Enduring influence

Enduring influence

Gord Bailey was born to teach, but he didn’t always know it.

Choppers at work

Choppers at work

Who says installing pumps can’t look like Mission Impossible?

Groundwater Week: 5 gems

Groundwater Week: 5 gems

The National Ground Water Association’s annual expo

Atlantic treasure

Atlantic treasure

Jordan Rogers is fulfilling every child’s – heck, every adult’s – fantasy

Washington – U.S. non-profit organization The Water Well Trust has completed water well projects in Maryland and Pennsylvania in memory of the late vice-president of Aquaflow, Henry E. King III.
Vancouver – After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver's $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River.
Oroville, CA – Almost overnight, the Oroville Dam in California gained worldwide attention when authorities evacuated nearby towns, affecting almost 200,000 people, over fears that the emergency spillway was in danger of failing. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Hanover, NH – Leaching of 1,4-dioxane from animal research waste buried in the 1960s and '70s has prompted Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to propose pay-outs for affected households. Chemistry World reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – Nothing makes a real estate deal go south faster than the discovery that the water well is no good, and three-quarters of wells in some parts of Alberta have biofouling problems, says Alberta Environment and Parks. Alberta Farmer Express reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The federal government has brushed off criticism of the slow movement of billions in new infrastructure spending that threatens to put economic growth projections at risk. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Wallaceburg, Ont. – Otter Creek Wind Farm officials held a media briefing to answer claims from citizen group Water Wells First that their wind farm project will be a threat to local water wells. The Wallaceburg Courier Press reports. | READ MORE
Nanaimo, B.C. – A Regional District of Nanaimo water expert is encouraged by snowpack levels but not prepared to say a healthy snowpack will reverse potential summer drought conditions. Nanaimo News Now reports. | READ MORE
New York – UNICEF has just published a document note that provides practical guidance on professional water well drilling. The document builds on associated guidelines from the Rural Water Supply Network and previous work and the Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes. | READ MORE
Calgary – A consultancy to the energy, metals and mining industries estimates that 100 companies spread throughout North America are engaged in the competitive water treatment and disposal business in the oil and gas sector. Alberta Oil reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Voluntary measures to protect the Great Lakes from farm manure have proven insufficient and governments should now turn their minds to legislation, a binational report released Wednesday concludes. Toronto Metro reports. | READ MORE
Beijing, China – Anthropogenic ground water exploitation changes soil moisture and land-atmosphere water and energy fluxes, and essentially affects the ecohydrological processes and the climate system, according to a new study.
Denver, CO – The average Canadian rig count for December 2016 was 209, up 36 from the 173 counted in November 2016, and up 49 from the 160 counted in December 2015, according to the latest report from Baker Hughes Incorporated.
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.
Reno, NV – A small-scale geothermal district heating system in Reno, Nevada – the largest in the state – is likely to be shut down due to expensive investments required to update the system. ThinkGeoEnergy reports. | READ MORE
Mississauga, Ont. – The Ontario Geothermal Association will focus on low carbon emission heating in a warming climate and tackle such questions as "Why are we not using more geothermal in Ontario?" at a conference.
Ottawa – National Resources Canada has created an interactive map to promote learning about Canada’s clean-energy resources and projects.
Toronto – A new video has been created by the CSA Group on the standard for the design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for use in the United States and Canada.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy and its Geothermal Technology Office have shared details about new drilling technology funded under its programs that could help equipment withstanding higher temperatures in geothermal projects. Think GeoEnergy reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office has issued two new enforcement orders for Site C, an 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric project under construction on the Peace River. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Menlo Park, CA – An experimental study of the role of subsurface plumbing on geothermal discharge has been published by the American Geophysical Union.
Ocean View, DE – The global geothermal heat pump market is anticipated to exceed $130 billion US by 2023, growing at over 13 per cent compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2023, says a report from U.S. researcher Global Market Insights.
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
Waterloo, Ont. – The Children's Water Education Council provides a slate of tools for educating students about the importance of water conservation, protection, technology and ecology – among them a list of children's ground water festivals.
