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$12.2M for Lethbridge, Alta., Water Projects, Wetlands

Posted on July 5, 2017
Lethbridge, Alberta, will receive $12.2 million in federal investment for several water infrastructure projects, including wetlands mitigation. Yesterday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA for Lethbridge-East; Chris Spearman, Mayor of Lethbridge; and Reeve Lorne Hickey, Lethbridge County, announced that a new project in the City of Lethbridge and another in Lethbridge County have been approved under the Government of Canada'sClean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for the two projects—over $12.2 million. The City [...]

York Region Passes Wastewater Efficiency Targets

Posted on July 4, 2017
After its June 29th meeting, York Regional Council of Ontario has announced a number of energy consumption successes, including reductions to its wastewater inflow and infiltration volumes that make for a total of 29 per cent of its 2031 reduction target. The region was able to reduce inflow and infiltration by 1.99 million litres per day for a total reduction thus far of 11.6 million litres per day in their wastewater system. In addition to that, the city achieved a rate of 199 litres per capita per day. It’s 2051 water consumption goal is 150 litres per capita per day. “At York Region Environmental Services, sustainability [...]

Fraser Riverkeeper Launches Real-Time Sewage Reporting Campaign

Posted on July 4, 2017
Fraser Riverkeeper has launched a campaign demanding real-time reporting and public transparency on raw sewage discharges into Vancouver’s waterways. The launch of the Swimmable Vancouver campaign coincides with the release of Swim Drink Fish Canada’s Canada Beach Report, the first-ever comparative study of Canadian recreational water quality. The report finds that with few exceptions, provinces, and territories do not notify the public in the event of a sewage bypass that could increase contamination of recreational waters. It also reveals that most provinces and territories do not issue rain advisories to recreational [...]

Vancouver Firm Takes Metering Technology to South Africa

Posted on July 4, 2017
Vancouver’s QMC has signed a service contract to provide meter reading, data collection, and reporting services to Apex Innovation for its submetering business in South Africa. “QMC is pleased to be forming a partnership with Apex to provide a state-of-the art solution bringing IoT to the submetering market in South Africa. We look forward to expanding our business with Apex to include remote data collection of water, electric, thermal, and gas meter systems,” said James Easton, president & CEO of QMC. South Africa’s Apex Innovation provides client services for management and consumption of water and energy. Apex [...]

Nanaimo Increases System Efficiency Through New Facility

Posted on July 4, 2017
In May, the City of Nanaimo's Engineering and Public Works Department completed the annual water main flushing program. This year,  Nanaimo’s new water treatment facility allowed the program to come in under budget, making for both financial and water use efficiency. Water main flushing is performed each year to keep the water distribution mains clear of sediment buildup. This year, cul-de-sacs and dead-end mains were the focus of flushing efforts. The Engineering and Public Works Department found that the pipes were substantially cleaner than during previous annual flushes. “Following the first full year of operation of Nanaimo’s [...]

Ont. Bill Would Mandate Public Reporting of Diverted Sewage

Posted on June 30, 2017
On May 31st, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin—Caledon, Sylvia Jones, brought forward Bill 141, Sewage Bypass Reporting Act, 2017. The bill would see the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) publicly report data on any sewage diverted into water courses. “The intent for me of 141 is public disclosure and transparency,” MPP Jones told Water Canada. “I have spoken to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and formally made requests of all the regional offices to ask for their figures and numbers on how much bypass occurred in the last year.” Bill 141 introduces three new subsections [...]

Canada and Yukon Invest $6M in Water Systems

Posted on June 29, 2017
Today, the governments of Canada and Yukon have announced an investment of up to $6,150,000 in Yukon’s water systems. Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn, announced joint funding of more than six million dollars for two projects in Haines Junction. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding for these projects—over $4.6 million. The territorial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $1.5 million of total eligible costs. “The foundation of a healthy, sustainable community is clean drinking [...]

Ministers Increase Collaboration on Coastal, Inland Water

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) met in Whitehorse, Yukon and committed to collaboration to better manage Canada’s three coasts and inland waterways with Indigenous Peoples. Over two days, CCFAM met to discuss a broad range of common priorities. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc and Yukon Minister of Environment Pauline Frost co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts from the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. British Columbia, Nunavut, Manitoba [...]

Pipeline Report on Improvements to Watercourse Protection Efforts

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today released its third annual Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which reveals how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment, and socio-economic contributions. Safety and environmental protection are top priorities for Canadians when it comes to the transmission pipeline industry. In their report, CEPA seeks to address these issues by demonstrating what the organization’s members are doing collectively to improve safety, minimize environmental impacts, and develop solutions regarding the concerns Canadians have about the industry’s operations [...]

Mississauga, Ont., to Develop Climate Change Plan

Posted on June 29, 2017
The City of Mississauga has announced the development of a Climate Change Action Plan to help minimize and prepare the city for the impacts of a changing global climate. The city has stated that the plan will include both corporate and community-wide actions to reduce or offset the impacts of climate change. It will also prepare the city for possible future climate scenarios. Completion of the Plan is set for 2019. “Canadian municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change because more than 50 per cent of the population now lives in urban areas,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Climate change is a global [...]
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