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Stantec welcomes Dr. Mehran Andalib to lead the firm’s wastewater engineering practice in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. and Eastern Canada. Based in Boston, Ma., Andalib is an industry leader in process analysis and optimization for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, resulting in more advanced and environmentally sound operations.…

December 15, 2017 @ 12:01pm

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

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding to upgrade the Town of Lampman’s wastewater treatment infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing more than $1.6 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. The project has a total…

November 10, 2017 @ 10:02am

The City of Thunder Bay, Ontario has been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) new Climate and Asset Management Network, which is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, Thunder Bay’s admission to…

November 09, 2017 @ 12:39pm

The Canadian Water Network has announced the names of the experts who will participate on a new advisory panel tasked with framing and assessing the knowledge, practice, and priorities in municipal wastewater treatment across Canada. In October 2017, CWN announced that the federal government had invested $400,000 to understand the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater…

November 07, 2017 @ 12:04pm

Alberta’s Acceleware, developer of the RF XL cleantech that allows for heavy oil and bitumen extraction without any external water added, has received funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to scale up its technology. Acceleware has been awarded a $10 million non-repayable contribution to complete a…

November 06, 2017 @ 7:16am

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has presented the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan with its National Water Wise Award for the refinery’s Wastewater Improvement Project. “The co-op’s foresight, scope of work and cutting-edge practices surrounding its Wastewater Improvement Project make it more than worthy of this…

October 19, 2017 @ 2:52pm

The Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) met this week in Charlottetown, P.E.I. to consult and coordinate on what the Association calls a complicated job and a sacred public trust. The ACWWA meeting brought together 300 water experts from across the region. P.E.I. has maintained its commitment to water…

October 19, 2017 @ 9:02am

As the list of chemicals we generate as a society grows and expands, many find their way into wastewater and natural ecosystems. Some of these substances are contaminants that can be harmful to human health, fish, and wildlife. To understand the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater contaminants in…

October 12, 2017 @ 11:12am

Ottawa-based BluMetric Environmental Inc. announced this week that, subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange, the company will undertake a plan to exchange up to $154,000 of certain existing debt for up to 550,000 common shares of the company. BluMetric Environmental a multidisciplinary wastewater equipment manufacturing company with offices throughout…

October 07, 2017 @ 1:07pm

Investment in Millertown, Newfoundland and Labrador will go towards development of its water systems. Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and MHA for Grand-Falls – Buchans, to announce over $263,000 in provincial funding for municipal infrastructure projects…

October 05, 2017 @ 10:48am

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, the Vancouver, B.C. water cleantech firm that specializes in nutrient management solutions will be awarded a Project Excellence Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The world's largest nutrient recovery facility improves the water quality of the Chicago Area Waterway System, while reducing downstream phosphorus discharges…

October 03, 2017 @ 11:26am

Canada and New Brunswick have announced a $4.5 million investment in landfill upgrades to prevent contaminated water from entering natural waterways. Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest; John Ames, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and Joyce Wright, chairperson of the board of directors of…

October 02, 2017 @ 9:50am

A new filter produced by scientists at Rice University in Houston, Texas has proven able to remove more than 90 per cent of hydrocarbons, bacteria, and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing operations at shale oil and gas wells. The work by Rice chemist Andrew Barron and his…

September 26, 2017 @ 11:16am

Representatives gathered yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the newly-constructed Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The plant upgrades, which have been underway since August of 2014, represent the single largest project undertaken in the city’s history with a construction value in excess of $48 million. “I am…

September 20, 2017 @ 10:21am

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 Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The indicators will form the basis of a national framework for players across the value chain to produce…

September 01, 2017 @ 2:03pm

Over the next five years, Hamilton’s Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $340 million in upgrades. The first project under this multi-year, multi-phase initiative officially kicked off this morning with a tour at the construction site for the new Raw Sewage Pumping Station. Hamilton Mayor, Fred Eisenberger, welcomed Filomena Tassi,…

August 21, 2017 @ 3:01pm

Cambridge, Ontario’s Lystek International Ltd. has been awarded a multi-year contract by the City of Petaluma for Diversified Reuse of Biosolids. Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept Class B biosolids generated in Petaluma and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) biofertilizer…

August 18, 2017 @ 9:41am

The State of Florida has a major wastewater issue that is being made significantly worse by the presence of thousands of failing septic systems. This onsite wastewater management issue that has been exacerbated by population increase and flooding, predominantly due to sea level rise and climate change.  Scientists found that…

August 10, 2017 @ 1:40pm

Jacobs Engineering Group and CH2M HILL Companies announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value  of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.…

August 09, 2017 @ 8:00am

The Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM) released a pilot project case study today entitled, Driving Adoption of Innovative Solutions in Ontario's Bakery Sector - Demonstrating the Approach and Benefits of Source Reduction as Part of Wastewater Management. Through a structured review of current practices and their impact, the pilot identified…

July 31, 2017 @ 2:23pm

Biosurfactants are compounds produced naturally by bacteria, fungi or yeasts and they have been commercially utilized in shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. They are also used in food, agriculture, cosmetic and medical industries as well as in environmental bioremediation to prevent the spread of spoilage and disease-causing bacteria.…

July 21, 2017 @ 9:31am

Evoqua announced that it has acquired New Brunswick-based ADI Systems, Lange Containment and Geomembrane Technologies (ADI) from ADI Group Inc. The three businesses are leaders in wastewater solutions for industrial and manufacturing applications, primarily based in Fredericton. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The business offers a wide range of technologies tailored to…

July 21, 2017 @ 9:15am

Marcus Henderson, Business Development Manager for Mississauga-based KSB Pumps Inc., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Pollution Control Equipment Association (OPCEA). OPCEA is a trade association supporting suppliers of equipment and services for wastewater management. Member organizations work closely with Ontario municipalities and industries in…

July 17, 2017 @ 4:07pm

Hamilton receives more than $30 million in federal and provincial funding for water projects. Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, Ted McMeekin, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, and Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of the City of Hamilton, have announced that 16 new projects in Hamilton have been approved under the Government…

June 26, 2017 @ 1:04pm

Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of…

June 23, 2017 @ 10:16am

H2O Innovation Inc. has announced that it was awarded two new wastewater projects in the United States. These new contracts bring their project sales backlog to $58.9 M. The Corporation's first contract consists of a wastewater treatment system using the Bio-Wheel™ proprietary technology, an integrated fixed-film activated sludge process. The…

