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McGill Students Awarded for Low-Cost Water Purification Product

Posted on May 1, 2013
A McGill University team has been awarded a $100,000 grant to field-test a new low cost water purifier in poor areas of India and Kenya. Credit: McGill University The purifier is made from high quality electrical copper wire, and has been proven to kill waterborne pathogens which can cause infectious diarrhea, an affliction which leads to over two million deaths per year. Simply storing water overnight in a vessel equipped with the device should purify it. It is expected to cost as little as $10 for use in a 10-litre container, and it will last a lifetime. It also requires no electricity. “Our priority is to demonstrate copper [...]

H2O Innovation Opens in Ontario

Posted on January 31, 2013
Quebec City-based H2O Innovation Inc. has opened a new office in Burlington, Ontario. The new office is a major positioning and growth platform for the company, more particularly in the industrial, mining and municipal markets. "We are most happy to open this new Ontario office, which will enable us to have access to a new strategic market. In addition to San Diego and Minneapolis, Ontario is the third most important pole in North America for water treatment technologies. Through the consolidation of our existing workforce in Ontario into a central location we will have another base where our expert technical resources will be able [...]

EnGlobe to Decontaminate Kishon River in Israel

Posted on January 31, 2013
Quebec City-based EnGlobe has been awarded an environmental service contract by the state of Israel to rehabilitate the Kishon River in Haifa Bay, Israel. The Kishon River. Photo: Hanay The contract, valued at over $40 million, is 36 months long and will provide decontaminating services to Kishon Drainage and Rivers Authority and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The service provided by EnGlobe will decontaminate over seven kilometres of the Kishon River which flows into Haifa Bay. With EnGlobe’s Biopile technology, EnGlobe and its Biogenie division will decontaminate over half a million cubic metres of sediments [...]

American Water Scholarship Presented to Ecole Polytechnique Montreal Doctoral Student

Posted on July 10, 2012
Water and wastewater utility company American Water recently announced that Emilie Bedard, a doctoral student at Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, has been chosen as the recipient of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2012 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry. Bedard was selected for this scholarship due to her exceptional academic abilities, industrial experience, and personal motivation to contribute to the advancement of science in the field of drinking water [...]

Mayors Make Declaration on Water Sustainability to Protect Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

Posted on June 29, 2012
This week, mayors from Québec, Ontario and the United States made a Declaration on Water Sustainability, committing to common sustainable water management practices to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. Also at the bi-national conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, five cities were recognized for their outstanding efforts in water conservation, water pollution prevention and sustainability. “Today, my fellow mayors and I made an important declaration on water sustainability to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence through our cities’ daily operations and long term investments, ” said Mayor [...]

Feds Announce $70M for St. Lawrence River

Posted on November 29, 2011
The feds announced a 15-year commitment to protect the St. Lawrence River this morning. The agreement, known as the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026, will continue the Canada-Quebec collaboration on the St. Lawrence that began back in 1988. The governments also confirmed a joint investment of $70 million over five years. "The health of the St. Lawrence ecosystem is of inestimable value to Quebec's economy, and we must ensure its protection and sustainable development," said Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney. Minister of Environment Peter Kent was also present. "For 23 years now, thanks to an approach based on [...]

GENIVAR Acquires Dakins

Posted on July 27, 2011
Montreal consulting firm GENIVAR Inc. has acquired Ontario-based Dakins Engineering Group Ltd., an instrumentation control and automation systems consulting engineering firm specialized in water and wastewater management. The acquisition adds 15 people to GENIVAR's workforce. Founded in 2001, Dakins is a systems integrator of control equipment and instrumentation to the water and wastewater industry. The company also offers complete automation and integration services using both new and existing SCADA systems. "Looking to our long-term goal, expertise within the Dakins group will allow us to better service the municipal infrastructure [...]

SNC-Lavalin Acquires Aqua Data

Posted on June 3, 2011
Engineering and consulting group SNC-Lavalin has acquired Aqua Data, a company of about 100 employees specializing in the computerized diagnosis and analysis of water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems for municipal, commercial and industrial clients. Formerly a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, Aqua Data has clients in Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and the United States. Its head office is in Pincourt, Quebec, near Montreal. “Municipalities across North America are concerned about asset management and investing in the renewal of their ageing water infrastructure and Aqua Data has the expertise to help us respond [...]

IJC Recommends Focus on Human Health Concerns for Great Lakes

Posted on March 9, 2011
The International Joint Commission provided 32 recommendations for action at the federal, state, provincial and local levels of government in its 15th biennial report, released today (find it here). In particular, the recommendations focus on the need for the United States and Canada to approve a revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) that addresses threats to water quality to prevent or reduce their impact on human and ecological health. Beach closings, harmful algal growth, contaminated groundwater and alien invasive species are examples of threats that are of greatest concern in the nearshore zone where most people [...]

McGill Researchers Develop Silver Nano Filter

Posted on March 7, 2011
Chemistry researchers at Montreal's McGill University have developed a key step towards making a cheap, portable, paper-based filter coated with silver nanoparticles to be used to prevent the spread of disease in emergency situations, such as floods and earthquakes. “Silver has been used to clean water for a very long time. The Greeks and Romans kept their water in silver jugs,” says Derek Gray, a professor in McGill’s Department of Chemistry. But though silver is used to get rid of bacteria in a variety of settings, from bandages to antibacterial socks, no one has used it systematically to clean water before. “It’s [...]
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