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Winnipeg’s Water Supply Threatened by Sewage: CBC

Posted on April 23, 2008
Problems with a First Nation sewage-treatment plant could affect the water quality of Shoal Lake, which provides drinking water for the City of Winnipeg, according to a CBC News report.Eli Mandamin, chief of the Shoal Lake No. 39 band, told CBC the plant has not had running water since it was built eight years ago, and that the lack of water has not allowed the band's members to wash filters at the plant, resulting in the system working at only half-capacity. If the system fails, he said, the treatment facility's lagoon could fill up, resulting in raw sewage running into Shoal Lake, which is located on the Manitoba/Ontario border. A [...]

Manitoba Gov’t Announces Funding for Establishment of New Research Chair in Water Quality at University

Posted on April 23, 2008
The first research chair in water quality is to be established at the University of Manitoba through a provincial commitment of $1.25 million, the province’s Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced Tuesday."As we mark Earth Day and reflect on Manitoba's role as a leader in water stewardship, we are moving ahead with development of new research capabilities that will lead to innovations in water quality management to improve the health of our lakes and rivers, and perhaps water everywhere," said Melnick. "This new initiative will fill a critical gap in watershed science and builds upon our firm commitment to restore the [...]

RBC Announces Grant Pool to Support Watershed Protection and Safe Drinking Water

Posted on April 23, 2008
To celebrate Earth Day, RBC announced its first Blue Water Project Leadership Grants pool.Grants are available to support projects in Canada, the United States and the other 36 countries in which RBC operates, and will range from $25,000 to $500,000 each, up to a total of $1.5 million. The 2008 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant applications are due on June 30, 2008, and recipients will be announced in September 2008. "Earth Day is the perfect time to kick off the Leadership Grants stream of our Blue Water Project," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "We are looking forward to hearing from organizations that are working [...]

Polycarbonate Water Cooler Bottles Safe for Use: CBWA

Posted on April 23, 2008
The Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA) said this week that it supports the findings of Health Canada and the Minister of Health Tony Clement that polycarbonate water bottles are safe for use.According to Minister Clement, in making its findings Health Canada reviewed 150 sets of data. That data would have included reviewing the 18-Litre polycarbonate water cooler bottles that some CBWA members use to deliver and distribute drinking water. “Canadians can continue to use hard plastic, reusable water bottles and plastic tableware if they so choose,” Minister Clement said, adding that there is “no health risk” from using [...]

Government Takes Action on Bisphenol A

Posted on April 18, 2008
The Government of Canada announced today it will take action to protect the health of Canadians and the environment from bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic containers such as water bottles. Canada is the first country in the world to complete a risk assessment of bisphenol A in consultation with industry and other stakeholders, and to initiate a 60 day public comment period on whether to ban the importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles which contain bisphenol A. The comment period will begin on April 19 once the Government publishes a summary notice of its assessment findings in Canada Gazette, Part 1. "Canada [...]

AWWA Urges Science-Based Approach in Addressing Pharmaceutical Compounds in Water

Posted on April 16, 2008
To responsibly address the issue of pharmaceutical compounds in drinking water, scientists must know at what concentration these substances impact human health, not simply whether they can be detected, a leading expert told a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.Testifying on behalf of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Shane Snyder, a research and development project manager for Southern Nevada Water Authority, stressed that advanced analytical methods allow scientists to detect substances that would have been impossible to find only a few years ago. The hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee [...]

Gov’t Announces $330 Million for First Nations Water

Posted on April 15, 2008
The Government of Canada today announced a $330 million two-year investment in a First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan, which builds on its Plan of Action that was launched in March 2006 and led to 108 First Nation water systems being removed from a high-risk category."Our Government launched a water action plan in 2006 because conditions were unacceptable and, as a result, we have seen more than half of high-risk systems removed from the high-risk list," said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. "We want First Nations to have increased confidence in the quality of their drinking water, and we are [...]

First-Ever Manitoba/Israel Water Symposium Set for August

Posted on April 15, 2008
Building on a commitment to strengthen international co-operation on pressing water resource issues, the Province of Manitoba will welcome delegates to Winnipeg Aug. 12 to 14 for the first-ever Manitoba-Israel symposium on water protection.“Manitoba and Israel share a common commitment to protecting precious water resources for future generations,” Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said in a press release. “This symposium will unite policy-makers and leading scientific voices from both Manitoba and Israel to share strategies and best practices on protecting the health of our water.” The conference will address issues [...]

Manitoba Funds Water Quality Improvement Projects, Watershed Planning

Posted on April 11, 2008
Water-quality improvement projects and the development of locally-driven watershed management plans are being supported with more than $330,000 in provincial funds, Manitoba Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced Friday.The support includes a new round of Water Stewardship Fund grants with $213,280 going toward 11 projects and $125,000 to four conservation districts. “We are funding a number of water protection and awareness activities in Manitoba that help preserve our rich water resources,” said Melnick. “In addition, managing watersheds more effectively to better maintain water quality requires strong partnerships [...]

CIPH Signs Memorandum of Understanding with U.S.-Based Institute

Posted on April 11, 2008
Recognizing that the plumbing products industry is experiencing globalization at an increasingly rapid pace, the Board of Directors of both Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and the U.S.-based Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) agreed that a mechanism for cooperation between the two organizations through a voluntary exchange of information on common educational, technical, scientific, legislative and regulatory matters that affect the plumbing products industries globally was required. "Since both organizations focus their objectives on disseminating educational, scientific and technical information and expertise [...]
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