June 13, 2017 @ 10:14am

The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have announced nearly $30 million in funding for 26 water and wastewater projects throughout the province. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan and Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, announced on Friday more than…

June 12, 2017 @ 11:32am

A Vancouver entrepreneur has commercialized a new approach for treating dairy farm manure and sewage sludge and will be recognized with an award from Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that partners companies, government and academia to promote Canadian research and training. The microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process (MW-AOP) has earned…

June 08, 2017 @ 10:13am

BI Pure Water, Inc. has been approved for a National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) grant to pilot its low-cost remediation solution for refractory organic contaminants. BI Pure Water’s in-house master chemist Ian Wylie has been personally working on the chemical problem for a decade and he…

June 06, 2017 @ 10:45am

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 governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have announced more than $14 million for wastewater projects in the province. H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced $14,381,250…

May 26, 2017 @ 9:47am

London, Ontario, will make a major investment in stormwater and wastewater infrastructure to help basements stay dry and reduce the amount of effluent entering the Thames River. The Government of Canada announced more than $18 million and the Government of Ontario announced more than $9 million for investment in London…

May 25, 2017 @ 10:25am

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

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a $6.4-million expansion of the Balgonie wastewater system. "The investments in infrastructure we are making will benefit Canadians for years to come: creating economic growth and middle-class jobs now, while laying the foundation for durable growth in the future. This project will…

May 24, 2017 @ 10:02am

On May 18th, the Government of Canada has released a technical paper on pricing carbon pollution. The report noted that wastewater operations will be exempt from output-based pricing system for industrial facilities emitting more than 50 kilotonnes of CO2 per year, once it is in place sometime after January 1st,…

May 23, 2017 @ 1:02pm

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Sewage Commission has agreed to the terms of a meditated settlement in a dispute about the metering and cost apportionment of the regional sewer service from 2004 to 2015. The agreement was reached on May 5, 2017 and includes payments to the Town of…

May 19, 2017 @ 10:16am

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

Trojan Technologies has succeeded in efforts to gain regulatory approvals for its UV treatment technology for treating wastewater for non-potable use in California. After the completion of third-party validation testing under the U.S.National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Guidelines, the technology has received conditional acceptance from the California Water Board’s Division…

May 17, 2017 @ 5:43pm

In a report to the Town of Erin, Ontario, Gary Scott of Ainley Group, Consulting Engineers and Planners, has found that an subsurface wastewater disposal system for the communities of Erin and Hillsburgh would not be expedient. Were the project brought to fruition, it would be the largest subsurface disposal…

May 17, 2017 @ 11:34am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced $4.4 million in joint funding for two water projects in the Magdalen Islands. Announced by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Germain Chevarie, Member for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, this financial support under the Clean…

May 09, 2017 @ 10:44am

Island Water Technologies (IWT), a manufacturer of solar-powered wastewater treatment solutions, will receive an Award for Engineering Achievement from the Office of Lieutenant Governor - Government of Prince Edward Island for its REGEN Modular Wastewater Treatment System. The recognition comes for the work carried out by IWT with the Canadian…

May 04, 2017 @ 9:38am

In support of the City' of Vancouver's goal to protect waterways and the environment, Vancouver council approved new actions to strengthen the protection and reduce contamination in Vancouver's surrounding waters. Ongoing work on water quality in False Creek, and information gathered and assessed by the False Creek Water Quality Working…

May 03, 2017 @ 9:36am

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

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…

April 21, 2017 @ 10:30am

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

Zadar Ventures Ltd. has announced that it entered into a memorandum of understanding with FlowBack Solutionz Canada Inc., a Canadian oil well wastewater treatment company, to test FlowBack's innovative and proprietary wastewater treatment technology for the purpose of lithium extraction from petrobrines from the company's Manitoba petrobrine projects. Flowback is…

April 06, 2017 @ 10:45am

There is good news for Canadian municipalities in the RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Canadians strongly support the safeguarding of their water. As Canadian municipalities continue to upgrade, invest, and innovate in water systems and resource management, they won’t face a challenge in having a citizen mandate to do so.…

March 20, 2017 @ 12:01pm

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

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

A report from Metro Vancouver, with contributions from Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pinna Sustainability, warns that climate induced temperature changes in the Metro area are expected to rise 3 degrees Celsius by the 2050s, which will have a substantial impact on water resources, infrastructure, and management in the region.…

March 01, 2017 @ 9:16am

The federal government and the government of Saskatchewan have each committed to contribute up to $7 million for a new wastewater treatment plant will serve the residents of the communities of White City and Emerald Park, just east of Regina, Sask. WCRM158 Wastewater Management Authority will be responsible for all…

February 28, 2017 @ 8:24am

Halifax regional council’s Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee (ESSC) will pursue a mandate that anything built in its Cogswell Interchange redevelopment be powered by energy captured from a nearby wastewater treatment facility, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Thermal energy from the Harbour Solutions Wastewater Treatment Facility would be…

February 07, 2017 @ 8:49am

The town council of Erin, Ontario, approved a scope change for the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA), looking into the feasibility of decentralized treatment with subsurface wastewater disposal. One council member voted against the expanded EA, citing cost and feasibility concerns, according to Phil Gravelle of…

February 02, 2017 @ 11:23am

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

Canada and Saskatchewan have announced the allocation of funding for water, wastewater, and transit infrastructure projects in the province including new and upgraded wastewater lagoons in nine Sask. municipalities. The funding is a part of previous commitments by the federal and provincial governments to providing safe drinking water, reliable wastewater…

January 12, 2017 @ 8:54am

Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo. The 10-year study, published in Environmental Science…

January 10, 2017 @ 11:57am

A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it. Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation,…

January 05, 2017 @ 9:11am

Twenty years of innovative water management is noteworthy.  As 2016 came to a close, Halifax Water released its twentieth annual report, noting the many accomplishments it has achieved since the utility was formed in 1945. In 1996, Metro amalgamation saw Halifax Water's role expand to a regional water utility. In…

January 03, 2017 @ 1:29pm

The Township of Wellington North in Ontario has received letters of interests from eight engineering firms with respect to an request for proposals for the next phase of upgrades for the Arthur wastewater treatment plant. The township received letters of interest from CIMA Canada Inc, Hatch Corporation, R.J. Burnside and…

January 03, 2017 @ 12:39pm

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

This week, the City of Regina cut ribbons at the official unveiling of the completed Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project in Saskatchewan—a project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3). “With the help of our P3 partners, the City of Regina delivered this project on time and under budget,”…

