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Today, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, Derek Bennett, Member of the House of Assembly for Lewisporte–Twillingate, and Maisie Clark, Mayor of Campbellton, announced more than $6.6 million in joint support for road, water, and wastewater improvements in thirteen municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador. “By investing…

September 10, 2018 @ 9:28am

On March 19th, the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) hosted a provincial Lobby Day at Queen’s Park to launch their new Asset Management Planning (AMP), The State of Ontario Water and Waster Infrastructure. The report examines the water and wastewater infrastructure assets of 30 municipalities across the province…

April 02, 2018 @ 1:59pm

Ontario has announced that 78 communities will be receiving support for a variety of projects, including replacement and rehabilitation of water systems, through the Community Infrastructure Fund. Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North announced the funding in Dorion Township yesterday where investments will go to a bridge replacement project.…

March 13, 2018 @ 10:01am

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 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

A University of Windsor engineering professor is leading the way on an industry-academia collaboration that aims to improve drinking water quality in the capital of India. Dr. Rajesh Seth has obtained funding through the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS)—a Canadian Networks of…

October 05, 2017 @ 11:13am

An independent expert has been appointed to oversee the review of pollution in B.C.’s Hullcar Aquifer. Oliver Brandes, the co-director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, an independent, respected national water and governance expert has been commissioned to support the…

August 18, 2017 @ 10:43am

WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to…

August 14, 2017 @ 1:04pm

On June 22nd, over one hundred and sixty water professionals came together to celebrate innovators and influencers in the water sector at the Water's Next Awards Gala—part of the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit. Gala attendees enjoyed a four-course meal, laughter, and even shed a few tears. Water Canada editor, Katherine…

June 23, 2017 @ 4:23pm

Closing the XII Metropolis World Congress and the 2017 General Assembly of the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), the mayors of the world's largest cities have proclaimed, from one voice, the Montréal Declaration. This historical document sets out the commitment of cities to come together in taking on local…

June 23, 2017 @ 4:16pm

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

BLOOM has announced grant funding to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The water cleantech pilot is focused on an innovative solids management technology. The demonstrations are unique collaborative projects involving both a cleantech solution provider as well as an end-use customer host who is representative of…

June 14, 2017 @ 11:13am

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

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 and Quebec governments are investing in water infrastructure projects in both Beaumont and Saguenay. The federal, provincial, and municipal governments will each contribute $425,000 for the replacement of water pipes in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce. This brings the total government and municipal investment to nearly $1.3 million. This funding will enable…

May 26, 2017 @ 11:08am

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

Alert Labs Inc., designer of the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor, which help to protect homes from flood damage and to provide minute-by-minute water use information, has announced an investment by Intact Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Intact Financial Corporation, Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty…

April 24, 2017 @ 10:26am

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

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

Scientists, led by the University of Toronto’s Barbara Sherwood Lollar, have discovered the world’s oldest water. The two-billion-year-old water is found at Kidd Creek Mine in Timmins, Ontario, three kilometres below the surface. In 2013, scientists found water that was one and a half billion years old in the same…

December 16, 2016 @ 11:41am

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

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

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

Under Western Skies, an annual environmental conference held by Mount Royal University in Calgary will focus on water issues this year. Titled Water—Events, Trends, Analysis, the conference is expected to attract 600–800 attendees for notable presentations from: Robert Sandford of United Nations University Institute for Water, EPCOR Chair for Water…

September 27, 2016 @ 1:05pm

During a visit to the Anishinabeg community of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec, The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, announced an investment of $4.9 million to connect thirty-four new housing development lots to the community's water supply and sewer systems. The Canadian government has instituted policy intending to support…

September 26, 2016 @ 1:50pm

“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

After Montreal has eliminated plastic bags in 2018, it will take on plastic water bottles, said Mayor Denis Coderre. Mayor Coderre cited the 700 million single-use plastic bottles in Quebec landfills every year as reason for the ban. Dimitri Fraeys, vice president of innovation and economic affairs for the Quebec…

September 21, 2016 @ 1:25pm

The University of Guelph has built thermal energy storage facility that uses cooled water to deliver air conditioning throughout its facilities. John Kuri of the engineering consultancy MCW Group, commented on the facility: “We’re generating all the cooling requirements for the university at night, storing all that cold water in…

September 21, 2016 @ 1:13pm

A recent study on the effects of climate change on hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants shows the disruption of water resources could have a harsh impact on electricity production. Change in water temperatures and a decrease of streamflows will lead to a reduction of electricity for more than half of…

January 06, 2016 @ 9:04am

On Tuesday October 20, 2015, the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) held its Environment Industry Day at the Ontario legislature. Dozens of representatives from clean-tech firms descended on Queen’s Park to discuss issues of concern and raise the visibility of Ontario’s environment sector. The events was attended by clean-tech firms,…

