St. Louis, MO – Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a new chemical method to immobilize uranium in contaminated ground water. They found that calcium and phosphate work together chemically to immobilize uranium. HazMat Management reports. | READ MORE
Lennox Island, P.E.I. – Lennox Island, a small First Nations community in Prince Edward Island, is beginning to disappear amid the rising waters of the Atlantic Ocean, having already lost one square kilometre of land in a single generation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Brookvale, P.E.I. – A water bottling company, Pure Island Waters Ltd., has plans to set up a water bottling plant in Brookvale, P.E.I. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Whatcom, WA – Farmers in Whatcom County, Wash., are asking their governor to lobby B.C. to crack down on farm waste flowing south from Fraser Valley agricultural lands that they say is fouling cross-border fish-bearing streams and threatening ground water and surface water quality. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey School District says extensive testing of its water sources is complete and out of 621 taps and fountains analyzed, 27 were found too have too much lead. Surrey Now reports. | READ MORE
Stony Plain, Alta. – Two dog owners took matters into their own hands Tuesday to prevent crews from spraying herbicide they say damages the ground water at an off-leash dog park in Stony Plain, Alta. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ontario – The Federation of Ontario Cottage Owners is encouraging waterfront property owners to consider the effects of climate change in the care of their properties.
While British Columbia’s ground water industry was celebrating the new Water Sustainability Act, the announcement in March 2015 of proposed water rental rates – in force as of Feb. 29, 2016 – got members of the public hot under the collar.
Whitehorse, Yukon – The company that's building the extended care facility in the Whistle Bend subdivision of Whitehorse has changed the design because of concerns with ground water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Washington – The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites. Firefighter Nation reports. | READ MORE
Santa Monica, Calif. – "The Pipe," a proposed floating art installation off the coast of Santa Monica, Calif., will double as an electromagnetic desalination device to generate 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – A University of Alberta study suggests the current recommendation to remove both nitrogen and phosphorus to reduce algal blooms in lakes is no more effective than removing just phosphorus.

Drilling

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Rainham Centre, Ont. – The Canadian Drilling Rig Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary with a weekend-long open house that not even heavy rain on Saturday could dampen.
Alberta – Five years after Alberta raised a record-setting $3.5 billion at auctions of provincially owned oil and gas drilling rights, sales are on pace this year to set a historic low – part of a downward trend seen across Western Canada. CBC 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.