London, U.K. – A number of technological innovations address the crisis in novel ways. Water experts assess some of the most creative approaches. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will present a series of webinars based on its 2016 conversations about major issues. The first webinar, on employer engagement, will take place on Feb. 22.
Las Vegas, NV – If you've missed him on the circuit, now is your chance to hear Peter S. Cartwright discuss water quality and emerging contaminants. Cartwright, an authority in this field, delivered his farewell lecture of the 2016 McEllhiney Lecture Series during Groundwater Week in December.
Edmonton – Researchers are counting on a monitoring system created by a University of Alberta professor to keep ice core samples that could reveal thousands of years of climate information from turning into a worthless puddle. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
California – Some farmers in California are taking advantage of recent heavy rainfall to flood their fields and let water seep into the ground all the way to the aquifer. NPR reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Alberta Environment and Parks is reminding water well service people, property owners and the public that well pits increase the risk of contamination to the water source and are a safety hazard for anyone who enters to service or repair the well.
Calgary – The landmark 1979 textbook Groundwater by Allan Freeze and John Cherry is now available as a free download by Hydrogeologists Without Borders.
What is the state of ground water in Canada today? Leading ground water scientist Alfonso Rivera helps us kick off 2017 by laying out what we know and what we don't know about ground water in this country, and by identifying key issues to help us map out the road ahead to responsible water stewardship.
Kelowna, B.C. – A UBC research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.
Fayetteville, AR – A new study out of the University of Arkansas suggests improvements in remote monitoring technology may allow farmers to apply water to their crops more efficiently and conserve ground water.
When buying a home in the country, water should be one of the most critical considerations. Buyers will often trust the seller or realtor when a water sample is submitted to the local health unit. In some cases, the buyer will simply receive the test results through their lawyer. The goal of this column is to raise awareness that tampering with a water sample may occur and there is potential for illness.
The Universal Hydrant Drain Box drains water from the bottom of the pump assembly to save installers the risk of going into the hole to drain the pump manually.
​The book, Operational Stage of the Well, was just published by National Ground Water Association press.
Numa's Super Jaws Overburden Bits are designed for dependability and longevity when simultaneously drilling and casing holes in unconsolidated ground conditions of overburden, boulders or bedrock.
The Optibar LC 1010 submersible level probe from Krohne provides simple and continuous hydrostatic level measurement for water wells, rainwater retaining and overflow basins, and tanks.
Flomatic Corporation has introduced its new 1” & 1 ¼” Model 80DI VFD, a special patented submersible pump check valve for use with variable-frequency drive control submersible pumps.
Net Irrigate recently launched the xProxy Vibe. It is the first completely wireless monitoring device that saves users time and money by alerting them to system failures, the company said in a press release.
Heron Instruments has added to its dipper family the dipper-Tough, a rugged and high-quality instrument used for measuring static and falling head levels in waste disposal and remediation sites and other harsh environments.
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 launched 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.
This year, the British Columbia Ground Water Association, in partnership with GeoExchange BC, is endeavouring to update the BC Ground Water Protection Regulation Handbook to reflect the changes to the Groundwater Protection Regulation.
British Columbia – The B.C. government has announced new skills-training opportunities designed to spark careers in trades and technical jobs such as carpentry, piping, welding, carpentry, machining and electrical.
Ottawa – The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling has published a softcover book to help small and medium-sized operators engage and develop staff to grow their businesses.
Goring/Reading, UK – The current Council of International Association of Hydrogeologists was elected at the General Assembly in Montpellier, France, last fall, among them two Canadians.
Gord Bailey was born to teach, but he didn’t always know it.
Who says installing pumps can’t look like Mission Impossible? From a young age, helicopters were a passion Mike Lamont was not ready to give up.
The National Ground Water Association’s annual expo this year expanded to become Groundwater Week, held in Las Vegas in early December. Held this year in conjunction with the Irrigation Association’s show, the conference and trade show had a rich context in water management and provided a forum for trends, products and business opportunities.
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.

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