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Greater Victoria proposes $1B water filtration plant by 2037

A new water filtration plant proposed for British Columbia’s Greater Victoria region could top $1 billion, according to a new water supply master plan...

EPA drastically tightens PFAS advisory levels, pledges funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has significantly lowered its health threshold levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a move that could...

Water treatment plant closes downstream of oil spill in Ontario’s Algoma Region

Following an Algoma steel plant’s lubricant oil spill into St. Mary’s River, local officials downstream in Echo Bay have shut off their water treatment...

Graham-Aecon partner for major Buffalo Pound plant upgrades in Saskatchewan

A joint venture between Aecon and Graham Construction has been awarded a $325.6-million design-build contract for upgrades to Saskatchewan’s Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant...

Whitehorse investing $5M in 18 water, wastewater upgrade projects

The City of Whitehorse is investing $5.1 million in 18 water and wastewater projects that include new watermains, improvements to the storm sewer drainage...

Niagara Region wins best tasting tap water in Ontario

Through the diligence of six area water treatment plants, Ontario’s Niagara Region has won first place in the best tasting tap water competition at...

AECOM to design new submarine pipeline for Yellowknife’s drinking water

AECOM has been selected to provide engineering services for a new underwater potable water supply line in Yellowknife, now that the 1969 steel pipeline...

Nova Scotia launches blue-green algae public service announcements and blooms reporting site

Nova Scotia has launched a new public awareness campaign to highlight the health risks surrounding blue-green algae in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Under the...

Wildfire elevated legacy phosphorus in Alberta’s Crowsnest River, study finds

Resource extraction, wildfire, and municipal wastewater discharge are increasing particulate phosphorus levels along a 50-km stretch of the low-nutrient Crowsnest River, joint research from...

Using a portable autonomous laboratory to prevent microbiological water supply contamination

ALERT V2 monitoring stations are autonomous, portable, and connected laboratories that are capable of accurately and rapidly quantifying microorganisms.

Delivering reliable level readings from remote areas helps improve water quality management

A fine-meshed network of real-time level measuring points at smaller, non-navigable watercourses can help mitigate water shortages or predict floods.

BC’s Capital Regional District tackles emergency water distribution and seismic preparedness

The CRD's emergency response plan now includes custom-built emergency water-distribution units capable of distributing drinking water to large numbers of people.

BC project employs machine learning predictive analytics to manage water resources

Collecting regional data and using machine learning to provide a real-time view is fundamental in helping water authorities forecast and predict.
Okanagan Basin Water Board team collecting data

Hydrometric data proves vital to the long-term health of the Okanagan Water Basin

The Okanagan Water Basin is deemed a region of interest and is marveled at by hydrologists as a living laboratory. New hydrology monitoring aims to help it.

Upgrades made to Halton Region’s Burloak Water Purification Plant

Upgrades at the Burloak Water Purification Plant included replacing the filter membranes, concrete tank linings, large diameter valves and SCADA system.

An overview of thermoplastic valves and their performance

Thermoplastic valves offer a dependable and economical way to handle corrosive chemicals in some of the harshest environments.

Handling water supply cross connection and backflow prevention with ease

Backflow preventers are vital for eliminating the potential for potable water contamination. They require proper sizing and installation to operate reliably.

Ottawa considers incentives to help swap out heating oil fuel tanks to protect source...

A City of Ottawa committee is recommending council approval of the home heating oil fuel tank incentive program to help eliminate contamination threats to...

U of Waterloo grads win AWWA awards for drinking water Master’s papers

Two graduates of the University of Waterloo’s WaterSTP program have won academic achievement awards from the American Water Works Association for their Master’s thesis...

Feds to fund creation of Canada Water Agency and Atlantic First Nations Water Authority

The federal government has earmarked funding to create a Canada Water Agency that will centralize work with communities on freshwater issues, as well as...

PEI scientist researching natural solutions for sustainable water

PEI farmers often see water and nutrients running through well-draining soils quickly during rain events. Sometimes, water drains too quickly for farmers to make good use of it for their crops and animals, and the runoff can affect nearby streams and rivers. One easy and cost-effective solutions solution involves constructing wetlands on farmland.
Mackenzie River Basin

New Mackenzie River Basin report combines indigenous and scientific knowledge

A recent report describes changes to the aquatic ecosystem health, furthers the understanding of conditions and developments in the Mackenzie River Basin. This is...

