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

Canon City, CO – Officials from uranium production company Cotter Corp. wants to pilot test a ground water cleanup program they believe will remove uranium and molybdenum to safe levels at its now-defunct uranium mill south of Canon City in Colorado. The Pueblo Chieftain reports. | READ MORE
Chalk River, Ont. – Opposition to the Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River northwest of Ottawa has been growing, with concerned citizen groups fearing both ground water contamination and risks to the Ottawa River. The Pembroke Daily Observer reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – A controversial proposal for redeveloping a Calgary golf course was approved by city council but area residents oppose the project over concerns about flooding. Council has ordered that a ground water study be done over the next year before the project can go forward. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Drinking water testing, commissioned by Environmental Defence and Équiterre found levels of atrazine, a harmful pesticide linked to hormone disruption in humans, fish and frogs, in Montreal and Toronto’s public distribution systems. Environmental groups Environmental Defence and Equiterre are urging the federal health minister to ban atrazine because of concerns over human health and the environment.
Ottawa – The federal government says it is on track to deliver on its 2016 budget commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories affecting INAC-funded public systems on-reserve within five years.
Montreal – Montreal’s $5.9-billion electric train project could endanger a long-awaited plan to stop hazardous chemicals from leaking into the St. Lawrence River, according to environmentalist Daniel Green. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
The residents of the Town of Gibsons, B.C., are very proud of their aquifer. In 2005, the town’s fresh, clean, untreated drinking water won the title “Best-Tasting Water in the World” from the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition.
Bengaluru, India – Reports indicating that the concentration of harmful chemicals such as nitrate, fluoride, arsenic is beyond permissible limits in 22 of Karnataka's 30 districts may render a plan for digging borewells impossible. The Times of India reports. | READ MORE
Kleefeld, Man. – The Regional Municipality of Hanover in Manitoba will consider other options in finding a water supply without high levels of barium in the Kleefeld area after studies indicate that previously proposed solutions are not feasible. The Carillon reports. | READ MORE
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
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.
Edmonton – Thousands of unemployed energy workers are looking to the federal budget hoping their jobs can be brought back to life, when and if abandoned oil wells are used again. News 880AM reports. | READ MORE
Hamilton, Ont. – New Horizon Development Group is starting construction on the third phase of its City Square condo project in downtown Hamilton, Ont. It is the 10th structure the company has built in the Hamilton-Burlington area to use geothermal energy rather than natural gas. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
Sussex, N.B. – PotashCorp's original mine at Penobsquis has been capped and allowed to slowly to fill with water, and according to the town's economic development co-ordinator, that water could play an unexpected role in the town's energy future. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Gibsons, B.C. – More than two-dozen Parkland, B.C., residents packed Gibsons Town Hall Feb. 15 hoping for answers about the problems that plagued the geothermal heating system during one of the coldest stretches of the year, says The Coast Reporter. | READ MORE
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.
In a special video wrap-up of Ground Water Awareness Week, we look at how ground water festivals are educating children about water and a B.C. community that is standing strong in protecting its aquifer and ground water system.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association's WellOwner.org hub hosts a video channel featuring short films on well cleaning, decommissioning and other topics of interest to well owners.
Ottawa – Water education groups Blue Drinks Ottawa and Water Rangers are holding a World Water Day event March 22 featuring speakers and water quality kit training.
Simcoe, Ont. – The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River in Alberta has posted an impressive list of 100 ways to conserve water.
Oxford, U.K. – Researchers from the the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of accurately estimating ground water resources in Africa, using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps. University of Oxford reports. | READ MORE
Breisgau, Germany – A team of international researchers led by a University of Freiburg hydrologist suggests the inclusion of currently missing key hydrological processes in large-scale climate change impact models can significantly improve our estimates of water availability. Innovations Report summarizes the study. | 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
Flomatic Corporation's model Azure AWWA Butterfly Valves are now NSF/ANSI standard 61 certified for drinking water.
Ground water authority William M. Alley and science writer Rosemarie Alley have teamed up on a new book that explores issues around ground water and sounds the call to protect the vital resource.
Rockmore International has a new line of drill tools designed to improve the performance and service life of extension drill tools in surface and underground percussive drilling applications
Franklin Electric’s new Ultra Efficient Submersible 6-Inch Electric Motor family provides significant electrical cost savings via an efficiency improvement of 10 to 12 per cent when compared to standard induction motors.
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.
California – With a June 30 deadline approaching, agencies, farmers and others in affected California groundwater basins are working to finalize the formation of locally controlled ground water sustainability agencies, which are required under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Ag Alert reports. | READ MORE
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.
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.
Gord Bailey was born to teach, but he didn’t always know it.
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.

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