156 Results for drinking water

At the Water Excellence ceremony held by Réseau Environnement, the City of Beaconsfield, Quebec was awarded a certificate of recognition for its various initiatives relating to conserving drinking water, as part of Réseau Environnement's Municipalité Écon'eau program. The annual Water Management Symposium that took place on October 10th and 11th aimed to promote the…

October 15, 2018 @ 10:42am

The federal government and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will deliver water to the communities of Esowista and Ty-Histanis. Announced by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Chief Moses Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation,…

August 21, 2018 @ 9:39am

Canada and Quebec are investing in drinking water services for the Quebec City region. Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and Michel Matte, Member of Quebec's National Assembly for Portneuf, announced an investment of more than $976,000 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to replace water…

August 03, 2018 @ 9:22am

According to new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, softening agents added to pipes in order to keep them clear of mineral buildup may amplify the risk of pathogens being release into drinking water. “The groundwater that supplies many cities may be high in magnesium and calcium,” said…

July 30, 2018 @ 10:39am

In partnership with the Government of Canada, Eel Ground First Nation has implemented a water and wastewater infrastructure plan that should end a long-term boil water advisory by December 2018. Work is underway to upgrade the water and wastewater treatment systems on Eel Ground First Nation's Big Hole Tract reserve.…

June 25, 2018 @ 10:12am

Oxford, Nova Scotia will receive upgrades to its drinking water infrastructure with support from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Patricia Stewart, Mayor of the Town of Oxford, made the joint announcement this week of funding to maintain reliable…

June 22, 2018 @ 11:36am

Work is underway on an 800-metre watermain extension project in the community of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, located approximately 10 kilometres east of Belleville, Ontario. Announced by Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Don Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte…

June 19, 2018 @ 4:54pm

The Province of Nova Scotia has committed to determining what’s required to remediate a former construction and demolition site in Harrietsfield, Halifax Regional Municipality. Nova Scotia Lands Inc. will commission a site assessment this summer to determine the extent of contamination, how long it will take to remediate, and how…

June 13, 2018 @ 9:51am

Indigenous Services Canada has released a May 2018 update on the federal government’s progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories for public water systems on reserves. Ongoing investments from the federal government in water and wastewater infrastructure are helping to eliminate long-term drinking water advisories on these systems. One long-term…

June 05, 2018 @ 9:15am

Labatt Breweries of Canada is providing 100,000 cans of emergency drinking water for New Brunswick as part of its Canadian Disaster Relief Program. The water will go to on-the-ground responders in communities along the Saint John River in New Brunswick that have been faced with the worst flooding in decades. Two trucks carrying cases…

May 16, 2018 @ 8:27am

The idea of using energy from the sun to evaporate and purify drinking water is ancient. The Greek philosopher Aristotle reportedly described such a process more than 2,000 years ago. More recently, researchers at the University of Buffalo are bringing this technology into the modern age, using it to sanitize…

May 10, 2018 @ 10:45am

Rural regions in Canada face many challenges when it comes to managing drinking water systems. New research from the University of Saskatchewan examines the potential to manage drinking water using a framework that the author is calling “new regionalism,” involving innovation, multi-level governance, place, and integration. "The new regionalism-based approach to drinking water recognizes…

April 27, 2018 @ 9:55am

The Government of Canada is asking technical experts who focus on drinking water to provide feedback in the consultation process for the drinking water guidance document on the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality encourage the adoption of a multi-barrier source-to-tap approach to…

April 16, 2018 @ 2:36pm

The City of Toronto's targeted testing of tap water in 2017 indicated significantly lower lead levels, a result of a Corrosion Control Plan implemented from 2009 to 2017. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that fewer than 10 per cent of water samples can exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb)…

April 03, 2018 @ 10:01am

Canada and British Columbia have announced the outcome of their bilateral agreement, which includes $4.1 billion in federal funding. Announced yesterday Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena, the bilateral agreement that will provide more federal funding through the Investing in Canada plan over…

April 03, 2018 @ 9:19am

Saint John Water will soon begin its transitional treatment phase in anticipation of the Loch Lomond Drinking Water Treatment Facility becoming operational this summer. Beginning mid to late April, Saint John Water will begin the interim treatment of the current east side drinking water supply to adjust the pH of…

March 28, 2018 @ 10:19am

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), B.C. has announced the completion of the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project, which permits long-term financing to ensure the necessary funds to complete the project. At the close of the AAP on March 16 at 4:30 pm, 31 eligible…

March 20, 2018 @ 9:38am

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have published the results of a study on how people perceive the taste of recycled wastewater in a blind taste test. The safety of recycled wastewater is well-established and after years of drought in California, drinking recycled wastewater has gained momentum. Public…

March 14, 2018 @ 11:09am

Slate Falls Nation has opened a new water treatment plant, allowing the Nation's Band Council to lift 11 long-term drinking water advisories (DWAs) that had been in place since 2004. On Monday, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, joined Lorraine Crane, Chief of Slate Falls Nation at the official grand opening…