December 20, 2016 @ 2:41pm

WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water…

December 12, 2016 @ 10:50am

New wastewater system design guidelines developed at UBC can help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of dollars a year. In a recent study, engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus developed guidelines that can tailor the design of specialized filters, called fluidized bed reactors, to local conditions and…

November 22, 2016 @ 7:13am

Colwood, B.C., has decided to postpone a $2 million environmental assessment report that was being conducted to understand the feasibility of discharging effluent into the ground, instead of the ocean. The assessment would have have been in preparation for a facility that would be constructed once the city’s current wastewater …

November 17, 2016 @ 9:06am

A University of Windsor team is studying a biofilm filtration technology to better understand its seasonal versatility in municipal wastewater treatment. Chris Weisener, professor of earth and environmental sciences and member of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, and GLIER post-doctoral fellow Rao Chaganti are testing a patented technology…

November 15, 2016 @ 9:06am

The governments of Canada and Ontario came together in Halton Region this week to celebrate the opening of  the Halton Region's Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant. Karina Gould, MP for Burlington, the Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington, and Gary Carr, Halton Regional…

November 08, 2016 @ 8:26am

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

Utilities Kingston has announced a four-year, $88-million expansion and upgrade of the Cataraqui Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase plant capacity, improve the quality of treated wastewater it discharges, and upgrade equipment. “By ensuring the reliability of wastewater services and helping to protect Lake Ontario, this project will benefit the community today…

November 04, 2016 @ 8:54am

A new study on the distribution and desorption of pharmaceutical compounds and caffeine indicates that their inclination to become settled in sediments, sorbed to suspended sediments or dissolved in water depends on their organic carbon content and whether the compounds were natively occurring or artificially added. The study was conducted…

November 03, 2016 @ 10:06am

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…

November 03, 2016 @ 8:23am

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.…

October 13, 2016 @ 8:41am

Waterloo Region is planning the implementation of cogeneration facilities at their current wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in Galt, Kitchener, and Waterloo. The cogeneration facilities will use biogas produced at the plants to produce heat and electricity. This heat and electricity will be used on-site to offset the energy requirements of…

October 11, 2016 @ 9:12am

H2O Innovation Inc. announced that it was awarded 5 new contracts across Canada, in Nunavut, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, to provide water and wastewater facilities in both the public and private sectors. The company was also secured 2 contracts in the U.S. These new contracts bring the company’s projected sales…

October 05, 2016 @ 7:35am

Ottawa has announced new rate structures for water, wastewater, and stormwater. Ottawa’s announcement assured residents that “over 85 [per cent] of their 400,000 households and properties will see no change to their monthly water bill.” Most can expect a $2 per month increase or decrease. The new rate structure looks…

October 04, 2016 @ 10:01am

The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP), which certifies Operators in water facilities for water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection, etc. has elected four new board members. Peter Coxon, Brian Dean, Jim McQuarrie and Maurice Valcourt have been elected. Kalpna Solanki, chief executive officer of EOCP, said, “All four of our…

October 04, 2016 @ 8:53am

The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences has partnered with Canadian water purification company, ECONSE, on a new program to measure and analyze the wastewater that craft breweries in Ontario produce. The Craft Beer Waterprints project will launch at the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference on October 13th in Toronto.…

October 03, 2016 @ 6:07am

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced $148.5 million in provincial funding for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is an infrastructure program that will enable critical investments in local government infrastructure to get underway, specifically supporting long term benefits in the rehabilitation of…

September 29, 2016 @ 8:33am

“There are real challenges facing our rivers,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Provost & Vice-President: Academic and a Professor of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and member of the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). “These challenges come in the form of climate change, urbanization, and industrial waste. Their impacts are just…

September 26, 2016 @ 6:54am

With a partnership between the federal government and the territorial government of the Yukon, two water infrastructure projects are getting underway: a replacement of the Haines Junction lift station and an upgrade to the sewage lagoon in Faro. Making use of the Small Communities Fund, the Haines Junction will create…

September 22, 2016 @ 1:57pm

Canada and Saskatchewan have approved an initial list of transit and water infrastructure projects under two new federal infrastructure programs introduced as part of Phase 1 of the $120-billion Investing in Canada plan. Under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the Government of Canada is providing Saskatchewan with $89,342,112. The…

September 19, 2016 @ 12:51pm

After several years of deliberation and much community debate, the Capital Region District of Victoria has come one step closer to making a decision about where to build a new tertiary treatment of wastewater system. The Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board released its recommendations for a plan to build a…

September 09, 2016 @ 7:45am

Welland, Ont. is set to receive $4 million to improve and upgrade its water and wastewater systems. The municipality is committing $12 million, including $4 million each from the federal and provincial governments--part of 35 municipal infrastructure projects in Ontario worth $141 million. The announcement was made this week by…

September 08, 2016 @ 6:39am

Quebec-based H2O Innovation has announced the release of the new a new  membrane bioreactor technology for advanced wastewater treatment applications. The new technology provides greater flexibility within membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems allowing owners and engineers to choose between multiple membrane products for the same system at build time or in…

September 01, 2016 @ 1:12pm

The Town of Jasper is in need of an alternative for managing its bio-solids waste now that tests have shown that the compost is unfit for Parks Canada. In the original plan, the treated bio-solids material was to have been mixed with wood chips and used by Parks for site…

September 01, 2016 @ 6:31am

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

A Ryerson University researcher has developed a new environmentally and economically-friendly treatment process. Treatment of industrial waste water is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. All major energy production and manufacturing industries require water as a critical input. Waste water is often kept in large settling ponds for decades,…

August 24, 2016 @ 11:26am

The provincial and federal governments have announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $176 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Also announced was an initial list of 51 approved projects under the…

August 19, 2016 @ 7:30am

Federated Co-operatives Limited’s oil refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan is set to achieve 100 per cent on-site recycled water after installing an industrial water recycling technology designed by GE. Once fully operationally, the FCL refinery will be the only refinery in North America to recycle all of its wastewater for steam…

August 18, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, announced a new bilateral agreement that will result in more than $238 million being invested in wastewater and public transit projects across Nova Scotia. The announcement was made at Jubilee Park in Bridgetown, N.S. on part the…

August 16, 2016 @ 1:01pm

Ontario will launch the intake process in early September to identify municipal and First Nations projects to be funded under phase one of the federal government's new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, Premier Kathleen Wynne said on August 15. Speaking in Windsor at the Association…

