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Clearford Water Systems Wins Award For Innovative Financing Model

Posted on March 14, 2016
Clearford Water Systems Inc. has won the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association's 2016 Corporate Innovation Award, at OOWA's 17th Annual Conference held in Kingston last week. The award was presented to Clearford in recognition of its innovative Pay for Performance (P4P) financing model. "The Pay for Performance financing model is a welcomed innovation to the wastewater infrastructure community," said OOWA's president Rick Esselment, "By bringing a financing component to the Clearford One packaged solution, Clearford continues to lead in developing innovative decentralized communal wastewater collection & treatment systems in Ontario," [...]

City of Mississauga's New Stormwater Charge To Appear on Bills in March

Posted on March 13, 2016
The City of Mississauga's new stormwater levy will begin to appear on Region of Peel water bills for Mississauga properties in March. The stormwater charge amount that will appear on the bill is based on the daily rate for the property, applied since January 1, 2016. "The City of Mississauga owns $1.97 billion in stormwater infrastructure that needs to be properly maintained,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is why Council approved a stormwater charge which is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be added to the Region of Peel water bill beginning in 2016. We are taking responsibility and investing more money in our [...]

Greater Sudbury Receives $2.3-million Grant For Watershed Studies

Posted on February 29, 2016
The City of Greater Sudbury has received a $2.3 million boost from the province to better protect its vast water resources and preserve the natural environment through watershed research. The provincial grant will be used by the city to complete nine watershed studies over two years to assess the health of several Sudbury-area watersheds and make recommendations for their care. Specifically, the studies will make recommendations to: Develop best management practices to reduce erosion, prevent flooding and maintain or improve water quality Produce a strategy for preserving or enhancing the natural environment Establish a framework [...]

New Online Tool Helps Toronto Residents Track Water Use

Posted on February 29, 2016
Tracking water usage just got easier for Toronto residents. The city has launched MyWaterToronto, an online tool that enables customers to view their water use information from a computer or mobile device. “This new online is exciting because it allows residents to view their water use information anytime, anywhere as long as they have access to a computer or cell phone,” said councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure committee. Using their utility account information, residents can access the tool by logging into the MyWaterToronto site. The tool gives total and average water use readings by [...]

Ontario Government Announces Recipients of Community Environment Fund 2015

Posted on February 11, 2016
The Ontario government today announced six new recipients of the 2015 Community Environment Fund program that will fund watershed and restoration projects across the province. The Ontario Community Environment Fund uses money collected from environmental penalties to support environmental improvement projects in the watershed where a violation happened. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in the Ganaraska watershed will receive $12,646.95 to remove two culverts on Wesleyville Creek, to improve the flow of the creek and improve habitat for fish, amphibians and other wildlife. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority [...]

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards Two Water Projects

Posted on February 8, 2016
The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) held its annual awards event on January 28 to recognize outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations representing the best in the public works profession. R.V. Anderson Associates won two awards for water-related projects in Niagara Region and the City of Greater Sudbury. The Dominion Road Sewage Pumping Station and Force Main project garnered an award in the "$2 million-$10 million" category. R.V. Anderson Associates provided project management, design, and engineering services to the client, Niagara Region. The $8-million project replaced the existing sewage pumping station [...]

Hamilton Watershed Group Seeks $86 Thousand From City Council

Posted on February 1, 2016
The Stewards of the Cootes Watershed group are asking the City of Hamilton for $86 thousand to help carry out their shoreline cleanup and conservation activities. The $86 thousands represents less than a quarter of the funding needed to run two programs simultaneously, based on and estimate $110,000 in "sweat equity" of volunteers and $117K raised through grants and donations. The community group focuses its efforts on one section at a time, sometimes returning more than 20 times to ensure a section has become pristine. After that, the group assigns stewards that dedicate 90 minutes every month to maintaining and monitoring the area. The [...]

Greater Toronto Area Municipalities Band Together To Defend Peel Region's Fluoride Use

Posted on January 26, 2016
The Mayors of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon are calling on Region of Peel Council to maintain the fluoride that is currently added to drinking water during treatment. This united front follows a January 21, 2016 special Peel Regional Council education session held to study the water fluoridation issue. Each mayor believes Peel Region should host a series of public consultations to further engage and inform residents from the three area municipalities about the benefits of fluoride and the risks associated with eliminating it. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said, “Regardless of income, education or employment, residents [...]

Ontario's Craft Brewers Get Serious About Sustainable Water Management Solutions

Posted on January 19, 2016
One small but rapidly growing and thriving industry in Ontario is taking steps to reduce its impact on the environment and improve the bottom-line, by adopting eco-friendly business practices. Craft brewers, opening up almost weekly across the province to meet a booming thirst for small-batched brewed beer, are as proud of their grassroots ideals as they are for their homegrown beverages. "Traditional brewing styles are rooted in sustainability," said Steve Beauchesne, owner of Beau's Brewery in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. "It's built on a foundation that understands resources are precious. The craft beer industry has really taken [...]

Ontario Government Releases 2014-15 Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report

Posted on December 18, 2015
Ontario's drinking water remains among the best protected in the world, according to the 2014-15 Chief Drinking Water Inspector's Annual Report. In the forward message of the report, Susan Lo, Chief Drinking Water Inspector for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change wrote, "Ninety-nine-point-four per cent of inspections of municipal residential drinking water systems resulted in inspection ratings higher than 80 per cent, and 67 per cent scored 100 per cent." The Chief Drinking Water Inspector's report includes a summary of information and performance results for municipal drinking water systems. Highlights included [...]
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