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The Ongoing Challenge of Stormwater Maintenance

Posted on July 13, 2016
Written by Tim Van Seters

Maintenance of infrastructure is not an exciting topic of conversation. We prefer things that are new and innovative. Stormwater management technologies are no exception. We build the infrastructure with enthusiasm, but pay little attention to their future upkeep. This is true of the last generation [...]

The Catch-22 with Global Ballast Water Regulations and Trojan Technologies' Efforts to Settle Them

Posted on June 29, 2016
Written by Katherine Balpataky

Over 80 per cent of the world's trade is carried by shipping, but with it, comes the risk of invasive species. Trojan Technologies is set to revolutionize the industry, but U.S. regulatory hurdles must be overcome. On a hot and summer evening in 1988, a group of researchers from the University [...]

New Brew: Changing Mindsets So Clean Water and Industrial Growth Can Co-exist

Posted on June 20, 2016
Written by Derek Davy, Business Development for ECONSE Water Solutions.

The consumer thirst for craft beer and locally made food has been great for small businesses, creating many jobs in both large urban centres and in smaller communities. Sales for craft beer are growing at a rate of 20 per cent annually in Canada, and even faster in the U.S. This is a niche where people [...]

How Financial Actors are Responding to and Driving Water Sustainability

Posted on June 6, 2016
Written by Grace Saunders-Hogberg

In recent years, investors have become more aware of the impact catalysts like climate change, population growth, and declines in freshwater availability have on the global economy. A dramatic example of this occurred in March 2011 when the price of cotton surged 167 per cent after years of floods and [...]

Will A Robot Replace Your Water Job in the Future?

Posted on May 25, 2016
Written by Tristan Simpson and Katherine Balpataky

There is a popular theory among North Americans that, in the future, robots might replace people in the workplace. Given self-driving cars are a reality and artificially intelligent robots are beating humans in complex logic games, such a future might not be so far off. A 2016 survey found that a quarter [...]

Mississauga's Mayor Speaks Up On The City's New Stormwater Levy

Posted on May 17, 2016
Written by Bonnie Crombie

The City of Mississauga in Ontario owns nearly $2 billion in stormwater infrastructure that must be properly maintained if we are to build a stronger and more reliable future for Canada’s sixth largest city. Our stormwater drainage system protects water quality and reduces the risk of flooding that [...]

The Case for Federal Investments in Water Innovation and Technology

Posted on April 29, 2016
Written by Brenda Lucas

The federal government delivered its 2016 budget on World Water Day. Tabled on March 22, 2016, it included welcome water-related commitments, including funding to rebuild freshwater science capacity, address Great Lakes phosphorus loadings, and ensure clean drinking water in indigenous communities. However [...]

P3s Can Be An Effective Model for Renewing Water Infrastructure

Posted on April 8, 2016

There is widespread consensus that Canada’s water systems are in urgent need of investment, replacement, and renewal. For many cities and communities, however, the upfront costs are prohibitive. Public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining ground as a means for governments to achieve their infrastructure [...]

Ottawa Needs A Fresh Approach To Address Drinking Water Regulations For First Nations

Posted on March 22, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

In 2005, when half the people living on the Kashechewan First Nation reserve in Northern Ontario were evacuated following an E. coli outbreak in the drinking water supply, the plight of First Nations communities living under boil-water advisories was made visible. Since then, several high-profile media [...]

Using Tundra Wetlands to Treat Municipal Wastewater in Canada’s Far North

Posted on March 21, 2016
Written by Gordon Balch and Brent Wootton

The treatment of municipal wastewaters in small northern communities across Canada can be challenging because of harsh climatic conditions, difficult logistical and operational circumstances, competing demands on limited financial resources, and challenges associated with staffing treatment plants in [...]
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