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Alberta Invests $12M in Watershed Councils

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to fulfill its mandate to preserve water resources. “World Water Day challenges us to think about how we protect this extraordinary economic and environmental resource. We are taking [...]

Wastewater Fund Puts West Kelowna Treatment Plant 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

Posted on March 21, 2017
A $41 million federal and provincial grant under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will make the construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant a reality at least five years ahead of schedule. West Kelowna originally intended to start construction on the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant in 2022, as outlined in its 10-year financial plan. “The City of West Kelowna is grateful beyond words for this generous contribution, which will put us on the fast track to building a state of the art facility with the aim of bringing water quality assurances to the entire northern half of our city,” said Mayor Doug Findlater. The [...]

Axine Receives $1M to Pursue Innovative Wastewater Tech

Posted on March 20, 2017
Axine Water Technologies has received $1 million from the Government of Canada’s Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) to deploy its disruptive, electrochemical oxidation technology for treating toxic wastewater at customer sites in the chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, and other water-intensive industries. The funding was announced on March 15 at the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Axine Water is one of 12 companies highlighted by the minister in the current $14.8 million announcement of funding. The WINN program provides $100 million [...]

White Rock Receives Federal Funding for Arsenic Treatment

Posted on March 20, 2017
White Rock, B.C., has received nearly $12 million in funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia to help deliver a $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address water quality in the city. The funding is part of the recently announced $373 million being delivered in British Columbia under the under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. For more than 100 years, water services in White Rock had been owned and operated by private operators. The city acquired the White Rock water utility from a private utility company in October 2015 with an advance payment of $14 million and continues to work with the [...]

B.C., Feds to Fund 144 New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on March 17, 2017
The federal and British Columbia governments have announced funding for 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding—more than $186.6 million— and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million. Local governments are contributing the balance of $63.4 million. Funding will [...]

Alberta 2017 Budget Includes $100M for Water on Reserves

Posted on March 17, 2017
The Alberta Government has released its Budget 2017, which includes $100 million in new funding to support access to water systems throughout the province, providing access to clean water for Indigenous peoples. Alberta’s provisions for water access to Indigenous people and people living on reserve is to maintain its commitment to the U.N. Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The capital investments are meant to support the “integration of regional drinking water systems with federally-supported water systems for Alberta’s Indigenous communities.” Water management and stewardship in Alberta’s parks has been allocated [...]

Manitoba Red Tape Reduction Bill to Affect Drinking Water, Groundwater

Posted on March 17, 2017
Manitoba has given a first reading to its Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, 2017, or Bill 24. The changes would impact The Drinking Water Safety Act and The Groundwater and Water Well Act, among others. The proposed legislation is intended to “reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory requirements imposed on businesses, industry and local governments,” said Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen in a press release. The province stated that specific changes to the groundwater act would eliminate a provision that requires identification plates on all drilling machines and reports from [...]

$459M Wastewater Treatment Facility to Begin Construction

Posted on March 17, 2017
Construction is imminent on Vancouver Island’s expanded wastewater infrastructure in the Capital Regional District (CRD). The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing a total of approximately $459 million in the planned wastewater infrastructure. Construction gets underway in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Township of Esquimalt. The $385 million project is being funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and the CRD. In 2014, Esquimalt rejected a necessary rezoning that would allow the McLoughlin Point facility to get underway. The CRD appealed [...]

Regina, EPCOR to Negotiate Hauled Wastewater Station Transfer

Posted on March 16, 2017
Regina’s city council will consider expanding its wastewater project agreement with EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. to include the operation, maintenance, and infrastructure renewal of their Hauled Wastewater Station. EPCOR already maintains the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The proposal, first brought to council in November 2016, recommends that the city negotiate with EPCOR for service expansion in order to minimize the city’s risk in operating the HWS and allow EPCOR to bundle of asset maintenance and upgrades. As EPCOR and the city already maintain an agreement for operation of Regina’s wastewater treatment plant, both [...]

B.C.'s Cleantech Sector Worth $1.8 Billion and Growing

Posted on March 14, 2017
A new report released by KPMG and the CEO Alliance shows that British Columbia's cleantech sector is worth $1.8 billion and is among the fastest growing sectors in the province. However, those surveyed in the report suggested that more government support is needed to foster the sector. The report delivered the results of a survey of more than 270 cleantech companies in the province following a similar survey conducted in 2011. Jonathan Rhone, the chair of the B.C. Cleantech CEO Alliance and president of industrial wastewater company Axine, wrote, "Over the past five years, B.C. has emerged as a globally recognized centre of cleantech [...]
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