Barrier used for Gull Bay First Nation’s shoreline restoration project

In June of 2021, Barclay Construction approached Layfield Group Ltd. requesting assistance on a shoreline restoration project for Ontario Power Generation within the Gull Bay First Nation community in Gull Bay, Ontario. The project required that approximately 1.2 km of shoreline be isolated from Lake Nipigon, with a watertight barrier to prevent water from interrupting construction efforts and preventing construction runoff from entering the fishing waters offshore. It would need to be in place for approximately four to six months.
PFAS sorption

Canadian site is a model for PFAS cleanup efforts worldwide

One remediation project in central Canada serves as a model case for the growing multitude of facilities that are finding PFAS contamination. More than five years into the performance monitoring phase, it is the world’s first demonstrated in situ treatment of PFAS.
Chlorine gas container system

Preventing a minor chlorine gas leak from becoming a major one

Responding to a chlorine gas leak can be difficult with a room full of chlorine gas, and the advisable solution is to close all of the container valves and ventilate the room to reduce the chlorine concentration. Of course, by this time the amount of leaked chlorine gas may be significant, eliminating ventilation as an option. The event becomes a reportable incident, that now needs to be dealt with by first responders and reported to the appropriate authorities. Halogen Valve Systems Inc. designs and manufactures automatic emergency valve closure systems designed to enhance the safety of chlorine gas installations.

Sensors allow for immediate response to incoming raw water quality changes

With treatment plants, their raw intake source water quality can change rapidly and impact treatment performance. These water quality events are not typically caught by traditional sampling methods or sensors in time to be managed efficiently. Always on, low-maintenance water quality monitoring can provide better protection from incoming water quality issues by alerting operators to key events in real time.

Feds fund new Iqaluit reservoir to boost winter drinking water supply

For a community that has struggled to maintain reliable drinking water, federal funding of more than $214 million will allow the City of Iqaluit...

New connections to Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte water plant lift five advisories

Newly-built water treatment plant connections have allowed the federal government to lift five long-term drinking water advisories for the Mohawks of the Bay of...

Three BC engineers reprimanded over Mount Polley tailings disaster

Eight years after the Mount Polley tailings disaster, three engineers have been penalized following disciplinary proceedings by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

Water First set to begin fourth First Nations water operator intern partnership

Some 14 interns will be recruited from seven northern Ontario First Nations to pursue entry level water operator training or water quality analyst certifications...

UWaterloo launches Microplastics Fingerprinting Research Project website

A University of Waterloo-based project has launched a new website to detail progress towards identifying science-informed strategies for the problem of microplastics in drinking...

Environmental standards not protecting lakes from road salt, global study finds

Researchers who conducted a large crowdsourced global experiment on the effects of deicing salt say their results show that current water quality guidelines across...

Manitoba streamlines bacteriological tests for water in northern Indigenous sites

Manitoba officials are investing in an automated microbiology testing system based in the City of Thompson that would expedite drinking water testing for three...

Barrie earns perfect score in Ontario water quality inspection

Following its annual provincial inspection, the Ontario City of Barrie has earned a perfect score for its drinking water. The city’s rating will soon be...

Canada opens new funding for recruitment of First Nations water operators

The federal government has launched a call for proposals that will provide up to $500,000 per project that addresses the retention, recruitment and availability...

Hamilton saves over $500k using proactive water leak detection program

Following a two-year pilot project, the City of Hamilton launched a program to proactively detect water leaks in underground pipes in early 2021. That...

Longueuil, Quebec strives towards better water future with new projects

Despite recent challenges with sewage overflows, the Quebec city of Longueuil has two significant projects in the works that officials hope will change the...

UWaterloo study says turn nitrogen pollution into an advantage

A new University of Waterloo study could act as a roadmap for scientists, policymakers, and the public to begin to overcome the lasting impacts...

Great Lakes drinking water study links gastro bugs to heavy storms

A new study of environmental and health data shows that the risk of stomach bugs in four North American cities around the Great Lakes...

Mobile water treatment lab gives Yukon students hands-on hours

After COVID-19 halted the ability of Yukon University students to visit local water treatment plants for on-site training, new funding has allowed the school...

EPA unveils cybersecurity action plan for water utilities

As the U.S. formulates a national plan to increase the resilience of its critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has laid...

