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One Year In

Posted on March 9, 2015
Written by Clark Kingsbury

A look at the first year of the New Building Canada Fund and its impact on municipal water infrastructure projects.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel officially launched the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) on March 28, 2014 to a lukewarm reception. While the plan is certainly ambitious—a $14-billion fund supporting national, regional, and local public infrastructure projects over the next decade—several [...]

Guide to Change

Posted on March 2, 2015
Written by Don Nusser, Mark Stirrup, and Brandon Vatter

A three-step approach to achieving sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

The words “sustainable” and “resilient” have become widespread descriptors for infrastructure: resonating in brochures, ads, logos, business cards, magazines, and college curricula. These two words represent the current Holy Grail of our environmentally conscious society. More and more people [...]

Wastewater Optimization

Posted on February 12, 2015
Written by Nick Reid

How one two-step program may help life-cycle efficiency and improve water quality.

Municipalities throughout North America have substantial investments in their wastewater treatment systems, and of course as populations grow, utilities must consider investing in expansion. Recently, a sometimes overlooked protocol of optimization, the Composite Correction Program (CCP), has gained [...]

Cold Snap

Posted on February 2, 2015
Written by Kathryn Ross and Warren Wishart

Effective year-round management of urban water systems will help offset winter woes.

Winter-related issues disrupt communities across Canada every year and the impacts from extreme weather events, like ice storms, are compounded as we endure one polar vortex after another. The socioeconomic and environmental costs due to extreme winter weather are staggering: the 2014 Toronto ice [...]

David Versus Goliath

Posted on January 30, 2015
Written by David Robitaille

An oil company sues a Quebec village for passing a water-protection bylaw.

Ristigouche-Partie-Sud-Est (hereafter “Ristigouche”), a small municipality of 168 inhabitants located in Gaspésie, Quebec, is facing a lawsuit of $1.5 million by Gastem, a local private oil exploration company. This sum is more than five times the community’s annual budget. The reason? The municipal [...]

Water Forecast

Posted on January 26, 2015
Written by Josh Martin

The global population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. How will municipal leaders provide citizens with enough safe, clean water?

The future is notoriously difficult to predict. But if the past is anything to go by, the coming decades could bring a lot of change. Since the early 1980s, worries over chlorine by-products have been replaced by Giardia and Cryptosporidium concerns. Ultraviolet disinfection and membrane filtration have [...]

What’s Old is New

Posted on January 19, 2015
Written by Nathaniel Andres

An abandoned bridge finds new purpose as a piece of water conveyance infrastructure.

Tansley Bridge was originally built in 1919 and supported a highway crossing Bronte Creek. In 1948, the highway was realigned following the construction of the adjacent highway bridge that services the general public in north Burlington, Ontario to this day. At the same time, the Tansley Bridge was decommissioned [...]

Canada’s Top 5 
Water Projects

Posted on January 12, 2015

A look at five of Canada’s big-ticket water assets.

A rendering of the proposed new Lions Gate secondary treatment plant in Vancouver, which is expected to be fully commissioned and operational in 2020. Once the plant is in operation, the existing Lions Gate primary treatment plant will be decommissioned and deconstructed. Credit: Metro Vancouver. Lions [...]

Interview: Brent Wootton on the Export Opportunity for Ontario’s Water Tech Sector

Posted on January 5, 2015

Ontario’s water technology champion, WaterTAP, is placing a new focus on supporting the province’s water tech companies as they build capacity to export their products and services. Water Canada spoke with Brent Wootton, who has joined the WaterTAP team in a new role to support the strategy. Water [...]

Rights and Reconciliation

Posted on December 15, 2014
Written by Danika Littlechild

Alberta First Nations take on the federal government over unsafe drinking water.

This summer, four Alberta First Nations decided to pursue judicial consideration of their right to water. Over the past decade, the issue of unsafe drinking water in First Nations communities across Canada has garnered increasing public interest and scrutiny. In spite of years of debate, reports, analysis [...]
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