August 16, 2016 @ 9:32am

Four Québec shrimp processing plants will benefit from financial support of phase 2 of an innovation cluster to identify treatment for wastewater. The Government of Québec contributed $100,000 to support each company's efforts in the project in response to the wastewater disposal requirements as part of the Canada Fisheries Act.…

August 09, 2016 @ 1:01pm

A stench has been lingering in northwest Regina since a wastewater lagoon that is housing sludge was relocated from another area of the plant. The odour worsened recently due to the high temperatures leading to public complaints, so operators of the plant are working to reduce the smell. EPCOR, the…

July 27, 2016 @ 6:45am

With a recent sewage treatment problem in the community of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, officals are disucssing the need for infrastructure upgrades. Mayor Sean McIntyre is asking the community to limit their use of the wastewater system, as the town was recently unable to dispose treated waste in the Cygnet Creek,…

July 19, 2016 @ 9:36am

Tecvalco Ltd., a Niagara Falls Ont.-based company has partnered with Soneera Water, to be the exclusive manufacturer and sales representative for Soneera’s wastewater treatment technology in Canada. The Soneera Waste Water system is a membrane-free, continuous flow electroflocculation system that can treat up to 750 cubic metres of waste water…

July 15, 2016 @ 7:48am

The Government of Alberta is making investments in water infrastructure that will create jobs and ensure clean water in communities across the province. In Budget 2016, the Alberta government set aside $595 million over the next five years to help fund water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in small towns…

July 05, 2016 @ 9:58am

Capital expenditures (CAPEX) for U.S. municipal water & wastewater utilities are expected to exceed $532 billion between 2016 and 2025, according to new forecasts just-released from Bluefield Research. This new outlook, which draws heavily from planned utility budgets, represents an almost 28 per cent increase over CAPEX during the last…

July 04, 2016 @ 12:47pm

After a five-year, $3.3 million study, Rob Jamieson, head of the Dalhousie Centre, and his team at Dalhousie University have come to the conclusion that a well-designed wastewater treatment system can improve Nunavut’s water quality. The team of researchers from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Water Resources Studies say natural tundra…

June 29, 2016 @ 7:31am

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

New Brunswick announced this week that the province's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing will remain indefinitely. As a result of the findings from the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, the provincial government will continue its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing indefinitely. “We have been clear that we would not allow this activity to…

May 31, 2016 @ 7:52am

The City of West Kelowna has begun an estimated $1,362,045 project to replace the Horizon Village Lift Station with a new sanitary sewer system. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will be contributing $454,015 to this project through the Small Communities Fund. The $1-billion Small Communities…

May 30, 2016 @ 12:56pm

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

A group of Canadian researchers have published new research that points to hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, not wastewater disposal, as the cause of earthquakes in Western Canada. Hydraulic fracturing involves drilling deep into the ground and injecting high-pressured fluids. The process creates fractures in rocks, which aids…

April 04, 2016 @ 5:43am

Stantec Inc. has announced a merger with Broomfield, Colorado-based MWH Global—the biggest deal in the engineering and infrastructure design consulting companyt's 62-year history. The Edmonton-based firm announced that the all-cash deal with MWH Global, was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and that Stantec will acquire…

March 31, 2016 @ 5:16am

Today, Ellen Schwartzel, acting environmental commissioner of Ontario, released the Commission’s Annual Report for 2014-2015 entitled, “Small Things Matter.” In it, the commissioner recommended that the province move towards a full-cost accounting approach to water takings, that includes all water users. “Huge amount of surface water and groundwater are taken…

November 03, 2015 @ 2:23pm

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

The Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) and Water for Life have announced the recipients of grants to support drinking water and wastewater projects across the province. Over $24 million has been provided by the Alberta government to ensure that Albertans living from northeast to southwest will have access to safe…

September 24, 2015 @ 11:39am

Municipal wastewater treatment produces vast amounts of sludge that is expensive to dispose. That's why researchers in from Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia are working on methods to use that sludge as a viable material in concrete that can be used in other infrastructure projects. “Overall, there is potential for…

September 18, 2015 @ 11:33am

A statement released this week by 14 groups from Canada and the U.S., including World Wildlife Fund Canada, says that cutting phosphorous in Lake Erie by 40 per cent is a commendable target, but it should be bound by clear timelines and include the entire Lake system. The partnership was…

September 03, 2015 @ 2:00pm

The Province of British Columbia is providing $50,000 in funding to the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) to ensure consistent licensing standards and qualifications for workers installing septic sewage systems. The ASTTBC certifies all registered onsite wastewater practitioners in the province to assume responsibility for installed systems.…

June 12, 2014 @ 1:56pm

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 announced the plans for a $330.8-million investment over two years for First Nation water and wastewater systems on reserve. The funds were earmarked in Budget 2012. Year one of this funding will be allocated by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in 2012-2013 in three…

January 15, 2013 @ 9:45am

As food processing plants look to reduce their water footprints, wastewater discharge, and wastewater treatment costs, the market for water and wastewater treatment equipment is expanding, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. The company's research finds that the market earned revenues of US$288.7 million in 2011 and…

September 27, 2012 @ 8:11am

[caption id="attachment_12674" align="alignleft" width="174"] Karen Leibovici. Credit: FCM[/caption] Meeting the new federal wastewater regulations is an important national project that requires a national funding plan supported by all orders of government, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The organization issued a press release in response to yesterday's announcement…

July 19, 2012 @ 9:12am

After over three years of discussion, including very public feedback the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the federal government has announced that it will finally implement the national Wastewater System Effluent Regulations. “We want water that is clean, safe, and plentiful for future generations…

July 18, 2012 @ 12:14pm

The Senate has passed Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act after its third reading last night and will now move to the House of Commons for consideration. According to a press release from Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan, the proposed legislation is…

June 19, 2012 @ 1:21pm

[caption id="attachment_12366" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. Photo: City of Regina[/caption] The City of Regina recently approved a recommendation for a 45-year deal to supply Western Potash Corpwith the City’s treated wastewater. The arrangement to supply treated wastewater for use in mine processing would be a first…

June 14, 2012 @ 12:55pm

NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd., a company specializing in the fields of nitration, sulphuric acid, and electrochemistry, has purchased a position in British Columbia-based ECOfluid Systems Inc., designer, builder, and operator of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. The acquisition widens ECOfluid’s technical and commercial resources, and its USBF® technology…

