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Ont. Receives Over $93M for Water Infrastructure

Posted on May 23, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced several water infrastructure projects across Ontario, totaling more than $93 million in federal investment. Funding includes $2.6 million for modifications and improvements to the Peterborough Waste Water Treatment Plant, $22 million for water and wastewater projects in the Regional Municipality of Durham, and over $69 million for stormwater infrastructure structure in Peel region. “Unfortunately, all too often this specific element of infrastructure investment—that we highlight today—receives attention when something goes wrong. However, that is not the case in this circumstance,” [...]

UPDATED: Toronto's Dedicated Stormwater Fee Delayed

Posted on May 17, 2017
Toronto has delayed its decision to implement a dedicated stormwater fee, due to cost concerns and the ultimate transparency for rate payers, among others. When Toronto's Executive Committee—a group that makes recommendations on Council's strategic policy and priorities and financial planning, among other things—received recommendations from Toronto Water on how to charge for stormwater, the committee voted to take the report as information. “The public was asking for to be more discrete than were were ready or capable of providing,” said Lou Di Gironimo, general manager of Toronto Water, to Water Canada. “We use some [...]

Ont.'s Largest Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Not Feasible

Posted on May 17, 2017
In a report to the Town of Erin, Ontario, Gary Scott of Ainley Group, Consulting Engineers and Planners, has found that an subsurface wastewater disposal system for the communities of Erin and Hillsburgh would not be expedient. Were the project brought to fruition, it would be the largest subsurface disposal system in the province. The report delivered an overview of its findings based on Treatment and Disposal Regulations, Land Availability, Topography, and Cost. Ultimately, the report found that while it might be possible to establish the subsurface disposal system, meeting regulatory requirements would likely cost 10–20 per cent [...]

Ontario Clean Water Agency Hires New Director of Engineering

Posted on May 15, 2017
The Ontario Clean Water Agency has hired Lisa Babel as the new director of Engineering Services. Babel is taking over from Sangeeta Chopra, who is now director of process optimization and technical services. Babel is a chemical engineer from the University of Waterloo with more than 25 years' experience in the environmental consulting engineering and project management field. She spent more than 20 years with Hatch Ltd. providing engineering services, specializing in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and management for the mining and metallurgical industries. For the past year, Lisa has been operating her own [...]

Research Extends Historic Data on Lake Erie Agal Blooms

Posted on May 15, 2017
Using data from NASA's Landsat 5 instrument, scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms and their implications for lake restoration. With the data, the researchers generated new estimates of historical algal blooms in Lake Erie, more than doubling the number of years previously available for scientists to investigate, from 14 to 32. The researchers discovered that decadal-scale cumulative phosphorous loading—that is the runoff that enters the waterway—helps to predict bloom size in addition to the effects from same-year [...]

Ryerson Students Win Award for Water, Sanitation in India

Posted on May 12, 2017
Ryerson University students have been named National Champions of the Environment by the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, for the creation of Project Pura, which empowers waterpreneurs to manufacture and sell water filters in Gujarat, India. In addition to supporting the manufacturing and sale of ceramic water filters, Project Pura assists in providing a water sanitation education and entrepreneurship program to drive industry growth. In Gujarat, 70 per cent of the population faces high water stress. Enactus Ryerson University has been named the 2017 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country's [...]

Ont. Bolsters Water Protection in Extraction Permits

Posted on May 11, 2017
On May 9th, Ontario passed legislation to modernize the province's resource extraction rules. The legislation enhances government authority under the Clean Water Act of 2006. The province stated that the goals of the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act are to “increase environmental protections, boost competitiveness, and create jobs and economic growth in the aggregates and mining sectors.” Prior to the Modernization Act, if the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry were to make a change to a permit or licence given under the Aggregate Resources Act, the change would require a hearing. However, the Modernization [...]

Guelph, Ont. Wins Award for Water Efficiency

Posted on May 11, 2017
The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) has recognized the City of Guelph's leadership in water conservation with a 2017 Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency for its updated water efficiency strategy in the Public Sector & Utilities Award category. The City was also recognized for its water-based youth education programming with the H2Awesome event that won in the category of Public Education & Awareness. Both awards were presented on May 10th at the OWWA Awards Luncheon. "The City of Guelph is honoured to receive these awards from the Ontario Water Works Association's Water Efficiency Committee," said Heather Yates [...]

Barrie, Ont. Approves Climate Change Strategy

Posted on May 10, 2017
At the City of Barrie’s May 8th General Committee meeting, Councillors approved the Climate Change Adaptation strategy, which will guide future planning to reduce the impacts of climate change on Barrie's physical, economic, social, and ecological systems. The strategy also puts forward a number of action items specific to water systems. "In Barrie, we've already experienced climate change through a number of extreme weather events," said Katie Thompson, Risk Management Official at the City of Barrie. "This strategy will help ensure staff keeps climate change the top of mind when planning for the future, as well as in everyday operations." More [...]

Ont. County to Tag Approved Drinking Water Haulers

Posted on May 9, 2017
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit of Norfolk County, Ontario, has announced the launch of the HNHU Drinking Water Hauler Inspection Program. Over the past two years, the HNHU has been working with local drinking water haulage operators in Haldimand and Norfolk providing both education and inspections to ensure compliance with guidelines developed under the Ontario Drinking Water Protocol, 2014 and the Ontario Public Health Standards. The HNHU estimates that there are approximately 20 known water haulage companies that are currently active in Haldimand and Norfolk. Often these companies supply drinking water to rural homeowners [...]

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