October 22, 2015 @ 2:40pm

The City of Richmond in British Columbia has adopted a new strategy for guiding decisions regarding the city-wide system of natural areas and the ecosystem services they provide on city, public and private lands. The Ecological Network Management Strategy represents the first city-wide environmental strategy for Richmond. It offers a…

October 02, 2015 @ 9:05am

The City of Saskatoon is investing $11.3 million in water and sewer rehabilitation in order to inspect and maintain manholes and aging systems. During the 2015 summer construction season, digital imaging technology was used to inspect and evaluate manholes. The inspection was conducted by lowering a camera into the area…

September 28, 2015 @ 7:48pm

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

Imagine a future where drinking water operators use a simple “sniff test” to tell you if the water is contaminated. Scientists from the Seoul National University believe this may be possible, after developing a bio-electronic nose that can smell contaminated water. The new technology is part of a growing field…

September 10, 2015 @ 8:13pm

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

In an effort to protect the province’s water resources, Manitoba announced its first comprehensive Surface Water Management Strategy along with multi-year surface water management investments. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced the strategy on June 11, noting that $320 million of…

June 12, 2014 @ 9:27am

Alberta is taking steps to better prepare communities for potential drought and severe floods, such as the heavy rainfall that devastated Calgary and other parts of Alberta in 2013. The province has launched a new grant program to assist municipalities in protecting residents, property, and infrastructure in the event of…

June 11, 2014 @ 2:06pm

The American Public Works Association will recognize upgrades to the Keswick Water Pollution Control plant in the Region of York as one of its 2014 Projects of the Year at the upcoming APWA annual conference in Toronto. The Keswick Effluent Outfall project was carried out by Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM),…

June 09, 2014 @ 8:37am

In light of water crises around the world that hit Third World communities the hardest, corporations are working together to remind Canadian shoppers not to take water for granted. This past April, P&G teamed up with Walmart Canada to launch its Clean Water Initiative. For every P&G product purchased at…

June 08, 2014 @ 7:49pm

Five Canadian cities will have portions of their asphalt roads ripped up and replaced with permeable brick and gravel this summer in an effort to curb the effects of flash flooding. The University of Waterloo, along with insurer Intact Financial Corporation, has announced a 20-project initiative to help communities weather…

June 06, 2014 @ 12:09pm

The Seaterra program will not be continuing with the proposed wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Victoria, British Columbia, due to decisions last week made by Minister of Environment Mary Polak and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes. The wastewater treatment facility was to be built…

June 04, 2014 @ 2:17pm

Plains Midstream, the owner of a pipeline that leaked nearly half a million litres of oil into Red Deer River in 2012, is facing charges from the province for failing to report the leak. It also faces charges under the federal Fisheries Act for contaminating the river. The law requires…

June 04, 2014 @ 2:05pm

The City of Charlottetown water and sewer utility has launched the Take Control program, a new initiative designed to encourage flat-rate water customers to switch to water meters. Incentives are being offered to those who are willing to make the switch. As part of this initiative, the City will cover…

May 30, 2014 @ 12:55pm

Actual Media Inc. is proud to announce the launch of their new online library service. The E-Library is a digital archive that provides all back issues of ReNew Canada and Water Canada magazines, along with individual articles, select white papers, and other Actual Media publications and content. Subscribers, users, and…

May 28, 2014 @ 11:43am

In response to the passing of Protecting Alberta’s Environment Act on April 28 2014, the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluating, and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) has now been established in the province. In an effort to monitor and maintain environmental integrity within Alberta, AEMERA intends to promote the use of scientific methods…

May 26, 2014 @ 7:28am

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

Costs for the innovative Sechelt Water Resource Centre in Sechelt, British Columbia will be covered by the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which will contribute $8 million and $3.2 million respectively. The provincial and federal governments have also committed $1.6 million each to the…

May 26, 2014 @ 7:11am

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

Wood Buffalo, Alberta launched its water conservation campaign on May 20. The goal of this initiative is multifaceted: to highlight the importance of water and its responsible use, to learn more about water and wastewater systems, and to reduce water consumption. Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake emphasized water’s critical role…

May 22, 2014 @ 11:49am

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 Toronto Star has reported that tap water in 13 per cent of Toronto homes tested over the last six years contain an unsafe amount of lead, according to city data obtained by the newspaper. The data draws from 15,000 samples between 2008 and 2014. The high lead levels are…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:22am

Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the new National Conservation Plan (NCP) on May 15 in New Maryland, New Brunswick. The plan aims to provide a “more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters in and around…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:14am

Researchers at the University of Ottawa and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington have published an article exploring the direct link between human caused groundwater depletion and the uplift of California’s Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which may increase the number of earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. Pascal Audet…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:11am

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is proposing to the provincial government a British Columbia water commission to streamline water use reporting and to connect water license rental fees with water management needs. The OBWB’s board members voted to send a letter to Steve Thomson, B.C.’s Minister of Forest, Land,…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:05am

