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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 [...]

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 [...]
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