Canada – Increasing concerns about climate change, water shortages and the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides have some Canadians rethinking the conventional lawn and considering alternatives like food gardens, fake turf or xeriscapes – landscaping with low-water needs. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Aberfoyle, Ont. – An online petition started by a Guelph woman that opposes Nestlé Waters Canada’s request for a 10-year renewal of its permit to take water in Aberfoyle, Ont., has now garnered nearly 70,000 signatures. Guelph Today reports. | READ MORE
Traverse City, MI – Volunteers studying increased growth of golden-brown algae on the floor of Torch Lake in Michigan will test for indications of caffeine and estrogen. The Three Lakes Association and researchers from state universities released the results of a study in April. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports. | READ MORE
Raleigh, NC – North Carolina lawmakers are debating whether to use state or federal standards when deciding to alert residents about dangers in their drinking water. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
Parksville Qualicum Beach, B.C. – About 20 people recently attended a wetlandkeepers certification course sponsored by the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society. The course trains participants to ground-truth and classify known wetlands, and ultimately to assess which wetlands play an integral role in the ground water system. The Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports. | READ MORE
India – Water scientist Jay Famiglietti suggests that countries sitting on top of the world's most stressed aquifers have had political unrest driven in part by food shortages caused by lack of water. The Economic Times reports. | READ MORE
Pasadena, CA – Using satellite data, NASA scientists have researched how the movement of water around the world contributes to Earth's rotational wobbles, concluding these changes are largely caused by movements of water through everyday processes such as accumulating snowpack and ground water depletion. Phys.Org reports. | READ MORE
Hyderabad, India – With India's blistering summer drying up water resources and the monsoon failing for the second consecutive year, residents are sinking borewells illegally, leading to rapid depletion of ground water table. The New Indian Express reports. | READ MORE
Albany, NY – Conservation of water for the use of future generations is driving a growing market for recycling and reuse technology, suggests a recent market study published by Transparency Market Research.
Toronto – A budding Toronto company founded by two high school students aims to sell clothing with the purpose of providing developing countries with sustainable sources of water. Techvibes reports. | READ MORE
Waukesha, Wis. – A Wisconsin city's fight to be allowed to draw water from Lake Michigan could set a precedent for Ohio communities that may one day need to make similar requests. The Blade reports. | READ MORE
Maple Ridge, B.C. – Friends in Action International, a Christian charity group based in Stouffville, Ont., is driving a water well drilling truck around African countries and drilling wells in thousands of rural villages. A volunteer from B.C. describes the experience of working with the charity. Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows News reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – An executive at a leading geothermal company active in B.C., Alberta and Washington state says industry drillers strike aquifers every day, but that’s not a big deal – unless one fatal error is made. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
In today’s world where computers reign supreme and office jobs are the norm, earning a living in the physically demanding industry of water well drilling is not a popular choice among young people entering the workforce.
Netherlands – The Well Academy and Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Drilling Training Academy have launched an IWCF-certified drilling well-control training course.
Calgary – The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors forecast for 2016 reflects the dramatic downturn deeply impacting the oil and gas services industry and projects a decrease of 58 per cent from 2014 in the number of wells drilled.
Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, B.C. – Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, making it one of world's largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 22, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. – Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions has released its 2015 deephole drilling reference book, titled Deephole Drilling in the Waterwell, Oil & Gas, Geothermal and Exploration Markets.
June 12, 2015, Wichita Falls, TX – Back when much of Texoma was engulfed in a drought, private water wells were in demand. But now the drought is over, well-drilling businesses are beginning to see a drought of their own. Texomas reports. | READ MORE
June 7, 2015, Washington, DC – Both sides of the contentious fracking debate in Canada are claiming vindication from a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Toronto Sun reports. | READ MORE
June 2, 2015, Lloydminster, Sask. – Dentist Nekky Jamal has started an initiative called Quench to build wells in parts of the world, such as Nicaragua, that are in dire need of clean water. The Meridian Booster reports. | READ MORE
As I get to visit with people around the country on my Just the Fracks book tour, I am learning a lot about what people think and know about energy and hydraulic fracturing.