The Province of Manitoba released a new Peatlands Stewardship Strategy on April 30, including Canada’s first stand-alone legislation on the subject. The legislation will ensure healthy, well-managed peatland ecosystems that provide important conservation benefits. [caption id="attachment_19205" align="alignright" width="300"] The peatlands strategy will include 22 interconnected initiatives. Credit: Boreal.[/caption] “Peatlands are…

May 12, 2014 @ 8:07am

[caption id="attachment_19201" align="alignright" width="300"] Ontario’s water sector is currently home to 900 water-industry-specific companies. Credit: John Vetterli.[/caption] According to WaterTAP Ontario, Canada’s most populous province has awarded more water industry patents in the past 30 years than any other comparable government jurisdiction in the world. Ontario’s water sector is currently…

May 12, 2014 @ 8:02am

Manitoba’s Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh released the Clean Environment Commission’s (CEC) report on the Keeyask Generation Project on May 7. It recommends the province issue a Class-3 Environment Act licence, subject to recommendations for licence conditions related to mitigating impacts or monitoring effects. [caption id="attachment_19198" align="alignright" width="300"]…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:57am

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 City of Kelowna, British Columbia won the inaugural British Columbia Water & Waste Association’s (BCWWA) “Best of the Best” tap water taste test challenge at the association's annual conference. The City of Kelowna bested nearly a dozen other entrants. “It’s gratifying when all our investments in innovative water treatment technology…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:40am

[caption id="attachment_19137" align="alignright" width="300"] An interior shot of the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant. Credit: Rachel Phan.[/caption] AECOM Technology Corporation has been awarded a $2.3-million contract by the Region of Peel for improvements to the region’s Lakeview Water Treatment Plant in Mississauga, Ontario. Improvements will include a retrofit and rehabilitation of…

May 02, 2014 @ 11:48am

Manitoba has announced actions to protect Lake Winnipeg from invasive zebra mussels, which have been found in harbours at Gimli, Willow Point, Boundary Creek Marina/Winnipeg Beach, and Balsam Bay. The province has invested $500,000 to use liquid potash in efforts to eradicate the invasive species. “Our first priority is to…

May 02, 2014 @ 11:38am

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

Canada’s first-ever report card on the state of its public works assets has been released, and it turns out that the system with the worst results is neither roads nor water—it’s asset management. Four of Canada's biggest industry associations (CCA, FCM, CSCE, CPWA) came together to release the results of…

September 11, 2012 @ 1:24pm

A report released last week that features provincial watershed data inventory, is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. The province invested $29,000 in the Dalhousie University research project, and staff from the departments of Environment and Natural Resources participated in the study. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau said the report…

June 25, 2012 @ 12:01pm

[caption id="attachment_8025" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The public is invited to comment on TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan before Oct. 31."][/caption] Manitoba continues moving forward on environmental protection with an aggressive strategy of more than 100 initiatives across government that will bolster the Province’s economy and protect water, air and land for…

June 19, 2012 @ 2:33pm

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_12329" align="aligncenter" width="530" caption="From Corporate Knights' spring 2012 issue. Illustration by Clayton Junior."][/caption] Corporate Knights has released its third bi-annual Green Provincial Report Card, with Ontario and British Columbia leading the pack in the race to become Canada's greenest province or territory. The highest grade goes to Ontario, which…

June 08, 2012 @ 11:50am

This week, the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) released Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on our Water Future, highlighting a 16-city cross-Canada tour conducted by Canmore-based Bob Sandford, co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW). Sandford released the report today at the 2012 Living Lakes Canada Gathering held…

May 23, 2012 @ 4:48pm

[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

This month, the City of Charlottetown awarded the consulting engineering services portion of the Spring Park Combined Sewer Separation Project to the Charlottetown Office of Genivar Inc. [caption id="attachment_11866" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Representatives of the City of Charlottetown and Genivar Inc. review proposed routing of a new sewer line for the…

April 25, 2012 @ 11:53am

A new publication released by the Canada West Foundation outlines a series of water challenges, or “stress points,” emerging in western Canada. Stress Points: An Overview of Water and Economic Growth in Western Canada  highlights some of the current water challenges and their potential impact on the economy, the environment, and society.…

March 29, 2012 @ 8:26am

A progress report released on March 23 highlights achievements of the first year of Nova Scotia's water resource management strategy, called Water for Life, which was released in December 2010. "Nova Scotians understand the importance of clean water to our health, our environment and our economy," said Environment Minister Sterling…

March 28, 2012 @ 8:27am

The federal government and Alberta unveiled the long-awaited Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring in Edmonton last Friday. Spurred by University of Alberta researchers Erin Kelly and David Schindler, the governments established an independent review panel in 2010 and in July 2011 revealed the second phase of its…

February 07, 2012 @ 2:37pm

The Harper Government will invest $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, Minister of Environment Peter Kent announced today. The infrastructure upgrades will strengthen core weather monitoring networks including the weather radar network. The upgrades will also modernize the monitoring infrastructure and help Environment Canada's weather…

