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CTZoom Complies with PACP

Posted on September 15, 2008
CTZoom Technologies Inc. has become the first Canadian vendor to provide sewer system assessment software that complies with the requirements of the Pipe Assessment Certification Program (PACP), the standard for engineers, inspection firms and municipal managers looking to compile, analyze, compare and manage CCTV inspection data. The database in CTZoom's leading-edge CTSpec Sewer solution has been PACP-certified by the U.S.-based National Association of Sewer Services Companies (NASSCO). With PACP protocols now integrated into CTSpec Sewer software, Canadian municipalities that deal with inspection firms using PACP-certified tools [...]

Water Pipeline Project Launched

Posted on September 10, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.- A $4.22 million federal government infrastructure investment will lay the groundwork for the construction of a regional water supply and distribution system that will benefit residents from the northern communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB)156 and 156B. Estimated at $12.14 million, the water pipeline project includes the expansion of La Ronge's water treatment plant, the conversion of Air Ronge's water treatment plant to a water distribution plant, pipeline construction in LLRIB 156B and modifications to the water distribution system of LLRIB 156 and 156B. The government's $4.22-million [...]

Limited Access to Drinking Water on Canadian University Campuses: Report

Posted on September 3, 2008
The bottled water debate continues to be spurred as a national online survey, Corporate Initiatives on Campus - a 2008 Snapshot, developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Polaris Institute, paints a picture of decaying water fountains and a lack of access in educational institutions across the country to clean, potable tap water. Thirty-three per cent of respondents noted a reduction in the number of drinking water fountains on campus. A further 43 per cent of respondents cited delays in repairing existing water fountains. Others said that new buildings are being built [...]

Weekend Water News

Posted on September 2, 2008
Funds A wastewater treatment plant in Cambridge, Ont. is getting a $21-million upgrade: the aim is to "dewater" the sludge held in its digesters. Meanwhile, Victoria, B.C. water pipes are getting a $10-million upgrade. The watermains, installed in 1927, will ensure quality drinking water and improved water pressure for firefighting. Barrie, Ont. is expanding its water and wastewater systems with three major infrastructure projects that include a $108-million surface water treatment plant and low lift pumping station, an $87-million water pollution control plant expansion, and a $23-million expansion of the city's biosolids storage [...]

CAW, AFN Celebrate Clean Well Water

Posted on August 25, 2008
On Wednesday, Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine and Canadian Auto Workers union president Buzz Hargrove will visit the community of Little Salmon Carmacks to celebrate the work completed this summer by CAW volunteers. This is the latest successful corporate partnership venture between CAW and the AFN. CAW volunteers worked over the summer with community members to resolve the community's long standing issue of poor water quality in 85 individual community wells. To date, volunteers have completed work on 27 wells. [...]

OMERS to Acquire Maxxam Analytics

Posted on August 25, 2008
Maxxam Analytics International Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive acquisition agreement with OCPI MA Holdings Inc., an acquisition vehicle majority-owned by OMERS Administration Corporation and OMERS Capital Partners — the entity responsible for OMERS' private equity investments. John Martin, chairman of Maxxam's board of directors, said, "The acquisition of Maxxam by OMERS provides a good outcome for shareholders that fully reflects both the company's current performance and its potential, while keeping Maxxam Canadian-owned." Paul G. Renaud, president and CEO of OMERS Capital Partners said: "Maxxam [...]

CSA International Announces New Certification Program

Posted on August 25, 2008
Last week, CSA International announced a new program to test and certify products to the requirements of the new CAN/CSA B483 Drinking Water Treatment Systems standard. The program will be available to assist manufacturers in demonstrating compliance to the new 2009 Canadian Building Code and the new Quebec Plumbing Code which reference the CSA B483 standard. Examples of new product certification offerings include water softener units, drinking fountains, under counter drinking water dispensing systems, plumbing fittings with integral water filtration systems, point of entry plumbed systems, household refrigerators with water filtration [...]

Stop Taking Water for Granted: Ottawa Report

Posted on August 21, 2008
Canada's stores of fresh water are not as plentiful as once thought, and water shortages threaten to pinch the economy and pit provinces against each other, says a 21-page draft report acquired by the Canadian Press (CP) under the Access to Information Act. "We can no longer take our extensive water supplies for granted," says the report, titled A Federal Perspective on Water Quantity Issues. It suggests the federal government take a more hands-on role in managing the country's water, which is now largely done by the provinces. Ottawa still manages most of the fresh water in the North through water boards. "Canada lacks sound [...]
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