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Recent Canadian infrastructure funding announcements

Alberta The government of Alberta announced on May 29, 2017, more than $131 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership...
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Funding announced for Canadian water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects

Funding was recently announced for a number of environmental and infrastructure projects across Canada. Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine has compiled these announcements and...

Canadian water and wastewater funding news

Infrastructure funding was recently announced for water and wastewater projects in south central Saskatchewan and Montebello, Quebec. Saskatchewan funding The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along...
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Alberta providing support to 31 bioenergy companies

Bioenergy is low-carbon energy or fuel made from agricultural products such as crops and livestock waste. The government of Alberta is committing $60-million to...
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Wastewater infrastructure funding announced for NFLD

Newfoundland and Labrador announced millions in funding for two wastewater projects in the province on February 13, 2017. Gander Over $22 million in joint funding was...
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Rethinking cities in the age of increasing urbanization

When it comes to water, we see the same disparity. North Americans use more than 4,000 litres per person per day, compared with 1,800 litres in India, about 1,200 litres in China, and remarkably, less than 500 litres in Denmark.
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Concrete production facility products certified to ASTM Canada and CSA

The Langley Concrete Group of Companies announced October 18, 2016 that their Chilliwack, B.C. production facility has been certified to two of Canadian Standards...
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Rising healthcare costs from bacteria in water supply systems

Data from the U.S. reveals that opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens in water supply systems, such as Legionella, are driving up healthcare costs.
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What to do when your drinking water reservoir springs a leak

During construction of a new contact tank and clearwell, the existing water reservoir developed a leak, flooding the site and decommissioning the reservoir.
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Achieving energy neutral wastewater treatment with biological hydrolysis

Energy neutral wastewater treatment is one area where operators can address growing sustainability expectations, while not risking any economic viability.
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Advancing the Smart City movement through big data

The Smart City movement focuses on how digital technology can improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and enhance livability in urban settings.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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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