March 07, 2018 @ 10:19am

In spite of good progress in water hygiene during the recent decades, contaminated water still causes millions of diseases every year. Most of these diseases are caused by enteric viruses, and better water disinfection methods could help prevent discomfort and even save lives. A new study from the University of…

March 07, 2018 @ 10:15am

Canada’s Department of Indigenous Services announced today that a long-term drinking water advisory in Tsal'alh First Nation in British Columbia was lifted on February 5th, 2018. Located in the Central Interior-Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia, Tsal'alh First Nation’s advisory was in effect since November 30, 2016. "I am pleased…

February 09, 2018 @ 10:49am

Today, the Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Jane Philpott, and Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, announced a water main extension project, which will expand the distribution of treated drinking water to two federally-operated schools on reserve. The tendering process is already underway. Construction is…

February 05, 2018 @ 2:13pm

Iqalungmiut’s water and wastewater infrastructure has been improved by investments from the local government and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The funding supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first investment was for improvements to the City of Iqaluit's water and wastewater systems. The upgrades will improve reliability and…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:25am

Mishkeegogamang First Nation has successfully ended long-term and short-term drinking water advisories, continuing progress towards the federal governments pledge to end long-term DWAs. Yesterday afternoon, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, shared progress on this commitment. Mishkeegogamang First Nation has lifted short- and long-term drinking water advisories that have affected…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:11am

Installation of a new 30-kilometre-long pipeline to help supply the City of Melville and area with a more reliable and sustainable water supply has recently been completed, marking a construction milestone in an ongoing infrastructure project. “It is great news that this critical project, which will significantly improve water services…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:55am

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is moving forward with the installation of temporary ultraviolet treatment that is expected to reduce boil water notices by approximately 80 per cent. The UV system will be operational in February 2018 as an interim measure until the area’s new water treatment plant is built.…

December 11, 2017 @ 9:23am

The Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, released a report today analyzing federal spending on drinking water and wastewater treatment on First Nations reserves. In it, he suggests that the current government is grossly under-budget to meet the 2015 promise end to long-term boil water advisories on reserves within five years. The…

December 07, 2017 @ 2:56pm

The City of Prince George, British Columbia has conducted a review of drinking water quality at civic facilities and found it to be safe for consumption after concerns about lead concentration. While the water was declared safe to drink, users have been advised to briefly run faucets prior to consumption,…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:55am

The Canadian Council of Environment Ministers (CCME) has released the Water Quality Index 2.0 application and CCME Water Quality Index User’s Manual 2017 Update, replacing the Water Quality Index 1.2 published in 2011. The revised and updated index provides a consistent approach to summarizing complex water quality data and facilitating its communication. It incorporates scope—the number…

November 22, 2017 @ 3:22pm

Newfoundland and Labrador has signed a Municipal Stewardship Agreement with the Town of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity to protect wetlands around the community and coastal habitat. A ceremony held in the community on Friday marked the official signing of the agreement and was attended by Derrick Bragg, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Land…

November 20, 2017 @ 10:29am

An audit of Halifax Water examining its management of drinking water safety was released by the Municipal Auditor General (MAG) on November 10th. In her report, Auditor General Evangeline Colman-Sadd, CPA, CA, found that the utility’s performance met requirements for drinking water safety on a day-to-day basis. Areas that the…

November 20, 2017 @ 10:10am

The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced just over $7.5 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding for the construction of a new water treatment plant for the Hamlet of Sandy Lake in the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, and, Reeve of the Municipal District of Opportunity,…

November 17, 2017 @ 9:50am

Canada and Quebec have invested in a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay Français by refitting a flood control dam. David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced that the governments will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:08am

Applications for funding of the fourth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program will be accepted Nov. 15th to Dec. 15th, 2017, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced yesterday morning. Previous funding has successfully support small-scale water projects across the province. “I encourage local…

November 10, 2017 @ 11:26am

This week, experts have gathered in Montreal, Quebec to collaborate on First Nations-led solutions to the housing and infrastructure crisis facing many First Nations at the First Nations Forum to Address Housing & Infrastructure Crisis. AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart, who holds the Water, Housing and Infrastructure portfolio for AFN, said:…

October 31, 2017 @ 1:20pm

The Government of Canada has congratulated the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) on its fourth Debenture Issuance, which assists with financing First Nations water infrastructure projects. Established under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNFMA), FNFA enables First Nations to collaboratively access long-term financing at preferred rates through the issuance of bonds…

October 30, 2017 @ 11:59am

Professional engineer and water scientist Steve Hrudey was recently inducted as a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Steve is an internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and a tireless advocate for scientific excellence. His work has empowered those who operate water systems everywhere to ensure the health of the people they…

October 26, 2017 @ 2:29pm

The City of Beaconsfield was awarded a certificate of recognition for programs relating to water conservation and drinking water, as part of Réseau Environnement’s Municipalité Écon’eau awards program. The City of Beaconsfield belongs to the Municipalités Écon’eau group, a recognition and discussion program in water conservation that has a limited…

