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Goodale Announces Wastewater Funding, Calls for Climate Change Infra

Posted on July 17, 2017
The federal government has announced $6.5 million for wastewater and stormwater management in Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan. Announced by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Don McMorris, MLA for Indian Head-Milestone, and Peggy Chorney, Mayor of the Town of Pilot Butte, the wastewater plant upgrades include new pumping and pipeline infrastructure; an expansion and upgrade of the existing lagoon; and the addition of effluent disinfection equipment. “Investments in wastewater and storm water management infrastructure will benefit Canadians for years to come. And effective disaster mitigation projects [...]

SaskWater Releases 2016–17 Annual Report

Posted on July 17, 2017
SaskWater has released its 2016–17 report, which highlights the Crown corporation’s growth to include the City of Melville, the fifth city in the province to be served by the utility. As part its agreement with Melville, SaskWater will build a new water treatment plant and regional water supply system to serve the community and its surrounding area. Projects in Melville will include two new wells, a 32-kilometre pipeline, a new water treatment plant, and a additional storage. Today, SaskWater tabled its 2016-17 annual report with the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly's Clerks Office. In the document, the utility reports a net [...]

Man. Rural Municipality Completes $3M Water Pipelines Expansion

Posted on July 12, 2017
Yesterday, Manitoba’s Rural Municipality of Dauphin unveiled the completion of Phase I of the Rural Water Pipelines Expansion, a $3,130,000 million investment in water infrastructure. Work in Phase 1 was made possible through funding under the Canada-Manitoba New Building Canada Fund–Small Communities Fund and will enhance Dauphin's ability to provide reliable water supply in an environmentally sustainable manner to residents for years to come. “With Phase 1 of the pipelines project completed, almost 100 households in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin will now have access to quality potable water,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister [...]

Calgary Biosolids Composting Facility to Begin Operation

Posted on July 12, 2017
Calgary’s Organics Composting Facility has achieved substantial completion and will divert dewatered biosolids from one of the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. Maple Reinders announced that on June 29th, the Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, achieved substantial completion on time and on budget for the Source Separated Organics (SSO) and Class A Biosolids in-vessel composting facility. This project was delivered under a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. In addition to being the first composting [...]

Selkirk, Manitoba, Invests in Reducing Combined Sewers

Posted on July 11, 2017
Its asset management plan has helped Selkirk, Manitoba, invest in eliminating its combined sewers to reduce basement backups and prevent potential overflows of combined sewer effluent being dumped into the Red River. An investment of close to $1 million will improve three city streets, drainage, and reduce the number of combined sewer systems that still exist in Selkirk, Manitoba. The city of approximately 10,000 people made its capital investment decision based on their Capital Asset Management Program (CAMP). Duane Nicol, the Selkirk’s chief administrative officer, said that using robust asset data the city now has will move [...]

NASA Maps Saskatchewan's Wetlands, North Sask. River

Posted on July 10, 2017
Saskatchewan’s wetlands and North Saskatchewan River have been chosen as a testing ground for new NASA technologies designed to map water in northern environments and around the world. On July 7th, NASA began flying an experimental radar called AirSWOT to map water levels over Saskatchewan sites. AirSWOT is a prototype sensor for NASA’s forthcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission, which is scheduled for launch in 2021 and will provide a comprehensive mapping of freshwater resources on Earth. The flights will play a key role in NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), which is flying [...]

Vancouver Mining Firm Sets Water Reuse Strategy

Posted on July 6, 2017
Vancouver’s Goldcorp Inc. has released a report that details in part its water conservation strategy, Towards Zero Water, with the aim to reuse and recycle all water resources. In its 11th annual sustainability report, Goldcorp’s CEO, David Garofalo, writes that, “The most far-reaching announcement of the year was the launch of our Towards Zero Water initiative.” While Garofalo admits that 100 per cent recycling and reuse of water in mining operations might be an insurmountable challenge at the outset, he asserts, “Improved stewardship of water resources will give us a competitive advantage, socially, practically, and economically [...]

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Receive $17.5M for Water Infrastructure

Posted on July 5, 2017
Yesterday, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, along with Richard Feehan, Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations joined Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to announce the construction of a new regional water line and water infrastructure to ensure a safe and secure water supply for the community. “It's evident that our natural water source is at risk and a water line would be essential to help protect this precious resource for future generations,” said Chief Alexis. “After working to develop partnerships with all levels of government, they have taken this positive step to ensure [...]

$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 [...]

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 [...]
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