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TrojanUV Technology Selected for Chicago Wastewater Plant

Posted on November 1, 2013
London, Ontario-based TrojanUV announced on October 29 that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has selected its newest wastewater ultraviolet light disinfection system, the TrojanUVSigna, for installation at the Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant in Skokie, Illinois. Designed for large scale wastewater disinfection applications, the system makes the adoption of UV disinfection easier, reduces the total cost of ownership compared to chemical disinfection, and simplifies maintenance of the treatment plant. Trojan will be working with Chicago environmental engineering firm Greeley & Hansen on [...]

Ontario Bill to Protect Great Lakes Passes Second Reading

Posted on October 10, 2013
Yesterday, Bill 6, the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act 2013 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature. The proposed act, if passed, would would provide new tools to restore and protect the lakes and create a Great Lakes Guardians' Council to identify priorities and recommend actions to address them. Bill 6 has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills and public hearings on the bill are anticipated to occur later this fall.   [...]

Quest Water, Pure Water Solutions Announce Joint Venture

Posted on October 9, 2013
Vancouver-based Quest Water Global Inc. and Pure Water Solutions Corp. have announced a joint venture to market and distribute Quest’s AQUAtap Community Drinking Water Station and WEPS Water Extraction and Purification System in the Caribbean and Central America. Photo: questwatersolutions.com “We are looking forward to introducing our water purification technologies to another part of the world where the demand for clean drinking water far outweighs supply, and where local communities can see and taste the immediate benefit,” said Quest Water Global CEO and president, John Balanko. “By partnering with Pure Water Solutions [...]

Imagine H2O Now Accepting Food & Agriculture Competition Applications

Posted on October 7, 2013
Imagine H2O, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization providing a path-to-market platform for early-stage water technology companies, has announced that its 2013 Food & Agriculture Competition is accepting applications from water entrepreneurs worldwide. The entry period closes November 15, and winners will be announced March 22, 2014. Photo: riggwelter Imagine H2O’s Food & Agriculture Program supports emerging water businesses that value the improved use, treatment, supply, or discharge of water in the food and agriculture sector. The winning startups will be introduced to Beta Customers within the sector, such [...]

Researcher Shows the Danger of Even Small Numbers of Asian Carp

Posted on September 16, 2013
According to research from Kim Cuddington of the University of Waterloo, the introduction of just 20 Asian carp into the Great Lakes could cause the probability of the fish’s establishment to soar as high as 75 per cent, under some conditions. Asian carp. Photo: Kate Gardinr “Although established Asian carp populations including the Silver and Bighead carps are widely present in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, it’s expected that it’s only a matter of time before the population migrates through the many hydrological connections to the Great Lakes,” says Cuddington. “Lake Erie, in particular, provides a highly suitable [...]

Ecojustice Releases Great Lakes Basin Pollution Report

Posted on August 14, 2013
Ecojustice, a Canadian environmental charity, has released a new report ranking 12 Ontario municipalities on their ability to minimize sewage pollution in the Great Lakes Basin. The Great Lakes Sewage Report Card states that the majority of the ranked communities are polluting the basin at a level that could endanger plant and animal species, as well as making water unsafe for recreational use. “The Great Lakes Basin provides drinking water for millions and is an essential part of life for Ontarians,” said Ecojustice staff scientist and the report’s author Liat Podolsky. “We’re urging municipalities to reduce sewage pollution [...]

Canadian, Israeli Companies Join Forces for Oil Sands R&D

Posted on August 9, 2013
IDE Technologies of Israel, and Canadian company Clean Harbors have announced a joint research and development strategy to increase the availability of mechanical vapor compression (MVC) evaporators in the Alberta oil sands. The evaporators are used to treat water produced by oil sands operations. An aerial photo of the Alberta oil sands. Photo: Pembina Institute “Treatment of Alberta’s oil sands produced water is challenging because of the high scaling and fouling potential, as well as occasional process excursions,” said Clean Harbors’ senior VP of Canadian industrial services, Chris Porter. “MVC evaporators are a [...]

Pure Technologies Subsidiary Awarded Contracts in Mexico

Posted on August 9, 2013
Calgary-based Pure Technologies has announced that its subsidiary, Pure Inspection Technologies Mexico, has been awarded two additional contracts for work in Cutzamala, Mexico. The company has been installing acoustic fiber optic (AFO) monitoring on part of a water pipeline system. The contracts represent the third of a four phase installation program. Cutzamala system pipe. Photo: Radio Nederland Wereldomroep The AFO technology monitors the condition of prestressed piping. It allows companies to monitor the deterioration of pipelines, and to identify at-risk pipes before they fail. Once the new installations are complete--projected [...]

IJC Presents Flooding Study Recommendations

Posted on July 31, 2013
The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released recommendations for a plan of study (PDF) for flooding tendencies in the Lake Champlain Richelieu River basin. The study comes in response to the 2011 flooding that damaged nearly 4,000 homes and caused millions of dollars in damage. The recommendations included proposals for analyzing the causes of the 2011 flood, as well as study into potential structural and non-structural flood mitigation measures. Click for PDF. “The recommended study will improve understanding of the positive and negative impacts of structural and non-structural flood mitigation option and their impact [...]

Imagine H2O Announces Scientific Advisory Council Members

Posted on July 24, 2013
Imagine H2O has announced the names of 10 water industry executives and leading researchers who will serve as founding members of the organization’s scientific advisory council. The council includes six top executives of companies representing over US$175 billion in sales and four professors at leading research universities. The group will enhance Imagine H2O’s efforts to identify and support promising innovations to solve the world’s water challenges. Council members stressed the importance of addressing specific market needs and are optimistic about the potential for applying technologies and business models from outside the [...]
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