October 16, 2017 @ 10:50am

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) announced today that it has been asked by the Minister of Science, on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to examine the current state of knowledge on…

September 13, 2017 @ 4:33pm

The Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) conducted a survey of its membership to better understand the breadth and scope of professionals working in fields related to the provision of treated water. Based on revenues reported in the survey, CWQA estimates its members alone represent $561 million of a nearly $2.51…

September 13, 2017 @ 7:49am

A group of Dutch researchers has completed a study on the plumbing between the water meter and consumer's taps to determine whether stagnation and temperature may affect water quality. “Our conclusion was that the microbial quality of drinking water changes during the overnight stagnation, and that change appears to be…

September 13, 2017 @ 7:37am

Last week, researchers at the University of Waterloo have invented a faster, more affordable way for communities to test their drinking water for E. coli, which stands to benefit remote and developing communities. Unlike current tests that cost about $70 and can take up to three days for lab results,…

September 12, 2017 @ 9:26am

Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced $38.8 million for projects that will support improvements in municipal wastewater and water systems. The money is being allocated under the Small Communities Fund and provincial Municipal Capital Works program. Premier Ball made the announcement in Botwood where he was joined…

September 05, 2017 @ 11:41am

On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken. The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement…

June 19, 2017 @ 9:34am

The Capital Regional District (CRD), B.C., has released its 2016 Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality this week, providing an overview of water quality testing conducted in 2016 across the Regional Water Supply System serving Greater Victoria. Results included in the report indicate that the regions drinking water…

June 16, 2017 @ 12:58pm

There is an enormous opportunity in the Province of Ontario, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through the municipal water sector. That is the overarching message of a new report from the Ontario Environment Commissioner, Dianne Saxe's office released this week. While several U.S. studies and one earlier report…

May 31, 2017 @ 11:03am

The township of North Glengarry, Ontario, will receive $22.8 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments for water infrastructure projects. Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and His Worship Chris McDonell, Mayor of North Glengarry, announced that two projects in North…

May 29, 2017 @ 1:25pm

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) has commissioned a study about resiliency in water utilities. CWWA have asked Dalhousie University to conduct an online questionnaire survey about attitudes and perceptions about risk resilience and security at water utilities. This questionnaire is being conducted at all water utilities across Canada…

May 24, 2017 @ 11:26am

A new data visualization tool has been developed to create interactive engagement with technology trends in the water sector. Developed under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) – a joint initiative between the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) – the survey and visualization tool helps…

May 18, 2017 @ 1:30pm

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit of Norfolk County, Ontario, has announced the launch of the HNHU Drinking Water Hauler Inspection Program. Over the past two years, the HNHU has been working with local drinking water haulage operators in Haldimand and Norfolk providing both education and inspections to ensure compliance with guidelines…

May 09, 2017 @ 11:41am

Carleton University’s Onita Basu, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in partnership with Humber College, has received more than $95,000 over two years through the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program (CCI). This research will investigate procedures involved in processing drinking water using biofiltration (BF). Biological filtration is one of few…

May 02, 2017 @ 3:55pm

The governments of Canada and Quebec announced $6.1 million for three new projects related to water in the Estrie region: one in Asbestos and two in Stanstead. The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and MP for Compton–Stanstead and Luc Fortin, Minister Responsible for the Estrie Minister…

May 01, 2017 @ 8:55am

Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water…

April 26, 2017 @ 9:21am

St. Margarets, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, will receive approximately $2.15 million for water infrastructure upgrades. The project, announced on the 24th, is being funded through the Gas Tax Fund and involves upgrades to the water system, including two kilometres of new PVC water mains, the replacement of hydrants, the replacement…

April 25, 2017 @ 9:34am

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…

April 25, 2017 @ 9:17am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced that they will invest nearly $84.4 million in two water projects in the Montréal area. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security…

April 19, 2017 @ 11:01am

Yesterday, St. John’s City Council voted on whether to approve the Capital Plan for 2016–2018 — council minutes were unavailable at the time of writing. The plan includes $28.7 million in capital projects for 2017, including $3.2 million dedicated to its water systems. The capital plan will support a wide…

April 18, 2017 @ 10:44am

Following on the release of the 10th RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, the RBC Blue Water Project and GlobeScan held a webinar, bringing further discussion and insight to the valuable findings of the data. In the discussion were Andrew Craig, director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC; Rober Haller, executive…

April 11, 2017 @ 2:48pm

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond. The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles,…

April 05, 2017 @ 9:35am

City Council for Guelph, Ontario, unanimously endorsed the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Policy at March 27th meeting of the council. The plan will help manage infrastructure backlog, including for water, wastewater, and stormwater assets. This was the city’s first asset management plan and outlines the processes…

March 29, 2017 @ 8:16am

York Region has announced that it either met or exceeded the required parameters for drinking water quality established in its Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 for 2016. In its 2016 Drinking Water Report, the Region summarizes the management of its drinking water systems, describes procedures, reporting, and adverse water…

