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Insurance Co. Partners to Build More Flood-Resilient Communities

Posted on September 19, 2016
Written by Rob Wesseling

At a multi-stakeholder roundtable discussion, it was agreed that to improve our flood resiliency, Canadians needed the following conditions to be in place: Canadians understand the risk that overland and urban flood presents to their homes, business and communities [...]

Mobile Home Park Demos Innovative Wastewater Pay-For-Performance Funding Model

Posted on September 16, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

Small communities in Ontario can now benefit from an innovative wastewater collection and treatment system, as well as a unique funding model to implement it. In 2013, residents at the Fetherston Mobile Home Park in Ontario faced eviction due to a septic system that had been leaking for years, and [...]

All-Female Sailing Expedition Surveys Microplastics in the Great Lakes Basin

Posted on September 8, 2016
Written by Katherine Balpataky

A light breeze from the southwest catches the sails of our Catalina 42 as we manoeuvre her bow into the wind under the direction of our skipper, Dianne. “All right ladies, we are going to tack—this means we are going to turn the boat to the left,” she hollers. “You’re going to unwind that [...]

First Nations' Community Ends Boil Water Advisory through Research Partnership

Posted on August 29, 2016
Written by Megan Wood, Jim Brown, Danny Higashitani, Ted Molyneux, and Madjid Mohseni

 Can a community-centric approach to innovation solve First Nations’ water woes? It did not garner any national headlines, but the small community of Nickeyeah Indian Reserve (IR) 25 on the Lytton First Nation (located between Kamloops and Vancouver, B.C.) is no longer living under a boil-water [...]

Why Training and Retaining First Nations Operators is a Challenge

Posted on August 29, 2016
Written by Elliott Corston-Pine

The frequency of drinking water advisories in First Nations communities is known to be unacceptably high in Canada. In 2015, 169 drinking water advisories (DWAs) were in effect in 126 First Nations communities. According to Health Canada, 76 drinking water advisories were in effect in 42 First Nations [...]

Asset Management and Innovation Key to Canada's Infrastructure Future

Posted on August 12, 2016
Written by Robert Haller

The two key elements for us to successfully address our infrastructure challenges are asset management and innovation. We need municipal financial planning and we need immediate financial supports from upper levels; but even when money is not a concern, we need to approach this properly. As professionals [...]

Net-Zero Energy Is Now ‘In the Grasp’ of Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Posted on July 29, 2016
Written by Black & Veatch

It is commonly known that wastewater possesses more energy than needed to operate a treatment facility, but the number of net-zero energy water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) is still very low worldwide. Yet, a recent study states that the possibility of net-zero energy is now in the grasp of many [...]

GE’s Demonstrates that Energy-Neutral Wastewater is a Reality

Posted on July 28, 2016
Written by Jeff Peeters

A majority of the municipal wastewater treatment facilities that are in operation today were built before “going green” was a thing. Back then, treatment performance was a priority and energy efficiency—let alone energy neutrality—was not top of mind. According to the U.S. EPA, community drinking [...]

A Fresh Strategy for New Brunswick's Water Resources

Posted on July 25, 2016
Written by Stephanie Merrill

In the December Speech from the Throne, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced that the Department of Environment and Local Government “will begin in partnership with stakeholders and communities to develop a provincial water strategy. The water strategy is a comprehensive approach to managing [...]

Towards an International Standard for "Flushable"

Posted on July 19, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

Canadian wastewater operators are leading the charge to create an international standard defining what is truly “flushable.” Working in the wastewater facilities and sewers of London, Ont., Barry Orr has pulled apart many a blockage—huge wads of materials that should simply not be there. The [...]
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