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Chemainus Wells Water Supply Project Approved

Posted on March 11, 2009
The District of North Cowichan, B.C. has received an environmental assessment (EA) certificate for its proposal to install and operate a groundwater supply for the Town of Chemainus during the fall, winter and spring to address seasonal turbidity problems with the existing surface water supply. Environment Minister Barry Penner and Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger made the decision to grant the EA certificate after considering a review led by B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The proposed project includes two groundwater production wells, each with a capacity of approximately 75 litres per second, a pump [...]

Increased Funding for SW Sask.

Posted on March 9, 2009
Farmers and ranchers in the 65 drought-designated RMs in Southwest Saskatchewan, looking for long-term solutions to deal with drought, will receive additional support. The federal and provincial governments are working together to increase funding for the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) to $29 million. The FRWIP, announced last spring, provides funding for on-farm wells, pipelines and dugouts, as well as community wells. These measures address short-term needs while providing long-term solutions. The original funding for this program totaled $15 million. The program has been very successful, with nearly 3,400 [...]

16 New SDTC Cleantech Projects Funded

Posted on March 9, 2009
Sixteen new projects that develop and demonstrate emerging clean technologies were awarded $53 million late last week by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). "The projects we are adding to our portfolio this round have great potential and they can really make a difference to the lives of Canadians," said SDTC chairman Juergen Puetter. "SDTC's financial support will help them get through the development and demonstration stages, paving their path to commercialization so that the environmental and economic benefits they bring can be enjoyed by all." The breadth of technologies and the cross-country representation of [...]

Five NS Water Projects Receive Funding

Posted on March 9, 2009
Five communities in the Kings County, N.S. area will have better drinking water and wastewater treatment systems with funding from three levels of government. More than $6 million under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund was announced on March 6. The Municipality of Kings project includes upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility, which will benefit about 9,600 households and will be designed to accommodate future growth. The total cost of the project is $2,774,700, which will be funded equally by the federal and provincial governments, and the Municipality of Kings. The Town of Wolfville's project includes [...]

$4.8M to Construct Fernie Reservoir

Posted on March 9, 2009
A federal-provincial investment of over $4.8 million will improve the drinking water in Fernie, B.C. The money will be directed to a new reservoir, which will improve the reliability of the drinking water system. This project, which is estimated to create approximately 72 direct and indirect jobs, involves building a new reservoir with a water treatment system as well as a transmission main connecting the well to the reservoir. The new infrastructure is anticipated to improve overall water quality while reducing water system losses by 20 per cent. [...]

FCM Encourages Reduced Bottled Water Use

Posted on March 9, 2009
The Federal of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is encouraging local governments to reduce the use of bottled water in their own facilities where other options are available. At a meeting on March 7 in Victoria, B.C., FCM's national board of directors resolved to encourage municipalities to "phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water at their own facilities where appropriate and where potable water is available." "Today's action is another illustration of how municipalities are leading by example to encourage environmentally sustainable water choices," said FCM president Jean Perrault, mayor of Sherbrooke, Que. The resolution [...]

FCM to Vote: Phase Out Bottled Water?

Posted on March 5, 2009
The Council of Canadians is encouraging the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to vote in favour of a resolution that would call for all municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water where appropriate. The vote is expected to take place this Saturday, March 7, at the upcoming FCM board meeting in Victoria. "If this resolution at the FCM goes through, it will send an important message to the rest of the world about the leadership of Canadian municipalities in reclaiming water as a public resource," says Maude Barlow, senior advisor on water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly and national [...]

Drinking Water Quality Guidelines Examined: Auditor General’s Report

Posted on March 4, 2009
Auditor General Sheila Fraser's 2009 status report will include a chapter on safety of drinking water. The report, along with Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Scott Vaughan's report, is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on March 31. The audit examined Health Canada's progress in implementing the 2005 recommendations on reviewing and updating the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, providing guidance to federal departments for safe drinking water at federal facilities, and monitoring the safety of drinking water on aircraft, trains and cruise ships. The report also considers whether [...]

Langley to Capture Thermal Heat from Groundwater

Posted on March 3, 2009
The Township of Langley, B.C. is set to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by installing a thermal recovery pump system, with the help of a joint federal-provincial investment of $67,000. The new system for the Aldergrove Water Treatment Plant will consist of a new thermal recovery pump system that will take heat from the groundwater that is processed through the plant, reducing the reliance on natural gas at the plant. This project is one of 41 projects across the province that will break ground quickly due to a joint federal-provincial investment of $110 million. [...]

Sask. Funds Source Water Protection Groups

Posted on February 27, 2009
Eight non-profit groups are receiving provincial funding to further protect the Saskatchewan's water resources. The non-profit agencies that keep Saskatchewan's watersheds and water bodies healthy and viable will receive $25,000 each for a total of $200,000. Recipients are Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.; Lower Souris Watershed Committee Inc.; Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.; North Saskatchewan River Basin Council Inc.; South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards Inc.; and Wascana and Upper Qu'Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility Inc. Funding [...]
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