Developing an action plan for remediation and management of PFAS in groundwater

By James M. Tinjum and Elliot Draxler A better understanding is needed of how different PFAS compounds migrate within and between surficial source areas, the...

Studying cyanobacterial blooms, nutrients and oxygen in a phosphorus-rich lake

By Robert Bowen Victoria, British Columbia, experienced several record-breaking weather events last year, including a heat dome, with temperatures reaching over 40°C, a prolonged drought,...

Regulating and removing PFOA and PFOS to protect public health

By Saleha Kuzniewski In 2006, Environment Canada and Health Canada concluded from their studies that while PFOS were not a health concern at the exposure...

Overcoming water treatment disinfection challenges from elevated ammonia levels

By Tony Kobilnyk Chlorine disinfection can become difficult when ammonia concentration is as low as 0.2 mg/L. At this level, ammonia begins reacting with chlorine...

An affordable start to digital transformation for water utilities

By Dave Johnston With the right sensors and systems, even small- to medium-size water utilities can start realizing the benefits of digitalization without having to...
Shoal Lake water treatment plant

Water treatment plant offers growing future to northern Ontario First Nation

When the members of Shoal Lake #40 First Nation began drawing safe water from their newly opened water treatment plant in September 2021, it marked a historic milestone for the people living on the reserve. Located on the Manitoba/Ontario border, on the shores of Shoal Lake, the community went 24 years without safe drinking water.
Access vault

Improving public health in the Arctic by providing a safe water supply

While preventing such waterborne infections remains a goal of improved access to high-quality water, access to adequate water quantity is also important for preventing “water-washed” diseases. These occur where personal sanitation practices, for example hand washing, can prevent transmission of diseases to other people. This issue has become particularly relevant during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
self-cleaning scraper strainers

Automatic scraper strainers protect critical membrane systems

Membrane filtration is a valuable, commonly used means of filtering water and wastewater. The challenge is that membrane systems are delicate and can be easily damaged by large particulates in the water. A pre-filtration step eliminates this risk by removing oversized suspended solids to prevent damage, eliminate unnecessary maintenance, and reduce the cost of premature membrane replacement.

Examining the basics of pump selection

Every pump application differs and with growing technology, there are dozens, if not hundreds of options to choose from for each application. However, there are some options that are much more efficient than others. Selecting the right pump will lead to energy savings, lower maintenance costs, process improvements, and a significant reduction in risk of system failure.

Community of Windigo Island uses hollow fibre nanofiltration technology

From a drinking perspective, the main difficulties in using Lake of the Woods as a drinking water source are elevated levels of turbidity during upset events and dissolved organic carbon and colour.

Saskatchewan study gets to bottom of ‘blue-water event’

Saskatchewan researchers say the reason a local lake turned a bold shade of blue below the ice was due to a pigment that originated...

Lethbridge water treatment upgrades allow plant to recycle waste stream

The Lethbridge water treatment plant is attempting to reduce the amount of water it draws from the Oldman River, as well as reduce its...
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Water contamination issues return to Iqaluit as fuel odours continue

Iqaluit officials have once again bypassed the local water treatment plant out of fears of contamination, as fuel odours continue to raise red flags. Just...

Fluoride back on tap in Windsor after political, supply chain delays

Fluoride has officially returned to Windsor and the surrounding Ontario area following years of political disagreement and some more recent technical delays. ENWIN Utilities Ltd....

Canadian courts approve class-action settlement over First Nations drinking water

A federal court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba have approved a historic $8 billion class-action settlement to address decades of clean...

New high-tech buoy will help monitor Buffalo Pound Lake water quality

Saskatchewan’s Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant will be changing its monitoring equipment this coming summer with the purchase of a new sensor-loaded “superbuoy” that...

Environmental alternatives needed as road salt use triples, study finds

The use of road deicing salts has tripled in the U.S. over the last 45 years, posing an increasing threat to human health and...
Jonathan Riberdy photo

First Nations water operator honoured for getting package water plant online

As a water operator, it continues to be a challenging journey for Jonathan Riberdy of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. But, his will to face adversity...

