational efficiency, and therefore cut costs, is through a comprehensive, IT-based asset management system. For water utilities, large and expansive [...]

Operator Assistance

Posted on June 20, 2010
Written by Tina Chu

Training for First Nations operators where and when it’s most-needed.

First Nations drinking water has had a history of infamy in Canada. In comparison to drinking water off-reserve, the quality of on-reserve water is largely unacceptable. Off-reserve, the responsibility for water and wastewater lies within the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial governments [...]

CSR: Water

Posted on June 14, 2010

In early 2010, Intel adopted a new water policy that reinforces the company’s commitment to conservation and respect for the human right to water. As a result of capital and conservation investments in this area, the company has saved more than 36 billion gallons of water—enough for roughly 335,000 [...]

Barrier One

Posted on May 24, 2010
Written by Daphne Ferguson

Quebec strategizes for source water protection.

Source water protection—an essential first barrier in a multi-barrier approach to safe drinking water—has been the focus of a number of recent provincial strategies, laws and regulations across Canada, and Quebec is no exception. Beginning with the catalyzing Quebec Water Policy (QWP) in 2002, a [...]


Posted on May 12, 2010

Do Canadian water technologies have a chance on the global market? We asked five speakers from the upcoming Canadian Water Summit (Toronto, June 17) what they think.

The Ontario government has promised, through the proposed Water Opportunities Act, to position the province as a major force in the global water market. In your opinion, is Ontario (and Canada) well-positioned to enter this market? Zoltan Tompa: Ontario certainly has the right [...]

Full Cycle

Posted on May 12, 2010
Written by John Nicholson and Morgan Vespa

Innovation meets reuse.

It may come as a surprise to some within the water industry, but the practice of water reuse and recycling has been around for about a century. Reclaimed water is former effluent water such as stormwater, greywater, and domestic wastewater that would have traditionally been disposed of, but instead [...]

Management Material

Posted on March 24, 2010

As we’ve learned from highly-publicized events in Walkerton, North Battleford and Kashechewan, there are major consequences when water and wastewater treatment services don’t meet the required standards. The consequences are equally dire if there aren’t enough qualified workers to operate [...]

Threats and Consequences

Posted on March 22, 2010

How can we act to prevent invasive species and protect biodiversity in the Great Lakes? As part of our World Water Day series, Water Canada got scientific with Professor John Casselman of Queen’s University’s Biology Department. Water Canada: In terms of biodiversity, how has Lake Ontario [...]

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