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
Steinbach, Man. – Private well water can be the source of health problems if your well is not maintained properly. Members of Manitoba's Seine-Rat River Conservation District share salient tips aimed at well owners through the blog Watershed Moments. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Despite Canada having over 10 per cent of the world's freshwater supply, a United Nations official says Canadians need to know water security is an issue that concerns them. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Woodland, CA – Farmers and water managers in Yolo County, Calif., are encouraged by recent storms, but they know more rain is needed. KCRA News reports. | READ MORE
Siskiyou County, CA – The California appellate courts will soon be called on to decide an important and novel issue of California water law: whether the public trust doctrine applies to ground water. JD Supra Business Advisor reports. | READ MORE
Greenwood, N.S. – A proposed North Greenwood water extension project in Nova Scotia can move into its second phase now that it has the support of residents affected by Perfluoroctane Sulfonate ground water contamination. The Kings County Register reports. | READ MORE
Edson, Alta. – An Alberta energy company is fighting an order to truck water to a family farm the company admits it has tainted with chemicals from its gas plant. Metro News reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – Tropical ground water may prove to be a climate-resilient source of freshwater in the tropics as intense rainfall favours the replenishment of these resources, according to a new Canadian-led study published in Environmental Research Letters. University College London reports. | READ MORE
Truckee, CA – California is getting its first ski slopes with snow made from recycled wastewater. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
Washington – The U.S. House has passed legislation that moves to phase out the use of tiny synthetic particles known as microbeads, which it says can pose an environmental threat to the Great Lakes and other waterways. The Detroit Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Stanford, CA – Stanford University scientists have solved an important mystery about where the microbes responsible for releasing dangerous arsenic into ground water in Southeast Asia get their food. Stanford News reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – A memorandum of understanding signed by Premier Christy Clark and State of Alaska Governor Bill Walker strengthens cross-border partnerships between British Columbia and Alaska in many areas of common interest including mining, water and other environmental matters, the Province of B.C. said in a news release.
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
March 4, 2015, Washington – FracFocus, the U.S. system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, which operates in five Canadian provinces, is undergoing several improvements.
Jan. 29, 2015, Montreal – The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta's oilsands. | READ MORE
Jan. 20, 2015, Whitehorse, Yukon – After months of public consultations throughout the territory, the Yukon Legislature's select committee on hydraulic fracturing could not agree on whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in the territory. CBC News 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.
Vancouver – Canadian renewables firm Polaris Infrastructure has hired Iceland Drilling Co. to drill at least two new production wells for the 72-megawatt San Jacinto-Tizate geothermal project in Nicaragua. SeeNews reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association has released new guidelines on the impact of hydrogeology on large-scale geothermal heat pump systems that provide details on site and hydrogeologic considerations and site constraints.
Aug. 10, 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand – The local council is weighing up how to contain the geothermal bore that burst into life in central Rotorua yesterday. OneNewsNow reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 7, 2015, Sydney, N.S. – Cape Breton University's Verschuren Centre is partnering with the Cumberland Energy Authority on a geothermal study relating to the former Springhill mine, The Cape-Breton Post reports. | READ MORE
July 23, 2015, Albany, NY – Although the high cost and the lengthy time required to complete geothermal exploration can hinder the growth of the market, ample opportunities exist as demand for electricity rises rapidly, says a recent report.
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
Muscat, Oman – Oman is conducting a feasibility study to see if ground water aquifers in Salalah can be further recharged by harvesting fog using techniques from Australian Rain Technologies. MuscatDaily.com reports. | READ MORE
Dallas, TX – Deep droughts in recent years have forced U.S. water managers to reckon with water scarcity and to diversify their water supply portfolios. Brackish ground water is their latest target, Circle of Blue reports. | READ MORE
Lawrence, KS – Crews are undertaking an annual effort to monitor changes in ground water levels in western and central Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal Online reports. | READ MORE
Decatur, IN – Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the United States. Some farmers are trying new conservation strategies, The Christian Science Monitor reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is one potential tool to help provide for water when it is needed, the National Ground Water Association said in a news release.
Seoul, South Korea –  A detailed study on ground water heat pumps suggests that to accurately predict system performance, proper ground water heat pump system models need to be used in conjunction with the building heating and cooling load variations. Energies reports. | READ MORE
Milwaukee, WI – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scientist Jim Waples and a research team have found a new method of determining the age of water at any point in a distribution system using residual radioactive atoms from nuclear fallout of the 1950s and early '60s. Phys.Org reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Four firms will help underwrite the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science to foster interest and excellence in ground water science and technology.
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.
Wanner Engineering has introduced its Model P200 Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions pumps featuring new gearbox reducers with ratios from 60:1 to 5:1. The pumps are designed for a wide range of processing applications and for use in manufacturing facilities.
Flomatic Corporation's Model 888 silent wafer check valves are now NSF/ANSI standard 61 certified for drinking water systems.
The American Water Works Association has released a second edition of its Iron and Manganese Removal Handbook to address advancements in treatment technology, new regulations and changes in the environment.
The new EXO Wiped Conductivity & Temperature sensor from YSI targets the issue of biofilms, barnacles, and algal growth causing poor data quality, clogging up conductivity cells and coating sensors.
Flomatic Corporation has a new patent-pending pump check valve especially designed for use with variable-frequency drive (VFD) controlled submersible pumps.
The UVT-LED, distributed exclusively by Sensorex, is the first instrument of its kind to use highly efficient UV-C LED technology. The compact monitor is designed to deliver fast, accurate transmittance readings in the field, water treatment facilities or industrial settings.
The TR-71nw supports automated, error-free data collection, remote monitoring and alerting with a simple Ethernet LAN connection.
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.
Las Vegas – Guest lecturer Neil Mansuy previews his upcoming National Ground Water Expo workshop “Water Well Rehabilitation – Understanding Well Problems and Effective Solutions." The Expo runs from Dec. 15-17 in Las Vegas.
Vancouver – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has issued a call for presentations for its 2016 conference, Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future.
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island will hold water act public consultations in seven communities beginning in October, says Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past five years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean-energy initiatives and the economy – they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.

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