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Guangdong Works to Improve Water Quality, Signs Agreement with Alta.

Posted on April 25, 2017
Alberta and the province of Guangdong in southern China have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen ties and facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions as Guangdong works to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality. Premier Rachel Notley signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Alberta in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Governor Ma Xingrui signed on behalf of the Guangdong government. The sister-province relationship agreement has significant implications for increased trade and investment between both provinces. Specifically, it creates the conditions for the governments of Alberta [...]

Metro Vancouver Launches Unflushables Campaign

Posted on April 21, 2017
Metro Vancouver is rolling out a new campaign, The Unflushables, in hopes of educating residents to stop dumping items down the drain that clog the municipal and regional sewer system. This is a national problem and the cost of dealing with this issue across Canada has been estimated at $250 million. The 2017 Unflushables campaign, which launched yesterday, will focus on the worst offenders for clogged drains, such as wipes, paper towels, dental floss, hair, tampons and applicators, and condoms, as well as medications. "You wouldn't believe some of the items that people flush, but it's the everyday objects that people often don't [...]

Report Finds Weak Business Case for Site C Hydroelectric

Posted on April 20, 2017
The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is to provide deeper insight to government, policy-makers, and the general public regarding the economics of the Site C Project. The report addresses whether the Site C Project is past the point of no return from an economic perspective. The report analyses circumstances that have changed since BC Hydro compared [...]

$37M in Funding for Man. Water & Wastewater Projects

Posted on April 18, 2017
The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced investment in provincial infrastructure as they continue to develop modern, reliable water and wastewater services. The governments perceive these investments as safeguarding public health and well-being, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving local ecosystems. Today, Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations, were in Elie to announce more than $37 million in combined funding for 24 new water and wastewater projects [...]

$10M in Prov. Funding to Calgary for Flood and Stormwater

Posted on April 13, 2017
Six provincial grants are part of $63 million earmarked in Budget 2017 to help Alberta communities and organizations adapt to severe weather events and a changing climate. The projects will protect downtown Calgary and neighbouring communities during flooding and stormwater events. Approximately $9.8 million will go to two pump station projects in Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood and to the construction of a new flood-dedicated pump station. Commenting on the provincial funding, Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi said, “Flood mitigation is our top capital priority at The City of Calgary. We must do all we can to protect our citizens [...]

South Fork Water Treatment Plant Receives Engineering Award

Posted on April 13, 2017
On Saturday, April 8th, the City of Nanaimo and Associated Engineering were recognized for the City's South Fork Water Treatment Plant, receiving an Award of Merit in the Civil and Municipal Infrastructure category. The award was for the South Fork Water Treatment Plant and recognized the city’s efforts in providing safe drinking water and sustainable design. The honour was given at the 28th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday evening at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. The awards are hosted by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) to recognize its member [...]

Edmonton Council Transfers Drainage Utility to EPCOR

Posted on April 12, 2017
This morning Edmonton City Council voted to move its drainage utility from city administration to EPCOR Utilities Inc. The transfer date is set for September 1, 2017. “We will be putting a transition team into place in the next few days,” said city manager Linda Cochrane. “We will work closely with EPCOR to ensure that the transition is seamless for Edmontonians and our affected staff. All services will continue as usual and all planned construction programs will continue moving ahead.” Oversight and ownership of assets will remain with City Council. Drainage utility rates will continue to be set by Council’s utility [...]

Man. Budget Adds $20M to Water Infrastructure Spending

Posted on April 12, 2017
Manitoba released its 2017 budget, yesterday, which includes $60 million for water infrastructure and $15 million for maintenance and preservation of water related assets. The budget also outlined the province’s intention to develop a tailored climate and environmental framework based on principles of sustainable development. “It will offer approaches to water and land use, sustainable agriculture, protecting wetlands, forests and natural areas, investing in green infrastructure, promoting technology and innovation, and numerous other initiatives,” reads the budget. “Budget 2017 was built for and by Manitobans, and sets [...]

Report Challenges EPCOR's Efficiencies in Drainage Utility Transfer

Posted on April 12, 2017
As Edmonton City Council prepares to vote on the transfer of the city's drainage utility to EPCOR, a report from the Edmonton and District Labour Council (EDLC) has challenged the benefits of the proposed transfer, claiming the public utility could achieve much of EPCOR's proposed efficiencies. Described as an exercise in weighing trade-offs, the EDLC’s report lays out factors that it believes city councillors and members of the public should consider before granting approval to the transfer. Authored by Robin Shaban, a researcher and policy analyst, and Barrett Weber, a consultant, the report points to two factors that the EDLC [...]

RFP Shortlist for CRD Residuals Treatment Facility Released

Posted on April 11, 2017
B.C.’s Capital Regional District continues to move forward on its wastewater treatment project. It has announced that three teams have been shortlisted for the Residuals Treatment Facility. The three teams will participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design, build, partially finance, operate, and maintain the residuals facility over a 20-year term for the Wastewater Treatment Project. Residual solids from the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will be piped to the Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill, where they will be treated and turned into Class A biosolids. These biosolids [...]
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