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Federal Government, Ontario Announce $4M for Water Infrastructure

Posted on July 20, 2017
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced that 15 new projects in southwestern Ontario have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$2,766,994. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding, $1,383,497, and local municipalities will fund the remaining costs of these projects. are These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the [...]

Centre Wellington, Ont. Receives $1M for Water Infrastructure Projects

Posted on July 20, 2017
In October 2016, staff applied for funding for projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).  Recently they were notified by the Ministry of Infrastructure that the application had been approved and Projects may commence immediately.  The Township will receive approximately $131,095.69 from the Federal Government and $857,584.32 from the provincial government for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Centre Wellington, Ont.  Township projects nominated by the province to the federal government approved for funding include: Inflow and infiltration into sanitary sewer mitigation and cast-iron watermain [...]

Cambridge, Ont., Undertakes $1M Stormwater Project

Posted on July 19, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario, receives federal dollars for its $1 million stormwater project. Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, and Doug Craig, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, today announced that a new project in Cambridge has been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. “The City of Cambridge is committed to implementing sustainable solutions that preserve environmental resources and support growth opportunities for our community,” said Mayor Craig. “The investment in the Burnett [...]

Ottawa Riverkeeper Releases 400 Eels, Calls for Infrastructure Changes

Posted on July 18, 2017
On July 12th, Ottawa Riverkeeper (Sentinelle de la rivière des Outaouais) released 400 American eels on the shores of Petrie Island, Ottawa, and called for greater action on the part of hydroelectric operators to create accommodating infrastructure for the fresh water species. The eel release was part of a collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, with the ultimate goal of improving the passage of eels at the first two hydroelectric dams on the Ottawa River—Carillon and Chaudière. Eel passages at these two strategic locations would reopen 200 kilometres of their historic range. “Over 98% of the Ottawa River population [...]

KSB Pumps’ Marcus Henderson Elected to OPCEA Board of Directors

Posted on July 17, 2017
Marcus Henderson, Business Development Manager for Mississauga-based KSB Pumps Inc., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Pollution Control Equipment Association (OPCEA). OPCEA is a trade association supporting suppliers of equipment and services for wastewater management. Member organizations work closely with Ontario municipalities and industries in the areas of water supply and wastewater management. Henderson said, “I’m honoured to have been chosen to serve on the OPCEA Board. Infrastructure renewal is a high priority for Ontario and the OPCEA’s members have specialized expertise that can contribute [...]

Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Installs TrojanUVSigna

Posted on July 17, 2017
After the completion of an extensive pre-selection and evaluation process, TrojanUV has been selected as the UV supplier for the disinfection conversion and upgrade project at the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant in Toronto, Ont. It is the largest secondary treatment plant in Canada, with a rated flow capacity of 818 million liters (216 million gallons) per day and peak flow of 2,000 million liters (528 million gallons) per day. UV will become the plant’s main method of disinfection (replacing chlorine) and will provide broadspectrum disinfection of a wide range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and protozoa. The [...]

Tay Township, Ont., Completes Wastewater Plant Upgrades

Posted on July 12, 2017
On June 28th, Tay Township, Ontario, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to acknowledge the completion of upgrades to the Victoria Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction began in May, 2016, and wrapped up this month, marking the first significant upgrade to the Victoria Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant since it was originally constructed in 1982. Phase 1 included construction of a new headworks building, installation of two ultraviolet disinfection units, replacement of a sand filter, and introduction of a new standby power generator. The upgrades were made to improve reliability and overall plant capacity. “The new [...]

Lake Ontario Water Levels Continue to Impact Toronto Island

Posted on July 11, 2017
Yesterday, the City of Toronto released an updated report on the flooding of Toronto Island, which indicates that water levels around the island are still about 30 centimetres above the pre-flood conditions of early April and not expected to significantly subside until later in the summer. "The high lake levels and associated flooding have had a significant impact on island residents and businesses – as well as the tens of thousands of people who would normally visit the islands every week during the warm weather," said Mayor John Tory. "This has been an unprecedented event. I thank everyone for their patience. City staff are working [...]

Prov. Seeks Partner for Ontario Place Waterfront Reinvention

Posted on July 10, 2017
On Friday, the province of Ontario announced that is seeking a partner for Ontario Place's west island as it moves ahead on transforming the site into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination that is innovative, fun, and engaging for residents and visitors of all ages. Ontario is searching for an anchor partner that will help realize the province's vision for the West Island of Ontario Place as a vibrant hub for culture, discovery, and innovation. The province has stipulated that any proposal must protect and enhance public access to the waterfront and visitors' ability to enjoy the unique public asset, including retaining the [...]

WesTech Engineering Appoints a New President

Posted on July 6, 2017
WesTech Engineering, Inc. announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Ralph Cutler, PE, MBA, as president. Cutler, who currently serves as WesTech’s vice president of Industrial Products and Sales, will take on the new role effective July 1. Rex Plaizier, who has been serving as both chief executive officer and president, will continue in his role as CEO. “The Board has decided to separate the duties of CEO and president to meet the growing demands of both positions, and to support WesTech’s continued growth,” said Plaizier. “After a comprehensive search to identify the best choice for president, they selected Ralph [...]
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