January 20, 2012 @ 2:30pm

[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

Water Canada's January/February 2012 issue, set to fête Canadian water achievements with our second annual Water's Next supplement, will also explore the growing use of smartphone apps in the water sector. Be sure to tell us which apps you're using (if any) in the comments section below. [poll id="9"]

November 09, 2011 @ 12:40pm

[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

The federal government announced on Tuesday that 19 projects will receive funding under round six of the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund. "Since 2008, the five-year Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund has provided more than $15 million to 165 local projects undertaken to preserve and improve this important water body. Today, we…

February 26, 2011 @ 5:01pm

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

Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, and China's Minister of Environmental Protection, Zhou Shengxian, signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on environmental cooperation last week in Beijing. The MOU will facilitate collaborative work and the exchange of scientific information between Environment Canada and China's Ministry of Environmental Protection. Of particular interest…

November 03, 2010 @ 12:06pm

[caption id="attachment_6837" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Ontario's chief drinking water inspector."][/caption] Ontario's chief drinking water inspector, John Stager, has released his fifth annual report, providing an overview of the state of the province's drinking water including quality tests, inspection and performance. Of the report findings publicized by the Province in a press…

September 29, 2010 @ 1:40pm

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) today announced its 18th round of funding for Canadian clean technology demonstration projects. Canadian entrepreneurs and technology developers with new technologies and a compelling business case are encouraged to submit Statements of Interests to the SD Tech Fund™ from September 1 to October 20, 2010.…

September 03, 2010 @ 9:24am

[caption id="attachment_6316" align="alignleft" width="211" caption="Francis Scarpaleggia, MP Lac-Saint-Louis"][/caption] Liberal members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development today released their report from the committee’s study of the impact of oilsands development on Canada’s freshwater. The study was launched over two and a half years ago…

August 18, 2010 @ 11:05am

Yesterday, the United Nations adopted a resolution proclaiming the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation. Presented by Bolivia and 33 other States, the resolution that would "entitle everyone to available, safe, acceptable, accessible and affordable water and sanitation" received 122 votes in favour with no votes against and…

July 29, 2010 @ 12:11pm

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

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_5140" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, David C. Onley."][/caption] "The world needs Ontario. The world needs what we have to offer," said Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley in Monday's Speech from the Throne, which launched the Province's new five-year Open Ontario Plan. The plan, which seeks to "create an Ontario…

March 08, 2010 @ 1:02pm

The federal government is providing close to $35,000 from the Rideau Canal Resource Conservation funding to the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW) to complete the Rideau Regional Profile on its Water Connections internet portal. CSW is a not-for-profit organization created to foster community involvement in caring for water in Canadian…

February 25, 2010 @ 8:36am

[caption id="attachment_5029" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image via guelph.ca"][/caption] The City of Guelph, Ontario has received $72,524 in loan and grant contributions from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The funds will be used for a feasibility study for using greywater for toilet flushing in residential settings. The City…

February 24, 2010 @ 9:37am

Ontario's Township of Centre Wellington will receive funds for source water protection via the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. Support of up to $1.8 million will be devoted to improve municipal water and sanitary sewer systems, as well as to support the reconstruction of a sideroad. The Township of Centre Wellington…

February 22, 2010 @ 1:17pm

[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

Canadian companies are uniquely well-positioned to respond to the global infrastructure boom because of their experience in finding infrastructure solutions in some of the harshest climate conditions in the world, according to a new report from Export Development Canada (EDC). "Environmental concerns, coupled with a harsh climate and close proximity…

November 25, 2009 @ 10:20am

Water information technology (IT) is a US$530-million market today, with potential to address a US$16.3-billion market in 2020, according a new report from Lux Research. Titled Ranking Water Information Technology Companies on the Lux Innovation Grid, the report provides a visual snapshot of five market segments: water mapping, water infrastructure,…

November 08, 2009 @ 7:30pm

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_3903" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Environment Ministers: Richard Brown, Prince Edward Island; David Morse, Nova Scotia; J. Michael Mittenberger, Northwest Territories; Roland Hachè, New Brunswick; Nancy Heppner, Saskatchewan; Jim Prentice, Canada; CCME past president Elaine Taylor, Yukon; John Gerretsen, Ontario; Rob Renner, Alberta; Line Beauchamp, Quebec; Charlene Johnson, Newfoundland and Labrador;…

November 02, 2009 @ 9:47am

[caption id="attachment_3838" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cleantech leaders open the TSX last week. (Corporate Knights)"][/caption] Last week, Corporate Knights magazine released its third annual Cleantech 10™ and Next 10 Emerging Cleantech Leaders lists (view the complete report here), which represent Canada's best publicly and privately held companies in the cleantech realm. On…