May 08, 2012 @ 8:16am

[caption id="attachment_11948" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Rideau Canal regulator. Credit: Stantec"][/caption] Stantec’s water team in Ottawa has been honoured with the Environment Award for their real time control (RTC) system for the City of Ottawa’s combined sewer system. The Environment Award was presented at a gala in Toronto on Saturday by…

April 30, 2012 @ 8:56am

[caption id="attachment_11880" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Christopher Drudge, a PhD student, collecting a sediment core at the agricultural site in Guelph, Ontario"][/caption] McMaster University researchers have discovered that floc--“goolike” substances that occur suspended in water and that host large communities of bacteria--also contain high levels of antibiotic resistance. “This has important public…

April 26, 2012 @ 12:42pm

[caption id="attachment_10787" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="The Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant in British Columbia. Photo: vancouver.ca"][/caption] Water and wastewater projects have a decent presence in the 2012 edition of ReNew Canada’s Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects, released this week. Seven projects (down from nine in 2011) accounted for $3.708 billion ($4.378 billion…

January 02, 2012 @ 10:40am

Trojan Technologies has acquired the business assets of OpenCEL of Glencoe, Illinois. OpenCEL is an environmental biotechnology company that offers a proprietary technology which significantly improves processing of wastewater biosolids. Utilized for pretreating wastewater sludge prior to anaerobic digestion, the technology employs high frequency electrical pulses to break open biomass…

November 07, 2011 @ 11:44am

Kananaskis Country’s Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area will soon see water and wastewater treatment plants and upgrades. “This community has seen a lot of growth and change in the 30 years since the Evan-Thomas water and wastewater treatment facility was built,” said Minister of Alberta Infrastructure Ray Danyluk. “It’s time to…

August 15, 2011 @ 1:44pm

[caption id="attachment_9017" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Andrew Benedek, Anaergia's chairman and CEO."][/caption] Ontario will host the new global centre for Anaergia Inc., a company that uses technology to produce biogas and natural gas energy from wastewater and organic waste. The province investing over $16 million toward the centre and the company’s manufacturing…

May 16, 2011 @ 12:03pm

[caption id="attachment_8986" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Report author Elizabeth Brubaker."][/caption] Too many drinking water and wastewater systems across Canada threaten public health and the environment, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Alternative Financing and Delivery of Water and Wastewater Services (click…

May 12, 2011 @ 8:24am

Toronto-based Blue Gold Canada has signed an MOU with Hasar's Grupo Ecologico that outlines plans to install a wastewater treatment plant at the Hasar's landfill in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Blue Gold/Dove Biotech wastewater treatment plant will have the capacity to treat 50,000 litres of water per hour and will use…

April 26, 2011 @ 10:53am

Xogen Technologies is expecting that its new pilot plant will generate global interest. Now operational in the Town of Orangeville's Water Pollution Control Plant, the pilot treats between 20 and 30 litres of raw wastewater per minute (up to 1,800 per hour). At about 1,600 square feet, the plant also…

April 19, 2011 @ 10:52am

Ridgeline Energy Services Inc., a provider of environmental solutions to oil and natural gas producers based in Western Canada, has entered into an agreement to install and operate a fully integrated water treatment facility for a major natural gas exploration and development company in northeastern British Columbia. The water treatment…

January 17, 2011 @ 10:59am

ITT Corporation announced last week that it plans to separate its businesses into three distinct, publicly traded companies. Under the plan, ITT would execute tax-free spinoffs to shareholders of its water-related businesses and its Defense & Information Solutions segment.  The company expects to finalize and execute the plan before the…

January 17, 2011 @ 9:48am

[caption id="attachment_7769" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (via top100projects.ca)"][/caption] Water and wastewater has a significant presence in this year's edition of ReNew Canada's Top 100: Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects, released this week. Nine projects accounted for $4.378 billion of the list, which totalled $96 billion. Some highlights:…

January 05, 2011 @ 9:20am

The BC Bioenergy Network, a provincially-funded leader supporting the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia, will fund Elemental Energy Inc. to demonstrate Paradigm Environment Technologies' MicroSludge and anaerobic digestion at Catalyst Paper's Crofton-based pulp and paper mill on Vancouver Island. The $1,500,000 funding complements $2.5 million from Natural Resources Canada…

December 13, 2010 @ 9:27am

The City of Guelph's transit, planning and environmental services come together for a new pilot project that will allow the City to fuel its fleet with methane gas generated from the wastewater treatment facility. The process involves converting the fuel system of a City vehicle from liquid gasoline to compressed…

December 06, 2010 @ 8:45am

Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a company that specializes in the treatment of industrial wastewater, has received the Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation and Best Practice from the Canada China Business Council. BioteQ entered the China market in 2006 through a joint venture with Jiangxi Copper Company, China’s largest copper…

November 30, 2010 @ 1:37pm

The City of Guelph’s wastewater services staff is sharing its expertise with municipal wastewater treatment plant operators and managers aspiring to learn more about wastewater facility optimization programs. In partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), Haldimand County and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the City is providing…

November 09, 2010 @ 10:17am

Ottawa-based Clearford Industries Inc. has made agreements with two municipal governments representing towns near Cali, Colombia to design and supply wastewater collection and treatment systems. This agreement is for the residential areas of San Pedro and Cerrito, Valle de Cauca, which have a total population of more than 25,000 people…

September 29, 2010 @ 2:11pm

The government is failing to follow through on all of its environmental promises, says Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller. "This government rightly prides itself on the progress it has made in passing legislation to protect the environment," says Miller, "but actions on the ground often undermine it." In his 2009/2010…

September 24, 2010 @ 1:45pm

Insituform Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a contract with a first year value of US$5.9 million by the City of Calgary. Upon completion of the first year's work, the City will have the option of renewing this contract for two more years. Calgary awarded the project based on price and…

September 03, 2010 @ 10:53am

The recent ratification of legislation favouring ultraviolet (UV) disinfection methods—in addition to other variables—bodes well for the market, says Frost & Sullivan. The company's new analysis, titled Global Ultraviolet Water and Wastewater Disinfection Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$388.3 million in 2008, and estimates this to…

July 26, 2010 @ 10:54am

The governments of Canada and Nunavut have made a joint investment of over $10.9 million to support two water and wastewater infrastructure initiatives in Rankin Inlet. “This two phased project will provide the required infrastructure for future housing development in Rankin Inlet,” said Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Community and Government…