March 24, 2017 @ 7:17am

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…

March 17, 2017 @ 12:40pm

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…

March 17, 2017 @ 8:23am

On March 2nd, the binational Great Lakes Commission (GLC) called for U.S. and Canadian leadership to rebuild and modernize aging water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region. Detailed recommendations to both governments argue for investments in infrastructure that continue to provide safe drinking water to more than 48 million people,…

March 03, 2017 @ 7:38am

New research from the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan shows that research on drinking water and health outcomes in Indigenous communities in Canada is limited and has occurred on an opportunistic basis. Drs. Lori  Bradford, Lalita  Bharadwaj, Udoka Okpalauwaekwe, and Cheryl Waldner assert that there is a need…

February 21, 2017 @ 9:32am

The Regional Municipality of York has released its 2016 Source Water Implementation Annual Report, which summarizes the work York Region is doing to identify and manage potential impacts to drinking water and pinpoint vulnerable areas where proposed development requires careful planning to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply.…

January 31, 2017 @ 9:18am

Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change.…

January 19, 2017 @ 10:03am

The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) is looking for a consultant to develop a competency framework for water and wastewater Operators. Background Competencies are the abilities, skills and applied knowledge that are needed for effective performance of a job. The EOCP follows the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) model…

January 18, 2017 @ 7:12am

The Government of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report for public consultation on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline. The report has recommended that the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) be changed from 0.01 mg/L of weekly intake, as per…

January 12, 2017 @ 9:50am

On December 12, just as the last session of 2016 wrapped up, the legislative assembly of Alberta passed a motion to increase the government's involvement in managing the province's headwater region. Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead put forward the motion (no. 511) which read, "Be it resolved that the Legislative…

January 03, 2017 @ 9:07am

Ontario has released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water from the office of Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The report details the work done in late 2015 through 2016 to ensure the quality and safety of Ontario’s drinking water. The ministry highlighted certain elements of the…

December 22, 2016 @ 11:11am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have invested in modern water treatment infrastructure in the Abbotsford-Mission district. Funding the project, the Government of Canada contributed $3,078,000 to the project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The District of Mission and the City of Abbotsford contributed $1,203,000, brining the total…

December 21, 2016 @ 8:43am

The municipal council of Ladysmith, B.C. has voted to borrow up to $6 million over 25 years to fund a new water filtration plant. The Municipality needs the new infrastructure in order to comply with the provincial health authority and drinking water standards for certain parasites, viruses, and types of…

December 14, 2016 @ 8:48am

A report from the province released on November 28 said Ontario's drinking water continues to be among the safest and best protected in the world. The report comes from Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector (CDWI), Susan Lo. The duties of the CDWI are to lead activities that ensure regulated drinking…

November 29, 2016 @ 8:55am

Halifax Regional Municipality and the provincial government of Nova Scotia have agreed to work together to address the long-standing water contamination issues affecting residents of Harrietsfield.  The two levels of government are considering options that include installing water treatment systems and ongoing monitoring and testing of the systems in eight…

November 09, 2016 @ 8:52am

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.…

November 04, 2016 @ 12:15pm

Nova Scotia has introduced legislation to assist municipalities and residents who are experiencing dry wells as a result of a historic water shortage. Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter introduced on November 3rd allow municipalities to create a program that would pay the costs…

November 04, 2016 @ 8:37am

TECTA-PDS, a drinking water technology company based in Kingston, Ontario, has returned to its roots by exiting the European market to once again become a Canadian firm. TECTA-PDS started as Pathogen Detection Systems Ltd. in 2003. During this stage, researchers at Queen’s University and industry specialists worked together to address…

November 02, 2016 @ 8:01am

Harmful algae growth can have a negative impact surface waters for both  human health and ecosystems. In drinking water, algae can lead to odours and unwanted tastes and an increased risk of toxins and bacteria. Most countries counteract these effects through water treatment, but the treatment chemicals can cause their…

October 27, 2016 @ 12:06pm

The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced over $4 million in funding for an expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Safe Water Project during her visit with youth in to Northern Ontario. The expansion has set a target to end boiling water advisories for 19 First Nation…

October 13, 2016 @ 11:19am

The City of Calgary is discussing the issue of fluoride in drinking water once again, now that three city councillors have motioned to re-open the discussion. Although the city discontinued adding fluoride to Calgary's drinking in 2011, A University of Calgary study released in February and found that fluoride cessation…

September 13, 2016 @ 10:58am

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today said that a detailed investigative report by the Globe & Mail outlining the troubling state of fresh water systems in First Nations communities across Canada points to the urgent need for all levels of government to take immediate action to…

August 31, 2016 @ 5:17am

This week, Chatham, Ont. Councillor Michael Bondy will present a motion to council to seek a moratorium of wind turbines from the province until further assessment of the impacts of vibrations on local groundwater. Bondy is calling on the province to end all further construction until an environmental study is…

