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Lake Simcoe Protection Act Passes

Posted on December 2, 2008
Protection for Lake Simcoe took a major step forward with the passage of the Lake Simcoe Protection Act by the Ontario Legislature. The new legislation will enshrine watershed protection in law and require the province to develop a comprehensive plan to protect and restore the lake's watershed and address the issue of phosphorus levels in the lake. The plan the government is developing would Take an innovative, science-based, watershed approach to ensure that development and activities around the lake are environmentally sustainable Help address emerging problems that affect the lake, such as climate change and invasive [...]

Groups Challenge Nestlé's Bottled Water "Greenwashing"

Posted on December 2, 2008
As Toronto City Council gathered yesterday to consider passing a city-wide ban on bottled water, a new coalition challenged advertising claims made by Nestlé Waters that "bottled water is the most environmentally responsible consumer product in the world." The group, which includes Friends of the Earth Canada, the Polaris Institute, the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, and Ecojustice, has filed a complaint under Canadian Code of Advertising Standards against Nestlé Waters North America. The groups argue that Nestlé is attempting to mislead the public on the true impacts of bottled water. Copies of the coalition's complaint [...]

New Edge: Water and Wastewater at Whistler Olympic Park

Posted on November 24, 2008
An EPCOR-led team has completed the design and construction of both the water supply and wastewater facilities for the Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park. An EPCOR subsidiary will operate both facilities through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. EPCOR's tertiary wastewater treatment facility is providing additional levels of environmental protection over conventional wastewater facilities through the advanced removal of substances harmful to surface and ground water. This includes phosphorous (98 per cent removal) and ammonia (87 per cent removal). The water supply treatment plant is delivering safe, quality [...]

Water Favourite Beverage of Canadians: StatsCan

Posted on November 24, 2008
A new study about beverage consumption by children and adults reveals that at all ages, water is the beverage consumed by the highest percentage of people and in the greatest quantities. A Statistics Canada report released last week that after water, the beverage choices Canadians make are tied closely to their age. As they get older, boys and girls drink less milk and fruit juice, and more soft drinks and fruit-flavoured drinks containing less than 100% juice. The release is based on two articles in Health Reports that use data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey on nutrition, the first national nutrition survey [...]

Winnipeg Council Explores New Water Corporation

Posted on November 20, 2008
Winnipeg council has voted to explore the idea of a new city-owned corporation to deliver water and sewage-treatment services to both Winnipeggers and neighbouring municipalities, reports CBC News. Several citizens groups and the city's largest union spoke against the plan Wednesday fearing it could lead to devolution of city services to the private sector. If the plan goes ahead, Winnipeg's Water and Waste utility would be replaced by an arm's length, city-owned water corporation. That body could export and sell water and sewer services to outlying bedroom communities-while also providing services to Winnipeggers. Rate increases [...]

New Herbicide-Fertilizer Ban Protects Alberta’s Water

Posted on November 19, 2008
A new ban on herbicide-fertilizer combination products in Alberta will help protect the quality of water downstream of urban areas. As of January 1, 2010 herbicide-fertilizer combination products will no longer be sold in Alberta. Products intended for spot application to weeds will still be available for sale and use. "We need to take steps wherever possible to protect and preserve the quality of Alberta's rivers and lakes," said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. "By eliminating products that encourage mass application we will reduce the amount of chemical run-off in our waterways." A chemical used in herbicide-fertilizer [...]

EcoWater Canada Receives Zerofootprint Certificate

Posted on November 18, 2008
EcoWater Canada has received a Certificate of Emissions Compliance from Zerofootprint. This analysis looked at the carbon footprint of the water softeners and Reverse Osmosis drinking systems from the entire manufacturing process to the final product delivery, determining the impact on the planet. EcoWater Canada will be purchasing carbon offsets to complete the loop and make the entire process carbon neutral. Paul Godin, president of EcoWater Canada says, "We work continuously to minimize the impact of our products, processes and services on the environment and this Zerofootprint certification is one of a series of corporate initiatives [...]

Cobourg Applies for Water Plant Upgrade

Posted on November 18, 2008
Cobourg council has pushed through a federal grant application for the last $1.3 million in upgrades to the water pollution control plant, reports the Northumberland News. The Build Canada application for $1.3 million would complete the plant upgrades and keep pollutants out of Lake Ontario. The final upgrade will install a tertiary treatment system at the plant. The cloth filtering system will improve sewage quality and allow the plant to meet Ministry of Environment limits and improve the quality of the plant effluent. The project was included with the other plant upgrades already given council approval under a Canada-Ontario [...]

Public Clean Water Hearings Re: Phosphorus

Posted on November 18, 2008
Public hearings will be held next month on how to reduce the amount of phosphorus going into Mississquoi Bay and Lake Champlain along the Canada -U.S. border, reports the Montreal Gazette. The hearings are being organized by the International Joint Commission, an independent body that manages water between Canada and the U.S. This summer the two countries asked the IJC to help them co-ordinate their efforts on reducing phosphorus in the two bodies of water. Phosphorus is one of the contributing factors to the spread of blue-green algae, a.k.a. cyanobacteria. The hearings will be held in Swanton, Vt., on December 15 and in St [...]

Sanitation and Satellites: Weekend Water Thoughts

Posted on November 14, 2008
As you leave for the weekend, take a few moments to consider the important role that water plays in sanitation--the World Toilet Organization's World Toilet Day is November 19. Elsewhere, we are taking climate change and its future impacts seriously by measuring water from space. [...]
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