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Chelsea Water Projects Given Green Light

Posted on July 14, 2014
The Municipality of Chelsea in eastern Québec has been given the green light to begin construction on new wastewater and potable water systems for its Centre-Village sector. The project will address pollution and potable water issues that have plagued the community for decades. The Ministère des affaires municipals et de l’occupation de territoire (MAMOT) gave its approval of the $23-million project on July 10. Approval has been delayed for several years after complaints were made in 2012 to both the MAMOT and the Directeur general des élections (DGE) regarding the referendum process for borrowing bylaws connected to the project [...]

Mayors Push for Better Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin

Posted on April 4, 2014
Several Canadian mayors visited Parliament Hill on April 3, 2014 to make a case for better protection of the bodies of water for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Day. Notable politicians in attendance included U.S. embassy Chargé d’affaires Richard Sanders, federal opposition leader Thomas Mulcair, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. A number of members of Parliament from the three major parties also met with the mayors to bring attention to urgent issues facing shoreline communities and the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. “Mayors are in Ottawa today [...]

Quebec Invests in Source Water Protection

Posted on October 25, 2013
Quebec provincial government has announced a $25,000 contribution to the Agro-Futur Matane organization, which operates in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The investment will go towards efforts to reduce the risk of source water contamination through agricultural practices in the municipality of Saint-Luce. The financial assistance comes through the province’s Prime-Vert program. A St-Luce nursery. Photo: Ministère des Ressources naturelles “It is essential to take all necessary means to protect sources of drinking water and to ensure that agricultural activities are conducted in full respect of the environment,” said Minister [...]

H2O Innovation Partners with Rockwell Automation Program, Terminates Joint Venture in India

Posted on May 30, 2013
Quebec City-based H2O Innovation Inc. is now a partner in the Rockwell Automation OEM Program, part of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, a group of about 80 companies worldwide that have demonstrated exceptional design, delivery and innovation. The company is currently the sole partner dedicated to the development of integrated water treatment solutions. The program offers global manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-breed solutions to achieve plant wide optimization, improve machine performance, and meet sustainability objectives. The [...]

Quebec Publishes Draft Wastewater Regulation

Posted on May 6, 2013
Quebec's draft regulation respecting municipal wastewater treatment works will be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on May 15. It is subject to a 60-day public consultation period ending on July 13. This draft regulation paves the way for carrying out major work to modernize wastewater treatment facilities across Quebec. Specifically, the regulation: Defines the content of the depollution attestations that municipalities will need to obtain for each of their wastewater treatment works; Incorporates the general requirements of the Canada-wide Strategy; Provides an opportunity to sign a bilateral agreement with the [...]

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 [...]

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