July 12, 2010 @ 8:05am

[caption id="attachment_5923" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image provided by Dufferin Concrete."][/caption] Southern Ontario company Dufferin Concrete, a division of Holcim Canada Inc., announced today that its entire fleet of over 400 concrete ready-mix vehicles in Ontario has been equipped with Enviroguard, a new self-contained ready-mix truck chute wash-out system which effectively eliminates…

June 18, 2010 @ 12:52pm

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), has announced the winners of the first annual Watershed Awards to recognize Canadian municipalities that have taken proactive measures to reduce their vulnerability to storm and wastewater damage. The awards, which are part of FCM's…

June 01, 2010 @ 3:22pm

Last week the leaders of Canada’s 22 largest cities threw their support behind a resolution by Mayor Peter Kelly of the Halifax Regional Municipality, calling on Ottawa and the provinces to help fund the cost of implementing new national wastewater regulations. Mayor Kelly introduced the resolution during last week’s meeting…

May 31, 2010 @ 11:35am

This week two Canadian wastewater treatment plants celebrated completion. In Calgary, the new $430-million Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre was officially opened by Mayor Dave Bronconnier. The plant gives the City the core infrastructure it needs to make future expansion possible for a population of up to 1.75 million people.…

May 27, 2010 @ 6:15am

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released a new report which examines the best practices on long-term management of civic infrastructure, such as sewer and water. Written by Calgary lawyer and water management expert Will Randall, the report, Toward Greater Transparency in Water and Sewer Services in Winnipeg, notes…

April 20, 2010 @ 8:15am

[caption id="attachment_5480" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, Ron Lemieux, Minister of Local Government, and Mayor Chris Goertzen turn sod at the ceremony marking the beginning of construction. (Via steinbach.ca)"][/caption] A sod-turning ceremony took place last week to mark the start of Steinbach, Manitoba’s Lagoon Expansion project—the largest…

April 19, 2010 @ 8:32am

Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, has announced an investment of approximately $7 million to assist 11 First Nations with 17 capital infrastructure projects including water and wastewater infrastructure, road construction and maintenance and emergency management throughout the Atlantic Region.…

April 16, 2010 @ 1:26pm

In more Nova Scotia news, Halifax Water has filed an application with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) requesting an increase in rates to wastewater and stormwater services.. The victim of problems with its new-ish sewage treatment plant, Halifax Water claims that a rate increase (the first in…

March 29, 2010 @ 7:51am

The proposed Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations have been published in Canada Gazette, Part I beginning the formal 60-day public comment period. As Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced in February, the feds are proposing regulations for municipal, community, federal and other wastewater systems, which include standards for national wastewater effluent quality…

March 22, 2010 @ 8:09am

In the food and beverage processing industry, water represents as much as eight per cent of a company’s total cost of production, and the costs to use water—and to comply with regulations affecting its use—continue to mount. In April 2010 Ontario food and beverage processors will have access to a…

March 18, 2010 @ 11:12am

[caption id="attachment_5201" align="alignleft" width="290" caption="Minister Brad Duguid, interviewed yesterday by ReNew Canada, Water Canada's sister publication."][/caption] As promised, this morning brought news of federal and provincial funding for major upgrades for Hamilton, Ontario's Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, citing a host of benefits including improving water quality in the Hamilton…

March 12, 2010 @ 10:09am

[caption id="attachment_5097" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="BioteQ provided water treatment services at the Minto Mine site during the summer of 2009 using a temporary water treatment system (shown in photo). A permanent water treatment plant has now been constructed for the site, which will be commissioned in the spring of 2010 in…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:21am

Just days after Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty teased the Heritage Dinner audience with exciting water-related snippets from the upcoming provincial throne speech, Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice iterated the importance of the Action Plan on Clean Water—which includes facets of the Oceans Action Plan, the Plan of Action for Drinking…

March 04, 2010 @ 8:29am

Good news for water technology businesses. Export Development Canada (EDC) has announced up to US$10 million in equity commitments to XPV Water Fund Limited Partnership, a Canadian venture capital fund of up to US$150 million focused on growth investments in the water sector, an area of significant growth potential for…

March 02, 2010 @ 9:59am

Carleton University's Dr. Banu Örmeci is a finalist in the 2010 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Awards. Örmeci is Canada Research Chair in Wastewater and Public Health Engineering and an associate professor with Carleton's department of civil and environmental engineering. Her research examines better ways to produce safer…

February 25, 2010 @ 8:30am

Ottawa-based Clearford Industries Inc. has established a sales and business development agreement with Indocan Capital, a consulting firm with offices in India and Toronto. The agreement provides Clearford in-country representation to act as sales prospectors, lead generators and advisors for Clearford's Small Bore Sewer (SBS) system. The wastewater collection system…

February 22, 2010 @ 4:28pm

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), this morning announced the Watershed Awards, a new annual awards program to recognize Canadian municipalities that have taken proactive measures to reduce their vulnerability to storm and wastewater damage. The newly launched Watershed Awards will…

February 11, 2010 @ 3:52pm

Environment Minister Jim Prentice has announced that a draft of proposed municipal wastewater systems effluent regulations is now available for public consultation. Once in force, these regulations will set standards for the discharge from all wastewater facilities in Canada. Over time, wastewater facilities across the country will have to meet…

February 09, 2010 @ 2:07pm

[caption id="attachment_4901" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ottawa's mayor, Larry O’Brien. (via City of Ottawa)"][/caption] Hot on the heels of last week's sewer overflows, the City of Ottawa has released a plan to clean up and protect the Ottawa River. Based on recent consultations with residents across the City of Ottawa, City staff…

February 04, 2010 @ 8:39am

The end of January saw a funding announcement of nearly $45.8 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments for 15 new infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan. Federal funding represents over $19.8 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of the Economic Action Plan. "Like many municipalities across Canada, Regina's infrastructure…

February 02, 2010 @ 7:58am

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

Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. has received the 2009 Canada Export Achievement Award for the Pacific Region. Presented by Export Development Canada and PROFIT Magazine, the Awards celebrate the spirit and strategies of Canadian small and mid-sized enterprises that are succeeding in foreign markets. Active in Canada, the US, Mexico,…

December 02, 2009 @ 8:41am

Consumers must pay for every unit of water they use, and the price must reflect the cost of supplying it, the Conference Board of Canada recommends in a new report released last week. “Water charges based on the value of property—or any other fixed measure that is not directly related…