October 27, 2009 @ 9:02am

Quebec-based BioSpec Global Solutions Inc., and partner ICBS Ltd. have announced that they’re filing Eurasian patents in anticipation of entry into China. "China is one of the world's largest markets for our analyzer's and has one of the worst water situations on the planet" said Don Saunders, BioSpec’s president and…

October 15, 2009 @ 9:03am

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

Eaux Vives Water Inc. will receive $1,631,600 in repayable funding under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative – Vitality to increase productivity. This funding will enable the Saint-Mathieu-d'Harricana, Quebec firm to improve its competitiveness by acquiring specialized equipment and adding a new water bottling line. The project intends to generate an…

August 27, 2009 @ 11:12am

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

More stimulus funding announcements today. Improvements to Saint John, New Brunswick’s water infrastructure were part of MP Rodney Weston’s “Four in Four” priorities, he said. “It has been the city's number one priority and it has been my priority ever since I was elected last October." Six projects will receive…

August 17, 2009 @ 11:26am

Last week saw the release of the final screening assessments for 18 substances assessed in Batch 4 of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. Of the substances assessed in Batch 4, one substance poses a risk to the environment (BNST) and is recommended for virtual elimination. Two substances pose a risk to…

August 04, 2009 @ 10:53am

Winnipeg's city council has voted in favour of creating an arm's-length utility to manage its water and waste services. The motion to create a new utility was passed by a 10-6 margin. After weeks of controversy and protests against water privatization, Mayor Sam Katz has maintained that the decision does…

July 23, 2009 @ 8:23am

Seasonal storage of floodwaters from three unexploited rivers that flow into James Bay and the channelling of this water to the Ottawa River could provide for the generation of 14 terawatt-hours of hydroelectric energy per year, producing annual revenues of nearly $2 billion. According to the author of a controversial…

July 15, 2009 @ 8:44am

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

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

The new South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) will look at key issues such as water, land use and population growth as it provides advice to the Alberta government to develop a regional plan under the Land-use Framework. The South Saskatchewan Region ranges from the town of Crossfield in the…

May 14, 2009 @ 2:06pm

Michel Fich is looking for water in space. This morning, the University of Waterloo professor of physics and astronomy celebrated the successful launch of the Herschel Space Observatory and Canada's contribution to the study of the birth of planets, stars and galaxies. Launched this morning from Kourou, French Guiana, Herschel…

May 14, 2009 @ 1:59pm

The Canada-Quebec Gas Tax Fund has received a $1.8-billion boost and extension from 2010 and 2014. The fund supports environmentally sustainable infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, public transit and local roads. From 2005 to 2014, Quebec communities will receive over $3 billion through the fund, which will become permanent in…

May 14, 2009 @ 1:36pm

Ontario environment firms are concerned the province may miss a crucial opportunity in the coming years if business and government do not find new ways of working together, according to a new study conducted by Deloitte for the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA). Research finds companies are eager to capitalize…

April 30, 2009 @ 1:28pm

A new $1.9-million pipeline project, announced yesterday, will provide a source of water for tomato farmers in Leamington, Ontario. The funding, which comes from the Canada-Ontario Water Supply Expansion Program (aptly referred to as COWSEP), will help the Leamington Area Drip Irrigation Inc. with the construction of a water supply…

April 17, 2009 @ 7:17am

[caption id="attachment_1588" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="The Fraser River watershed."][/caption] British Columbia will provide Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) with $1.25 million apiece to begin development of a system of inter-regional trails, river-based infrastructure and heritage features through the Lower Fraser River corridor, the provincial government announced this…

April 17, 2009 @ 6:52am

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

Saskatchewan's Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program will now be available to the entire province. Originally offered in the southwest last year, the expanded program will support the development of secure water sources to expand the livestock industry, encourage rural economic activity and mitigate the effects of future drought. Farmers,…

April 07, 2009 @ 11:30am

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

While pesticide use is a reality for many farms, Manitoba farmers are taking steps to protect the land and water by avoiding the careless dumping of chemical waste. Over 51,158 kilograms of unwanted and obsolete agricultural pesticides—enough to fill approximately four semi-trailers—have been safely and environmentally disposed of, thanks to…

April 01, 2009 @ 6:49am

Geoscience BC and the Horn River Basin Producers Group have launched several collaborative geoscience projects to identify and map subsurface aquifers in the Horn River Basin (HRB). While the aquifer study will establish the suitability of water reservoirs to provide for future exploration and development opportunities of shale gas within…

March 31, 2009 @ 1:38pm

"The drowning of the waterfowl last April shouldn't have happened and is unacceptable," said Syncrude's president and CEO Tom Katinas. "There is tremendous resolve in our organization to learn from this experience and help ensure it does not happen again." In April 2008, a large number of waterfowl landed on…

March 31, 2009 @ 1:05pm

[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

[caption id="attachment_1375" align="alignleft" width="589" caption="Red River of the North Main Stem, Grand Forks, North Dakota, looking toward Downtown area. Taken from a helicopter during the 1997 Red River Flood, after a levee overtopped and Grand Forks was evacuated. The major flood along the Red River of the North in North…

