Abu Dhabi, UAE – By 2020 Abu Dhabi will recycle and reuse all of its wastewater within the emirate. It currently reuses only five per cent of its treated wastewater, 60 per cent ground water and 35 per cent desalinated water, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi said in a report shared via Gulf News. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – Two hundred people from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo are giving toenail, urine and saliva samples to the Health Effects Monitoring Program to measure how much arsenic, if any, is in their bodies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – The Canadian prairies top a newly developed index of places where wildfires could create freshwater supply risks, according to a University of Alberta-led study. The Red Deer Advocate reports. | READ MORE
Halifax – Lakes damaged by acid rain are coming back to life in Nova Scotia faster than anyone expected, and the recovery has added expenses for Halifax Water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Ground water may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new Canadian-led research. Science Daily reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – UNICEF will host its annual Water for Life gala in Calgary on Oct. 14 with a goal of raising $1 million to continue helping provide water, sanitation and hygiene services to children around the world who do not have access.
Westville, OH – As attention has recently been focused on the devastation from the recent hurricanes – and how best to deal with flooded water wells – the National Ground Water Association also wants to alert those in the northwestern parts of the United States being affected by rampant wildfires that there are precautions they should take regarding their well systems.
Brunswick, ME – Navy officials touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting. The Portland Press-Herald reports. | READ MORE
New Minas, N.S. – The Village of New Minas, N.S., plans to put in place protection for its water supply in the event of flooding from extreme storms like those that have hit the U.S. recently. The Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – More than half of the 60 school districts in British Columbia had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017, according to new water testing ordered by the provincial government. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Ristigouche-Sud-Est, Que. – A town in Quebec says it will be driven into bankruptcy if it loses a $1-million lawsuit launched by an oil company in response to a bylaw the town passed prohibiting drilling oil within two kilometres of a well or surface water. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Niagara Region, Ont. – Researchers studying fish from the Niagara River have found that human antidepressants and remnants of these drugs are building up in the fishes' brains. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Newport, WA – A third-generation water well driller discusses the ups and downs of the job as well as public perception about the business. The Spokesman-Review reports. | READ MORE
South Jordan, UT – The "Village Drill," a model envisioned by John Renouard and developed by Brigham Young University students, is human-powered and capable of drilling up to 295 feet into the ground – deep enough to reach clean, unpolluted ground water almost anywhere in the world. The Deseret News reports. | READ MORE
You provide high-quality wells and servicing, but are you meeting your customers’ less tangible need for information and peace of mind? We spoke with a ground water educator, established drilling companies and a satisfied would-be customer to get insight into what constitutes great customer service.
Qualicum Beach, B.C. – Ken Fyfe of Fyfe Well Drilling in Qualicum Beach, B.C., has worn many hats during some 43 years as a water-well driller. Fyfe shared with Ground Water Canada photos of his recently restored steam drill rig made by Keystone Company in Beaver Falls, Penn.
Toronto and San Bernardino County, CA – NewCastle Gold recently reported on the water supply drilling program for its Castle Mountain gold project in San Bernardino County, Calif.
Ground Water Canada visited Fleming College to see what students in the Resources Drilling and Blasting program were up to.
Alberta – After years of being a magnet for job seekers, Canada’s oilpatch is turning into a bit of a no-go place — and that’s making a recovery harder. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Princeton, NJ – A new report breaks down the international water well drilling rig market by size, share, trends, industry growth, application, and other characteristics through 2022.
Midland, TX – In the last year alone, Big Oil has spent more than $25 billion US on deals in the Permian basin, an area of West Texas and New Mexico. The land grab has put these oilfields back at the centre of the petroleum universe, a spot that not long ago was occupied by Canada's oilsands. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
This issue we’re showcasing a few items to give you an idea of what’s available in technology and capacity to suit your needs. All information has been supplied by the manufacturers and compiled by Ground Water Canada into an easy-to-read reference guide.
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
Riverhead, N.Y. – Miller Environmental Group has completed the geothermal bore drilling and installed the community loop field system for an innovative project providing heating and cooling to 10 homes in a town in Long Island, N.Y.
Montreal – The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition announced that work has begun to create a detailed resource map of ground thermal conductivity at depths up to 200 metres (650 feet) in one of Canada’s most densely populated areas.
Pittsburgh, PA – A collaborative research paper published in the journal Energies looks at the effects of various conditions on the fluid flow, particle migration and heat transfer in non-linear fluids encountered in drilling and geothermal applications.
Valemount, B.C. – A demonstration project in a small B.C. community aims to use geothermal energy for power and for a wide variety of heat applications that could help transform the local economy. ThinkGeoEnergy reports. | READ MORE
Stauffen, Germany – A German town’s decision to invest in geothermal energy backfired badly after underground drilling penetrated a layer of earth and struck ground water, causing hundreds of buildings began to fall apart. The Local reports. | READ MORE
Mountain View, CA – Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is venturing into the residential geothermal heating and cooling market with a "slender" drilling technique. Tech Times reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – BC Ministry of Environment government staff overseeing environmental and natural resource sectors will provide regular updates to GeoExchange BC members, and to the geoexchange industry at large, related to legislation and policy development and program activities that may affect the geoexchange industry.
Gibsons, B.C. – Gibsons, B.C., council has decided to exclude Park-land Phase 3 from the requirement to connect to the Town-owned geothermal system, the Gibsons and District Energy Utility, writes Sean Eckford for the Coast Reporter. | READ MORE
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
Nov. 16, 2017, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The County of Grande Prairie is hosting a free water-well management workshop tonight. Presented by the Working Well program, the event will feature expertise from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health Services and licensed water-well drillers. The Daily Herald-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
India – With the aim of completely changing the way ground water is managed, the central government of India has proposed guidelines that stipulate all industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects that draw or propose to draw ground water will now need to obtain a no-objection certificate. Live Mint reports. | READ MORE
Madison, WI – Supported by funding from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, researchers are addressing the question of how much ground water is being used by trees — and how the changing levels of available ground water may be affecting the trees’ growth over time. University of Wisconsin-Madison News reports. | READ MORE
Georgia – Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, will host Basic Water Systems Training and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) e-Learning courses for continuing education units in the state of Georgia.