Geothermal

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Leduc, Alta. – Disused oil and gas wells dotting Canada’s energy heartland may bear fruit for Alberta’s farmers under a proposal to use waste heat from the idle facilities to allow crops to grow, even in the country’s harsh winter conditions. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Peace River, Alta. – BC Hydro and a First Nation in Northwest Alberta have reached an agreement on the Site C dam, which Dene Tha' members said would have major impacts on treaty rights to hunt, fish and engage in traditional land use. The Dawson Creek Mirror reports. | READ MORE
Troy, MI – After having designed so many systems for others, a handful of U.S. HVAC equipment contractors share which systems they would install in their own homes if money were no object. The News reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Geothermal-generated electricity could be a piece of the answer to how Alberta can move away from coal-fired electric power in time for the NDP's 2030 deadline. CBC News 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
South Asia – Sixty per cent of the ground water in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, a research article in the journal Nature Geoscience says. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Technology is being introduced every year in every sector in all corners of the world – and ground water is no exception. Here is a roundup of some of the newest emerging technologies that are making it easier to extract and measure ground water quality and quantity at the source and on its way to the consumer.
Cranfield, U.K. – Scientists at Cranfield University in the U.K., have developed the Nano Membrane Toilet to bring household service to those without access to basic toilets. The model is able to treat human waste on site without water. Inhabitat reports. | READ MORE
The classic book and practical manual Developing Groundwater: A guide for rural water supply is now available online from the Practical Action website for free download. UPGro reports. | READ MORE
St. Albert, Alta. – Overhauling the traditional view of water treatment and waste-water services in Alberta could allow cash-strapped municipalities to unbridle themselves from weighty infrastructure projects. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – How does water behave in space? That question is the focus of a long-awaited experiment launched by rocket this week to the International Space Station, where astronauts will unbundle a camera and a sealed jar of water sent their way by a University of Toronto researcher. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Private water well owners, and local officials involved with well owners, are invited to view a series of free one-hour webinars offered by the National Ground Water Association.
Singapore – Professor John Anthony Cherry was recently awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 for his contributions to the advancement of ground water science policies, and technologies.
Lexington, KY – An innovative maze of neon green steel tubes in Jacobson Park in Lexington, Ky., is playing music created by a local composer based on temperature, flow and conductivity data drawn from Kentucky’s ground water. 89.3 WFPL reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – A University of Alberta chemistry professor is developing easy-to-use devices that could drastically improve the health and safety of communities in rural and remote regions of the world. The Edmonton Sun reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – In addition to looking nice, covering soil with wood mulch can actually help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and soil nitrates, University of British Columbia research suggests. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Stanford, CA – Scientists have developed a new computer algorithm that enables them to use satellite data to determine ground water levels across large areas. The Indian Express reports. | READ MORE
In-Situ Inc.’s new Water Level Meter 100 and 200 include static and drawdown modes that allow users to switch from static level readings to drawdown mode for low-flow and pump tests.
Little Beaver Earth Drills and Augers recently launched its Lone Star heavy-duty geotechnical drill rig. The LST1G+HD drills to 100 feet with an optional 4.25-inch hollow-stem auger.
A new book from the American Society of Civil Engineersprovides in-depth information on current green technologies associated with sustainable water and storm water management.
Merrill Manufacturing has an alternative to installing a traditional control box and pressure switch, running wires between them and fitting all the connections in an undersized case.
Atlas Geo-Sampling has added the PowerProbe 9510 to its fleet of direct-push-technology (DPT) units.
Simon and Donnald Massé of Groupe Puitbec in Victoriaville, Que., shared details of their DRC-10-A, a drill rig they custom-designed for hard-to-reach residential sites.
Wajax Industrial Components now carries Stancor Pumps across Canada. Stancor Pumps, a designer and manufacturer of electric submersible pumps and controls, offers a variety of products designed for some of the harshest operating conditions that exist.
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.
Is it just me or does customer service seem to be a lost art in many businesses?
Drilling for ground water is more than a day-to-day business. It’s a responsibility and a chance to help sustain our environment and the human lives that depend on its health.
Being a rural Canadian can sometimes feel a bit like being a second-class citizen.
Westerville, Ohio –​ The National Ground Water Association has joined with 15 international organizations concerned with ground water sustainability as part of the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), the NGWA said in a news release.
Toronto – As the federal, provincial and territorial governments begin planning for the roll-out of an enhanced Canada Pension Plan, the latest ADP Canada Sentiment Survey suggests retirement benefits such as pensions or a group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) can be a deciding factor in a job change.
The water well industry uses a lot of trucks to get its business done. All manner of pickups move men, women and their equipment in and out of primitive, remote job locations. At least that’s how it’s always been; till now perhaps.
"Just write out some questions and ask them.” That could well be one of the biggest mistakes when it comes to conducting an interview.
The Canadian Ground Water Conference and Expo served as a reminder that drilling for ground water is more than just a day-to-day business. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity to help sustain our environment and the human lives that depend on its health.
Let’s be frank – if you work for a company, then your primary goal is to make money. Period. You may have secondary goals to serve the interests of your customers, employees, and be a good corporate citizen, but your first priority is strictly return on investment. Profit.
Jordan Rogers is fulfilling every child’s – heck, every adult’s – fantasy. When his company, Valley Well Drillers in Waterville, N.S., is not drilling for water, it goes in search of something else. Gold, that is – Atlantic treasure!
I’m hearing from the industry about a general decline in the number of water wells being drilled compared with the volume of yesteryear.
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.

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