Undercutting is still an issue in the water well drilling industry
Toronto – A new, free resource, Canada's Arctic Marine Atlas, provides an overview of how humans and wildlife are faring in this changing environment.
Winnipeg – Within the area of Winnipeg now bounded by the Perimeter Highway, there were once 16 major streams and 20 small creeks or coulees that carried water when fed by heavy rains or spring melt. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – In an analysis piece, Alex Ballingall questions whether or not the federal government’s $2-billion push to bring clean water to all First Nations by March 2021 is going to go far enough to remove an inequity that has put the health and quality of life of thousands at risk. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
North Bay, Ont. – The Department of National Defense says it has debunked fears that its use of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) at CFB North Bay caused widespread pollution of drinking wells. Bay Today reports. | READ MORE
Turtleford, Sask. – The Saskatchewan farming family that owns the land where salt water leaked from a Husky Energy line says the company is "underplaying" the damage to soil and vegetation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Eastern Ontario – A hot summer with a lack of rain has taken its toll on water levels in eastern Ontario, prompting local authorities to urge some well users to conserve water. OttawaMatters.com reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – In a letter report to the governments of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission makes five recommendations urging actions to keep flame retardants such as PBDE from entering the waters of the Great Lakes.
Dartmouth, N.S. – A group of 55 high school and university students are nurturing Nova Scotia’s clean environment and economy this summer, thanks to a leadership program administered by the Clean Foundation in Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Tribune reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released its toxicology report on four different PFAS chemicals. The report suggests human health risks can occur at levels significantly lower than current federal government recommendations, reports the National Ground Water Association. | READ MORE
Reston, VA – Water use across the United States reached its lowest recorded level in 45 years in 2015, indicates a new report from the United States Geological Survey.
New Brunswick – According to some scientists and conservationists, tree-shorn areas in New Brunswick contributed to the record flooding along the St. John River this spring and may be affecting ground water there and in other areas of Canada. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Exeter, NH – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on June 25 in Exeter, N.H., as a followup to its PFAS National Leadership Summit held in May. The National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
This column is both hard and easy to write.
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
Newport, RI – A ground-source geothermal system has been installed at The Breakers, the former summer home of the Vanderbilt family in Newport, Rhode Island, in order to stabilize humidity and reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
Iran – In a new study of geothermal heat pumps published in The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, systems using ammonia (R717) or n-butane (R600) were found to be more efficient than those employing R22 or R134, as well as more economical. Hydrocarbons21 reports. | READ MORE
Irving, TX – The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. has created two groups as part of its Building and Construction Division: the Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee and the Geothermal Steering Committee.
Moncton, N.B. – The federal government will invest almost $51 million to help New Brunswickers make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, businesses, and industrial operations.
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.
The Rural Water Supply Network aims to promote skills and knowledge of water well drilling and its management through videos, webinars, blogs and online working groups.
San Antonio, TX – Southwest Research Institute scientists in Texas are investigating using the latest remote-sensing technology to assess groundwater recharge more accurately.
Houston, TX – Scientists from Rice University in Texas are developing technology to remove contaminants from water – but only as many as necessary. Technologynetworks.com reports. | READ MORE
California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a Stanford University study published in the journal Science. The study considers other countries such as Canada that recognize indigenous community water rights. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Santa Cruz, CA – A new study shows how collecting storm-water runoff to replenish depleted ground water supplies can be coupled with a simple strategy to reduce nitrate contaminants.
Waterloo, Ont. – Progress on new artificial intelligence technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health, suggest researchers at the University of Waterloo.
Cambridge, MA – Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that small water basins formed in humid climates are heavily shaped by the local ground water, which acts to carve out shorter, wider basins. MIT News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The guidance document Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environment and Human Health: Zinc is now posted on the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment website. | READ MORE
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health has published a fact sheet that provides answers to questions about methane in drinking water. The document, in web and PDF formats, explains what methane is, how it can enter ground water, how it can affect your health and what you can do to prevent or reduce exposure to it. | READ MORE
The drilling of a well is a welcomed act for many people as it provides the necessity of water for their home or cottage. In Canada we are fortunate to have an abundance of ground water that can provide a reliable, year-round source of water for many municipalities and rural owners.
Sudbury, Ont. – The Canadian government has invested in a water filtration system made by Activated White Ltd. of Sudbury, Ont.
Salt Lake City, UT – Researchers from the University of Utah, Columbia University and Ecuador have published a study analyzing how contaminants – including bacteria and viruses – move through ground water and how decorative nanoscience could help water managers better prepare for and respond to outbreaks caused by rain and floods. University of Utah News reports. | READ MORE
Small-diameter SlimJim Electric Pump Systems, manufactured by manufactured by Q.E.D. Environmental Systems Inc., provide flows up to 30 gallons per minute in smaller risers without a control panel.
Franklin Electric has developed a cast iron Sacrificial Anode Kit to provide added protection against corrosion of four-inch Franklin Electric submersible motors.
The HYCAT autonomous surface vehicle is the newest component in the Xylem brand’s autonomous and remote vehicle monitoring systems.
ChemGrout's Geotech Series grout pumps handle a wide variety of materials, including neat cement, high ratio sand/cement, bentonites and non-shrink grout.
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK – Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has released two larger models of process pumps for industrial, environmental and food industry applications
Ability Pump & Equipment of Calgary is the first Canadian supplier of the Universal Hydrant Boot, manufactured by Davis UHB. The Boot is designed to be installed on the bottom of a yard hydrant, eliminating the need to use gravel to install a yard hydrant.
Georgetown, Ont. – Solinst Canada has released the LevelVent, a vented version of its Levelogger water level and temperature datalogger that shares many of the Levelogger's features, but does not require a Barologger.
New from Heron Instruments is the dipper-See Examiner. The company is taking pre-orders for its vertical down-hole inspection camera.
Franklin Electric recently introduced the Inline 1100 SpecPAK pressure-boosting system to provide a simplified way to select a packaged system for boosting water pressure in applications requiring more than one pump.
The Snap Sampler system from QED Environmental Systems is designed to provide high sampling accuracy while reducing sampling program costs.
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.
Not many people can say they have drilled in every province in Canada over more than 70 years, yet that was the case with Lewis Hopper.
The weather – that favourite Canadian conversation topic – is more than idle chatter when you work outside 12 months of the year. Whether it’s January’s arctic chill or July’s scorching heat, blizzard conditions or torrential downpours, weather-related hazards are common issues.
Ottawa – The federal government has helped secure new, separate and voluntary commitments from three payment card networks that will lead to lower costs for small and medium-sized businesses.
Quiet. That word describes, perfectly, the new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel just introduced by Ford. I’ve driven it, stood beside it while idling and floored it uphill while towing – it is eerily quiet.
Many people think of customer service as a department. My belief is that customer service is a philosophy, not a department. It should be embraced by every employee, regardless of their job and how long they’ve been there.
When Ground Water Canada talked with Friesen Drillers in 2003, it became clear the Manitoba company was rooted in innovation and a strong work ethic, and growing – even after 100-plus years.
This column was conceived while sitting in view of the lake at our cottage association’s annual meeting, amid a relaxing, warm June breeze.
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
Atlantic Ground Water Association Fall Convention
September 27-29, 2018
siwłkʷ Environmental Flow Needs Conference
October 17-18, 2018
Communication Strategies for Water Professionals Seminar
October 23, 2018
World Water-Tech North America
October 24-25, 2018
GSA Annual Meeting
November 4-7, 2018