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Deadline Approaches for Charlottetown Voluntary Water Meter Program

Posted on October 14, 2014
Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility customers looking to take advantage of the city’s voluntary water meter program and its incentives only have until Dec. 31, 2014 to make the switch. The goal of the city’s Take Control program is to see 1,000 households move onto the metered system by the end of 2014. As it stands, there are fewer than 350 spaces left. “Residents on the metered system can track their own water consumption and pay based on what is consumed instead of a flat rate,” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “Switching to a meter often translates into savings for utility customers and it also encourages [...]

Alberta Town Urges Residents to Go Low Flow

Posted on October 14, 2014
The City of Red Deer, Alberta is encouraging residents to ditch their old or leaky toilets in favour of low flow models. Residents who choose to go low flow can then apply for a rebate through the city’s residential toilet rebate program. In order to qualify for a rebate, applicants must be property owners in Red Deer, have a current utility account, and purchase a qualifying toilet. The city offers $25 rebates for homeowners who replace high flow toilets with low flow toilets (six litres or less) and $50 rebates for dual flush toilets. “Replacing old toilets with low flow toilets has significant household water savings,” [...]

Construction Underway on Timmins Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on October 6, 2014
The Government of Ontario announced October 3 that construction is underway on a major overhaul of the Mattagami River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant, built in 1964, serves more than 40,000 people in Timmins and along the Mattagami River. Work is expected to be completed in 2016. “Ongoing upgrades to the Mattagami River Wastewater Treatment Plant will not only improve the water of the Mattagami River, they will also benefit the local economy, enable population growth, provide healthier surroundings, and help protect the environment,” said Jay Aspin, MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming. The project will increase the plant’s [...]

Primer Outlines Importance of Asset Management Plans

Posted on October 2, 2014
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) – an objective assessment of the water, wastewater, stormwater, and road infrastructure owned by Canadian municipalities – has released its 2014 Asset Management Primer. The primer outlines the importance of municipal Asset Management Plans in effectively addressing Canada’s infrastructure challenge, puts forward a number of key recommendations for municipalities across the country, and provides an outline for municipalities looking to institute an Asset Management Plan of their own. “The Primer was needed to further the practice of asset management in Canada so that we can [...]

EPCOR and Ostara to Build Nutrient Recovery Facility in Edmonton

Posted on October 1, 2014
EPCOR Water Services Inc. and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies will partner to construct a facility to recover phosphorus from the nutrient-rich wastewater stream from the Clover Bar biosolids settling lagoons at Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre. The facility, set to be the largest nutrient recovery site in Canada, will transform the phosphorus into an eco-friendly, slow-release fertilizer. The technology at work inside the facility will help the Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant meet phosphorus discharge regulations, and will protect the local watershed by reducing algae growth on the North Saskatchewan River. The facility [...]

Ontario Approves Two Source Protection Plans

Posted on October 1, 2014
On September 30, the Government of Ontario announced the approval of source protection plans for both the Sudbury and Catfish Creek areas. Source protection plans aim to protect water quality in lakes, rivers, and underground sources that supply municipal drinking water by setting out actions to eliminate, manage, or reduce potential risks. Brownsville is the lone municipal drinking water system supplied by Catfish Creek, while the Sudbury area includes six systems. The Catfish Creek Source Protection Plan was developed by local municipal and community partners on the Lake Erie region source protection committee, and will take [...]

Anaergia Announces Two New U.S. Projects

Posted on October 1, 2014
Anaergia Inc. announced on September 30 that it has signed a contract with the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (PCRWRD) in Arizona to design, build, finance, own, and operate a large biomethane upgrading facility. PCRWRD currently operates nine wastewater treatment facilities in Pima County, each of which can generate biosolids that can be used to create biogas. Anaergia’s new biomethane upgrading facility will treat and compress biogas produced at the Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility outside of Tucson, resulting in biomethane which will displace non-renewable fossil fuels. Anaergia also announced on [...]

UN Global Compact Releases Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

Posted on September 30, 2014
The United Nations Global Compact – an initiative encouraging sustainable and socially responsible policies for businesses worldwide – released its finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines on September 30. The guidelines set out a common approach for businesses to disclose their water management practices to stakeholders. “Sustainable water management and advancing a common approach to disclosure begins with agreeing on what we’re talking about in terms of water scarcity, stress, and risk,” said Gavin Power, the deputy director of the UN Global Compact and head of the CEO Water Mandate. “These guidelines give us [...]

Newfoundland Town’s Water Supply to Be Shut Off

Posted on September 29, 2014
A water shortage has forced the Town of Fortune, Newfoundland to cut off water supply to the neighbouring Town of Grand Bank. The two towns have shared Fortune’s water supply for a number of years under an agreement that allows Fortune to cut off Grand Bank during times of scarcity. A recent drought has left water levels lower than in recent memory “I never, ever seen our water levels so low, and the long-term forecast is not good as well,” Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews told the CBC. “We’re going to be into some challenging times.” The town’s back-up reservoir may be low as well, and the quality of its water is [...]

California Wastewater Utility Adopts Canadian Biogas Technology

Posted on September 29, 2014
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) of Victor Valley, California, held a ceremony on September 26 to mark the successful startup of its new Omnivore biogas production system, which was supplied by Burlington, Ontario’s Anaergia Inc. The high solids digestion technology is the first of its kind in use in North America. Many municipal wastewater treatment facilities use biogas produced from the treatment to generate energy to offset part of their electrical needs. Without high biogas production rates, however, the cost of electrical generation installation can be prohibitive. To boost biogas production rates [...]
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