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Paris – The International Network of Basin Organizations and the UN Economic Commission for Europe have published a book focusing on climate change and its impact on transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers in the UN collection.
Cambridge, UK – New Canadian research supports the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment as an effective source-attribution tool and establishes a mechanism to assess the potential burden of acute gastrointestinal illness attributed to small systems and private well water in Canada.
Los Angeles – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors has approved an agreement that could lead to the development of the largest recycled water supply program of its kind in the United States. The Association of California Water Agencies reports. | READ MORE
Paris, Ont. – A group concerned about contaminants collecting in the ground water and entering a nearby well field when an aggregates company opens a gravel pit says it will appeal a decision by the Ministry of the Environment to grant the company a water-taking permit and an environmental compliance approval. The Brantford Expositor reports. | READ MORE
Scottsdale, AZ – The Scottsdale Water Campus and Reclaimed Water Distribution System have been recognized for its innovative water purification project in a worldwide map recently published by the WateReuse Research Foundation and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. The Scottsdale Independent reports. | READ MORE
Edson, Alta. – An Alberta energy company has been ordered to truck water to a family dairy farm where ground water has been contaminated by chemicals from a nearby gas plant. reports. | READ MORE
California – The Almond Board of California and Sustainable Conservation have joined ranks to determine the ground water recharge potential of California’s one million acres of almond orchards through grower field trials, research and geological studies. The Turlock Journal reports. | READ MORE
Kananaskis Country – Dozens of international scientists met in Kananaskis Country on the weekend to better understand how water resources are changing in cold, alpine regions due to global warming. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Albany, NY – In the coming decade, as the global population swells further, it is only going to create larger problems related to water shortage, says new research from Transparency Market Research.
Oakville, Ont. – An Oakville resident will share her experience in Uganda at an Oct. 24 benefit dinner to help raise funds and awareness for safe water and hygiene projects around the world. reports. | READ MORE
Dauphin, Man. – Ground water, not beaver dams, is causing levels to rise at East Blue Lake, says Perry Stonehouse of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. CBC News reports | READ MORE
North Dartmouth, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency and local officials attended a ceremony at the North Dartmouth, Mass., ReSolve Superfund site to mark  the implementation of a ground water cleanup system powered entirely by solar panels.
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
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.
July 6, 2015, Calgary – A growing number of experts say the time may be right for geothermal to assume a higher profile, especially in oil-rich Alberta, as governments begin to introduce carbon taxes and other fees on large carbon-emitting facilities. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 19, 2015, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The City of Grande Prairie, Alta., voted unanimously to participate in a renewable energy project that involves building geothermal reservoir models, the Daily Herald-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
June 12, 2015, Calgary – A geothermal pilot project is designed to show that it's possible to generate geothermal electricity from the boiling water that comes out of oil wells. CTV News 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.
Vancouver – Less than six per cent of ground water in the upper two kilometres of the Earth is renewable within a human lifetime, a new study led by a British Columbia scientist indicates. The study distinguishes between old and new ground water.  CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Oakville, ON – Grundfos is providing online courses and webinars covering such topics as HVAC, plumbing, wastewater, fire protection, ground water and water treatment.
Yakima Valley, WA – Federal scientists have developed a new tool that can trace contaminated water found in Yakima Valley wells back to its general source area, the U.S. Geological Survey announced. The Yakima-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The University of Ottawa is offering a couple of two-day courses in December focusing on geotechnical engineering and design and membrane separation technology.
Sioux Falls, SD – The City of Sioux Falls and the United States Geological Survey are conducting a state-of-the-art ground water survey this fall.
Greenbelt, MD – Scientists using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) have found that the ground water beneath Northern India has been receding by as much as one foot per year over the past decade. After examining many environmental and climate factors, the team of hydrologists led by Matt Rodell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., concluded that the loss is almost entirely due to human consumption. The animation shown here depicts the change in ground water levels as measured each month from January 2003 to June 2013.
Washington, DC – Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – Engineer Ray Roussy has patented a new sonic pile-anchor that allows a building to rest on top as well as be bolted and anchored to it.
Ranchi, India – A government school in India is using playground swings that pump water to deal with its shortage. ANI News reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – A tunnel 3.5 metres across and one kilometre long that runs under the Fraser River between Surrey and Coquitlam will soon transport drinking water to Surrey and other communities south of the river. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Arsenic is linked for the first time in Canada with a significantly increased risk of type II diabetes and prediabetes, according a study based on biomonitoring data, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports. | READ MORE
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.
July 14, 2015 – July 14, 2015 – Designed for rugged field use, the reversible-flow Solinst Peristaltic Pump is intended for water or vapour sampling from shallow wells and surface water.
June 25, 2015 – In-Situ has launched HydroVu, a website for remote water monitoring that is designed to provide decision-quality data.
  May 26, 2015 – Koch Membrane Systems has a new Puron MP hollow-fibre ultrafiltration cartridge designed for high-solids water and wastewater applications, including surface water treatment, reverse osmosis pretreatment, and tertiary wastewater treatment.
May 18, 2015 – Scalewatcher North America has a range of environmentally friendly units designed to combat the effects of hard water limescale without the use of chemicals or salt.
May 12, 2015 – The new MC-100 is a research-grade, cost-effective, optical meter that combines the features of the Opti-Sciences CCM 200 Plus with the ability to output a direct measure of chlorophyll in units of micromols of chlorophyll per square metre of leaf surface.
May 8, 2015 – Franklin Electric’s Inline 400 pressure-boosting system is designed to provide a compact and economical way to improve water pressure. The Inline 400 couples the Franklin Electric pump and motor with flow-based controls to provide a typical water-pressure boost of up to 40 psi, depending on the application’s need.
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.
Calgary – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year – 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production – and other industries are picking up the slack. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Whether it was a lively round of golf, a 45-minute hike to a University of Guelph research site or a relaxed casino night, members of the Ontario Ground Water Association were game.
Working in the family’s well drilling business was something Darrell Carson always talked about, but his career path made a few twists and turns before that became a reality.
It’s so easy to deal with the fires, isn’t it? And by easy I mean not easy but straightforward.
Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking for feedback through a survey on pilot testing of its new Health and Safety Checklist by Sept. 6, 2015.
Victoria – The B.C. government is seeking input from the public on the proposed regulations and policies relating to the Water Sustainability Act until Sept. 8. READ MORE

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