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Cities face increased water treatment spending when watersheds are developed

A new global study has found that one in three large cities spend 50% more on water treatment as a result of ecological damage to their watersheds.

Small municipalities can no longer afford “big pipe” solutions

Approximately 75% of a municipality’s capital asset inventory is represented by water, wastewater and roads. Financial and regulatory pressure is increasing.
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‘Big pipe’ infrastructure solutions may no longer be affordable for smaller towns and cities

Approximately 75% of a municipality’s capital asset inventory is water, wastewater and roads. Yet small and medium municipalities face increasing pressures.
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Engineers Canada presents new Infrastructure Resilience certification

Engineers Canada presented the first cohort of professional engineers with the new certification of Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) at a launch on June 9,...
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The new breed of professional surveyors

Professional surveyors view the planet on a global scale, using a diverse set of tools such as LIDAR, UAVs, and radar, to deliver information to clients.

Canadian professors and Royal Society of Canada speak out against Site C mega dam

More than 250 university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern on...

Concrete cloth is an emerging technology for culvert remediation

In a 2005 study by the National Research Council of Canada, researchers found that social costs can add up to 400% of construction costs. This is particularly relevant when culverts are in high traffic areas or buried deeply.
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Micro-tunnelling used for new Bolton trunk sewer

By Bob Chisholm, Neville Morrison and Tim Campbell The Albion-Vaughan Sanitary Trunk Sewer is a 2.1 kilometre length of 900 mm diameter sewer, constructed through...

How vulnerable are water utilities to traditional and cyber threats?

By Görrel Espelund In recent years, cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure, such as water utilities, have been on the increase globally. However, growing awareness doesn’t necessarily...
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How Ontario can cope with its $60 billion infrastructure deficit

Municipalities are faced with a growing backlog of infrastructure needs, while funding sources remain limited and constrained.

Trenchless technologies allow for more pipeline rehabilitation

Utilizing trenchless technologies reduce the construction footprint can have a huge impact on social, environmental and capital costs.

Fish ladder design helps improve fish migration odds

Perched culverts and similar hydraulic impasses represent a big problem for migrating fish. A fish ladder is intended to help alleviate this difficulty.

Federal climate resiliency investment ‘a very good start’

By Peter Davey To help reduce emissions and improve infrastructure resiliency at the municipal level, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, March 2, 2016, $75 million...
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Importance of structural wire mesh in accelerated precast construction

Structural welded wire reinforcement offers several other benefits over the use of traditional rebar in precast construction
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Unrealistic roughness coefficient could impair pipe capacity

One aspect of sewer and culvert design which may come under scrutiny is how the Manning formula is used to determine size and pipe capacity for design peak flow.

UPS systems keep water facilities operating reliably

It is essential to select properly rated industrial-grade online UPS systems that are designed for use in a treatment plant’s harsh environment.
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Shifting the conversation from sustainable to resilient pipeline systems

It is challenging to recommend materials and products for pipeline systems if there are questions about resiliency and sustainability over the design life.
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Corrosion control of ductile iron pipe with polyethylene encasement

Polyethylene encasement protection has been the iron pipe industry’s first line of defense against corrosion, preventing direct contact with corrosive environments.

Making it personal: Bringing infrastructure awareness to the public

Too often it seems the public becomes aware of problems with services and infrastructure after a break, leak or tax hike.

Implications of climate change on Ontario’s municipal infrastructure

The IPCC reports are based on modelled data projecting changes in climate variables, including temperature and precipitation. AR5 is based on these newly improved models, with inputs from countries all over the world.
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What increasing electric vehicle use means for utilities

A series of reports released by Pollution Probe and partner utility companies presents a strategic approach to enabling electric vehicle technology in ten Canadian...

Helping municipalities save on infrastructure renewal

The cost to replace Canada’s wastewater collection infrastructure is estimated at $70 billion, with pipelines accounting for approximately 79% of that.

Best management practices for waterpower projects

The Ontario Waterpower Association is undergoing collaborative efforts to develop Best Management Practices.
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Consultants must respond to climate change impacts on infrastructure design

Canadian engineers designing critical infrastructure are faced with a growing challenge of addressing climate change impacts.
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Understanding the true value of infrastructure spending

Ontario is a priority for policymakers. Yet, its future is at risk as it stands to buckle under its own weight, given its infrastructure stock has been facing increasing pressure since the 1980s.

How can we accelerate municipal project delivery?

There are three groups that must engage and coalesce into a single entity in order to meet delivery expectations: the client, the consultant and the contractor.

Joining Ontario One Call means a large learning curve for a small municipality

The Town of Lincoln became a voluntary member of Ontario One Call in June 2013, and experienced a dramatic learning curve.

Welding: What’s really happening behind the mask?

Canada enjoys a long history of world-class standards in the discipline of welding.
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