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Quebec Upholds Deadline on the Sale of Uncertified Product

Posted on July 10, 2008
The province of Quebec is enforcing the changes to the plumbing code that have been in development since last year. The Canadian Water Qualtiy Association (CWQA) announced in a press release it has — via the Plumbing Industry Advisory Committee — sent feedback to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to adjust the enforcement dates of the regulations to allow members to clear their shelves of product in preparation for the changes and to allow CSA B483’s testing and certification process to come into effect. To date CSA has not announced the certification program — it is in the final stages of development. The Oct. 2 deadline [...]

Pentair and GE Form Joint Venture

Posted on July 2, 2008
Pentair, Inc. and GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of the General Electric Company, announced on Monday a joint venture to combine their respective global water softener and residential water filtration businesses. “With the formation of this joint venture, Pentair and GE will be better positioned to serve residential customers with industry-leading technical applications in the areas of water conditioning, whole house filtration, point of use water management and water sustainability,” Randall. J. Hogan, Pentair chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Further, this joint venture advances Pentair’s [...]

B.C. Ombudsman Releases Drinking Water Safety Report

Posted on June 26, 2008
In a report released June 18 titled Fit to Drink: Challenges in Providing Safe Drinking Water in British Columbia, the province’s ombudsman Kim Carter issued 39 recommendations on how the provincial government and regional health authorities can improve the processes that ensure the safety of drinking water. “This report identifies deficiencies that need to be addressed in a timely way so that water in all parts of the province is fit to drink,” Carter said in a press release. The report is the product of an investigation into drinking water safety that the ombudsman launched in November 2007, after receiving complaints about [...]

AWWA to Embark on Workforce Sustainability Project

Posted on June 18, 2008
At the close of the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE08), incoming AWWA president Mike Leonard announced the “Water Sector Workforce Sustainability Initiative,” a project designed to better define and address the challenges to water workforce sustainability.“This project will help the entire water sector better understand the challenges ahead of us as we face reality of an aging and changing workforce,” Leonard said in a press release. “It also shows that the water sector is truly committed to putting our full energy and significant resources into addressing the workforce challenges [...]

Ontario to Develop Plan to Protect Lake Simcoe

Posted on June 18, 2008
The Province of Ontario announced this week it is taking a major step to address the effects more than 200 years of human activity have had on Lake Simcoe’s water quality and ecosystem.Legislation introduced Tuesday would, if passed, require the province to develop a comprehensive plan to protect and restore the lake’s watershed and address the issue of phosphorus discharge. The plan, to be developed over the summer, would: Take an innovative, science-based, watershed approach to ensure that development and activities around the lake are environmentally sustainable Address emerging problems that affect the lake, such as [...]

Water Service Cut Off at Manitoba First Nation: CBC

Posted on June 18, 2008
CBC News reported that a water company in southern Manitoba has shut off service to the Roseau River First Nation because the band hasn't been paying its bills.Sources told CBC the water supply was cut off Tuesday morning. The water shut-off will affect most homes on the reserve, as well as businesses and community services, the article said, noting the area’s fire service also relies on water piped in from Letellier. About 1,100 people live on the Roseau River First Nation, located 80 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, the article said. Details at cbc.ca. [...]

AWWA Welcomes New President

Posted on June 13, 2008
Mike Leonard, water operations manager for the City of Roswell, Georgia, assumed the presidency of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) on Wednesday night at the AWWA's Annual Convention and Exposition (ACE08)."As water professionals and citizens of the planet, we have an obligation to be the very best stewards we can be of our water resources, our systems, and our public health," said Leonard. "I thank you all so much for having the opportunity to serve as your president as we take on these challenges together." Leonard has devoted his career to safe water and has been honored with multiple awards, including the AWWA George [...]

Gowlings Clean Tech Award Presented to Nexterra Energy Corp.

Posted on June 12, 2008
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP presented Nexterra Energy Corp. with the first-ever Gowlings Clean Tech Award as a part of the 22nd annual CATAAlliance Annual Innovation Awards on Tuesday.“It is an honour to recognize Nexterra with the Gowlings Clean Tech Award,” Gowlings managing partner Jane Steinberg said in a press release. “They are true innovators in technology and bring a commitment to excellence that reflects the values of our firm.” The Gowlings Clean Tech Award recognizes Canadian organizations for outstanding technology engineering developments that have resulted in the production of a world-class clean tech product [...]

Government Considers Low-Flow Regulations: Canadian Press

Posted on June 10, 2008
According to a Canadian Press article, the Government of Canada is looking at regulations that would require manufacturers to sell low-flow plumbing fixtures as a way to conserve water and energy.Limits on the water flowing through plumbing fixtures like toilets, shower heads and dishwashers are being studied by Natural Resources Canada as part of Ottawa's energy savings plan, the article said. Environment Canada says the average Canadian uses more than 300 litres of water each day, with toilets accounting for a third of household water use, the article said. Most homes have 13-litre toilets, although Ontario requires all new homes [...]

Village of Casselman Receives OPWP Grant

Posted on June 10, 2008
The Village of Casselman, Ont., located about 50 kilometres east of Ottawa, received a $70,738 grant under the Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP) on Monday. The OPWP, announced in February 2008, provides up to $50 million in financial support to promote local economic development in municipalities that have experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP) water projects to comply with changes to Ontario drinking water regulations. "Our Government is delivering on its commitment to foster a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger, more prosperous communities in Ontario and across the [...]
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