November 23, 2009 @ 10:01am

Calgary-based ATCO Water announced today it has been selected by the towns of Three Hills and Trochu, Alberta to develop a long-term partnership for the delivery of water and wastewater services.Under the proposed partnership, ATCO Water would purchase a minority ownership interest in the integrated water and wastewater systems of…

November 02, 2009 @ 11:27am

[caption id="attachment_3780" align="alignleft" width="256" caption="Dozens of ducks, swans and other waterfowl have returned to the site of a former wastewater lagoon after McCain Foods (Canada) built a new, advanced wastewater treatment facility at its Carberry plant. (CNW Group/McCain Foods (Canada))"][/caption] A McCain Foods (Canada) plant in Carberry, Manitoba has revitalized…

October 23, 2009 @ 2:05pm

EPCOR Utilities Inc. will become the primary provider of potable water and domestic wastewater services at Suncor Energy's oil sands operations under a new deal announced today. Under the agreement, EPCOR will acquire potable water and wastewater facilities under a sale lease-back agreement at Suncor's Steepbank, Firebag and Borealis sites…

October 20, 2009 @ 6:35am

Armtec Infrastructure Income Fund has been awarded a $26.9 million contract to supply water management products to upgrade the Southeast Collector Sewer System, which is part of the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS), a wastewater collection system first constructed by the Province of Ontario in the late 1970s and early…

October 07, 2009 @ 7:55am

The provincial and federal governments are contributing nearly $8 million for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. Funding for the eight water and wastewater projects comes from the $8 million joint federal-provincial commitment made on Sept. 13 for stimulus projects under the water and wastewater funding category.…

September 25, 2009 @ 6:43am

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

Through its Innovation Agenda, Ontario is supporting the development of new wastewater treatment technology. The province is investing almost $1.2 million through the Innovation Demonstration Fund to help BIOREM Technologies Inc. bring its air filtration and purification technology to the global market. The company designs and manufactures systems that remove…

September 01, 2009 @ 7:30am

The federal and provincial governments are joining the Town of Nackawic, New Brunswick in investing a total of $41,535 to study how to improve water and wastewater systems in the community. Each level of government is investing $13,845. The funding will help create computer software to model Nackawic's water distribution…

August 20, 2009 @ 9:29am

Vancouver-based Nexterra Systems Corp., a supplier of biomass gasification solutions, and Austrian company ANDRITZ, working in customized plants, process technologies, and services for the hydropower, pulp and paper, metals, and other industries (solid/liquid separation, feed and biofuel), have formed an alliance to market drying solutions that are fuelled by renewable…

August 20, 2009 @ 9:10am

[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

[caption id="attachment_2607" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant"][/caption] The governments of Canada and Ontario have set aside a total of $93.3 million in funding to support the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Pickering. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to $46.67…

August 04, 2009 @ 11:25am

Guelph-based BIOREM Inc., designer and manufacturer of air pollution control systems, last week announced three new municipal orders from its China office. The three orders, totaling CAD $450,000 were all for wastewater odour control systems. Biorem has been marketing its new XLD media in China which offers significant footprint and…

August 04, 2009 @ 9:10am

The City of Dawson and Yukon government announced yesterday that a contract has been signed with Vancouver-based Corix Water Systems for the design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant for Dawson. "On behalf of my constituents, I am particularly happy to see this project making real progress towards solving…

July 09, 2009 @ 10:59am

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are partnering in the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative to provide support and promote leading edge sustainable neighbourhood development demonstration projects in Canada. The program includes funding of up to $550,000 to private, public and non-profit developers developing leading-edge sustainable development…

July 08, 2009 @ 8:25am

The global membrane bioreactors (MBR) market will reach $1.3 billion by 2015, says a new report by Global Industry Analysts. The technology's growth will be primarily driven by stringent regulations, rising water scarcity, enhanced emphasis on water reuse and recycling for freshwater conservation. Additionally, promising applications such as groundwater remediation,…

June 22, 2009 @ 1:27pm

A first group of 22 Quebec municipalities will receive $15,802,500 under the federal-provincial agreement pertaining to the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'egout (PRECO). This announcement comes nearly two months after the signing of the Canada-Quebec PRECO agreement on March…

June 09, 2009 @ 7:37am

London, Ontario-based Trojan Technologies, a developer and proponent of large-scale ultraviolet (UV) water disinfection systems used worldwide, has won the 2009 Stockholm Industry Water Award. Trojan produces open channel and pressurized UV disinfection systems for industrial applications, municipal water and wastewater treatment, commercial integration, residential use, and elimination of environmental…

June 08, 2009 @ 11:16am

Calgary-headquartered Pure Technologies Ltd. has acquired the assets of Pipe Eye International, a provider of long-range specialty robotic inspection services based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jack Elliott, Pure's president, said, "This transaction will position Pure into the premium robotic inspection service market. We intend to develop and add enhanced capabilities…

June 05, 2009 @ 7:47am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $2.1 million for sustainable development projects in 14 Quebec municipalities. Water-related projects include a grant of $107,500 for the City of Victoriaville, which will study a thermal hydrolysis treatment technology that would allow it to…

May 15, 2009 @ 10:52am

Municipalities can begin applying for direct, low-cost loans for shovel-ready infrastructure projects through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the feds announced yesterday. Under the federal Economic Action Plan, $2 billion in direct low-cost loans is being provided to municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure projects. Eligible municipal…

April 20, 2009 @ 7:07am

GLV Inc. has acquired the municipal and industrial wastewater sludge treatment technology developed by Elcotech Technologies, a young company based in Boucherville, Quebec. Conventional mechanical dewatering technologies can only extract the free water (i.e., the water not adsorbed by biosolids), with the result that the water content of the residual…

April 14, 2009 @ 12:56pm

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

B.C.'s Capital Regional District (CRD) will receive federal and provincial financial support to plan wastewater treatment for its core area municipalities. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia will each contribute up to $3.33 million to eligible costs of a wastewater treatment study. The CRD will contribute the remaining third,…

April 13, 2009 @ 7:53am

In more EPCOR news, the Town of Banff has agreed to make EPCOR Utilities Inc. as the new operator for its wastewater treatment plant. Under this agreement, effective March 24, 2009 to June 30, 2011, EPCOR will provide operational expertise and maintenance of the Town's wastewater treatment plant; the Town…

