Cavendish, P.E.I. – If it wasn’t for a single rainfall event, Robert K. Irving, the president of Cavendish Farms, says the 2017 potato growing season could have been a disaster. Irving is touting the use of supplemental irrigation when rainfall isn’t enough. The Charlottetown Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing more than $594 million over the next decade in shared funding for infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The federal government is providing a total of over $445 million, up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures. The projects supported through this agreement will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners, according to a news release by Infrastructure Canada. This higher cost share takes into consideration the unique challenges faced by the territories. Indigenous recipients can use additional federal funding from other sources to a maximum federal contribution of 100 per cent on projects, the release said.Among the funding is $207,065,850 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; increased access to potable water; increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants; increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water; increased structural and natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events. The territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners will contribute $69,021,950 in funding.
Let me say at the outset that I am not opposed to alternative energy sources, including wind. What I am opposed to is those developments that may cause serious and possibly irreparable damage to the environment.
Waterloo, Ont. – The findings of an expert panel appointed to conduct a national review of contaminants in municipal wastewater are available in a new report, which will be presented to municipal water leaders at Blue Cities 2018.
Wallaceburg Ont. – Concerned about the impact a proposed wind turbine project will have on local water wells, the Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns citizen group is seeking guidance from the province's Clean Water Act and its source water protection plans. | The Chatham Daily News reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – Canadian-based environmental protection and remediation company Current Water Technologies, Inc., has received a contract to install and demonstrate its patented ammonia treatment system, which is designed to work under adverse site conditions such as near freezing wastewater, at an active Canadian mining site. Global Mining Review reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – A quarter of Quebec homeowners said they experienced considerable issues within the first five years of purchasing their home, including water issues, according to a new survey by Léger, conducted on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.
Africa, Asia and the Middle East – Ten Turkish institutions have established 8,842 water wells around the world so far, according to the data obtained by Anadolu Agency. | READ MORE
British Columbia – A team of scientists will review the impact hydraulic fracturing has on water and air safety in B.C., as well as the industry's connection to earthquakes in the northeast of the province. A report is expected by the end of 2018. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Denmark – Denmark is facing a historic pollution case as it has been revealed that every 10th test sample taken from almost 1,700 wells reveals a level of pesticide residue that is considered too high. CPH Post Online reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – The City of Guelph has signed an agreement to provide Nestlé Waters Canada with access to analysis from its science-based ground water flow model through a consultant. Guelph Today reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – This week, during the comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-evaluation of its Lead and Copper Rule, two congresswomen encouraged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to overhaul the regulation to require full replacement of all lead service lines nationwide.
By now, everyone in the industry probably knows this story, but just in case. In September 2015, in West Vancouver’s expensive, densely urban Kerrisdale neighbourhood, a homeowner contracted a homebuilder who contracted a drilling company to install a geothermal heating system.
Toronto – VersaDrill Canada has worked with Groupe Rouillier and RIDD to produce an Inner Tube Puller for mineral drilling that could potentially have applications for geotechnical, geothermal or core drilling.
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.
Barbados – Barbados stands to gain significantly more foreign exchange from the sale of desalinated water being produced on the island, says the chairman of the company expanding a reverse osmosis plant on the island. The desalination facility is capable of supplying drinking water to about 20 per cent of the population, the Barbados Advocate reports. | READ MORE
West Chester, PA – The Schramm engineering group is upgrading its existing T450 rigs to use a CAT C15 ACERT, Tier 4 compliant engine.
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
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.
Montreal – The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition and its members welcomed the news that New Brunswick Power has released a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives including for GeoExchange (a.k.a. geothermal heat pump) technology.
Peterborough, Ont. – Fleming College will install a new geothermal heating and cooling system at its Sutherland Campus to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions thanks to funding from the provincial government.
Montreal –­ The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition welcomed the news that the Quebec government will continue its RénoClimat incentive program through to 2021.
Calgary – Epoch Energy Development Inc. will lead the Front-End Engineering Design study to assess the feasibility of the Geothermal District Energy System in Hinton, Alta., with the help of $1.2 million in joint funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Innovates.
Oshawa, Ont. – Durham College has received $14.7 million in funding from the Ontario government through the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program, including $9.1 million to fund its Simcoe Geothermal Field project at the Oshawa campus.
Toronto – Ontario’s new homeowner rebate program was front and centre and the mood was positive at the Ontario Geothermal Association’s conference and trade show, which featured speakers on many aspects of the geo-exchange industry.
Nanaimo, B.C. – A Nanaimo, B.C., geo-exchange project will turn a long-abandoned mine into the heat source for a new Vancouver Island University buildings. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – The Pembina Institute, a non-profit think-tank, has released a report outlining Alberta’s potential and barriers to the development of a geothermal energy and heating industry.
St. John's – A new hotel in downtown St. John's has a number of ecologically sustainable features such as geothermal heating and cooling powered by the ocean.
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.
Washington State – Wells in northeastern Washington State often have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water, indicates a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Hangzhou, China – A team of chemists from Zhejiang University have designed a membrane that filters salt out of water much more efficiently than the ones currently in use. Their method is based on a 66-year-old math paper by mathematician Alan Turing. Forbes reports. | READ MORE
Gas flowing in water wells is usually considered an undesirable situation. It is a common enough occurrence in some areas that systems are in place to handle at least some of the aspects of this gas flow.
