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Hamilton Signs Agreement for Wastewater Biosolids Processing Facility

Posted on March 30, 2017
The City of Hamilton’s new facility to treat the biosolids resulting from the city’s wastewater treatment process is moving ahead. The city has signed an agreement with Harbour City Solutions, the company that will ultimately deliver the project. This public-private-partnership is also supported through funding from PPP Canada for the design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance of the biosolids facility. The facility will take the nutrient-rich organic materials that result from the wastewater treatment process and turn them into pellets to be sold for fertilizer or fuel. Currently, the City of Hamilton produces about 38,500 [...]

Timmins' Director of Public Works and Engineering Resigns

Posted on March 29, 2017
Luc Duval has resigned his position as director of Public Works and Engineering with the City of Timmins, effective as of April 10, 2017. Duval has been an employee of the City of Timmins since June 25, 2007. He began his career with the city as director of Public Works and Engineering and has provided operational leadership to what is the city’s largest department since then. Duval has overseen a number of water infrastructure projects in the course of his ten years, including the construction of a new Water Pollution Control Centre and upgrades to the city’s Mattagami River Wastewater Treatment Plant. “Luc has accepted [...]

Guelph Asset Management Plan Shows $271M in Water Infra. Backlog

Posted on March 29, 2017
City Council for Guelph, Ontario, unanimously endorsed the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Policy at March 27th meeting of the council. The plan will help manage infrastructure backlog, including for water, wastewater, and stormwater assets. This was the city’s first asset management plan and outlines the processes and practices the city is undertaking to ensure its assets and services offer maximum value to the Guelph community. “Asset management protects and enhances the quality of life in Guelph by informing the best possible decisions for our assets—such as pipes, buildings, roads and parks,” [...]

High Concentration of Microplastic Fibres in Ottawa River

Posted on March 27, 2017
A new study led by researchers at Carleton University has found that microplastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Of 62 open water samples and 10 sediment samples, the researchers found that the concentration of microplastic per 100 litres of water was 0.1 fragments per litre. Larger samples taken from the middle of the Ottawa River had a mean concentration of 1.35 fragements per m3. The researchers also found that concentrations of plastic pollution were much higher downstream of the wastewater treatment plant, 1.99 fragments per m3, while upstream concentrations were 0.71 fragments per m3.   Examples [...]

York Region Topped Ontario Drinking Water Quality in 2016

Posted on March 24, 2017
York Region has announced that it either met or exceeded the required parameters for drinking water quality established in its Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 for 2016. In its 2016 Drinking Water Report, the Region summarizes the management of its drinking water systems, describes procedures, reporting, and adverse water test results. Of 18,489 laboratory analyzed tests, the Region had only 25 adverse test results, 14 due to sodium, 4 microbiological, 4 inorganic, and 3 non-regulated organic. None of the adverse water quality events were non-compliance occurrences, according to its report. Some are the result of expanded reporting [...]

Great Art for Great Lakes Reaches Out to Artists Across Ontario

Posted on March 16, 2017
Waterlution, in partnership with Greatness - The Great Lakes Project, is looking for one local artist in each of these communities across Ontario—Thunder Bay, Manitoulin Island, Aamjiwnaang (Sarnia), Owen Sound, Kingston, Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton—to help local residents connect and engage with their surrounding Great Lakes. Project lead Christopher McLeod said “Great Art for Great Lakes wants to celebrate the grandeur and importance of the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. We will fund a local artist to collaboratively create works of art with local residents that honour the Great Lakes, share their stories [...]

OMERS & Kuwaiti Consortium Purchase Stake in Thames Water

Posted on March 15, 2017
Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment manager for OMERS, which is the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, has formed a consortium with a Kuwaiti investment firm to purchase a stake in Britain’s Thames Water. The Canadian and Kuwaiti consortium purchased their stakes in the Thames from Australia’s Macquarie Group, which has held its investment in the Thames for 11 years. OMERS and the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) are purchasing a 26 per cent stake in Kemble Water Holdings, which is the holding company for Thames Water. As Water Canada reported in an October feature on pension fund investment [...]

WaterTAP Delivers Improved Business Directory and Funding Database

Posted on March 8, 2017
Ontario’s Water Technology  Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has updated their website with a new design and layout, but also valuable tools to help visitors discover partners, funding sources, and other business growth opportunities. The new site boasts cleaner navigation, revamped content, a more powerful search engine, and practical industry tools designed to deliver an improved user experience to support the growth of our industry. The latest version of WaterTAP’s Ontario Water Technology Business Directory connects users to a robust, searchable database of hundreds of companies that offer innovative solutions. The directory [...]

Muskoka Watershed Group Receives Trillium Funding

Posted on March 6, 2017
On February 13th, Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound — Muskoka, met with members of the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed (FMW) to congratulate them on receiving a $74,400 Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). FMW were awarded the grant to correct what it terms aquatic osteoporosis in Muskoka’s lakes through the coming year. The group will use a wood ash recycling program, collecting the ash from year-round and seasonal residents of the region. Muskoka’s forests and lakes are suffering from long-term calcium (Ca) decline caused mainly by decades of acid rain. Multiple logging cycles can worsen Ca depletion, as well [...]

Grand River Conservation Authority Confirms Budget

Posted on March 3, 2017
The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will spend about $31 million this year on programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, protect natural areas, support responsible development and provide outdoor recreation and environmental education. The budget was approved by the GRCA board on Friday, February 24, 2017. The board is made up of 26 members appointed by the municipalities in the Grand River watershed. Municipalities will contribute $11 million in general municipal levy to the GRCA this year, about 36 per cent of the total budget. The municipal levy portion is up about 2.5 per cent this year, about $10.60 [...]
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