Australia – The results of a new study out of Australia suggest the injection of large volumes of highly treated coal seam gas product water will cause no foreseeable adverse impacts on ground water quality with the exception of the potential movement of arsenic.
New York – The environmental remediation market is expected to reach $123.13 billion US by 2022 at a CAGR of 7.62 per cent between 2016 and 2022, according to an analysis by Reportlinker.
Ann Arbor, MI – Lake Erie researchers working to fight harmful algal blooms now have a new tool to safeguard drinking water. The advanced sampler has been called a “lab in a can” for its ability to sample microcystins, the most common algal toxin these days, in almost real time. Environmental Monitor reports. | READ MORE
Okotoks, Alta. – Okotoks is renewing its call for government funding to help build a new 16-kilometre pipeline to transport drinking water from Calgary, as the town's mayor says a future water shortage could turn the taps off on construction growth. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Africa – An organization called Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor has worked with partners in Africa to create an accessible online atlas of the continent's hydrogeology that gets information to those who need it most. The British Geological Survey reports. | READ MORE
Maryland – On Maryland's Eastern Shore, researchers are testing how well methods to limit agricultural pollution to the Chesapeake Bay actually work. Inside Science reports. | READ MORE
Lolkisale, Tanzania – With the help of a Rotary International grant project sponsored by clubs in Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming, the residents of a small community in Tanzania now have access to clean drinking water long after the rainy season is through. The Laramie Boomerang reports. | READ MORE
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


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San Francisco, CA – GE said it was working with Maersk Drilling on a pilot program that uses advanced algorithms and sensor data to potentially increase productivity as well as cut maintenance costs of marine drilling. UPI reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Drilling activity should increase slightly next year but will fall well short of pre-recession levels in 2014, suggests a new forecast for the oil and gas industry. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Drilling activity should increase slightly next year but will fall well short of pre-recession levels in 2014, suggests a new forecast for the oil and gas industry. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Christiansburg, VA — Well drillers put historic machines on display and practices under the microscope as part of the Virginia Water Well Association’s annual Fall Field Day. The Roanoke Times reports. | READ MORE
Sudbury, Ont. – Boart Longyear will set up a surface and underground diamond drilling technology development office in Sudbury, Ont.
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


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Saskatchewan – In February, Saskatoon-based Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) will start drilling as part of an $8-million feasibility and front-end engineering design study into what would be Canada’s first commercial geothermal power project. Alberta Oil reports. | READ MORE
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.
Toronto – A delegation from Ontario recently visited Southern California to showcase Canadian companies working in the water field and to continue collaboration with like-minded researchers in the United States. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
Anchorage, AK – New research led by the United States Geological survey shows permafrost loss due to a rapidly warming Alaska is leading to significant changes in the freshwater chemistry and hydrology of Alaska’s Yukon River Basin with potential global climate implications. The loss also allows much more mineral-laden and nutrient-rich water to be transported to rivers, ground water and eventually the Arctic Ocean. The USGS reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Recordings of the Advances in Remediation Solutions Webinar Series based on the similarly titled column in NGWA’s journal, Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation, are available for purchase in the National Ground Water Association's recordings archive.
Calgary – University of Calgary researchers say there’s enough evidence to suggest a direct link between the use of antibiotics in animals and antibiotic resistance and that antibiotic resistance can be passed on from waste leaching into lakes and rivers that supply drinking water.
Santa Monica, CA – A Vancouver engineering firm’s solar-powered desalination pipe design is a finalist in the Land Art Generator Initiative.
New York – Researchers at the Columbia Water Center are analyzing trends in drinking water quality violations across many decades as part of America’s Water, a National Science Foundation-funded project. Columbia Water Center reports. | READ MORE
Cambridge, MA – Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have nano-engineered spinach plants to sample analytes in ambient ground water and send the information to a smartphone.
Reston, VA – Large precipitation events that occur about every 10 years are a critical source of recharge for replenishing ground water resources, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.
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
Salt Lake City, UT – Drilling services and equipment provider Boart Longyear will showcase its LS 250 MiniSonic, a compact sonic rig that provides an overall safer working environment during 2016 Groundwater Week in Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 7-8.
Solinst Canada has launch its LevelSender telemetry system as a simple and inexpensive means to collect water level data from remote Leveloggers.
Flomatic Corporation has brought out new Model 54-4MJ Flo-E-Centric plug valves with mechanical joint connections.
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.
Employees have the ability to attract new customers, develop new products and services, and become your greatest salespeople. Alternatively, they can also drive away customers, negatively impact service and product quality, and totally ruin your business.
Ottawa – Statistics Canada's recently released survey date for registered trades from 2014 says that apprenticeship programs in Canada had more than 451,100 registrations.
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!

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