March 24, 2009 @ 11:57am

Bottled water bans have hit schools. The University of Winnipeg (U of W) announced today that it will become the first university in Canada to end the provision and sale of bottled water campus-wide. The sale of bottled water will be phased out by the autumn 2009 semester and funding…

March 23, 2009 @ 10:58am

[caption id="attachment_1366" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Lynne Yelich, Minister of State, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is working to position Western Canada as a national and international leader in water resource technology and innovation."][/caption] On the eve of World Water Day, Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice announced that Canada will invest…

March 23, 2009 @ 5:53am

Day One passed with much talk of the economy and how it's affecting environmental businesses. Not surprisingly, most of the non-technical sessions had a money focus. One delegate asked a panel on the cleantech landscape how to turn investor attitudes from "Hm. This is so cheap right now" to "Wow!…

March 18, 2009 @ 6:16am

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

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

The Council of Canadians is encouraging the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to vote in favour of a resolution that would call for all municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water where appropriate. The vote is expected to take place this Saturday, March 7, at the…

March 05, 2009 @ 10:28am

Eight non-profit groups are receiving provincial funding to further protect the Saskatchewan's water resources. The non-profit agencies that keep Saskatchewan's watersheds and water bodies healthy and viable will receive $25,000 each for a total of $200,000. Recipients are Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.; Lower Souris Watershed Committee Inc.; Moose Jaw…

February 27, 2009 @ 1:19pm

The total amount of water used in Calgary continues to stay below 2003 levels despite 120,000 new Calgarians being connected to the city's water system since that time. According to the latest Year End Water Efficiency Report, Calgary is still on track to meet its 30-in-30 Water Efficiency Plan goal-reducing…

February 27, 2009 @ 1:10pm

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

A Prince Edward Island provincial court judge has ordered the vessel BBC Nordland to pay a $15,000 penalty for illegally discharging a pollutant in Canadian waters. On February 22, 2008, the BBC Nordland, a Gibraltar-registered General Dry Cargo vessel, that was docked at the Port of Summerside, P.E.I., spilled approximately…

February 13, 2009 @ 1:10pm

Alberta has released a long-term development plan, highlighting sustainable and responsible growth for its oil sands. The 20-year plan, titled Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands, aims to reduce the environmental footprint, optimize economic growth, and increase the quality of life in Alberta's oil sands regions. Water highlights…

February 13, 2009 @ 10:03am

Flooding in the GTA leads to overflows at the banks of the Humber River as snow melts and warnings from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. At the same time, last night's flood at Toronto’s Union Station led to escalator waterfalls and evacuation. Lucky for commuters like yours truly, the…

February 12, 2009 @ 11:30am

With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. "We need to plan ahead and consider the impact that climate change…

February 10, 2009 @ 9:47am

Residents of the town of Yarmouth and surrounding areas will soon have a more efficient wastewater treatment plant. The province is investing $340,000 to upgrade the town's wastewater treatment system. The project includes supplying and installing equipment to remove residual chlorine from wastewater effluent as required by the Canadian Environmental…

February 09, 2009 @ 9:27am

Saint-Raphael, Que. will see funds from the Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the province's contribution. The municipality will use the first payment of $190,375 to replace a potable water-line under Highway 281 and St-Pierre Boulevard, proceed with water research, including plans and specifications, the construction and connection of a new…

February 09, 2009 @ 8:29am

Another study-this time international-has claimed that water is underpriced and overused. The world simply cannot manage water in the future in the same way as in the past or the economic web will collapse, warns the new report from the World Economic Forum. As the world economy expands, the report…

February 06, 2009 @ 8:50am

The current state of municipal water pricing in Canada is significantly flawed, with costs that include underfunded water agencies, aging infrastructure, excessive consumption and stifled innovation, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. With news of failing infrastructure and a $12-billion stimulus, the report couldn't come…

February 05, 2009 @ 8:54am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has announced a $227,750 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the City of Quinte West. The City is using funds to conduct a field test to determine the optimal treatment system to remediate the city-owned Murata Erie North America historical property. The City of Quinte…

February 03, 2009 @ 11:15am

The federal review for HELP Clean Water (Huron Elgin London Project) is now complete, giving the green light to start construction. John Baird, Transport and Infrastructure Minister, has said he will "quickly" sign a contribution agreement and federal funding-a commitment of up to $50 million-will flow directly to the City…

February 03, 2009 @ 9:43am

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

Seprotech Systems Inc., a provider and operator of pre-engineered water and wastewater treatment plants, has closed the purchase of Envirosearch Operations Incorporated, a private company located in Milton, Ontario. Envirosearch is an operator of water and wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. On October 21, 2008, Seprotech announced the establishment of…

