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Construction Contract Awarded for McLoughlin Point Wastewater

Posted on April 7, 2017
The first construction contract for the Capital Regional District's McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Project has been awarded. Harbour Resource Partners (HRP) has been awarded a $272 million contract to build the wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point, which includes the construction of three main components: A 108 megalitres per day tertiary wastewater treatment plant located at McLoughlin Point; a cross-harbour undersea forcemain between Ogden Point and McLoughlin Point; and a marine outfall for treated wastewater at McLoughlin Point. Previously, HRP was selected by the Seatrerra Commission to design, build [...]

Canada to Participate in International Water Research

Posted on April 7, 2017
The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced that it will support water research internationally with collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative (WJPI). Of a total of 21 projects receiving funding, Canada will lead three of six projects receiving Canadian support. Canada’s total contribution over three years will be approximately $1.84 million CAD. Overall, WJPI will be supported by 25 national and regional funding organizations from 22 countries. The projects cover a wide range of areas, including social, economic, and natural sciences. They projects also address various challenges [...]

Van. Announces Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Cities Initiative

Posted on April 6, 2017
On Wednesday, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, announced its partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and with representatives from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – formally named its first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson. Through the support of 100RC, McPherson will lead the development of the citywide Resilience Strategy to ensure that residents, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems can persist, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks Vancouver may experience. McPherson has worked with Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management [...]

B.C. Company Could Provide Lithium Extraction for Mining Wastewater

Posted on April 6, 2017
Zadar Ventures Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: ZAD) (FRANKFURT: ZAV) (OTC PINK: ZADDF) has announced that it entered into a memorandum of understanding with FlowBack Solutionz Canada Inc., a Canadian oil well wastewater treatment company, to test FlowBack's innovative and proprietary wastewater treatment technology for the purpose of lithium extraction from petrobrines from the company's Manitoba petrobrine projects. Flowback is a water technology innovation company incorporated in 2013. FlowBack currently provides turn-key solutions for oil/water separation, hydrogen sulfide removal and tailings pond remediation services utilizing its patented [...]

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 [...]

B.C. and Yukon Sign Shared Waters Agreement

Posted on April 6, 2017
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement that pledges to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries. “By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work co-operatively to ensure the health of both our environment and citizens, now and in the future. This is yet another step towards managing the shared waters in the Mackenzie River Basin,” said Polak. Through the British Columbia-Yukon Bilateral Water Management Agreement, both governments [...]

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 [...]

Potential Impacts of Viruses in Ballast Water Unknown

Posted on April 5, 2017
A new study has demonstrated that some of the smallest inhabitants of ballast water may prove to be the most destructive, and that the potential impacts are largely unknown. Although the transport of organisms, such as the zebra mussel and goby fish have been a global priority for governments due to their destructive forces for decades, microbes such a bacteria and viruses in ballast water are less well understood.   Photo of a Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) infected trout. Photo: T. Håstein The University of Michigan research team, led by Yiseul Kim, set out to provide a detailed characterization of all [...]

UBC Invention Uses Bacteria to Purify Water

Posted on April 5, 2017
A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond. The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles, bacteria and viruses—while letting water filter through. A community of beneficial bacteria, or biofilm, functions as the second line of defence, working in concert to break down pollutants. “Membrane treatment can remove over 99.99 per cent of contaminants, making it ideal for making drinking water,” [...]

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 [...]

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