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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 [...]

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 [...]

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