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Increasing U.S. wetlands by 10% would double nitrogen removal, study finds

New computer modeling analysis suggests that prioritizing wetland restoration close to heavily farmed areas may remove up to 40 times more nitrogen than the...

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AWWA ‘enthusiastic’ over historic revisions to U.S. Lead and Copper Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the first major update to its underachieving Lead and Copper Rule in nearly 30 years. The EPA...
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Canada Water Agency consultations begin as discussion paper released

Canada has opened online consultations towards establishing the new Canada Water Agency, a venture to improve and centralize the country’s freshwater management under the...
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U.S. water sector highlights critical role as vaccine rollout planning begins

Calling the water sector a “lifeline sector” that “underpins all aspects of society,” officials with the U.S.-based Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) say they...

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Highs and lows emerge from online STEM learning during pandemic

Data emerging from new studies shows that the loss of labs and field trips during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant change for...
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Water infrastructure upgrades slated for Quebec, Ontario communities

Significant water infrastructure projects in Quebec and Ontario received funding the week of December 7 from the federal government as investments in the protection...
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Ottawa museum obtains billion-year-old water sample from U of T geochemist

In 2009, University of Toronto geochemist Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar and her team collected what was later proven to be the oldest-known flowing water...
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International body updates flushability test for ‘flushable’ wipes

The International Water Service Flushability Group (IWSFG) has revised its Consumer Flushability Guidelines to further define key aspects about what makes a product suitable...
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Canada will miss 2021 deadline to end all First Nations water advisories

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller held a press conference on December 2 to confirm that Canada will miss its March 2021 deadline to lift...
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OSPE working to welcome next generation of women engineers with open arms

The number of women working in engineering over the last decade has increased by only 2% in Ontario. Groups across the province are calling for action.
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Evaluating the business case for using wastewater digestate

Digestate has multiple benefits when used as soil additive or biofertilizer despite it being often only used as livestock bedding or biomass fuel.
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Unidirectional distribution system flushing program improves White Rock’s water quality

Watermain flush­ing in White Rock, B.C. has been conducted regularly for corrosion control, sediment removal, taste and odour con­trol, maintaining low turbidity, main­taining disinfectant residual, and the prevention of bacterial growth.
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Hamilton’s Woodward Avenue WWTP gets new raw sewage pump station

The $340 million upgrade to Hamilton’s Woodward Avenue WWTP includes elevating the plant’s final treatment process from secondary to tertiary levels, increasing the processing of treated wastewater and allowing the plant to reach strict discharge limits.
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Helping the water sector chart a path through the rough waters of public relations

Three municipal experts in navigating the minefield of public opinion on difficult water issues such as lead and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances swapped success stories during a recent virtual summit organized by the American Water Works Association.
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Improving vapour barriers and installation practices allows safer development

Over time, best practices have been developed into standard operating procedures to ensure that contaminant vapour barriers will function as intended over their service life. A vapour barrier installation best practice program involves properly training installers on the latest best practices for installation and validating a barrier’s proper installation through QA/QC testing.
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Applying multi-criteria decision making in wastewater treatment process selection

Sustainability, expandability, adaptability with new and upcoming regulations, and social impacts of a treatment system are some examples of a long list of parameters that have to be considered and evaluated during the selection of a treatment process.

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