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$1.2-million Cleantech Challenge for Mining Water

Posted on November 8, 2016
A $1.2-million cleantech challenge has been announced by Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), and Alberta Innovates. The challenge is focused on mining hot water production technologies. The goal is to develop methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency by identifying alternative methods for generating hot water for mining and extraction processes in the oil sands. Run by the ARCTIC Challenge series, the Advanced Resource Clean Technology Innovation Centre (ARCTIC), the program is Foresight Cleantech’s flagship program. There have been two previous [...]

Vancouver Aquarium Wins National Water Wise Award

Posted on November 7, 2016
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has awarded the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre with its National Water Wise Award for the Aquarium's longstanding commitment to aquatic life conservation, education, research and innovative operating practices. This is the second award being presented in 2016, its inaugural year. The CIPH award program was developed to recognize outstanding efforts to improve our relationship with water. "The Vancouver Aquarium is an international leader in both innovation and results. It is impressive that a cultural institution can be such a shining light for others to follow," said [...]

Critical Water Infrastructure in Fort McMurray

Posted on November 4, 2016
The Alberta government has released a comprehensive report, titled Home Again: Recovery after the Wood Buffalo Wildfire, popularly known as the wildfire that struck Fort McMurray in May 2016. The report is broad ranging, but of central importance is the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, notably drinking water and wastewater facilities. As early as May 11, Government of Alberta staff met with local officials to review the status and capability of critical infrastructure in the affected areas. Special team leads visited the drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. During this time, the Government of Alberta, along with [...]

Water Top Priority for First Nations Infrastructure

Posted on November 3, 2016
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde opened the National Housing and Infrastructure Forum in Winnipeg, MB, on November 1st by calling for a First Nations-led strategy and national action plan to put forward solutions to ensure safe and healthy housing and infrastructure for all First Nations with a strong focus on water and wastewater. “Our people live the reality of the housing and infrastructure deficit everyday. We do have the expertise and the experience to develop the right solutions, and we invite partners in government, industry, and the public to work with us,” said National Chief Bellegarde. Speaking [...]

Local Groups and WWF-Canada Monitor Fresh Water

Posted on November 2, 2016
At the November 1st session of the North American Lakes Management Society Symposium in Banff, Alberta, water scientists, environmental NGOs, and community organizations met to start a dialogue on how citizen science can play a role in protecting freshwater. Water data collected through citizen-science efforts is already led by communities and can play a key role in understanding our freshwater health. WWF-Canada is working with community groups to design a new national water-monitoring framework that includes community-monitoring programs able to respond and adapt to Canada's water challenges. Investing in a national framework [...]

Metro Vancouver Loves Water

Posted on November 1, 2016
We Love Water is an indoor water conservation campaign run by Metro Vancouver. The campaign's message is: using water wisely is the right thing to do all year round, and small actions really do add up. Turning off the tap while brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day can save close to 700 litres of drinking water each month Cutting two minutes off your daily shower saves over 460 litres a month Running full washing machines or dishwasher loads maximizes the appliance's water efficiency Along with improved transmission and increased supply, water conservation is a major component of Metro Vancouver's plan for ensuring there [...]

British Columbia First Nations Community Receives New Water Treatment System

Posted on October 25, 2016
The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, travelled to the Pacheedaht First Nation in British Columbia to congratulate the community on the grand opening of its new water treatment and distribution system. The new system provides clean drinking water to the First Nation community and eliminates the need for bottled water arising from frequent drinking water advisories. Since November 2015, 15 pre-existing long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted through the work done in partnership with First Nation communities and regional partners. A 2012-2013 AAND investment report noted that $431,515 in [...]

Alarmingly High E. Coli Levels in First Nations

Posted on October 17, 2016
In a report published on September 29th, scientists found what they described as an “alarmingly high frequency” of fecal bacteria in drinking water sources at a fly-in First Nations community. E. coli levels were upwards of 62,000CFU per 100 millilitres in homes without running water. Homes that were using water treated at the community’s water treatment facility had upwards of 2100CFU per 100 millilitres with residual chlorine below 0.2 milligrams per litre, below the required limit to prevent bacterial growth. This despite that when the water left the treatment facility the water was free of E. coli and showed acceptable levels [...]

Veolia Awarded Contract to Treat Gold Mining Wastewater in B.C.

Posted on October 13, 2016
Veolia Water Technologies Canada, has been chosen by mining company, Pretium Resources Inc. to supply the new effluent treatment facility for the Brucejack gold mine in British Columbia, Canada. Brucejack is one of the largest and highest-grading undeveloped gold mining projects in the world with commercial production targeted for 2017. As part of the agreement, Veolia will treat up to 10,000 m3 per day of effluent water from the mine. The permanent effluent treatment system will consist of several technologies, including the Actiflo clarification process for primary metals removal. The water will be further polished by a highly-efficient [...]

Alberta College Takes Wastewater Operator Training Online

Posted on October 6, 2016
NLC is the first institution to offer online training in the water and wastewater sector in the north [...]
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