April 03, 2009 @ 12:38pm

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

EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) officially became the owner and operator of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant today. Edmonton City Council authorized the transfer of Gold Bar to EPCOR on January 21, 2009. The staff at Gold Bar (approx. 140 people) joins more than 600 other water professionals within EPCOR.…

April 01, 2009 @ 1:58pm

[caption id="attachment_1407" align="alignleft" width="271" caption="NASA SeaWiFS image taken on April 25, 1998, showing the coccolithophore bloom in the Bering Sea. The greenish colour is caused by the high concentration of phytoplankton."][/caption] New measures were announced last week by Manitoba's Conservation Minister Stan Struthers as part of an aggressive plan to…

March 30, 2009 @ 7:35am

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 largest single funder of clean technology in Canada is calling for Statements of Interest for its fifteenth round of funding. Although applications to all related sectors are encouraged, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has a particular interest in water purification, conservation, waste and storm water treatment, and predicts higher…

February 26, 2009 @ 7:48am

The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, honouring projects by Canadian engineering firms, were announced on February 24. The winners were selected from 67 entries by a jury of nine prominent engineers. Below is the 2008 list of water-related award recipients: Tree of Life Award: Trees for Tomorrow, Jamaica, by Tecsult International…

February 26, 2009 @ 7:44am

Aecon Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Lockerbie & Hole Inc. for approximately $220 million. "We believe this is a unique opportunity for Aecon to secure a leading position in the mechanical/electrical and water/wastewater markets in Western Canada," said Scott Balfour, president and CFO of Aecon, "and to further build…

February 03, 2009 @ 9:31am

Chemotherapy products and certain hypertension and cholesterol medications are present in the St. Lawrence River. A study conducted by Université de Montréal researchers reveals that downstream and upstream water from the Montreal wastewater treatment plant contains bezafibrate (cholesterol reducing medication), enalapril (hypertension medication), methotrexate and cyclophosphamide (two products used in…

January 26, 2009 @ 10:15am

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

An innovative energy recovery system will be constructed at the Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant thanks to $2.98 million in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund. This new energy recovery system will capture thermal energy from effluent to provide hot water and space heating in the treatment plant and…

January 06, 2009 @ 8:36am

America's water and wastewater sector looks set to decline further in 2009, as capital expenditure on crucial infrastructure projects is cut back by 12.9 per cent, according to Water Market USA, a new report published Global Water Intelligence. Restraints on borrowing, shrinking tax bases and a drop in capital contributions…

December 12, 2008 @ 9:55am

Guelph City Council has approved new rates for pumping and treating Guelph's water and wastewater. Effective March 1, 2009, the new water rate will be $0.97 and the wastewater rate will be $1.05. The rate increase means that an average home consuming 250 cubic metres per year will pay roughly…

December 05, 2008 @ 8:14am

Recent upgrades to the cogeneration facility at the City of Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) will allow the city to save money by producing energy on-site. Guelph's cogeneration facility includes two reciprocating cogeneration engines and generators that use the methane gas collected as part of the wastewater treatment process to…

December 04, 2008 @ 2:02pm

An EPCOR-led team has completed the design and construction of both the water supply and wastewater facilities for the Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park. An EPCOR subsidiary will operate both facilities through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. EPCOR's tertiary wastewater treatment facility is providing additional levels of environmental protection…

November 24, 2008 @ 2:44pm

Cobourg council has pushed through a federal grant application for the last $1.3 million in upgrades to the water pollution control plant, reports the Northumberland News. The Build Canada application for $1.3 million would complete the plant upgrades and keep pollutants out of Lake Ontario. The final upgrade will install…

November 18, 2008 @ 1:01pm

Premier Tech has announced that it will partner with Croisières AML in a project for treating wastewater from ships. In May 2007, the federal government issued new Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals. Under these regulations, ships must now comply with much stricter discharge…

November 05, 2008 @ 11:17am

The City of Toronto might boost water rates by nine per cent on January 1, the fourth straight year of nine per cent-plus fee hikes, reports the Toronto Sun. The average home's annual water bill would rise by about $50 to more than $590 in 2009, up from just $352…

October 17, 2008 @ 7:20am

A plan to hike Calgarians' water bills by 25 per cent over the next three years is on its way to council after a city committee approved it Wednesday, reports the Calgary Herald. But residents should not expect more hikes after those three years, said Wolf Keller, the city's director…

October 16, 2008 @ 12:18pm

On Tuesday, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen's council has awarded the contract to build the municipality's new wastewater treatment plant to Brighton-based Peak Engineering and Construction, reports The Community Press. Havelock's new wastewater treatment plant, expected to cost $7.7 million, will be capable of treating 1,200 cubic metres of waste per day - sufficient…

October 10, 2008 @ 8:28am

The District of Sooke's new wastewater treatment system, developed in partnership with EPCOR, is reducing contaminants and providing environmental benefits to Sooke Harbour. A recent study by the Capital Regional District reveals that the community's sewer system has reduced contamination of Sooke Harbour by fecal coliform bacteria caused by failing…

October 07, 2008 @ 1:49pm

The Region of Peel has been awarded a 2008 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M Hill Sustainable Communities Award in the Water category for its Water Efficiency Plan. The plan was developed in response to the growing demand on the Region's water and wastewater treatment systems, and aims to reduce water…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:40am

ATCO Group today launched ATCO Water, a company focused on designing, building and operating water and wastewater infrastructure and facilities for both industry and municipalities. ATCO Water has reached an agreement with industry innovator GE Water & Process Technologies to draw on its technologies, especially in the fields of purification…

September 30, 2008 @ 8:45am

Funds A wastewater treatment plant in Cambridge, Ont. is getting a $21-million upgrade: the aim is to "dewater" the sludge held in its digesters. Meanwhile, Victoria, B.C. water pipes are getting a $10-million upgrade. The watermains, installed in 1927, will ensure quality drinking water and improved water pressure for firefighting.…

September 02, 2008 @ 10:19am

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

Environment Minister John Baird says it could take 20 years to clean up the sewer mess in the Ottawa, but both the federal and Ontario governments are committed to fixing the problem, reports The Ottawa Citizen. "We didn't get into this situation overnight. We aren't going to get out of…

August 27, 2008 @ 10:27am

The City of Ottawa is monitoring how animals and plants in the Ottawa River are affected by chemicals that remain in sewage after it is treated and discharged into the waterway, reports CBC News. Dave McCartney, the manager of wastewater and drainage services for the city, said even though the…

August 14, 2008 @ 8:21am