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Water-Based Membrane Advances Aqua Materials

Posted on May 23, 2017
A new water-based, recyclable membrane can filter particles as small as one nanometer, forwarding research and the applications of aqua materials. Separation technology is at the heart of water purification, sewage treatment, and materials reclamation, as well as numerous basic industrial processes. Membranes are used to separate out the smallest nanoscale particles, including molecules and metal ions. Professor Boris Rybtchinski and his group of the Weizmann Institute of Science's Department of Organic Chemistry have developed a new type of membrane that could extend the life of a separation system, lower its cost and, in some cases [...]

Wastewater Exempt from Canadian Carbon Pricing Scheme

Posted on May 23, 2017
On May 18th, the Government of Canada has released a technical paper on pricing carbon pollution. The report noted that wastewater operations will be exempt from output-based pricing system for industrial facilities emitting more than 50 kilotonnes of CO2 per year, once it is in place sometime after January 1st, 2019. While the rational is not specifically addressed in the report, trends in wastewater management are moving towards energy reuse technologies, such as will be put to use in Oakville, Halifax, or in practices like Black & Veatch’s Net-Zero Energy Solutions. It is generally known across the sector that energy [...]

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,” [...]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Canadian Water Operators

Posted on May 19, 2017
In the modern age of climate change, low-starting salaries, unpaid internships and long working hours, millennials are struggling to find a career path that is both lucrative and fulfilling. At the same time, the water and wastewater industry is facing a generational jam of older, experienced workers retiring and leaving essential operator roles unstaffed. Wastewater operation could be  a dream job for environmentally-conscious millennials seeking a career—there’s only one problem, they have no idea the job exists. In honour of hard-working water operators in Canada, FluksAqua, a free water and wastewater utility forum, has launched [...]

Town of Comox and Region Agree to Sewage Settlement

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Sewage Commission has agreed to the terms of a meditated settlement in a dispute about the metering and cost apportionment of the regional sewer service from 2004 to 2015. The agreement was reached on May 5, 2017 and includes payments to the Town of Comox in the amount of $1.2 million from the CVRD Sewage Commission and $1 million from the City of Courtenay. The terms also include the transfer of the Knight Road sewer main from the Town of Comox to the CVRD. “We have been working together for some time to resolve this issue in an equitable manner,” said Barbara Price, Chair of the CVRD’s [...]

Data Tool Visualizes Water Technology Trends

Posted on May 18, 2017
A new data visualization tool has been developed to create interactive engagement with technology trends in the water sector. Developed under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) – a joint initiative between the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) – the survey and visualization tool helps utilities better understand innovative technology deployment across the water sector. While the visualization tool is primarily focused on displaying U.S. technology adoption, it offers insight into trends that the Canadian water sector may find insightful. Derived from [...]

Fertilizer Canada Sustainability Report Targets Nutrient Management

Posted on May 18, 2017
Fertilizer Canada has released 4R Nutrient Stewardship Sustainability Report, which details guidelines for nutrient management and water quality. The association represents the fertilizer industry: manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers. Their new report outlines the work done to date and the continued commitment of the industry in driving sustainability throughout the agriculture sector. "Sustainability has always been an integral part of our activities and initiatives at Fertilizer Canada,” said Garth Whyte, President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. "This report [...]

27 Canadian Beaches Receive High Water Quality Standard

Posted on May 18, 2017
A record number of Canadian beaches and marinas will fly a Blue Flag, identifying them a prestigious designation of water quality. As Canadians celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this summer, they will also be able to visit more clean and eco-friendly beaches and marinas. This year, a record twenty-seven beaches and eight marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag, a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. To receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. The latest beaches [...]

$5.5M from Environmental Damages Fund for Projects

Posted on May 18, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced $5.5 million in funding for environmental projects will be available under the Environmental Damages Fund. Past funding has been used to preserve, restore, and research Canadian watercourses. Through the Environmental Damages Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in areas where environmental damage has occurred. The funding will be available for environmental projects under the Environmental Damages Fund in eight provinces and territories across Canada. "Through the Environmental Damages Fund we get to work at the community level with innovative organizations on projects that make a [...]

Ont.-Based UV Technology Approved For Non-Potable Use of Wastewater in California

Posted on May 17, 2017
Trojan Technologies has succeeded in efforts to gain regulatory approvals for its UV treatment technology for treating wastewater for non-potable use in California. After the completion of third-party validation testing under the U.S.National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Guidelines, the technology has received conditional acceptance from the California Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) Recycled Water Unit (RWU). Developed in London, Ont., the TrojanUVSigna technology is the first and only 1000-watt low-pressure, high-output-based UV system to obtain acceptance from the DDW RWU, and meet the strict coliform and [...]

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