Tiny Township groups stay in fight to protect pure water against gravel mining

Residents and researchers in Ontario’s Tiny Township are fighting the expansion of gravel pit operations they say could compromise the most pristine water ever...
Residuals Management Building Exterior

Red Deer’s new residuals management facility will reduce environmental impacts

The City of Red Deer engaged Associated Engineering to improve management of the residual waste streams produced by the city's water treatment plant. The solution was to build a new residuals management facility.

District metered areas: Why accuracy matters

New approaches in measuring non-revenue water, such as virtual district metered areas (where there is no boundary valve closure), and an increase of monitoring points with flow, pressure, or noise data remote collection, require accurate and repeatable flow data as a base for all the top-end analysis.

Using hydrogeological flow modelling to identify sources of hepatitis outbreaks

Hydrogeological flow modelling approaches provide a viable and cost-effective means to identify sources of groundwater contamination contributing to hepatitis outbreaks.

Using air-operated double-diaphragm pumps to optimize filter press operation

For those looking to optimize their filter-press operations, no matter the industry or product, air-operated double-diaphragm pumps offer a number of operational advantages.
Singer valve

How to diagnose and repair automatic control valves

As control valves are often unseen or in remote locations, how do crews know when something is wrong before it causes a bigger problem? What can they do to prevent or reduce the risk? The answers lie in the capabilities of the control valve.
groundwater divide

Examine the fate and transport of groundwater contaminants before settling legally

Determining the responsible party of impacted groundwater is difficult. For example, when you have multiple owners of a business over time, multiple potential sources in close proximity, or complex subsurface conditions, there may be some uncertainty about when and where the release occurred.

Tragic week of flooding causes havoc in BC, Merritt WWTP fails

Over the course of just more than a week, several British Columbia communities have been ravaged by more than a month’s worth of rainfall,...

US ocean service outlines new $15M research grants into harmful algal blooms

The largest governmental ocean science service in the U.S. is investing US$15.2 million into new research projects about the biological and financial impacts of...

Iqaluit’s water emergency enters second month

Canadian Armed Forces Operation LENTUS remains active in Iqaluit as the northern city’s state of emergency over drinking water contamination enters its second month. Some...

PFAS lawsuits continue as California sues 3M for groundwater pollution

California's largest groundwater agency is suing 3M and a series of other companies it believes are responsible for “knowingly” polluting groundwater with perfluoroalkyl and...
microplastics in ocean water

Ocean cleanup vessels may burn plastic pollution as ‘blue diesel’

Ocean cleanup vessels may be considering a move away from storing recovered plastics on board to burning it as fuel for the voyage. Vessels must...

SAIT unveils $1M water, wastewater learning lab in Alberta

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has unveiled a new $1-million water and wastewater treatment lab with state-of-the-art equipment scaled down for student...

Singapore’s water agency offering $5M prize for net-zero carbon ideas

Singapore’s National Water Agency has launched a “Carbon Zero Grand Challenge” that offers prize funding for innovative solutions capable of removing carbon emissions from...

Lab finds hydrocarbons in Iqaluit’s drinking water

Laboratory tests confirmed that the presence of hydrocarbons at the City of Iqaluit’s water treatment plant was not likely high enough to cause harm...

Nitrates on the rise in Europe’s waterways, new report finds

Little progress has been made over the last decade when it comes to nutrient pollution from agriculture, a new European Commission report shows. Nitrates from...

Face mask pollution shedding microplastics from UV exposure, study finds

While face mask pollution has been a common sight throughout the pandemic, Canadian researchers are now learning that sun exposure could be making microplastic...

USask study finds rubber tire chemicals impacting river through urban runoff

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability say they’ve undertaken the first study of its kind in Canada to determine...

Ontario launches campaign to explain drinking water protection signs

A music video, social media posts and an online mapping application have arrived from Conservation Ontario to help educate the public about drinking water...

MIT has hopes for ‘selective, economical’ shockwave water purification

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers say they have a new application for shock electrodialysis when it comes to the “continuous, selective, and economical”...

CCME issues soil, groundwater quality guidelines for PFOS

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has published soil and groundwater quality guidelines for perfluoroalkyl substances, widely known as PFOS. The guidelines...

New Tecumseth secures loan to end debt around Georgian Bay water pipeline

The Town of New Tecumseth will be using a $9.5-million loan to finally settle a debt around the Georgian Bay pipeline, which sees Collingwood...

Hamilton restores aging watermain sections following friction loss testing

A large portion of the watermains in Hamilton are unlined cast iron pipe (CIP). While the average age of the city’s watermains are around 44 years, much of this CIP is closer to 83 years.

