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Canadian water policy yet to emerge from most parties as election nears

With Canada's federal election less than two months away, more questions are being asked around parties’ environmental policies, and in particular, their policy plans...

Human health impact from microplastics in drinking water needs further study, WHO finds

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reviewed 50 studies that examine the presence of microplastics, particularly in drinking water. But the review has found...

Risk modelling for critical pipeline assets

As water distribution assets continue to deteriorate and cities continue to grow, more utilities are using risk models to plan their water pipe replacement programs. A growing trend is to measure risk in a quantitative way to allocate program funds.

Monitoring algal blooms and dissolved oxygen to improve lake water quality

To better understand the interplay between nutrients, algae growth and dissolved oxygen, a sampling program at Swan Lake in Victoria, British Columbia, collected data on a number of parameters affecting water quality.

Craft brewery cuts water consumption by 10%

With support from the Region of Waterloo and Partners in Project Green, craft brewer Waterloo Brewing achieved major efficiencies in water and energy use, as well as reductions in green house gas emissions from transport, raw materials and water consumption.

New potable water treatment system for a northern Quebec village

To supply the remote Quebec village of Kuujjuaq with safe drinking water, a $3 million project upgraded the existing treatment plant and pumping station. Treated water is stored in a new 825m3 tank.

Anti-stagnation valves can cut water system energy costs

Hamilton Water is one of the largest energy users in the city and has started to implement measures to decrease electricity costs. A pilot project was conducted to investigate the cost savings of using timer-controlled anti-stagnation valves in the water distribution system.

Drinking water treatment for compounds of emerging concern

The changing landscape of compounds of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water, as well as increasingly restrictive discharge limits...

Acoustic velocity testing for watermain assessment

By Alain Lalonde Ontario’s Regional Municipality of Peel is the third largest water utility in Canada, servicing a population of approximately 1.38 million people in...

Helping companies face water supply costs and scarcity

By Emilio Tenuta Global water scarcity has become the new norm and economic and population growth means demand is increasing. As people become wealthier, their...

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New technique could accelerate methane production from FOG and food waste

University of Alberta engineers found that adding conductive materials to fats, oils and grease and waste products could boost methane production by 70%.