August 22, 2016 @ 6:50am

The B.C. Ministry of Environment is currently holding a public review of draft Water Quality Guidelines prior to their final approval. The guidance document notes that many of the B.C.'s ambient water quality guidelines (WQGs) for human health were published in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The numeric values or narrative statements…

August 16, 2016 @ 8:26am

A team of researchers from Ghent University in Belgium have created a machine that can turn urine into drinking water and fertilizer using solar power. The researchers tested the new technology at an outdoor music festival, encouraging participants to share their views on social media with the hashtag #peeforscience. The…

July 27, 2016 @ 5:05am

It was a dazzling celebration of water leadership and innovation. On June 23, Water Canada celebrated it 2016 Water’s Next winners and nominees at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto.  The Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector—including public…

June 27, 2016 @ 12:39pm

BHP Billiton, one of the largest mining companies in Saskatchewan, has teamed up with local First Nation to connect 15 homes to its water treatment plant. In 2013, BHP Billiton signed an opportunities agreement with Day Star First Nations. The agreement outlined how they would work together on opportunities in…

June 06, 2016 @ 8:04am

This week, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism announced that the company WaterShed Monitoring is obtaining $25,000 in financial support. The funds will be used for marketing its computer solutions that enable the acquisition, management, and communication of water-related data from source waters, including surface and…

May 26, 2016 @ 12:36pm

Water Canada magazine has announced the finalists of the 2016 Water’s Next Awards. The Water’s Next Awards program honours the achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that have been successful in their efforts to improve water in Canada. The 2016 awards program accepted nominations in nine categories and identified…

May 24, 2016 @ 3:27pm

This week, the Capital Regional District warned that Greater Victoria’s water supply is highly vulnerable to the threat of wildfires, should those fires occur in the Sooke and Goldstream watersheds. Recent warm, dry conditions have led to increased fire activity in northern British Columbia, and the B.C. Wildfire Service has…

May 12, 2016 @ 10:33am

Saint John Water in New Brunswick has tied for first place in the “Storytelling with Data” category at the Data Visualization Exhibition during the Canada Open Data Summit (CODS) 2016 held in Saint John on Thursday. The submission, entitled “Using Iron and Chlorine Levels to Evaluate Watermains for Cleaning and…

May 03, 2016 @ 3:05am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in Manitoba this week. The visit was prompted by an invitation by VICE Media, a multinational television channel brand that targets millenials. VICELAND is filming a documentary on the conditions within Shoal Lake, including a 17-year boil water advisory—one…

April 29, 2016 @ 4:45am

Metro Vancouver Regional District has reported that its water supplies are in good shape this year due to the the abundant snowpack. As of March 31, the watershed in the North Shore mountains has reached 83 per cent of the historical snowpack average; whereas, this time last year, snowpack levels…

April 06, 2016 @ 2:19pm

The Government of British Columbia will take a series of immediate steps toward ensuring safe drinking water for approximately 200 residents near Spallumcheen, just north of Kelowna. Residents within Steel Springs Water District have been under a water-quality advisory since 2014 because of elevated nitrate levels in their local drinking…

April 06, 2016 @ 11:31am

The Department of Environment and Conservation honoured two municipal water operators for their services with Water Operator of the Year Awards this week. Dale Walsh from the Town of Bay de Verde and Harold Legge from the No’kmaq Village of the Flat Bay Band received the awards today during the…

March 29, 2016 @ 8:31am

UBC researchers have developed a tool that is designed to help small to medium-sized cities and towns address the challenges posed by aging drinking water infrastructure in Canada. The tool, developed by Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq, both civil engineering professors at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, helps…

February 21, 2016 @ 3:09pm

The Mayors of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon are calling on Region of Peel Council to maintain the fluoride that is currently added to drinking water during treatment. This united front follows a January 21, 2016 special Peel Regional Council education session held to study the water fluoridation issue. Each mayor…

January 26, 2016 @ 11:27am

Residents of White Rock, British Columbia are calling on the municipality to suspend its plans to use chloramine in drinking water treatment until further study and public consultation can be pursued. Citing concerns about the health and environmental effects, the concerned citizens have organized a rally outside city hall to…

January 10, 2016 @ 2:34pm

Ontario's drinking water remains among the best protected in the world, according to the 2014-15 Chief Drinking Water Inspector's Annual Report. In the forward message of the report, Susan Lo, Chief Drinking Water Inspector for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change wrote, "Ninety-nine-point-four per cent of inspections of…

December 18, 2015 @ 12:43pm

The Town of Greater Napanee has posted Ontario's first new standard road sign to help protect public drinking water sources. It is the first of many more standard signs that will be installed  across the province to raise public awareness about drinking water vulnerability. “The signs will alert emergency responders to…

December 01, 2015 @ 4:23am

What started as a measure of preventative maintenance, escalated into a federal election issue. News that the City of Montréal was set to release eight billion litres of wastewater into the St. Lawrence River spread quickly after the city received approval by the provincial government. The discharge was to be…

October 07, 2015 @ 12:39pm

Health Minister Terry Lake today announced $500,000 in funding for the B.C. Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to help communities address small water systems challenges. The Ministry and the Association will work together to administer the funds to communities that rely on small water systems with the ultimate goal of reducing health risks…