Managing constituents of emerging concern

The presence of a CEC, such as a pharmaceutical or industrial compound, in surface or drinking water can raise public concerns as to whether the water is safe to use for drinking, recreation, fishing, or other purposes.
surface water biofiltration

Integrating biofiltration into existing water plants to improve contaminant removal

This tailored collaboration project with the City of Columbus, Ohio, aimed to combine much of the biofiltration research and demonstrate extensive full-scale biofiltration optimization and integration into the overall treatment train.

Geomembrane solves waterproofing challenge in difficult underground installation

A large Saskatchewan potash mine needed a waterproofing membrane during maintenance on a service shaft that is used to transport personnel and equipment from ground-level to various depths of the mining operation. The site alone posed a number of challenges. It was 1,300 metres below grade and shaft wash water was expected to be entering the area long term, causing erosion problems.
landfill liner

Aquifer recharge rates can affect landfill leachate plume migration rates

Leachate releases at the bottom of waste impoundments are difficult to control and may be active for years, suggesting the need for ongoing management of associated plumes in groundwater. This study examined the effect of recharge to the water table as a component of natural attenuation for stabilizing narrow contaminant plumes from continuously leaking sources.
valve vaults installation

A new approach to construction allows for smaller valve vaults

With the M11 harness, there are multiple areas that can fail, and when failures occur, they are costly. The question that must be addressed is: “How is it possible to economize space in valve vault construction in a way that is both safe and effective?” The answer is to provide efficient thrust restraint for the pressure piping that passes through the vault in a way that does not require a harness.
ground-breaking ceremony

Remote B.C. village finally gets safe, reliable drinking water system

Associated Engineering worked with the community to consider several surface water sources surrounding the Village of Kluskus in central British Columbia. Upon examination, the long-term sustainable yield of these surface water sources would not meet the domestic water demands of the community.
Mobile testing unit

Field-testing now complete on mobile district metering project to cut water losses

This project involved the development and deployment of a mobile testing unit to directly measure the minimum night flow (MNF) into temporary and predominantly residential district metered areas (DMAs), which are relatively small, isolated sectors of a water distribution network.

USask researchers publish findings on irrigation, water allocation models

With close to 80% of Canada’s irrigated agriculture operations taking place in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, researchers are taking increased note of paradoxical developments...

Niagara Region increases monitoring after microcystin discoveries

After the first detection of microcystin at a local beach in June, and last week in reservoirs serving the DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant, Niagara Region officials say they have moved to daily testing
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B.C. water infrastructure set for $110M in upgrades

British Columbia and the federal government are investing $110 million in a series of drinking water, stormwater and wastewater upgrades that range from filtration...

Ontario infrastructure has $52B repair backlog, FAO report finds

Forty-five percent of Ontario’s municipal infrastructure is not in a state of good repair, suggests a new report from the Financial Accountability Office of...
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Canada invests $16M for Vernon water filtration system in B.C.

The British Columbia community of Greater Vernon will see the construction of a new water filtration facility at its Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant...

Algal bloom toxicity harming fish year round, U of G study finds

Cyanobacterial toxins can harm fish populations even in the early stages of algal bloom development when humans cannot see it, not just during the...

Four water treatment plant upgrades funded across Canada

Water treatment plant upgrades have received funding for projects in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. The biggest ticket item among them includes $5.9...

Historic $8B class-action settlement in works over First Nations water crisis

The federal government has reached a proposed settlement agreement worth nearly $8 billion over class action lawsuits that demand change and compensation after generations...

Latest BC shoreline cleanup nets 425 tonnes of waste

Several Clean Coast, Clean Waters projects in British Columbia recently netted 425 tonnes of shoreline waste during summer cleanups. Items collected under the CleanBC Plastics...

Quebec team studies new class of electrodes to degrade PFAS in water

A new research project team in Quebec hopes to create innovative solutions to decontaminate waters containing harmful chemical compounds like perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances...

A growing Calgary commissions new water pumping station

The City of Calgary has recently embarked on a $35 million project to replace the most critical water pump station in the city.

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Greater Victoria proposes $1B water filtration plant by 2037

A new water filtration plant proposed for British Columbia’s Greater Victoria region could top $1 billion, according to a new water supply master plan...