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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 [...]

U.S. Army Corps Releases Asian Carp Study

Posted on August 8, 2017
Following a five month delay and political interference, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the study that evaluated control options and technologies to prevent the inter-basin transfer of Asian carp in the Great Lakes for public review and comment. "The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement" (GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report) is out for 45-day public comment period which will end September 21, 2017. In 2014, the Army Corps released a report describing alternatives to prevent aquatic the spread of Asian carp between the Great [...]

Agreement Reached on Out-of-Basin Diversion of Great Lakes Water

Posted on August 4, 2017
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) have made a final decision on the grant of permission to Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a diversion of water from the Great Lakes. On Wednesday, the Compact Council and the Cities Initiative announced that they have settled a challenge to the Waukesha Diversion Approval with an agreement to collaborate on improving the review of water diversion applications in the future. The agreement between the Cities Initiative and the Compact Council calls for a rigorous review of the Compact [...]

Pure Technologies Shows Q2 Growth in Canada and Water Market

Posted on August 4, 2017
Yesterday, the water transmission main and water force main provider, Pure Technologies Ltd., announced its financial performance for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The company’s total revenue was up 16 per cent to $33.7 million in Q2 and up 16 per cent to $62.9 million for the year to date. It’s water division showed 11 per cent growth to $25.0 million in Q2 and was up a total of 14 per cent for the year to date, giving the division a value of $49 million. “With the first half of 2017 behind us, Pure is well positioned to deliver strong results for 2017,” said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Pure Technologies. “In [...]

Risk of Phragmites in the Great Lakes Basin

Posted on August 3, 2017
In April, the Great Lakes Ecological Forecasting project based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, published Bogged Down in Phragmites: Assessing Risk in the Great Lakes Basin. The team’s findings on the spread of the invasive plant species Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory. Considering a number of driving variables, the team of C. Issac Kinton, Peter Jacobs, and Sean McCartney evaluated the shorelines of the region over the period of 1985 to 2015. The driving variables examined were: Distance from agriculture; Distance from developed lands; Distance [...]

Reframing Water Security for a Human Wellbeing Approach

Posted on August 2, 2017
A recent article published in the journal Water Security, Advancing human capabilities for water security: A relational approach, argues that water security needs to move away from a material approach to one that “centers on wellbeing, human development, and justice.” The authors, led by Wendy Jepson, Department of Geography, Texas A&M, wrote that, “Our aim in this paper is not to abandon, but rather reconceptualize water security in ways that explicitly link to broader social and political relations that enable benefits to water related services (e.g., drinking, recreation, productive uses, cultural practices) rather than [...]
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