January 29, 2009 @ 9:20am

Tetra Tech, Inc. has acquired Wardrop Engineering, Inc., a Canadian firm that specializes in resource management, energy and infrastructure design. Wardrop has about 1,200 employees globally and had revenue of approximately US$120 million in fiscal 2008. The acquisition expands Tetra Tech's worldwide presence, adding 13 offices in Canada and offices…

January 29, 2009 @ 8:50am

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

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

The exciting restoration of the old Britannia mine on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler in British Columbia is recognized in this year's list of awards winners announced today by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Following an extensive restoration of the Britannia mine, which…

January 16, 2009 @ 1:26pm

An instant rebate as part of the WaterSmart Manitoba initiative will be offered at participating retailers on the purchase of high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets for one day, February 21, Water Stewardship Minister has Christine Melnick announced. "We have worked with retailers to join in this new effort and are pleased with…

January 13, 2009 @ 2:21pm

Farmers and other groundwater users in the Annapolis Valley are being asked to take part in a study that will help to improve water-use planning. The departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture are working together…

January 05, 2009 @ 12:07pm

Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that a comprehensive study is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Saskatchewan Landing Regional Water Supply Project in west central Saskatchewan. The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendation submitted by the responsible authority, Infrastructure Canada.…

December 17, 2008 @ 1:03pm

Some of Alberta's largest users of waters are taking action to develop and implement water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans as part of the province's renewed Water for Life strategy. The Alberta Water Council released a report on December 16, 2008 outlining 21 recommendations for water conservation, efficiency and productivity…

December 17, 2008 @ 9:24am

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

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

Though Alberta's government has proclaimed it false, a new report from issued by Environmental Defence claims that over four billion litres of contaminated tailings water enters the groundwater each year as a result of oil sands operations. New projects, it adds, could expand this number to over 25 billion litres…

December 09, 2008 @ 12:23pm

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

Transport Minister John Baird has introduced legislation in the House of Commons to enhance Canada's sovereignty over Arctic waters and protect them from pollution. Under the proposed legislation, Canada will have greater and more effective control over marine activity in the Canadian Arctic while enhancing environmental protection in Canada's North.…

December 04, 2008 @ 12:52pm

Toronto Council has voted to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles at City Hall and civic centres. This new policy (and two other policies that deal with plastic shopping bags and food containers) emphasizes source reduction, a key component of Toronto's overall goal to achieve 70 per cent…

December 04, 2008 @ 8:22am

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

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

A new ban on herbicide-fertilizer combination products in Alberta will help protect the quality of water downstream of urban areas. As of January 1, 2010 herbicide-fertilizer combination products will no longer be sold in Alberta. Products intended for spot application to weeds will still be available for sale and use.…

November 19, 2008 @ 9:54am

EcoWater Canada has received a Certificate of Emissions Compliance from Zerofootprint. This analysis looked at the carbon footprint of the water softeners and Reverse Osmosis drinking systems from the entire manufacturing process to the final product delivery, determining the impact on the planet. EcoWater Canada will be purchasing carbon offsets…

November 18, 2008 @ 1:35pm

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

California's Calistoga Beverage Co. (parent company is Nestlé Waters North America) has cut 78 per cent of its workforce, citing a "softening in demand for bottled beverages." An article in the Weekly Calistogan quotes director Chris Canning as saying, "We've been experiencing a softening in demand of bottled beverages for…

November 10, 2008 @ 2:08pm

Canada's environmental record is one of the worst-standing 15th out of 17 developed countries- according to the latest Report Card on Canada: How Canada Performs: Environment-Details and Analysis, released this week by The Conference Board of Canada. Canada's overall C grade reflects a poor performance (D grades) in the areas…

November 05, 2008 @ 1:59pm

H2O Innovation Inc., a Canadian company specializing exclusively in water technology, has won a bid launched by Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc. on behalf of Fort Hills Energy L.P. to build six water filtration units with a combined treatment capacity of 3960 cubic meters per day. Using clean technology, the membrane…

October 30, 2008 @ 10:48am

A draft version of Canadian Water Quality Guideline for the Protection of Aquatic Life - Boron, based on a scientific criteria document contributed by Ontario Ministry of Environment, is available for 30-day public review and comment until November 28, 2008.  For details, visit the Canadian Council of Ministers of the…

October 29, 2008 @ 12:52pm

Human demands on the world's resources have reached nearly a third more than planet can sustain, according to the latest edition of WWF's Living Planet Report. The report, released this week, suggests that the world is heading for an ecological credit crunch. In addition, the report found that global natural…

October 29, 2008 @ 12:34pm

Montana Mining Corp. has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Produced Water Solutions, Inc., based in Calgary. PWS has designed, built and tested water purification units for the oil and gas industry. PWS's produced water processing unit converts field-produced water into potable water onsite. "We…

