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Over 1,700 Boil Water Advisories in Canada: Report

Posted on April 10, 2008
A new report released Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) said more than 1,700 provincial boil water advisories are currently in effect across Canada.The report noted that, as of Feb. 29, 2008, there were boil-water advisories in place in 93 First Nations communities. “These are not included, however, in the 1766 advisories now in place elsewhere in Canada,” the report said. “Advisories are intended to be a precautionary measure in the public health tool kit, but given that some have been in place for at least 5 years, they are apparently being used as a band-aid substitute for treatment,” the report [...]

CIPH Seeks Ban on High-Use Water Closets

Posted on April 10, 2008
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) announced it has taken steps to remove 13 litre per flush (lph) water closets from the CSA Standard for plumbing fixtures.Canada is the last known first-world country to ban the use of 13 lpf fixtures, CIPH said in a press release, noting that other countries have successfully reduced water consumption by almost seven litres to six lpf. It also stated that a new generation of high-efficiency models using only 4.8 lpf or less is growing in popularity. By removing 13 lpf water closets from the CSA Standard, manufacturers will no longer be able to have their 13 lpf product approved [...]

MRIF Funds Over $280K for Ramara, Ont. Treatment Plant

Posted on April 7, 2008
The Ontario township of Ramara will receive up to $287,400 for upgrades to the Lagoon City Sewage Treatment Plant from the Government of Canada's Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF).The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible costs, which are estimated at $862,200. "Maintaining a healthy and clean environment is directly related to the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a priority for our Government," said Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North. "Supporting the upgrading of the Lagoon City Sewage Treatment Plant is one of the ways we will deliver results for [...]

Water Utilities Plan for Climate Change at AWWA Seminar

Posted on April 4, 2008
Water professionals will examine the impact of climate change on water supplies during a May 1-2 interactive seminar hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado."Climate Change and Water Utilities: Planning for the Future," which begins at 8:30 a.m. each day, will provide water resource planners, managers and other professionals with ways to assess potential vulnerabilities. Participants will consider strategies for adapting to climate change through planning, design and operational practices. Led by Bob Raucher, PhD., and Joel B. Smith of Boulder Colorado-based Stratus Consulting [...]

Conference to Highlight Hydroelectric Power at the St. Lawrence River

Posted on April 4, 2008
The 15th Annual Conference on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Ecosystem will highlight 50 years of hydroelectric power development and the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the international section of the St. Lawrence River. The conference takes place May 6 to 8 at the NavCanada Conference Centre in Cornwall, Ont.Keynote speaker Dr. James H. Thorp will present “The Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis: Theoretical Constructs and Applications to River Sustainability." Dr. Thorp is a senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas [...]

Canada Needs to Protect its Water from the U.S.: Report

Posted on April 4, 2008
The Polaris Institute today released a new report on bulk water exports called “Turning on Canada’s Tap” prepared by Tony Clarke, executive director of the think tank, that outlines why Canada needs a comprehensive policy and strategy now on bulk water exports to the United States, as demand increases south of the border.The report says that although Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised in his October 2007 throne speech that his government would bring forth a national water strategy, the February 2008 budget contained no provisions for such a strategy. The report says almost 80 per cent of the U.S. population lives in cities [...]

Projects to Protect Lake and Increase Potable Water in Orillia, Ont.

Posted on April 2, 2008
Two water infrastructure projects were unveiled Tuesday that will provide 17 per cent more potable water for the city of Orillia, Ont.Approximately $2.65 million dollars were invested in a new UV disinfection facility at the Orillia Wastewater Treatment Centre and new technology to treat trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in wells 1 and 2 water supply. Through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada provided $650,000 to these projects. The new UV facility uses ultra violet light to destroy bacteria and viruses with 99.9 per cent effectiveness, reducing the negative impacts of municipal wastewater, protecting [...]

August Date Set for Elmvale Water Festival

Posted on April 2, 2008
Over 50 individuals, companies and organizations are already on board for the Elmvale Water Festival 2008, which will take place August 16 at Elmvale Arena & Fairgrounds in Elmvale, Ont.Confirmed speakers include Mary Jane Conboy, executive director of the Well Wise Centre in Orono, Ont. and Robert J. Dell, president of the water SCH2OOL, a not for profit organization based in Alberta that focuses on water purification techniques for developing countries. The inaugural event in 2007 raised over $20,000 for the Elmvale Foundation, an organization created to educate the public, business, educators and politicians on environmental [...]

Canada Foils UN Water Plan: Toronto Star

Posted on April 2, 2008
International water advocates say Canada halted an initiative to have the United Nations Human Rights Council recognize water as a basic human right, according to an article in the Toronto Star.The article said the Geneva-based body wrapped up an intense three-week session late Friday without passing a German-Spanish resolution intended to enshrine its importance in a world where more than 2 billion people live in water-stressed regions. After its 46 members accepted a consensus resolution, Canadian representative Sarah Geh told the council that Canada does not view the resolution as creating a human right to water under international [...]

2007 U.S. Bottled Water Sales Increase

Posted on April 1, 2008
Sales and consumption of bottled water in the U.S. continues to rise, according to statistics released by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC).In 2007, total bottled water volume was 8.8 billion gallons, a 6.9 per cent increase over 2006, and the 2007 bottled water per capita consumption of 29.3 gallons increased nearly two gallons, from 27.6 gallons per capita the previous year. Additionally, the wholesale dollar sales for bottled water exceeded $11.7 billion in 2007, a 7.8 per cent increase over the $10.8 billion in 2006.   “U.S. residents’ unabated thirst for bottled [...]
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