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Extended Deadline for Water's Next 2015 Nominations

Posted on January 12, 2015
Do you know an individual, organization, or technology doing significant, impactful work in the Canadian water industry? If so, Water Canada has good news: the nomination deadline for our Water's Next 2015 awards has been extended to January 30, 2015. The Water's Next awards recognizes the best and brightest people and technologies in the national water community. Eight winning water champions will be selected from the following categories: Business Government Young Professionals Academia/NGO Conveyance Drinking Water Wastewater Water Resources We accept both self and third party nominations. Find a full list [...]

What Would Canada Look Like Without Clean Water or Toilets?

Posted on December 1, 2014
WaterAid has taken a creative approach to shed light on the world’s water and sanitation crisis. The international charity that works to provide clean water and water systems to millions around the world released four images that show what notable Canadian cities would look like without clean water or toilets. Toronto's distinctive skyline is the backdrop for an image of a young girl emerging from a makeshift hanging latrine in unhygienic conditions. Credit: WaterAid. As part of WaterAid Canada’s launch into the global organization as WaterCan, the campaign uses Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa as backdrops in the doctored [...]

Estrogen in Water Systems Causes Decline in Fish Population

Posted on October 14, 2014
A new study led by the University of New Brunswick’s Karen Kidd has found that estrogen in municipal water systems—often caused by the birth control pill—can severely impact some strains of freshwater fish. Kidd’s findings showed that small amounts of estrogen introduced into a lake nearly led to the extinction of the fathead minnow. These findings have led Kidd to call for improvements to wastewater treatment facilities in Canada. “Right away, the male fish started to respond to the estrogen exposure by producing egg yolk proteins and shortly after that they started to develop eggs,” said Kidd in an interview with the [...]

Primer Outlines Importance of Asset Management Plans

Posted on October 2, 2014
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) – an objective assessment of the water, wastewater, stormwater, and road infrastructure owned by Canadian municipalities – has released its 2014 Asset Management Primer. The primer outlines the importance of municipal Asset Management Plans in effectively addressing Canada’s infrastructure challenge, puts forward a number of key recommendations for municipalities across the country, and provides an outline for municipalities looking to institute an Asset Management Plan of their own. “The Primer was needed to further the practice of asset management in Canada so that we can [...]

CIPH Welcomes Michael Prencipe as Manager of Operations

Posted on September 9, 2014
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) president and general manager Ralph Suppa announced on Sept. 5 that Michael Prencipe will join CIPH as its manager of operations. In his new role, Prencipe will be responsible for ongoing management of all operations and service areas including office administration and accounting/finance. He will also oversee the CIPH membership committee, Canadian Association of Pump Manufacturers, and assist with marketing and communication initiatives. “This is a new position which will enable me to spend more time on the business versus in the business, meaning that I will have increased [...]

Government of Canada to Invest in Mapping System for First-Ever Global Surface Water Survey

Posted on August 19, 2014
The federal government—through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)—will invest in Canadian innovation that will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of surface water. Kevin Sorenson, minister of state (finance), and MP Michael Chong made the announcement on Aug. 18 on behalf of James Moore, minister of industry. The Georgetown-based manufacturer Communications and Power Industries Canada Inc. will receive $3.3 million to develop the Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK), a satellite radar component that will generate pulses used to gather surface information. The resulting information could help Canada more efficiently manage [...]

Canadian Water Network Invests in Risk Management Project

Posted on August 5, 2014
Municipal water systems are under stress because of a variety of factors, including population growth, aging infrastructure, and climate change. Credit: Robert Lawton. On July 29, the Canadian Water Network (CWN) announced an investment of more than $165,000 toward helping communities develop an integrated risk management framework for municipal water systems. The investment comes at a time when municipal water systems are under stress from a variety of factors, including population growth, aging infrastructure, and climate change. Through partner support, the total investment for the project is nearly $1 million. “In Canada [...]

Ecojustice Releases New Drinking Water Report

Posted on July 21, 2014
Should we be concerned about Canada's drinking water standards? Credit: Joost Nelissen. Ecojustice has released a new report suggesting Canada’s drinking water standards are lagging behind international benchmarks. The report, Waterproof: Standards, examines maximum allowable levels of contamination in Canadian drinking water, as set out in Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. It then compares these regulations with frameworks in the United States, European Union, and Australia, as well as those set out by the World Health Organization. The report states that Canada has or is tied for the weakest [...]

Edward Burtynsky Keynote at Annual Canadian Water Summit in Toronto on June 18

Posted on June 17, 2014
Canada’s largest multi-stakeholder water conference, the Canadian Water Summit, is coming to Toronto on June 18 at the International Centre. The 2014 Canadian Water Summit will put the spotlight on urban water issues and connect water professionals with paths that lead to solving the Canadian urban water puzzle. “Across Canada and the world, people and organizations have realized that tackling our most pressing urban water challenges is essential to helping establish a strong natural foundation for our economy,” said David Miller, president of WWF Canada and chair of the 2014 Canadian Water Summit. “Together, we have all the [...]

P&G Implements Clean Water Initiative

Posted on June 8, 2014
In light of water crises around the world that hit Third World communities the hardest, corporations are working together to remind Canadian shoppers not to take water for granted. This past April, P&G teamed up with Walmart Canada to launch its Clean Water Initiative. For every P&G product purchased at the store from April 1 to April 30, P&G donated two cents, which P&G considers the equivalent of one day of clean water, to their own Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund. Ten cents is enough to provide a pack of water purifier, which cleans 10 litres of water. The company’s goal is to donate 25 million days of [...]
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