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Kawartha Lakes Develops Climate Change Response Plan

Posted on April 19, 2017
Yesterday, the city of Kawartha Lakes Council formally launched the Kawartha Lakes Healthy Environment Plan. Since 2016, the City has been working with Partners for Climate Protection, an arm of the FCM that assists municipalities across Canada to design and implement climate change action plans. City partners will work with a Steering Committee and Community Working Group to develop and implement the plan. Invitations to participate as a member on the Community Working Group will be sent out in early May. Councilor Gord Miller said, "I see this plan as an opportunity to bring all community energy initiatives together to care for [...]

Ontario Invests in Rural Water Infrastructure

Posted on April 10, 2017
Ontario has announced that it will invest $60 million through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to support roads, bridges, and water infrastructure in rural communities throughout the province. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal, made the announcement today in the Town of Picton. The province is investing in critical upgrades to the Picton Water Treatment Plant, including the rehabilitation of filters and improvements to the chlorine system to improve water quality and safety andprotect the environment. Prince Edward County will receive up to $737,948 to support improvements to the Picton Water [...]

Kingston Wins National Award for Waterfront Master Plan

Posted on April 6, 2017
The City of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan has won a Canadian Society of Landscape Architect's (CSLA) 2017 National Award of Excellence. The 14 winning projects from across Canada represent world-class roadside and residences, ambitious plans for waterfront, community greening and poetic places. "With respect to the waterfront master plan, participating residents know how much hard work and input went into this long-term plan which envisions the future of all of Kingston's waterfronts over the next 30 years. This award affirms that this plan will truly help secure our beautiful vision," said Neal Unsworth, manager, parks development [...]

Ontario Craft Beer Installs Innovative Wastewater Treatment System

Posted on April 6, 2017
Ontario craft brewer, Sawdust City Brewing Company, is partnering with Toronto-based ECONSE Water Purification Systems Inc. to install the first BRÜ CLEAN SYSTEM to treat their brewery wastewater onsite. Situated in picturesque Gravenhurst, in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario, Sawdust City Brewing Company is an exciting part of the region’s culture and industry as the trend for craft and artisanal food and beverages continues to grow in Ontario.  The partners of Sawdust City Brewing are taking the lead in responsible water management by adopting a revolutionary new, chemical-free, micro-wastewater treatment solution that will help [...]

Barrie Wastewater Treatment Excels in Phosphorus Removal

Posted on April 4, 2017
The City of Barrie has announced that its Wastewater Treatment Facility exceeded provincial standards for phosphorus concentrations in 2016. Barrie has sought high standards in its wastewater treatment to ensure there is minimum effect on Lake Simcoe. Last year, the amount of phosphorus that was discharged by the Wastewater Treatment Facility reached record low amounts As part of the Lake Simcoe Reduction Strategy, the province sets the annual phosphorus concentration limit at 0.10 milligrams per Litre. In 2016, the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility managed to reduce the annual average phosphorus concentration level to 0.03 [...]

Ontario Watertech Wins Grand Prize in Velocity Fund Finals

Posted on March 31, 2017
A company that uses artificial intelligence to help make water utilities safer and more efficient was among the grand-prize winners at the Velocity Fund Finals held at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. The Velocity Fund competition showcases 10 startups as they pitch for their chance to win one of four $25,000 prizes and space in one of the Velocity workspaces. EMAGIN leverages artificial intelligence to help water utilities proactively manage their infrastructure in real-time. The company aims to make cities adaptive and resilient to the challenges of urbanization, climate change, and resource scarcity. The technology enables [...]

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 [...]
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