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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 [...]

EPCOR Launches Service Pipe Replacement Program in Edmonton

Posted on March 23, 2008
EPCOR is launching a new program to remove the remaining lead service lines from Edmonton's water infrastructure.The program targets the 5,000 homes built before 1950 that receive their water through lead service lines. Residents or owners will be offered: Free testing of household tap water; Free tap-mounted water filters for those who may have concerns about tap water quality; Permanent replacement of the water lines servicing their property. EPCOR will fund replacement up to the property line; customers would be responsible for costs to replace pipe on their property. Eligible households are being contacted by letter in [...]

Water Legislation is Needed Now: OSWCA

Posted on March 23, 2008
The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) says the $1 billion announced by the Ontario government in Tuesday’s budget for the province’s crumbling infrastructure is not enough to erase Ontario’s water infrastructure deficit, which the association estimates at $18 billion. The OSWCA recommends that the province proceed immediately with regulations under the Sustainable Water and Sewer Systems Act and ensure full cost pricing, mandatory metering and dedicated reserves for all residents and businesses using municipal water systems. “For smaller and northern municipalities that simply cannot afford to [...]

World Water Day: Where Bottled Water Fits In

Posted on March 20, 2008
In honour of World Water Day on March 22, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is reminding consumers that bottled water is a healthy beverage, produced by an industry with an outstanding tradition of environmental stewardship, protection, and sustainability.IBWA says consumers should consider the following facts about bottled water: Annual bottled water production accounts for less than 0.02 per cent of the total ground water withdrawn in the United States each year. Even though it is a minimal groundwater user and is one of among thousands of food, beverage and commercial water users, bottled water companies actively [...]
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