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Death to Bacteria

Posted on January 28, 2009
Written by Steven Rose

Carbon nanotubes might effectively treat wastewater, but are they dangerous to our health?

In our rush to use new technologies in the improvement of man-made materials or to clean up the environment, sometimes we forget to consider or study possible environmental and health implications. Recent studies and reports have shown this to be the case with certain carbon nanotechnologies and their [...]

Opportunity Knocks

Posted on January 28, 2009
Written by David Henderson

It’s time to invest in the Canadian water technology ecosystem

Water tariffs are on the rise throughout North America and around the world, as we all try to figure out how we're going to meet the unstoppable water needs of global population, ever larger cities and expanding industrial development. A recent report released by Lux Research projects that disruptive [...]

H2Outlaw

Posted on December 2, 2008

From conspiracy theory to communist plot to health and safety issues – how did fluoride get such a bad rep?

In 1955, a political group called the Keep America Committee issued a flier decrying water fluoridation, naming its practice one of the "Unholy Three," placing it as one of the main pillars of a global communist plot. Since then, other conspiracy theorists have alleged that fluoridation is a plot to [...]

Breaking Ground

Posted on December 2, 2008
Written by Alan MacKenzie

Walkerton training centre to move into new $8M facility next year.

After five years, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) will finally have a permanent home in 2009. The centre was founded in 2004 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in response to recommendations from the Walkerton Inquiry, and has been operating in two small leased buildings since. The [...]

New Guidelines for Green Advertising

Posted on October 2, 2008
Written by Ian Richler and Lori Rogers

Avoid “greenwashing” and make claims you can actually back up.

With just about every company claiming to be greener than the next, consumers can be forgiven for being confused. Recently the federal Competition Bureau and the Canadian Standards Association teamed up to produce guidelines aimed at avoiding "greenwashing" — whereby advertisers, either intentionally [...]

The Banning of the Bottle

Posted on October 2, 2008

Can the bottled water industry survive London, Ont.’s decision to place a ban on the packaged beverage?

On August 19, London, Ont. became the first Canadian municipality to eliminate the purchase and sale of single-use bottled water at a number of city-owned facilities. In the past year, several major U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago, have taken the plunge [...]

High Court Water Buzz

Posted on August 4, 2008
Written by Ian Richler

Supreme Court rejects fly-in-water claim.

One summer evening in 1928, a woman in Paisley, Scotland found a decomposed snail in her ginger beer. She sued the maker of the drink and took her case all the way to the House of Lords, the highest court in Britain. What followed was one of the most important decisions in legal history, because it established [...]

Expanding Their Eco-Imagination

Posted on July 4, 2008
Written by Alan MacKenzie

GE promises to reduce global water use through its "ecomagination" strategy.

As part of an expansion to its "ecomagination" strategy, the General Electric Co. (GE) announced on May 28 that it would reduce its global water use by 20 per cent by 2012, equalling approximately 7.4 billion litres of water saved. According to Kin Warburton, a media spokesperson for GE Canada, the [...]

Why Blue is the New Green

Posted on May 4, 2008
Written by Alan MacKenzie

Consumer products company says Canadians need to cut water use in half.

According to one of the world's largest consumer products companies, Canadians are huge water wasters, second only to Americans, and most of us don't even realize it. On April 16, Unilever Canada launched GO BLUE, a campaign designed to encourage Canadians to do a better job conserving water. "Water [...]

Remarkable Natural Filtration

Posted on May 4, 2008
Written by William Shotyk

A cause for celebration and opportunity for education in Elmvale, Ontario.

After oxygen, water is our most important molecule — the source of all life on Earth and the key to all great civilizations. But clean water for drinking is in short supply and under threat worldwide because of population growth and pollution. Abundance and scarcity, drought and flood, waste and want; [...]

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