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In Bloom

Posted on October 7, 2009

Despite facing a water crisis, Israel’s water technology industry is blossoming. This past July, CWT’s managing editor Kerry Freek joined an international delegation to witness the country’s great solutions for tight times in water management.

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Oded Distel, director of Israel NEWTech (Novel Efficient Water Technologies). When it comes to Israel’s water supply, he’s dead-on. The country that brought modern drip irrigation to the global market continues to innovate, making the best of its water [...]

The Public Good

Posted on September 25, 2009
Written by Randy Christensen

Does private sector involvement affect water quality?

It seems that the loudest and most contentious debate around drinking water is the whether and to what extent private, for profit, entities should be involved through public-private partnerships (P3s) or even outright privatization of water system assets and operation. The debate is about to get louder [...]

Seizing the Opportunity

Posted on September 10, 2009
Written by Alan McMillan

Distributing Canadian water technology in China.

There’s no denying the opportunity: China’s economic resurgence and subsequent infrastructure investments have led many Canadian cleantech companies to look for ways to take advantage of this transformation. While opportunities abound, companies also need to be prepared for the challenges inherent [...]

History in the Making

Posted on August 10, 2009
Written by Katrina Nicholson

Lunenburg’s water system is being brought up to date.

For over 250 years, the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has been associated with water. Located on a peninsula southwest of the provincial capital of Halifax, Lunenburg has not one but two harbours, upon which the town has built its reputation as a centre for fishing and shipbuilding. Many people know [...]

Cold Snap

Posted on July 27, 2009
Written by Brent Wootton and Agata Durkalec

Wastewater treatment solutions for Arctic communities.

Just south of the Arctic Circle in the small Nunavut hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet—or in Inuktitut, Igluligaarjuk—a sewage truck dumps its potent—smelling load into a shallow hole in the ground about three kilometres from the community. The sewage seeps out of this natural depression in the bedrock [...]

Cottage Life

Posted on June 30, 2009
Written by Morgan Vespa

Which water treatment option is the best choice for your cabin?

The wild streams and rivers of rural Canada look clear and crisp enough to drink directly from the source, but thirsty cottagers beware: the potential for water problems and contamination is much greater in rural areas. Rural water supply can often have close contact with vegetation, soil, livestock [...]

Case Study: AMI in Miramichi, New Brunswick

Posted on June 16, 2009
Written by Raymond Cheung

Smart Meters, Smart Investment

"One-third of Canadian households don't have water meters because they haven't been regulated to do it," said Doug Kaupp, Lethbridge, Alberta's water utility manager, during a panel at this year's Canadian Water Meter Summit. Ray Fung, utilities manager for the District of West Vancouver, agreed, saying [...]

Can We Rely on Technology to Guarantee Future Water Resources?

Posted on June 4, 2009

During this year’s Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8 to 14), the Canadian Museum of Nature is running a café scientifique—a forum in an informal setting—that asks this very question in several locations around the country. [...]

Hidden Treasure

Posted on May 24, 2009
Written by Priya Montgomery

Mapping groundwater with GIS helps Saskatchewan’s farmers protect their resources.

Making a map is easy. Making a good resource inventory map is difficult. That's what four southwest Saskatchewan rural municipalities (RMs) found out when they decided to create an inventory of groundwater resources in their region. It requires a lot of data from different levels of government [...]

Water by the Barrel

Posted on May 11, 2009
Written by Matt Baumgardner

To convince homeowners to help avoid stormwater overloads in sewer systems, should municipalities offer a carrot or a stick?

Low Impact Development (LID), the concept of onsite management of stormwater through natural, decentralized controls, has been catching on fast across Canada and the United States over the last decade. However, any new engineering solution with merit is going to face challenges to adoption as a standard [...]
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