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The Resiliency Game

Posted on November 27, 2013
Written by Kerry Freek

After this summer’s costly and tragic floods, how are municipalities preparing for the new normal?

Hot on the heels of the country’s severe summer floods, Water Canada, along with co-hosts XCG Consultants and RWDI Inc., brought together a group of practitioners at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto to discuss and provide some insight on how to address infrastructure resiliency in the face of a [...]

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted on November 25, 2013
Written by Brad Densmore

After years of public brawls over a plan for sewage treatment, is Victoria’s Capital Regional District finally ready to move forward?

After seven years and more than 250 reports, Victoria’s regional sewage treatment plan now meets federal regulations requiring secondary treatment by 2020—but many still question whether it is the right plan for Victoria. In 2006, Premier Gordon Campbell had changed British Columbia’s slogan [...]

Flow Woes

Posted on November 18, 2013

In Winnipeg, discoloured tap water has become an annual event. The City investigates this mystery and proposes some solutions.

In August 2012, the City of Winnipeg received 600 complaints from residents experiencing brown tap water in their homes. In August 2013, that number had increased by a thousand. As manager of water services Terry Josephson points out, “ is not unique to Winnipeg, and it is common in many other public [...]

When Rail Meets Water

Posted on November 11, 2013
Written by Saul Chernos

The Lac-Megantic tragedy highlights the environmental risks of transporting oil.

On July 6, shortly after midnight, a freight train carrying 7.2 million litres of light North Dakota crude to a New Brunswick refinery derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train had stopped overnight and was sitting unattended in a rail yard atop a nearby hill [...]

Cultural Interactions

Posted on November 1, 2013
Written by James Light

Can traditional knowledge help shed light on the places where surface water and groundwater meet?

Traditional users of the land have a wealth of information about that land. In the past, traditional knowledge (TK) studies have supported land and compensation claims, but the mainstream scientific community often has difficulty using this information. Methodologies can be vague; the studies sometimes [...]

The Proof is in the Printer

Posted on October 25, 2013
Written by Tony Kobilnyk

Can Canada’s water industry add a new dimension to manufacturing?

From microcell batteries to prosthetics to Iron Man suits, 3D printers continue to churn out an amazing range of conceptual and functional items. Yet, decades after their introduction, 3D printers are only just trickling into the Canadian water industry, finding use in what seems to be only a handful [...]

Massive Public Shift

Posted on October 16, 2013

Can Edward Burtynsky’s staggering photographs motivate a global attitude adjustment? We ask the man himself.

A dry Navajo reservation and a lush Phoenix suburb stretch side by side. The divide between the two patches of land looks so precise, at first the image seems like a trompe l’oeil, a trick of the eye, but it’s only too real: these distinct landscapes are separated by merely a dusty road. As a photographer [...]

A WatSan in South Sudan

Posted on October 10, 2013

Syed Imran Ali helps refugees by solving water challenges in new camps.

Despite its name, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is not just doctors without borders. When recent Ph.D. Syed Imran Ali became involved with the organization, he learned that professional water and sanitation engineers have something important to contribute to MSF’s international work. Water Canada: [...]


Posted on October 4, 2013

Wineries tackle wastewater to keep business booming.

When it comes to water, the food and beverage industry is facing some major challenges. According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), 70 per cent of the province’s food and beverage companies rely on municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. Because of this, they will be [...]

Flood on the Front Lines

Posted on September 24, 2013

Conversations with operators, technologists, and site managers who kept water—and citizens—safe during this summer’s major floods in southern Alberta and Toronto.

In late June, southern Alberta was struck by heavy rainfalls that caused three of the province’s rivers to flow five to 10 times their normal rates, seriously flooding parts of Calgary and other towns in the vicinity and forcing many people to leave their homes—some for weeks and even months. Since [...]
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