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Federal Party Leaders Plans for Great Lakes Protection

Posted on October 10, 2008
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) sent questionnaires to five political parties; four were returned. "Given the national and international importance of the largest source of fresh water in the world, it is essential that the next federal government make a substantial commitment to protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence", said Toronto mayor David Miller. "It is equally important that our federal government works closely with the next federal administration in the United States to modernize our bi-national strategy to protect this shared resource." Here are some response highlights: Liberal Party [...]

$7.7M Contract for Havelock Wastewater Plant Awarded

Posted on October 10, 2008
On Tuesday, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen's council has awarded the contract to build the municipality's new wastewater treatment plant to Brighton-based Peak Engineering and Construction, reports The Community Press. Havelock's new wastewater treatment plant, expected to cost $7.7 million, will be capable of treating 1,200 cubic metres of waste per day - sufficient capacity to handle forecasted development in and around the village until 2036. In addition to opening up further development in the township, the new plant will provide treatment for septage from rural septic systems and eliminate the existing lagoons, which, according [...]

Alberta, GE to Improve Water Use at Oilsands

Posted on October 10, 2008
The Alberta government is partnering with General Electric to improve water treatment and reuse in the province's oilsands projects, which consume enormous volumes of fresh water to produce oil, reports CBC News. Two projects announced Thursday are the first initiatives from an agreement signed between the province and GE Water & Process Technologies a year ago. The first will cost $15 million and focus on technology to improve how water is treated and reused in oilsands operations. Water is used to extract, treat and upgrade the heavy tar-like oil called bitumen found in oilsands. It's estimated between two to 4.5 barrels of [...]

GLV Grows Business in U.S.

Posted on October 8, 2008
Management of GLV Inc. has announced that in recent weeks, the Water Treatment Group (Eimco Water Technologies) has been awarded several major contracts worth a total of close to $26 million, including approximately $23 million in the municipal market. Eimco Water Technologies will notably supply submerged membrane bioreactors (MBR), including an order worth over $6 million, as well as clarifiers, different aeration and digestion systems and other specialized equipment to several municipalities, primarily in the United States but also in Canada, Europe and Australia. The company has also been awarded various large-sized orders in the [...]

Team Led By SickKids Scientist Develops Water Safety Strategy

Posted on October 8, 2008
The drinking water of Bangladesh, known to be contaminated with toxic agents, can be addressed, according to an international team of volunteer researchers, led by a scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. Following years of study of the contaminants in the water, the team has developed a practical strategy to ensure its safety. Over the three-year study, eleven scientists from four countries led by Dr. Bibudhendra (Amu) Sarkar, Senior Scientist Emeritus in the Molecular Structure & Function program at SickKids, and professor in biochemistry at the University of Toronto, collected groundwater samples from 67 tubewells in [...]

Sooke's Wastewater Plant Benefits Environment

Posted on October 7, 2008
The District of Sooke's new wastewater treatment system, developed in partnership with EPCOR, is reducing contaminants and providing environmental benefits to Sooke Harbour. A recent study by the Capital Regional District reveals that the community's sewer system has reduced contamination of Sooke Harbour by fecal coliform bacteria caused by failing residential septic systems. Hundreds of these systems were decommissioned following the completion of the sewer system in 2005. The CRD's study noted that "fecal coliform levels are lower since the wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system became active." The underwater studies [...]

Federal Water Quantity Report Made Available

Posted on October 7, 2008
The Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada have made public a report drafted by Environment Canada in December 2007 revealing that the agency had documented crucial information regarding the state of freshwater in Canada. The report, titled "A Federal Perspective on Water Quantity Issues," which was obtained through an Access To Information request, warns "there may be heightened risk for jurisdictional conflict for water allocation between provinces and also between Canada and the United States." "We are concerned that this information was not publicly released months ago," says Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the [...]

Make Crumbling Water Infrastructure a Priority: OSWCA

Posted on October 7, 2008
The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) is urging MPs and political parties to make the state of water and sewer infrastructure an issue in the federal election campaign. "This past summer, we saw our crumbling sewers cause pollution, resulting in flood damage to homes, businesses and institutions such as hospitals, and putting the health of Ontarians at risk," says Frank Zechner, executive director of the OSWCA. "Ontarians have had enough." "The federal government must invest in critical water and sewer infrastructure as a partner with the municipal and provincial levels," Zechner says. "What we need is [...]

Party Leaders Urged to Sign Great Lakes Pledge

Posted on October 3, 2008
Environmental groups asked the leaders of the federal parties yesterday to put their name to a pledge to make toxic pollution in the Great Lakes region a top priority. The pledge comes in the wake of several actions in the U.S. to address the Great Lakes, including new funds to clean up contaminated sediment and restore habitat and Democratic candidate Barack Obama's plan to commit $5 billion to Great Lakes clean up and establishing a Great Lakes "czar" to oversee action. "The Great Lakes are a defining feature of Canada's landscape, its history, and its future," said Fe de Leon, researcher at the Canadian Environmental Law Association [...]

Region of Peel Lauded for Water Efficiency

Posted on October 3, 2008
The Region of Peel has been awarded a 2008 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M Hill Sustainable Communities Award in the Water category for its Water Efficiency Plan. The plan was developed in response to the growing demand on the Region's water and wastewater treatment systems, and aims to reduce water consumption in Peel by 10 per cent by 2015. To date the Region has developed a number of programs to reduce water consumption, including: Toilet Replacement Program for both residents and business Peel Living Water Efficiency Retrofit Project Spray Valve Replacement Program Industrial, Commercial [...]

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