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Alberta Commits $1.3M to Assessing Creosote Levels in Bow River Watershed

Posted on April 26, 2017
The Alberta government is undertaking a five-year, $1.3-million project to continue assessing creosote levels in Calgary’s West Hillhurst community around the Bow River watershed. The goal of the project is to assess the extent of contamination in the neighbourhood and examine levels throughout the year to determine any seasonal variances. The most recent monitoring, between 2010 and 2014, did not identify risks to human or aquatic and environmental health. However, the province is funding this long-term project to better understand the scope and nature of the creosote in the community and along the Bow River. The provincial [...]

Google Kitchener Building Saves 500,000L of Water per year

Posted on April 26, 2017
Google’s new office in Kitchener, Ontario, will save 500,000 Litres of water a year, while maximizing health and wellness through a variety of initiatives. For its sustainable practices, the building has earned a LEED v4 Silver rating for Interior Design + Construction (ID+C). Yesterday, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) congratulated Google on its sustainability leadership in earning the LEED v4 Silver for ID+C at its Google Offices Phase 1 in Kitchener. As has been widely-acknowledged, Google has endeavoured to create healthy and productive work environments that inspire and energize employees. When looking to build its [...]

Fossil Groundwaters Contain Modern Contaminants

Posted on April 26, 2017
Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water is not immune to modern contamination, as has been widely assumed. The team analysed carbon isotopes data gathered from 6,455 wells globally and the majority of the earth's groundwater is likely fossil groundwater, derived from rain and snow that fell more than 12,000 years ago. The team was able to demonstrate [...]

Manitoba Announces Flood Compensation

Posted on April 25, 2017
The Emergency Management and Public Safety Division of Manitoba Infrastructure has announced Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) will be available for eligible municipalities, homeowners, farms, and small businesses impacted by 2017 spring flooding. Officials are still assessing the overall impact of the spring run-off and have stated that it is too early to put a precise value on the costs of responding and recovering from this year’s flooding. The province noted that a growing number of insurance companies offer overland flood insurance. Home and business owners affected by the spring run-off should contact their insurer to [...]

New Brunswick Community Receives $2.1M for Water Infrastructure

Posted on April 25, 2017
St. Margarets, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, will receive approximately $2.15 million for water infrastructure upgrades. The project, announced on the 24th, is being funded through the Gas Tax Fund and involves upgrades to the water system, including two kilometres of new PVC water mains, the replacement of hydrants, the replacement of service connections, repairs to the reservoir, and a major upgrade to the existing water treatment building. “We are excited to see the funding in place to provide a long-term solution for addressing the necessary upgrades to this infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure [...]

Guangdong Works to Improve Water Quality, Signs Agreement with Alta.

Posted on April 25, 2017
Alberta and the province of Guangdong in southern China have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen ties and facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions as Guangdong works to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality. Premier Rachel Notley signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Alberta in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Governor Ma Xingrui signed on behalf of the Guangdong government. The sister-province relationship agreement has significant implications for increased trade and investment between both provinces. Specifically, it creates the conditions for the governments of Alberta [...]

Ontario Brewery Implements Closed-Loop Water System

Posted on April 24, 2017
For Earth Day on April 22nd, Ontario’s Cowbell Brewing released a description of their forthcoming closed-loop system for water usage. The system will supply fresh Ontario well water to the Cowbell brewing facility. The brewery will treat all effluent wastewater and release it back into the groundwater table on the property. The closed-loop brewing system will have no connection whatsoever to the municipal water supply or the municipal sewer systems. Cowbell has announced that this will be the first closed-loop water system used for brewing beer in the world. Water table well Cowbell will source 100 per cent of all brewing [...]

Investment in Ontario Flood & Leak Sensor Tech Company

Posted on April 24, 2017
Alert Labs Inc., designer of the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor, which help to protect homes from flood damage and to provide minute-by-minute water use information, has announced an investment by Intact Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Intact Financial Corporation, Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance. In 2015, Canadian insurance companies spent approximately $2.6 billion repairing homes due to water damage. In the next 5 years, it’s expected that North American insurers will spend over $100 billion to repair water damage in customers’ homes. Alert Labs is committed to helping [...]

York Region to Invest $2.4B in Water and Wastewater

Posted on April 21, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $2.4 billion in water and wastewater projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on water and wastewater infrastructure investments, along with road and transit, that are needed to provide reliable water and wastewater services, accessible travel options, and support growing communities. “York Region continues to plan and invest in the future of our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Building and maintaining our road network, ensuring ease of travel and safeguarding our water and forests allows [...]

Metro Vancouver Launches Unflushables Campaign

Posted on April 21, 2017
Metro Vancouver is rolling out a new campaign, The Unflushables, in hopes of educating residents to stop dumping items down the drain that clog the municipal and regional sewer system. This is a national problem and the cost of dealing with this issue across Canada has been estimated at $250 million. The 2017 Unflushables campaign, which launched yesterday, will focus on the worst offenders for clogged drains, such as wipes, paper towels, dental floss, hair, tampons and applicators, and condoms, as well as medications. "You wouldn't believe some of the items that people flush, but it's the everyday objects that people often don't [...]
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