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Water Treatment Plant Promises Clean, Fresh Water for Moosomin First Nation

Posted on April 1, 2015
Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. On March 30, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt congratulated the community of Moosomin First Nation on the opening of their new water treatment plant. As a more efficient, less costly system, the new water treatment plant increases capacity to both meet the growing needs of the residents of Moosomin First Nation as well as to provide required fire-flow volumes for fire protection. The system also includes a built-in back-up power supply for water distribution and fire protection during power outages. "Congratulations to the leadership and residents [...]

EPCOR to Purchase Arizona Water Company

Posted on March 27, 2015
Epcor Water (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of the City of Edmonton-owned utility EPCOR, has reached an agreement to purchase the assets and operations of Arizona’s Willow Valley Water Company from GWR Global Water Resources Corp. for approximately $2.5 million. Willow Valley is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Arizona, and the Willow Valley Water Company provides service to around 1,600 customers. “We took ownership of Willow as part of our purchase of utilities in western Maricopa County,” said Ron Fleming, the president and CEO of Global Water. “However, Willow is located hundreds of miles away in Mohave County [...]

NWT, Alberta Sign “Unparalleled” Water Management Deal

Posted on March 19, 2015
Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed an agreement to protect the integrity of water flowing downstream from Alberta to the Northwest Territories. The Alberta-Northwest Territories bilateral water management agreement commits both governments to co-operatively manage water resources. The agreement focuses on aquatic ecosystems in the Mackenzie River Basin, the longest and largest river system in Canada. “Water is a vital resource that knows no boundaries. We are committed to ensuring Albertans and our neighbours in the Northwest Territories have access to a healthy and sustainable water supply, now and in the future," [...]

Harper Government Invests to Help Producers Manage the Risk of Drought and Flooding

Posted on March 19, 2015
New simulation models designed to predict the effects of overland flooding and drought could pave the way to new and better insurance coverage for agricultural producers. On March 17, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin Blaine Calkins, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced $1.3 million in federal support to the Alberta Federation of Agriculture to develop the new model. This initiative aims to develop robust simulation hydrologic models and maps that can assess overland flooding, drought, and soil saturation issues to be used to predict the likelihood and impact of future water patterns. Data collected could contribute [...]

World's First Fully Integrated Research Facility Opens in Calgary Wastewater Plant

Posted on March 18, 2015
For the first time, university researchers are working side-by-side with municipal operators to advance wastewater treatment technologies and knowledge that will lead to cleaner water, a better protected ecosystem, and improved public health. On March 17, the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary unveiled the $38.5-million Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) facility at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. An idea conceived more than 15 years ago through the vision of a group of world-class scholars, ACWA is the only fully integrated, fully contained university research facility located within an operating industrial [...]

Chinese Business Owners Could Spend More Than $20 Million on Canadian Water Sources

Posted on March 11, 2015
An immigration consultant told Reuters last week that he has clients willing to spend “at least $20 million” to buy wells in British Columbia. The clients plan to set up bottling plants in the province to export spring water to China. Credit: Steven Depolo via Flickr. “One of my clients is exporting—I cannot believe it—200 container loads of mineral water from British Columbia to China every single month,” the consultant, Alex Liao, told Reuters. “Lots of people, right now, are buying wells.” In recent weeks, two Chinese businessmen have purchased two water sources in the province. Another Chinese man reportedly [...]

Vancouver Island District Reviewing Water Supply Options

Posted on March 9, 2015
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, is investigating opportunities to maintain adequate water flows on the Cowichan River, which has experienced an increasing number of drought-like spells during past summer and fall months. Several options have been identified by the regional district’s review thus far, including raising the weir at Cowichan Lake, dredging the upper river, installing pumps, or a combination of these measures. The district will have to decide on a tactic by April 15 in order to secure funding through the federal gas tax fund. Depending on the preferred solution [...]

Okanagan Basin Water Board Awards $300,000 in Funding

Posted on March 9, 2015
Directors of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) announced their approval of $300,000 in funding for 18 projects on March 4. The projects are expected to help conserve and improve the quality of water in the valley. In North Okanagan, a flood mapping project on Swan Lake and irrigation improvements at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka demonstration garden were both approved for funding. A land use and water quality assessment of Swan Lake, which will be carried out by Greater Vernon Water, was also approved. In central Okanagan, approved projects include a study on biosolids by the Regional District of Central Okanaga and virus [...]

B.C. Communities Need $13 Billion to Renew Water Infrastructure

Posted on March 2, 2015
The BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) has released a report stating that communities in British Columbia will need at least $13 billion in additional investments to replace existing water and wastewater systems in the province. The report—Are Our Water Systems at Risk?—was carried out by BCWWA and Urban Systems, and assesses the financial capacity of municipalities in British Columbia to maintain, renew, and replace water infrastructure. The report offered four points of concern about the financial sustainability of B.C.’s systems: - Water and sewer fees are not covering the full cost of service delivery in many communities [...]

Manitoba Announces Funding for Projects in Eastern Municipalities

Posted on February 20, 2015
Manitoba Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell announced on February 17 a $1.2-million provincial investment in water services infrastructure in the Local Government District of Pinawa and the Rural Municipality of Emerson-Franklin. Manitoba Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell. “These projects demonstrate our commitment to strengthening rural economies and providing job opportunities for people in these communities,” Caldwell said. “These investments not only benefit the environment through waste management, but also support families by ensuring they have access to safe, clean water and support businesses by [...]
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