March 20, 2015, Northern Quebec – Commerce Resources have completed seven holes of a spring/summer program at the Ashram rare earths deposit in northern Quebec. The company says it hopes to upgrade the existing resource and finish geomechanical and hydrogeological work for a pre-feasibility study, Resource Clips reports. | READ MORE
March 17, 2015, California – As California farms and cities drill deeper for ground water in an era of drought and climate change, they are pumping water that fell to Earth during the ice age, Mother Jones reports. | READ MORE
Jinan, China – New analytical solutions proposed by a joint study out of China may provide good tools for the simulation and design of horizontal geothermal heat exchangers with vertical spiral coils. Science Direct reports. | READ MORE
Reykjavik, Iceland – Getting geothermal projects up and running in Canada “has been harder than it needs to be,” according to Alison Thompson, founder and president of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association. DeSmog Canada reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – Following the slowdown of oil and gas, an engineer and owner of a geo-exchange design and installation company believes Alberta homeowners are ready to adopt the technology in greater numbers. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – CSA Group has published a new C448 bi-national standard developed to assist those involved in the design and installation of ground source pump systems for commercial and residential buildings.
Regina – What will be, once completed, the first geothermal power plant in Canada, is now under construction in Saskatchewan. The planned pilot plant for the project is set to total just five megawatts in capacity, but potential is there for the geothermal resource to provide hundreds of megawatts of generation capacity. Clean Technica reports. | READ MORE
Germany and Switzerland – A new way of gauging a phenomenon called urban heat islands could help make the most of this untapped source of geothermal energy, Science Alert reports. | READ MORE
Ground Water Canada spoke with Denis Tanguay, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition about recent developments in the geothermal industry.
Oliver, B.C. – A key feature of the 44.5-hectare Senkulmen Business Park is a geothermal cooling and heating system, made possible in part by a $250,000 investment from the B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund. BC Government News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – The proposed major retrofits for the Prime Minister's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa represent an opportunity to revamp the building's mechanical systems and to install a geothermal heat pump system for heating and cooling, the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition said in a news release.
Edmonton – A researcher at the University of Alberta is studying 10 different sites across Alberta to determine if they’re suitable for creating a geothermal plant, which he hopes to build by 2020. Edmonton Metro reports. | READ MORE
New Mexico – Researchers have published two papers related to a new area of geothermal energy called enhanced geothermal systems, wherein systems are designed to enable power production in areas where conventional techniques don’t work. KRWG TV/FM reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Geoscience BC is launching a project to identify and evaluate direct-use geothermal energy opportunities for B.C. communities and provide them with data to potentially lower greenhouse gas emissions and further economic development.
Yellowstone National Park, WY – Over the past few field seasons, researchers from the University of Calgary's Department of Geoscience spent several weeks monitoring the waters of Yellowstone National Park’s Spouter Geyser, and the results of their study could change what we know about how geysers work. | The University of Calgary reports. | READ MORE
Dundurn, Sask. – A farmer and former professor and extension specialist at the University of Saskatchewan explores mapping of water table moisture and discusses such data resources as the historic Grey Books and current Water Security Agency in Moose Jaw. Grainews reports. | READ MORE
St. Louis, MI – Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new way of treating water contaminated by nuclear waste. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
On occasion water well drillers are asked to install an observation well alongside a pumping well. The reason for this is to obtain water levels in a well that are not influenced by having a pump in the well.
Simcoe, Ont. – The Environment and Climate Change Canada lists several potential sources of contamination for water wells.  Here is a rundown worth sharing with well owners.
Urbana, IL – Here are nine best practices for private well management provided by PrivateWellClass.org. The first applies to all the others: keep good well records.
Urbana, IL – As this video from PrivateWellClass.org explains, there are a number of things a private well owner should check when a well is exposed to a forest fire.
Newark, DE – Researchers at the University of Delaware have completed a study of submarine ground water discharge that explores the factors that affect the size of the ocean's mixing zone, the rate at which ground water flows through this zone, and the chemical reactions that take place there. The University of Delaware Daily reports. | READ MORE
Recent reports in the media have illustrated declining water levels in aquifers in California and the midwestern United States.
At the turn of the 19th century, the steel industry was huge until environmental and economic conditions forced it to scale down infrastructure to make the mini mill. The development of steel thus became cheaper due to the smaller footprint, energy needs and capital costs.
With climate change finally taking its rightful place at the centre of world attention, and closely related ground water issues joining it, well drillers have an increasingly important role to play in educating the public about this precious resource.