September 23, 2015 @ 1:48pm

Source Protection Plans in the Thames and Sydenham region have been approved by the provincial government, as of September 18, 2015. The water protection plans were developed by municipal and community partners. Source Protection Plans are science-based plans designed locally to protect the water quality of lakes, rivers, and sources…

September 21, 2015 @ 2:39pm

The City of Thunder Bay has announced the beginning of a Corrosion Control Pilot Study in the Hodder Pressure Zone starting in December 2015. This will involve adjusting the water chemistry of treated water in order to measure the effectiveness of reducing lead levels at the tap. The Current River…

September 21, 2015 @ 11:34am

On any given day, there are about 1,600 drinking water advisories posted in Canada. A new mobile app designed by the Lake Ontario WaterKeeper, using research data from Water Today, provides up-to-the-day information on Boil Water, Do Not Consume, Water Shortage, and Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) water advisories across Canada. "There is…

September 18, 2015 @ 9:07am

Residents of Parksville and Nanoose in British Columbia will benefit from new drinking water infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the federal and provincial governments through the Small Communities Fund. As part of a joint venture between the City of Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo to develop a…

August 13, 2015 @ 2:07pm

Through joint funding from the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, Humboldt’s residents will benefit from upgrades to the city’s drinking water infrastructure. The project will construct a new reservoir to increase the City’s drinking water capacity and will invest in important equipment upgrades at the Water Distribution Plant. Project work…

August 13, 2015 @ 2:04pm

The new 14 million litre water reservoir in Nanaimo, British Columbia has reached completion, thanks to significant funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund, which contributed $7.7 million of the $11.2 million needed for the project. [caption id="attachment_19272" align="alignright" width="300"] A view of Nanaimo, BC's boat basin. Credit: Terry Gaboury.[/caption] “Our…

May 26, 2014 @ 7:21am

The Buctouche First Nation in eastern New Brunswick is opening a new water treatment plant that will provide safe and clean drinking water to the community's 75 residents. “Our community has been affected on a number of occasions by water quality issues, [we are] very pleased that these long-awaited upgrades…

May 22, 2014 @ 12:25pm

The Canadian government is introducing stricter regulations to ensure clean water aboard planes, trains, and passenger ships for drinking, hand washing, oral hygiene, and food preparation in hopes of preventing illness. It was 60 years ago when Ottawa first introduced regulations. The existing provisions "no longer reflect the latest industry…

May 20, 2014 @ 12:57pm

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is investing nearly $200,000 in a research project aimed at addressing the disproportionate burden First Nations communities in Canada face in terms of unsafe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, as well as drought and flood risks. The research will investigate methods of integrating western…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:53am

The federal government has selected the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) as the winner of the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence (CIRCE) competition announced in Budget 2011. Spearheaded by the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Alberta and the…

November 06, 2012 @ 9:14am

[caption id="attachment_13163" align="alignright" width="300"] Front L-R: Jim Tovey, Joan Robson, Jim Bradley, Christine Zimmer. Back L-R: Nancy Cole, Dave Laurie, Dave Maunder, Leanne Gelsthorpe, Jackie Ward.[/caption] Ontario is investing in solutions in Peel Region to help protect Great Lakes water quality. IMAX Corporation is using new permeable pavement and stormwater…

August 27, 2012 @ 1:51pm

Quebec City-based H2O Innovation Inc., a water treatment solutions company, has been awarded new contracts totaling $4.5 million. These contracts will see the company provide custom-built water treatment systems for municipal and industrial end-users, in the United States and Canada and, to a lesser extent, in Egypt. As part of…

July 07, 2010 @ 9:14am

During a trip to Quebec, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced investments planned for First Nations projects. The funding will lead to extensive construction throughout First Nation communities, including the renovation and construction of drinking water…

July 07, 2010 @ 9:09am

Insituform Technologies, Inc. has received a contract award for US$4 million to rehabilitate over 11,000 feet of drinking water pipelines in Victoria, British Columbia. Work on this project, which includes 12-inch and 20-inch diameter pipelines, is expected to be completed by early 2011. In other news, Insituform has opened a…

July 06, 2010 @ 11:53am

Today the federal government tabled Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, in Parliament. At the same time, a two-year extension of the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan was announced. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and…

May 26, 2010 @ 8:12pm

A new application that allows public access to a variety of water resources data, including information on the quality of drinking water, was launched last week at the 2010 Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. "This portal will enhance the sharing of information with municipalities,…

March 29, 2010 @ 12:44pm

[caption id="attachment_5103" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chief Bob Chamberlin in Oslo, Norway, May 2006. Photo by Anders Minge (via firstnations.de)"][/caption] In response to clear-cutting in British Columbia and the effect it may have on drinking water sources, Chief Bob Chamberlin is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to "act swiftly and personally intervene…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:56am