October 29, 2008 @ 9:26am

"The Ontario public needs and deserves to be confident that our environmental protection systems are actually doing the job - but there are clearly areas of weakness," stated Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller as he released his 2007/08 Annual Report "Getting to K(no)w " at Queens's Park this week. The…

October 23, 2008 @ 8:28am

Residents in the Takhini North neighbourhood of Whitehorse will have to fork over at least $1 million to help cover a $9-million upgrade to its water and sewage system, as well as pay thousands of dollars more to hook up their home plumbing to the new system, reports CBC News.…

October 20, 2008 @ 9:21am

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 Alberta government is partnering with General Electric to improve water treatment and reuse in the province's oilsands projects, which consume enormous volumes of fresh water to produce oil, reports CBC News. Two projects announced Thursday are the first initiatives from an agreement signed between the province and GE Water…

October 10, 2008 @ 7:59am

The drinking water of Bangladesh, known to be contaminated with toxic agents, can be addressed, according to an international team of volunteer researchers, led by a scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. Following years of study of the contaminants in the water, the team has developed a practical strategy…

October 08, 2008 @ 9:12am

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

Although Hurricane Ike is long gone, its impact lingers more than a thousand miles from where it made landfall. Runoff from tributaries dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan, contaminating the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E. coli bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming. According to Richard Whitman,…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:11am

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

The Osoyoos Times reports that councillors have given approval for TRUE Consulting, the Town's engineering firm, to apply for a $6,190,000 grant to begin the construction of a twinning system for Osoyoos water districts 8 and 9. Earlier this year, Interior Health recommended that a boil-water advisory be put in…

September 17, 2008 @ 8:08am

The Alberta Water Council submitted a comprehensive wetland policy and implementation recommendations to the Alberta government yesterday, aimed at helped the province develop and finalize a wetlands policy. Recommendations focus on protecting Alberta's wetlands by managing impacts; setting objectives; encouraging stewardship; and building knowledge and capacity. In 2005, the Alberta…

September 17, 2008 @ 7:20am

Toronto, Ont.-Waterloo Region is the next in the growing list of municipalities taking steps to reducing bottled water use. Yesterday, the Planning and Works Committee voted to recommend to council a motion that will see the end of single-use bottled water sales in many public facilities. "A growing number of…

September 10, 2008 @ 12:37pm

Toronto, Ont.- RBC has made a donation of $200,000 to the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW) to fund its ongoing work for community-based water quality projects. RBC president and CEO Gordon Nixon presented the donation on behalf of the RBC Blue Water Project to Gord Downie, LOW Trustee and lead singer…

September 08, 2008 @ 1:33pm

Whitehorse, YT- Last week, the federal government announced funding for improvements to Haines Junction's water supply system in Yukon. The Village of Haines Junction will receive $245,267 under the Canada-Yukon Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). This water system project will improve the pumping capacity of local wells and will include…

September 08, 2008 @ 12:29pm

Due to overwhelming interest to help protect Lake Winnipeg, the deadline for project submissions to the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is being extended from September 1 to September 30. Yesterday James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake, made the announcement on behalf of Manitoba Regional Minister Vic Toews, and Canada's environment minister,…

September 04, 2008 @ 12:37pm

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is actively seeking applications for technology innovations in all areas of sustainable development that deliver clean water, clean soil, clean air, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The $550-million SD Tech Fund is open for Statements of Interest (SOI) for its fourteenth round of…

September 03, 2008 @ 11:34am

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

Though some people fear harmful exploitation or even the drying up of water resources, Marcel Boyer, the author of a research paper published by the Montreal Economic Institute, says it is urgent to look seriously at developing Canada's ‘blue gold,' particularly in the form of controversial large-scale exports. "The development…

August 29, 2008 @ 11:49am

Christopher Dunn, a 30-year veteran of the beverage industry, is now the general manager of NSF International's Beverage Quality Program. The beverage quality program tests, audits and certifies bottled water and natural mineral waters, flavored and functional beverages, and packaged ice. In the past, Dunn has served as president of…

August 27, 2008 @ 11:10am

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

H2O Innovation has signed five new contracts, totaling $1.9 million. The municipality of St-Adolphe-d'Howard, Quebec, has signed on for a packaged nanofiltration treatment system including all pre-treatments. This plant will be using H2O's technology: NanH2Ofiltration. The company was awarded two other contracts for the design and manufacture of containerized treatment…

August 27, 2008 @ 10:41am

Canada's stores of fresh water are not as plentiful as once thought, and water shortages threaten to pinch the economy and pit provinces against each other, says a 21-page draft report acquired by the Canadian Press (CP) under the Access to Information Act. "We can no longer take our extensive…

August 21, 2008 @ 8:59am

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

Pure Technologies Ltd., a company involved in the development and application of technologies for inspection, monitoring, and management of physical infrastructure, recently hosted an international workshop on asset management and loss prevention strategies for buried pipelines. Over seventy-five participants from nine countries representing water agencies, consultants, and oil and gas…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:33am