State College, PA, and Dallas, TX – A team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Texas at Dallas recently designed a new slippery surface for water harvesting applications. This slippery solution, so named the slippery rough surface, was achieved through the process of biomimicry. Engineering.com reports. | READ MORE
The National Ground Water Association has created this short video to help the public – and students in particular – understand the importance of ground water and consider the industry as a future career.
Paris, France – A new study raises questions about the effectiveness of the two most popular types of agricultural pesticides, noting overreliance on the chemicals causes environmental harm while doing little to boost crop yields. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Switzerland – The editors of Reviews of Geophysics host a Q-and-A with researchers who are exploring scientific advances in observing, quantifying, measuring and predicting the characteristics and processes that occur when surface water and ground water interact. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Holly Richter, PhD, Arizona water projects director for The Nature Conservancy, will give the keynote presentation at the upcoming Groundwater Issues and Science Affecting Policy and Management in the Southwest conference, Feb. 26-27 in Albuquerque, N.M.
North York, Ont. – The Canadian Water Quality Association is offering two training courses in late January as part of its Certified Installer and Certified Water Treatment Technician programs.
Dec. 15, 2017, Australia – Australian research organization CSIRO has created a short video describing managed aquifer recharge, the concept of humans storing water underground.
Blacksburg, VA – Road salts commonly used in the winter to melt ice and keep roads clear are not being effectively absorbed by mitigation measures, allowing the salt to reach ground water and wells, says a Virginia Tech expert.
Dec. 5, 2017, Cambridge, MA – Environmental experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Rhode Island are teaming up to learn more about chemicals that have contaminated water at sites across the United States.
QED Environmental Systems’ Sample Pro portable pump, the first pump developed specifically to deliver low-flow sampling to sites requiring portable pumps, has been tested to be free of PFC, a ground water contaminant.
The Solinst STS Edge Telemetry System lets users monitor high- or low-level water conditions with alarm notification capabilities.
Merrill Manufacturing Company has released four no-lead bronze insert fittings to accommodate well contractor needs.
Franklin Electric now offers its Little Giant Aeration System in both half- and one-horsepower models, providing multiple options for contractors to improve the beauty and biological health of larger-sized bodies of water.
Nivus has developed a transit time transmitter to provide continuous, long-term flow measurements via smartphone in harsh weather conditions.
Tulsar Canada recently launched the Genesis, its latest control panel for residential and light commercial use at the 2018 Water and Wastewater Equipment, Treatment and Transport Show in Indianapolis, Ind.
Franklin Electric has released a mobile app version of its application, installation and maintenance manual that can be installed on smartphones and tablets to provide contractors with quick information to help make working in the field easier.
CETCO Drilling Products’ new TC Booster is an additive used to boost the thermal conductivity of the company’s geothermal grout.
Jan. 24, 2018 – Boart Longyear has released its Green Bit, the first in a new line of diamond drilling bits.
Flomatic Corporation has announced all of its 80E check valves sizes from a quarter-inch through four inches are now NSF/ANSI standard 61 certified for drinking water systems. This is in addition to NSF/ANSI 372 the low-lead standard as a weighted average of 0.25 per cent lead content by dry weight.
Dec. 18, 2017, Hazel Park, MI – Exlterra has launched Hazl, an ultra-light drilling rig for geothermal, geotechnical and water-well drilling.
Dec. 13, 2017 – The new AqWiFi remote monitoring system continuously monitors well systems and sends real-time alerts to notify them of changes in operating conditions via smartphone, computer or tablet, according to a press release from Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem Applied Water Systems brand.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is urging drillers to remember the motto “Look Up and Live" after two employees of a drilling crew near Colorado Springs, Colo., died recently when their rig struck overhead power lines, fatally electrocuting them. | READ MORE
If you sell products and services that people buy because they have to, then read on. After over 25 years of advising companies that deal primarily with reluctant customers, I’ve developed these four strategies for helping customers feel better about spending money on grudge purchases.
Calgary – CIPHEx West will feature a program of seminars led by experts from across North America.
Marketing your water-well business has never been easier with free online tools and platforms literally at your fingertips. The trick is knowing which social media and website platforms are right for you.
Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on April 18 on the appropriate role of states and the federal government in regulating ground water. The hearing comes on the heels of several significant court cases, as well as action by the U.S. EPA to seek public comment on discharges of pollutants via “hydrologically connected” sources. The NGWA reports. | READ MORE
The motto of Blaine Matuga’s company, Central Interior Pumps of Kamloops, B.C., really says it all: “We’re protectors of ground water.”
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is seeking proposals for conference presentations, workshops, technical sessions, poster presentations and field trips at Groundwater Week Dec. 3-6, 2018.
Toronto – Being “human” will ensure resiliency in an era of technological disruption, and skills mobility will become a new competitive advantage, says a new research paper from RBC.
Marketing your water-well business has never been easier with free online tools and platforms literally at your fingertips. The trick is knowing which social media and website platforms are right for you. Chris O’Shea, business advisor with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services, shared his best tips and practices on how well-drilling businesses can effectively use these tools to turn your target market into repeat customers.
Edmonton – With the retirement of thousands of tradespeople looming through the middle of the next decade, Alberta's oil and gas sector could soon face new shortages for skilled labour, reigniting calls for more people to enlist in the trades to help fill the future gap. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – CIPHEx West and BuildEx will co-locate in Calgary in November 2018.
Chevy recently partnered with John Deere at its world headquarters in Moline, Ill., to show off its newest version of the Heavy Duty Silverado pickup.

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