Aarhus, Denmark – Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has a clear effect on the nitrogen status of the ground water, according to 70 years of Danish measurement data. EurekaAlert reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – A new Canadian paper investigates the recycling of phosphorus, between sediment at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water.
College Station, Texas – International water law thought leader Gabriel Eckstein has published a new book, “The International Law of Transboundary Groundwater Resources,” forthcoming this week, Texas A&M University School of Law reports. | READ MORE
Tulsa, OK – Researchers at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma are proposing the use of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, or LIBS, as an analytical technique to detect a suite of elements in water samples. The University of Tulsa reports on the research. | READ MORE
Twelve thousand years ago, Earth was a frigid place.
Vancouver – Scientists at the University of British Columbia have released a policy paper highlighting how metagenomics is being used to study the microbial communities in the water in order to develop new tests to assess water quality. READ MORE
Australia – Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have proposed a novel method for optimizing ground water monitoring well network design in which many plausible future outcomes of water quality are considered and synthesized to help the design of a network. Read more about the study on Wiley Online Library. | READ MORE
John F. Jones was a scientist and educator who left his mark on ground water in Canada. Jones passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, at the age of 82. Through Jones' former students, now practising professionals, we reflect on his immeasurable contribution to ground water education and policy.
Nov. 14, 2017 – Little Beaver recently introduced a planetary reduction gearbox for its Big Beaver and Big Beaver XL drills.
Nov. 14, 2017 – The Power Pro ESP pump combines the benefits of the two common types of electric ground water sampling pumps on the market today – the high-powered pump and the disposable pump – into one efficient unit.
The XHP1170WCAT-T3 air compressor is a whisperized, high-pressure unit that provides reliability and durability in the harshest environments encountered in drilling and pipeline applications. These units also have the highest resale value in the industry, said Doosan Portable Power, manufacturer of the unit.
An innovative ground water remediation technology has been introduced to convert contaminated aquifers into purifying filters, eliminating PFOA and PFOS contaminants, manufacturer Regenesis said in a press release.
In-Situ’s Android smartphone technology for water monitoring is now available on all of the company’s water level instrument platforms.
Thompson Pump’s new RECON2000T control panel with enhanced interactive technology will be featured at WEFTEC 2017 held this week in Chicago.
Krohne has a new line of liquid level measurement products featuring better measurement, enhanced software, and an improved and more powerful signal processor.
MilliporeSigma’s Milli-Q HR 7000 series offers laboratories and research facilities a high-throughput water purification system as a connected and sustainable central pure water solution.
Merrill Manufacturing has acquired H2Optimal, a pitless unit business for the professional ground water market.
Flomatic Corporation’s 80E check valves sizes quarter-inch through four inches are now NSF/ANSI standard 61 certified for drinking water systems, the company announced in a press release.
The Lone Star LST1G+HDA Geotechnical Drill from Little Beaver provides engineers and soil technicians with a precise and easy-to-operate drilling solution for standard penetration tests and soil sampling in nearly any soil.
Wellntel has come out with new Sensor Firmware V2 (SV2) designed to improve the ability to find and track ground water levels with little or no calibration in a wide range of physical and acoustic well conditions, and when situations in the field change.
Calgary – Blue-collar workers in rural Alberta have a tougher time getting back on their feet from injuries than their urban counterparts, University of Alberta researchers have found. | READ MORE
Victoria – GeoExchange BC recently welcomed Maria Nguyen to the Aquifer & Watershed Science team in Victoria.
John Larson started in the well drilling industry in 1973, when he was 18 years old. Once he had his apprenticeship ticket and had worked for a while, he started Larson’s Water Well Drilling and Servicing out of Lougheed, Alta.
Paul Conrad has built his business – and his life – around a simple concept: treat others the way you want to be treated and that good will come back to you. It’s a karmic perspective that influences everything he does, from the wells he drills and the service he offers, to how sees his role in the protection of ground water, and how he works with other businesses and people in his community.
Personalization can mean anything from remembering customers’ names to issuing timely email reminders. As customer service expert Shep Hyken writes, creating a great personalized experience for customers leads to the best kind of word-of-mouth marketing.
When was the last time you called your business? I recently spoke at a conference. After the speech, the client gave me a gift: the list of everyone in the audience with their contact information. She suggested I pick up the phone and let everyone know they should hire me to speak at their next meeting. (Now, that’s a nice gift!)
The Ontario Ground Water Association drew a good crowd for its annual convention and general meeting at the tranquil Nottawasaga Inn, Resort and Conference Centre in April.
Sonoma Valley, CA – The new order of ground water regulation is just starting to come into shape and will take several years to implement, with still-undefined costs, monitoring and limits that may fall primarily on rural well owners, including residents and farmers. The Sonoma Index-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Terry Morse has been selected as the incoming chief executive officer of the National Ground Water Association. He is the successor to Kevin McCray, CAE, who, after 22 years as CEO and 35 years in the ground water industry, is retiring Dec. 31, 2017.
Ottawa – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a two-day workshop on apprenticeship technical training in Ottawa in October.
Your most effective and cost-efficient source of new business is referrals. However, many business owners feel it makes them appear needy, desperate, or imposing. Here are five ways to ask for referrals without making you – or your customer – feel uncomfortable.
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