Calgary – A professor at the University of Calgary is studying whether Saskatchewan-grown lentils can counteract chronic arsenic poisonings from well water that affect up to 77 million people in Bangladesh. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Flomatic Corporation introduces new sizes to its Model 816 Ward Check valves and Model 16 Ward Strainer lineup in ASTM 316 stainless steel or other materials like WCB Steel, Alloy 20, Monel or Hastelloy C, Flomatic said in a press release.
The Solinst Levelogger Edge Series is designed to provide reliable water level and temperature datalogging.
Franklin Electric has expanded its AG series of cast-iron centrifugal pumps. The pumps are designed to perform in challenging water-transfer applications that demand high performance and efficiency in industrial, commercial and agricultural markets, the company said in a press release.
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ second edition of Evaporation, Evapotranspiration, and Irrigation Requirements: Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 70, provides a tool for accurately estimating the water quantities needed for crop irrigation based upon the physics of evaporation and evapotranspiration.
Numa, a designer and manufacturer of down-hole hammers and bits, has released a Vortex Backhead design meant to improve both drilling performance and hammer and bit life. It is designed for Numa’s 12-inch hammer line when drilling conditions require a significant amount of water injection.
Heron Instruments has added to its product line the dipper-Tag tag line, a multi-purpose unit designed for use when installing or monitoring wells.
Las Vegas – Nascent Objects recently debuted Droppler, a water monitor that uses advanced audio recognition technology to track water consumption in real time, at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Nortek Global HVAC has launched a geothermal heat pump system that requires less drilling than many other geothermal systems.
Franklin Electric highlighted several new products at the National Ground Water Association Expo, including a solar drive.
The DrillAirX28 provides improved versatility and drilling speed in addition to a new engine, enabling users to drill two 200-metre holes in a single day at 30 bar of pressure.
KSB’s B-Pumps are designed to extract water from deep wells or boreholes.
A new book from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ entitled Forward Osmosis: Fundamentals and Applications examines ways to easily and efficiently produce clean drinking water.
The breathtaking Coast Mountains and the long-awaited coming into force of the Water Sustainability Act and regulations provided a memorable backdrop to the 2016 British Columbia Ground Water Association (BCGWA) conference, trade show and annual general meeting.
It’s a familiar story. When new drillers are needed at J.B. Wilson and Son Well Drilling, a family business in the St. Thomas-Tillsonburg area of southwestern Ontario, management tries several avenues.
Many water well drilling businesses say they have trouble attracting quality, long-term employees, a problem faced by other skilled trades and industries across Canada.
Kamloops, B.C. – The Coast Mountains and the long-awaited coming into force of the Water Sustainability Act and regulations provided a memorable backdrop to the 2016 British Columbia Ground Water Association conference, trade show and annual general meeting.
Alice Springs, Australia – Trainee water well driller Lenny Elber talks about the challenges and rewards of working and living in the middle of the Central Australian desert out of a small caravan for days, even weeks, at a time. ABC Rural reports. | READ MORE
With Millennials set to make up half the Canadian labour force by 2020, your business needs to find a way to attract and retain these workers.
The National Ground Water Association trade show and conference gave contractors a chance for some last-minute shopping as it returned to Las Vegas Dec. 15 to 17. By all accounts the event was a pre-Christmas success.
For the past nine years veteran automotive journalists have donated their time to act as judges in the only annual North American truck competition that tests pickup and van models head to head – while hauling payload and also towing.
When Bruce Ingimundson joined the BCGWA in 1975, it was mainly a water well drilling association. The pump installer trade was just beginning to evolve.
Westerville, OH – Paul Haderer, brother of the late Richard Haderer, a fellow cofounder of Western Hydro Inc., Hayward, Calif., has made a gift to the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation to establish a scholarship named in honour of Richard.
Simcoe, Ont. – The public works department of Norfolk County in Ontario will work with affected property owners now that the county has a source-water protection plan in place. The first order of business is examining active and abandoned water, gas and oil wells in the Delhi, Ont., area. The Simcoe Reformer reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Former National Ground Water Association President Worth Pickard, owner of Carolina Well & Pump Co. in Sanford, N.C., died on Nov. 17, the NGWA said in a news release.

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