Two municipalities in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Saint Félix d'Otis and L'Anse Saint Jean, will share $532,273 under the federal-provincial gas tax agreement. The communities will receive a total of $665,339 for water infrastructure work, including construction of a water reservoir, preparation of an action plan for the renewal of water…

January 25, 2010 @ 11:07am

Quebec’s Municipality of Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds will receive $10,561,102 in joint government financial assistance under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec to carry out major water infrastructure work. The funding will bring the municipality’s drinking water facilities up to standard, replace the drinking water distribution system in its…

September 04, 2009 @ 12:23pm

[caption id="attachment_3424" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development announces a $330-million, two-year investment in a First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan on April 15, 2008. (Via INAC website)"][/caption] Ontario’s Nipissing First Nation welcomes its new Garden Village Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities, built using…

August 28, 2009 @ 7:39am

CANTEST Ltd., an analytical and testing laboratory, has won a three-year contract with Manitoba Water Stewardship to provide microbiological testing of drinking water from all drinking water treatment plants in Manitoba. The testing will help Manitoba Water Stewardship, a department of the Government of Manitoba, monitor and improve drinking water…

August 20, 2009 @ 8:43am

[caption id="attachment_2762" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Madawaska County, New Brunswick."][/caption] Residents of three Madawaska County, New Brunswick communities will see nearly $2.3 million in drinking water and wastewater collection systems upgrades. Saint-Léonard will use more than $1 million in federal and provincial funding to install a new filtration plant to remove iron,…

August 07, 2009 @ 8:12am

Residents of Dundurn, Saskatchewan and surrounding communities, including Hanley, Riverside, Beaver Creek and Blackstrap Provincial Park, will receive funding for a rural water utility pipeline project that will construct a pipeline to provide safe drinking water to more than 1,800 households. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will each invest…

July 27, 2009 @ 7:27am

Health Canada testing has detected bisphenol A (BPA) in some 18.5-litre polycarbonate bottles of drinking water, but it says the levels are low and pose no health or safety concerns. Detailed reports on levels of the chemical in various products purchased last year in Ottawa were posted on the Health…

July 10, 2009 @ 7:47am

Today Ernst & Young unveiled this year's Prairie finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognize the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs around the world. The Prairie winners will be announced on October 15 in Calgary, and the overall winner will represent the region in…

July 07, 2009 @ 11:53am

A cancer prevention study, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society's new Prevention Initiative, will investigate the risk of bladder and kidney cancer associated with environmental exposure to arsenic in drinking water. The study is one of 71 new research grants announced today by the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr. Louise Parker,…

May 06, 2009 @ 8:35am

First Nations will have access to the same quality of safe and reliable water as all Canadians, said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today in a statement. Since the federal government launched the Plan of Action for Drinking…

April 13, 2009 @ 8:15am

The Regional Municipality of York's drinking water quality surpasses Ontario's stringent standards, making the purchase of bottled water an unnecessary expense, according to a release on the region's website. The release also defends the addition of fluoride to the region's water, stating that "the process of adding small amounts of…

April 09, 2009 @ 11:26am

[caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="161" caption="The mineral fluorite."][/caption] After a proposal to remove it, Calgary's city council has voted in favour of fluoride. Despite the cost—approximately $600,000 per year, plus another $5 million to upgrade the fluoride systems at water treatment plants—and the health controversy, the city will keep the substance…

April 08, 2009 @ 8:15am

Canada and Yukon will be working together to upgrade and improve water treatment systems in the territory, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Minister of Community Services in Yukon Archie Lang announced this week. Families in Ross River, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, the Village…

April 08, 2009 @ 7:30am

John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, announced today a shot in the arm for municipal infrastructure. Ongoing federal gas tax transfers to the provinces and territories for municipal infrastructure doubled on April 1, 2009 to a total of $2 billion a year, and the federal government is accelerating the…

April 03, 2009 @ 7:39am

AMERICANA, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, is happening from March 17-19 in Montreal, Quebec. Visit Canadian Water Treatment at Booth #1030! Check out the conference program schedule here.

March 13, 2009 @ 12:09pm

The City of Vaughan has achieved a perfect score - 100 per cent - for its water quality and distribution systems from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) following two recent inspections. Inspectors reviewed operations manuals, logbooks, contingency and emergency planning, consumer relations, certification and training, water quality monitoring,…

March 13, 2009 @ 7:13am

Sixteen new projects that develop and demonstrate emerging clean technologies were awarded $53 million late last week by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). "The projects we are adding to our portfolio this round have great potential and they can really make a difference to the lives of Canadians," said SDTC…

March 09, 2009 @ 9:23am

Five communities in the Kings County, N.S. area will have better drinking water and wastewater treatment systems with funding from three levels of government. More than $6 million under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund was announced on March 6. The Municipality of Kings project includes upgrades to…

March 09, 2009 @ 9:05am

A federal-provincial investment of over $4.8 million will improve the drinking water in Fernie, B.C. The money will be directed to a new reservoir, which will improve the reliability of the drinking water system. This project, which is estimated to create approximately 72 direct and indirect jobs, involves building a…

