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What Training is Needed for the Next Generation of Water Operators?

Posted on December 5, 2016
Written by Tristan Simpson

At the east-end of Toronto on Lake Ontario lies the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. This vast facility has been providing clean drinking water for more than 70 years. And for 70 years the building has been a fixture on Toronto’s shoreline. The plant, dubbed the jewel by the lake, is a good example [...]

New Technologies Go After Brownfield Contaminants at the Source

Posted on November 28, 2016
Written by Saul Chernos

No one wants residual diesel or chlorinated solvents in their drinking water. Yet, scant decades ago, fuel tanks were left to rot underground, and liquid waste was disposed of with little regard for the future. Out of sight, out of mind. Various estimates suggest that there are tens of thousands of known [...]

COP22 Action Day for Water issues

Posted on November 25, 2016
Written by Mark Terry

It is not without a touch of irony that the very first global Action Day for Water was introduced at a UN climate summit in the Moroccan desert. Here in the city of Marrakech, at the 22nd session of the Convention of the Parties, 113 nations came together to put the recommendations of the Paris Agreement [...]

Coca-Cola Achieves New Heights of Water Sustainability—Water Neutrality

Posted on November 23, 2016
Written by Joel Longland and Ron Soreanu

Water is a precious resource that we all share. Not only is it essential to the sustainability of our business, but it’s also fundamentally important to the communities in which we operate. That’s why water stewardship remains key to our environmental sustainability efforts. With this mindset, Coca-Cola [...]

Evaluating Long-Term Performance From Low Impact Development Practices

Posted on November 18, 2016
Written by Jennifer Dougherty, Kyle Vander Linden, Phil James, Deborah Martin-Downs, and Bill Trenouth

Imagine using an unassuming corner of your street, yard, or local park to improve the quality and security of water and the Great Lakes. It’s possible with green infrastructure and low impact development (LID). These approaches can create beautiful garden or landscape features that also remove some [...]

How Water Utilities Can Recover Millions of Dollars Using Big Data

Posted on November 1, 2016
Written by Trevor Hill

Climate change, drought, and increasing demand are creating a global water volatility crisis. As communities around the world find ways to use water more efficiently, counterintuitively our water utilities suffer. A study 2007 by the C.D. Howe Institute found that Canadian water agencies’ revenue [...]

Isle Utilities’ New Business Model for Risk Reduction and Innovation

Posted on October 25, 2016
Written by David Martin

For many reasons, town councils, plant operators, and regulators are nervous about making changes in the way they run their water treatment operation. Change can be scary, especially when hundreds or thousands of neighbours drink the water from their taps that you are responsible for. Stephen Hawking [...]

Pensions and a New Era of Canadian Infrastructure Financing

Posted on October 21, 2016
Written by Jeff Sanford

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government handed down a budget this spring that indicates the government is set to spend a remarkable $120 billion on new infrastructure over the next ten years. Experts welcome the money to begin filling the infrastructure funding gap—but some are raising questions about [...]

Wellington Water Watchers Public Opposition to Nestlé Waters Canada

Posted on October 14, 2016
Written by Mike Nagy

Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) opposes Nestlé’s permits and similar ones, because the wholesale removal of water for profit practised by water extractors, such as Nestlé, run counter to public need and the intent of the Permit to Take Water (PTTW) regulations. The PTTW process is outdated and the [...]

Nestlé Discusses Water Use in Wellington County

Posted on October 4, 2016
Written by Nelson Switzer

As consumers, we expect that when we turn on the tap—whether for drinking, cooking or cleaning—the water will flow. At Nestlé Waters North America, we expect the same thing, which is why we work tirelessly to manage our shared water resources. Water is both our passion and our business, so we approach [...]
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