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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 [...]

Explaining Treatment

Posted on March 21, 2010

On March 28, Dr. Brian Petri of Trojan Technologies will speak at a Simcoe County, Ontario town hall-style meeting as part of the Elmvale Foundation’s World Water Day celebrations. We spoke with Petri about drinking water treatment and his goals for the meeting.

Water Canada: Hi, Brian. What’s your role at Trojan? Brian Petri: I have a mandate to lead our disinfection research program. Our lab group tries to understand how amenable to treatment various pathogens are. We want to reduce the number of pathogens that concern us. WC: What do you plan to speak [...]

Putting Water Quality on the Global Agenda

Posted on March 21, 2010
Written by Wilf Argue

Two international programs are generating significant awareness about the need to protect the world’s water resources.

If you like the idea of your great-grandchildren having access to clean, safe drinking water, grab your calendar and set up a recurring reminder for March 22. Today (and every March 22) is a particularly big day for two programs committed to generating awareness about the need to protect the world’s [...]

Water for Life

Posted on March 19, 2010

How a collaboration between a photographer and one Canadian organization is promoting awareness of clean water efforts in developing communities.

Back in 2006, Canadian photographer Peter Bregg accompanied Margaret Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau on their trip to support clean water projects in Ethiopia. WaterCan, a Canadian organization that helps the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene [...]

A Nice Cold Drink

Posted on March 16, 2010
Written by Brent Wootton and Chris Metcalfe

Keeping water potable in Canada’s North.

Conventional technologies for drinking water treatment are no longer considered adequate for ensuring the delivery of potable water to communities. This is particularly true in smaller, more remote communities, where the infrastructure for treatment of both drinking water and wastewater may be limited [...]

Groundwater Controversy

Posted on March 8, 2010
Written by Ian Richler and Lori Rogers

Ontario’s new brownfields standards.

Ontario is moving ahead with controversial reforms to the law regarding the cleanup of contaminated sites. Extensive amendments to the Records of Site Condition Regulation (O. Reg. 153/04), long in the making, were finalized on December 29, 2009—although most of the key changes will not come into force [...]

Getting Your Act Together

Posted on March 8, 2010
Written by Jeffrey Kraegel

Why performance indicators are important for smaller utilities.

Whether it’s a drinking water or wastewater treatment system, the ultimate goal for water utilities is always optimum performance. Most operators generally know where the problems are, and may even know what is needed to fix them. The challenges are prioritizing and then obtaining the necessary funding [...]

Wonky Policy

Posted on February 7, 2010
Written by Ralph Pentland and Nancy Goucher

Ralph Pentland and Nancy Goucher explain why Canada’s water table is missing a leg, and how we can work to repair it.

Canadians regard fresh water as the country’s most important natural resource—even over oil and gas and forestry, according to a recent Nanos-Policy Options public survey. And it’s with good reason. Practically every economic sector—agriculture, oil and gas, electric power, industrial manufacturing [...]

Playing Catch Up

Posted on January 21, 2010
Written by Tina Chu

Bringing nanotech regulation up to speed with research.

In water and wastewater treatment, carbon nanotube technology (CNT) has many advantages, such as reusability and therefore increased efficiency compared to traditional membranes that require frequent replacement. Nanotubes require low energy for operation, due to their hydrophobic nature and chemical [...]

Water Footprints

Posted on January 11, 2010
Written by Tony Maas

Exposing invisible business risk.

Safe, reliable freshwater—and healthy, productive freshwater ecosystems—are foundations for a strong economy and sustainable communities. But the collective impacts of producing more food and fuel and quenching the thirst of expanding cities and industry are taking their toll on the Earth’s rivers [...]
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