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U.S. Water Research Foundations Merger

Posted on October 16, 2017
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) have announced a merger into one water research organization. “The integration of WE&RF and WRF is a forward-focused, positive change that will bring tremendous value to the water sector, including WEF and its members,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “WEF’s close partnerships with the water research community will continue and the integration of the two foundations will certainly provide new and exciting opportunities to advance our mission.” WEF and its members supported the original founding of the Water Environment [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Support UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Designation

Posted on October 16, 2017
In June of 2017, the more than 130 member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called on the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to work together to designate the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River is a unique ecosystem of worldwide significance and if successful, this would be one of the largest UNESCO Biosphere Reserves on the planet.  Biosphere reserves designate areas of global biodiversity and importance and emphasize the value of shared human and natural use of land. Cities Initiative Chair [...]

Pure Technologies Deploys 70-KM Pipeline Inspection Through the Rockies

Posted on October 13, 2017
Pure Technologies recently completed the longest, single deployment of its PipeDiver inspection platform to date on a critical water pipeline that runs over 70 kilometers through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Colorado Springs and the City of Aurora are the second and third largest communities in the state of Colorado. The Homestake Water Project is a joint venture between the two cities to transport water between the communities that serve almost 1 million people. The Homestake Water Project includes a collection system, a series of reservoirs, a tunnel that brings water through the continental divide and a pump station that [...]

Workflow Modelling Software Enables Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Posted on October 12, 2017
Bentley Systems Inc., a global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced the completion of its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modelling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modelling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all project delivery disciplines, including water and wastewater. Water Canada was present at Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, held in Singapore to learn how digital workflows for digital cities could be enabled by the full CONNECT [...]

Research on HABS and Lake Erie Water Quality

Posted on October 11, 2017
Water quality conditions in Lake Erie continue to pose health risks for Ohioans in coastal communities that use the lake as their drinking water source. A recent publication in Frontiers in Marine Science shows how researchers in the Great Lakes region are working toward innovative solutions. John Lekki, Ph.D., NASA Glenn Research Center's principal investigator, in collaboration with co-investigators from local universities including Kent State University won a NASA water quality proposal in June 2017. This recent grant offers an opportunity to implement Kent State's approach to identifying harmful algal blooms in and around [...]

U of Guelph Wins for Stormwater Design Competition at WEFTEC 2017

Posted on October 5, 2017
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced that students from the University of Guelph and the University of Colorado – Boulder have won the 2017 Student Design Competition. The 16th annual competition took place during WEFTEC 2017, WEF's 90th annual technical exhibition and conference. The University of Guelph team’s project, Stormwater Management Feasibility Study for Exhibition Place in Toronto ON, won in the environmental design category and University of Colorado – Boulder’s team project, Biosolids: Digestion, Dewatering, and Handling Evaluation and Design, won in the wastewater design category. This was [...]

Canadian Professor Engages Industry for Drinking Water in India

Posted on October 5, 2017
A University of Windsor engineering professor is leading the way on an industry-academia collaboration that aims to improve drinking water quality in the capital of India. Dr. Rajesh Seth has obtained funding through the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS)—a Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India. The joint project with researchers from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)—National Environmental Engineering Research [...]

B.C.'s Ostara to Receive Award for Phosphorus Capture Tech

Posted on October 3, 2017
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, the Vancouver, B.C. water cleantech firm that specializes in nutrient management solutions will be awarded a Project Excellence Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The world's largest nutrient recovery facility improves the water quality of the Chicago Area Waterway System, while reducing downstream phosphorus discharges into the Gulf of Mexico, has won a Project Excellence Award from WEF. The honor will be presented to the project's owner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD); Black & Veatch, the facility's design-builder; and the technology [...]

Xylem Unveils New Smart Dewatering Pump at WEFTEC 2017

Posted on October 3, 2017
Xylem has unveiled a new series of smart dewatering pumps under its Godwin brand at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). The Godwin NC150S Dri-Prime pump is the first in the new Godwin S Series. It features Godwin Field Smart Technology (FST), the first-in-industry telemetry and wireless technology that provides smart remote monitoring and control of the pump from any smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Cellular and satellite connectivity and GPS enables the tracking, monitoring, and control of the pump in real-time, wherever it is located. “The Godwin NC150S, along with [...]

Suez Announces Acquisition of GE Water, Launches New Technologies

Posted on October 2, 2017
Today, SUEZ has announced that, together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (having a 30 per cent stake), it has completed the acquisition of former GE Water & Process Technologies (GE Water) for $4.7 billion CAD enterprise value in an all‐cash transaction, effective as of September 30th, 2017. In connection with completion, SUEZ has set up a business unit, Water Technologies & Solutions, placed under the leadership of Heiner Markhoff, former president and CEO of GE Water; Markhoff joins SUEZ Group’s Executive Committee. The new business unit combines both the acquired business and SUEZ own industrial service [...]
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