Waterloo – Researchers behind a new report into the preparedness of Ontario communities to handle severe flooding are calling for Public Safety Canada to increase funding and provide enforceable standards for flood risk management in Canada.  
Edmonton – The City of Edmonton has launched a new program to reduce the amount of chemicals going into the North Saskatchewan River. Global News reports. | READ MORE
California – With the issue of preserving California’s ground water supply crucial to the state’s future, News Deeply presents seven ground water experts who are broadening the public's understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed. National Geographic reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel has issued a call for tenders to clean up the PCB-contaminated land in Pointe-Claire. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Batchewana First Nation, Ont. – First Nations and Human Rights Watch leaders react to a recent report from the watchdog organization that says Canada has failed to provide clean drinking water to many indigenous citizens, despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
Washington, D.C. – A study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests future upper Colorado River basin recharge may be greater than the historical average in most decades. This increase, a result of projected increases in precipitation, may offset reductions in recharge caused by increased temperatures, the journal said in a news release.
Avella, PA – Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds of rural Pennsylvanians endure contaminated well water they blame on fracking. The Centre for Public Integrity reports. | READ MORE
Dryden, Ont. – A former employee of the paper mill in Dryden, Ont., has written a letter describing what he says is a hidden dump of dozens of mercury barrels that could be the source of on-going health concerns downstream at Grassy Narrows First Nation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Smiths Falls, Ont. – Waterworks officials in a small town southwest of Ottawa are monitoring a funeral company that has become the first in Ontario to use an alkaline solution to dissolve human remains and then drain the leftover effluents into the sewer system. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
The Rural Water Sustainability Network, in collaboration with UNICEF, Skat Foundation and WaterAid, is hosting a three-week e-discussion on international ground water regulation from June 27 to July 17.
Winnipeg – The presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a Manitoba First Nation's drinking water is a concerning trend, a microbiologist says. 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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