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Water at the NAFTA Table

Posted on August 21, 2017
As the first round of NAFTA negotiations wrap-up, there have been no signs that water is on Minister Chrystia Freeland’s agenda. Ralph Pentland spoke to Water Canada about what and how we might expect water to come to the table. Currently a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), Ralph Pentland was the director of the Water Planning and Management branch of Environment Canada from 1978 to 1991. Since then, Pentland has had ongoing involvement in efforts to manage trans-boundary waters. Water Canada asked him how Canada's water might come to the NAFTA trade table. “During the free trade debates of 1987–88, the [...]

Lystek Signs Multi-Year Biosolids Contract

Posted on August 18, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario’s Lystek International Ltd. has been awarded a multi-year contract by the City of Petaluma for Diversified Reuse of Biosolids. Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept Class B biosolids generated in Petaluma and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) biofertilizer product at its 150,000 ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in California (OMRC-FSSD). Opened in August 2016, the OMRC-FSSD is now celebrating its first full year of successful operations in this unique, P3-style partnership, and [...]

WSP Working to Acquire Opus International Consultants

Posted on August 14, 2017
WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to make this takeover offer, in cash, for 100 per cent of the fully paid shares in OIC at NZ$1.78 per OIC share. The offer values the entire issued share capital of OIC at approximately NZ$263.2 million (CDN$243.4 million). In addition, the terms of the offer allow the OIC board to declare and pay to OIC shareholders a fully [...]

U.S. Exchange Program to Study the Blue Economy

Posted on August 11, 2017
Canadian experts in environmental policy and conservation will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from August 14 to 23 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the oceans and their economic viability. The participants will explore the challenge of sustainably growing the “blue economy.” They will engage with American experts and innovators in the field. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will explore the role of government and non-governmental organizations in water conservation and management, and will [...]

Greenhouse Gas Footprints of Reservoirs Revealed

Posted on August 9, 2017
When hydropower reservoirs trap organic matter, it leads to higher local greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions are not increased; rather, they are displaced. A new tool has been developed to calculate the real greenhouse gas footprints of reservoirs. Trees and plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere to grow. When organic matter such as fallen leaves and branches degrades, CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. Water transports organic matter to the sea along rivers and, along the way, it might emit greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane. Building a reservoir stops the flow of water and traps some of the organic matter. [...]

Pure Technologies Secures $10M Contract with DC Water

Posted on August 9, 2017
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has awarded Mississauga-based, Pure Technologies, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to US$10 million over five years for condition assessment of their major water and sewer pipelines. Using its proprietary technologies and solutions, Pure will collect new pipeline inspection and condition data and work with DC Water's asset management division to integrate this information into their existing data management systems. Pure will also provide data analysis and recommend pipeline rehabilitation options for large diameter [...]

Study Confirms Cause of Flint Water Crisis

Posted on August 9, 2017
A study of lead service lines in Flint's damaged drinking water system reveals a Swiss cheese pattern in the pipes' interior crust, with holes where the lead used to be. The findings—led by researchers at the University of Michigan—support the generally accepted understanding that lead leached into the system because that water wasn't treated to prevent corrosion. While previous studies had pointed to this mechanism, this is the first direct evidence. It contradicts a regulator's claim earlier this year that corrosion control chemicals would not have prevented the water crisis. Researchers say the findings underscore how [...]

Jacobs Adds to Water Portfolio with CH2M Hill Acquisition

Posted on August 9, 2017
Jacobs Engineering Group and CH2M HILL Companies announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value  of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt. With trailing twelve month revenues of $4.4 billion and a team of 20,000 employees, CH2M is a global design, engineering, and program management firm, and is a leader in key infrastructure and government service sectors, including water, that Jacobs has previously targeted for growth. Applying CH2M’s advanced [...]

Pure Technologies Renews Contract with Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

Posted on August 8, 2017
Pure Technologies announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S.  has been awarded new work through Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) worth up to US$30 million over five years by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. The new contract will allow the company to work beyond August, 2017, when an existing contract is set to expire. Photo: The Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department Building: Miami, Florida. Pure U.S. has been working with the WASD since 2010 and will continue to provide inspection and monitoring services for a portion its water and wastewater system comprised of large-diameter [...]

AFN Points to Water Priorities on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Posted on August 8, 2017
To mark the tenth anniversary of the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed his commitment to the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration, including its resolutions that relate to water. "Today, First Nations stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples everywhere to revitalize and restore our collective rights as peoples and to support one another in that goal," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. "This is a day for all governments to recommit to work with us to fully implement the UN Declaration on the [...]
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