March 09, 2009 @ 8:59am

Defending champion Clearbrook Waterworks District, British Columbia, Canada won the title of World's Best Tap Water at the 19th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, known as the Academy Awards of water. Best municipal water in the United States was judged to be first-time winner, Hamilton, Ohio rated by one…

February 26, 2009 @ 8:19am

The City of Edmonton's unique water pricing system and conservation results helped garner top accolades from our friends at Corporate Knights magazine. The city was listed as Canada's most sustainable metropolis in late January. In CK's third annual Most Sustainable Cities in Canada report, Edmonton came out ahead of all…

February 25, 2009 @ 7:43am

The community stricken by water contaminated by trichloroethylene (TCE ) -- an odourless, tasteless solvent, proven to cause cancer -- will soon receive funds from the federal government to complete the extension of its municipal network and water supply. Feds committed today to nearly $13.5 million to finish the project…

February 13, 2009 @ 12:59pm

An eight-minute DVD on groundwater is being distributed by Conservation Ontario across the province. The Groundwater, Ours to Protect video, produced by Quinte Conservation in partnership with Loyalist College, will be available to local schools, libraries and environmental groups. It's also available online. "We're extremely pleased with the response we've…

February 09, 2009 @ 8:51am

Twenty communities will benefit from grants under the Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP), announced MP Guy Lauzon today. The total financial support is $3,739,153. The OPWP provides financial support to promote local economic development in municipalities that have experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP) water projects to…

January 22, 2009 @ 11:59am

Universities, municipal governments, and companies in Saskatchewan will be able to work together to develop innovative solutions to assess, maintain, develop and renew vital public infrastructure and municipal services such as drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, has announced a renewed…

January 20, 2009 @ 12:35pm

Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, have announced upcoming engagement sessions on the development of a proposed legislative framework for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities to begin in February 2009.…

January 20, 2009 @ 12:17pm

[caption id="attachment_779" align="alignleft" width="158" caption="N.B. Environment Minister Roland Haché"][/caption] A new atlas is now available online to help people seeking information about the quality of groundwater in any given area. Environment Minister Roland Haché released the New Brunswick Groundwater Chemistry Atlas yesterday. "I am particularly proud to release this document,"…

December 16, 2008 @ 7:58am

A broad-based coalition of organizations in Nova Scotia has come together to convince municipalities and school boards that the sale and provision of bottled water in their facilities is a very 'un-green' and 'un-economical' thing to be doing. To launch the 'Campaign to Turn on the Tap and Ditch the…

December 12, 2008 @ 10:15am

The Town of Amherst's drinking water supply is now better protected with the designation of watershed lands as a provincial wilderness area. Nine-hundred and seventy hectares of Amherst-owned lands, northeast of the town, make up the new Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area in Nova Scotia. "We are pleased to work with…

December 11, 2008 @ 1:19pm

A new study about beverage consumption by children and adults reveals that at all ages, water is the beverage consumed by the highest percentage of people and in the greatest quantities. A Statistics Canada report released last week that after water, the beverage choices Canadians make are tied closely to…

November 24, 2008 @ 2:38pm

Sally Chisholm, the chair of the Orangedale Water Society said Wednesday that after years of waiting, the rural Inverness County community in Nova Scotia should have clean water flowing through to household taps by mid-November, reports the Cape Breton Post. "The new treatment plant is being set up, we got…

October 24, 2008 @ 10:00am

Construction is underway on the new Walkerton Clean Water Centre. The new, energy efficient building will increase the centre's capacity to conduct training, seminars, information sessions and research. The centre is dedicated to providing hands-on training and learning opportunities for owners and operators of drinking water systems with a focus…

October 21, 2008 @ 7:22am

The bottled water debate continues to be spurred as a national online survey, Corporate Initiatives on Campus - a 2008 Snapshot, developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Polaris Institute, paints a picture of decaying water fountains and a lack of…

September 03, 2008 @ 10:35am

Yesterday, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario welcomed the signing of the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which will flow more than $724 million in infrastructure funding to rural and small urban municipalities across Ontario. Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments will each provide $362 million…

August 27, 2008 @ 10:58am

Residents of Penobsquis will have access to safe drinking water through a new regional water supply system. Today, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick proceeded with the official sod-turning to mark the beginning of construction of the new system. The total estimated cost of the project is $9.3 million.…

August 19, 2008 @ 7:43am

Nine Nova Scotia communities will benefit from safer drinking water and improved storm water systems due to a shared investment by three levels of government. Federal, provincial and municipal funding of $8,725,590 was announced on August 12 in Truro by Karen Casey, minister of education, on behalf of Jamie Muir,…

August 14, 2008 @ 11:49am

Trojan Technologies, a manufacturer of water treatment solutions, has acquired R-Can Environmental Inc. R-Can manufactures ultraviolet equipment in residential water disinfection applications. The combined entity will operate as a strategic business unit of Trojan Technologies. "We are facing increasing demand for residential water treatment due to escalating water quality issues…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:07am