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BioteQ Wins 2008 Globe Foundation Award for Environmental Excellence

Posted on March 19, 2008
Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., a leader in the treatment of metal and sulphate contaminated water, has been chosen as the winner of the 2008 Globe Foundation Award for Environmental Excellence in Export Performance.The award was presented March 13 in Vancouver as the culmination of GLOBE 2008, a bi-annual event that recognizes excellence in the business of the environment. BioteQ was chosen for its work with the world's leading mining companies and utility operators to reduce environmental liabilities while generating revenue from waste. "Our water treatment technology represents an entirely new and sustainable [...]

Poll Reveals Canadians Over-Confident in Supply of Fresh Water

Posted on March 19, 2008
Canada may be on the brink of a fresh water crisis and unless Canadians start taking notice, our economy will suffer, concludes a poll commissioned by Unilever, RBC and the Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade. The Unilever RBC Poll on Water Perceptions shows that 80 per cent of Canadians are “confident” that Canada has enough fresh water to meet the country’s long-term needs. Further, two-thirds disagree that Canada has a fresh water shortage problem at all.  The research findings contrast sharply with increased warnings from Canadian NGOs and a report from Environment Canada that asserts Canada [...]

WaterCan Marks World Water Day with Launch of Video Contest

Posted on March 18, 2008
In honour of World Water Day on March 22, WaterCan is launching a Canada-wide online video contest called "End Poverty at the Source!" that is intended to get Canadians talking about a global crisis – the desperate need for clean water and sanitation in the developing world.WaterCan says 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation like toilets or safe latrines. "When it comes to these basic needs, we are all the same," said Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, a correspondent for CTV's eTalk and member of the contest judging panel, which also includes MuchMusic VJ [...]

Funding Increase for Waterworks Upgrades in Hudson, Que.

Posted on March 14, 2008
The Canada and Quebec governments announced that the Town of Hudson will receive $14,077,156 in combined government funding – over $4 million more than the initial allocation of $9,837,622 – for major upgrades to its waterworks system.This project will be carried out in two parts, the first consisting of major upgrades to the town’s wastewater collection, interception and treatment systems. The collection and interception works will involve putting in a sewer system under roads within the urban perimeter of the greater central and Bellevue-Sanderson-Parsons districts, installing four pumping stations with force mains in the greater [...]

U.S. Water Agencies Respond to Reports of Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

Posted on March 13, 2008
The Associated Press reported this week that a vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water of 24 major U.S. metropolitan areas, heightening concerns of long-term consequences to human health. The drugs include anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones.“While the scientific community does not yet know of any human health effects from trace amounts of these chemicals, the water sector is committed to finding out,” Diane VanDe Hei, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), said in a press release. Drinking water providers work closely with public health specialists [...]

UV Now Disinfecting Water in Winnipeg

Posted on March 10, 2008
The City of Winnipeg announced the first of its new water treatment processes, ultraviolet light (UV) disinfection, is operating and protecting residents against waterborne parasites.UV disinfection was installed in the existing Deacon pumping station at a cost of $9 million. The city said this approach saved $34 million, when compared to the cost of building a “stand alone” UV disinfection facility. “Ultraviolet light disinfection is the first process of a multi-barrier approach that will ensure Winnipeg residents continue to enjoy the safest drinking water possible for generations to come, “ said Barry MacBride, director [...]

GLV Acquires Australian Provider of Integrated Wastewater and Water Re-use Solutions

Posted on March 7, 2008
Montreal-based GLV Inc. announced it has acquired all the outstanding shares of AJM Environmental Services Pty Ltd., a Sydney, Australia company that specializes in integrated technological solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and re-use, primarily for the food and beverage production and processing industry.The acquisition transaction was settled by a cash consideration of $16.2 M, financed using GLV's credit facilities, and the assumption of a $1.9 M debt relating entirely to the building housing AJM's Sydney-based headquarters. AJM, founded in 1999, achieved a 50 per cent average annual revenue growth over the past three [...]

NS Treatment Plant Wins Lieutenant-Governor's Award

Posted on March 6, 2008
Dartmouth, N.S.-based engineering company the Terrain Group and its partners in the Cookville Membrane Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment Plant were honoured this week with the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Engineering.   "The team that completed this project has set a new standard for wastewater treatment in Atlantic Canada," said Stephen Wallace, president of Terrain Group. "I'm proud of the fact that cleaned water discharged from the Cookville plant is generally as clean as the river itself."   The company said the plant uses innovative Canadian technology that cleans water by drawing it through a membrane [...]

IBWA and ABA Combine Tradeshows for 2008

Posted on October 26, 2007
The American Beverage Association (ABA) and the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced today their intention to combine their two tradeshows in 2008. InterBev 2008 and the 2008 IBWA Tradeshow will be held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 20 to 22, 2008. Following the combined tradeshows, the IBWA 50th Annual Convention will continue at the Sands Expo Center through Oct. 24. "It just makes good business sense," said ABA board chairman, president and CEO of Swire Coca-Cola, USA, Jack Pelo. "Much of the production and distribution equipment and education and training of our people are common across the beverage [...]
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