British Columbia – Veteran water well driller David Slade encourages B.C. farmers and ranchers who are well owners to have their wells licensed as a way to protect their rights and give regulators vital information about ground water mapping and use. Read his opinion piece in the Cowichan Valley Citizen. | READ MORE
Sioux Falls, SD – Officials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are grappling with well shutdowns as the extent of the city's water contamination from decades of firefighting foam use remains unclear. The Argus Leaders reports. | READ MORE
Armenia, WI – Rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Hampshire are concerned about a growing water crisis tied to industrial farms and slack regulations that has tainted residential wells, and made water quality and contamination election-year issues. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Dungannon, Ont. – The reeve of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh in Ontario says the municipality will have to make a tough decision next July regarding the arsenic levels in well water in the Dungannon area. | Blackburn News reports. | READ MORE
Nova Scotia – Rising oceans are having an impact on the Atlantic region, where government, scientists and others are working to track change and mitigate damage. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
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.
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
Vancouver – GeoExchangeBC has shared with its members information provided by the B.C. government related to the Water Sustainability Act and regulations that are relevant to the geoexchange industry. GeoExchangeBC 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
Assiniboine River, Man. – A new computer simulation tool being used to conduct a computer modelling project on Manitoba’s Assiniboine River Basin shows how healthier soils can reduce runoff on the landscape caused by flooding. Alberta Farmer reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles, CA – The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is the grand prize winner of the $1.75M Water Abundance Xprize, a two-year competition aimed at alleviating the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air.
Santa Fe, NM – Water conservationists and a Native American women's advocacy group believe mushrooms may hold the key to a solution to a massive, decades-old underground plume of toxic chromium that likely has spread from property owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory to San Ildefonso Pueblo land. The New Observer reports. | READ MORE
Reston, VA – A recent update to an assessment of trends in ground water supply, including an easy-to-use interactive map, has been announced by the U.S. Geological Survey to help professionals identify emerging problems. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
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
Canature WaterGroup announces the Aqua Flo High-Efficiency Reverse Osmosis (H.E.R.O.) system.
The Model 101D Water Level DrawDown Meter from Solinst Canada Ltd. indicates static water level, monitors falling hydraulic head and switches easily between water level and drawdown modes.
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.
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
Houston, TX – Fall protection and hazard communication top the list of violations shared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in October at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas.
Are you wondering what the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada may mean for your business? Marijuana in the Workplace: Best Practices for Your Company and Employee Expectations is a symposium for occupational health and safety leaders and decision makers across all industries that aims to tackle and break down that important question.
The Ontario Ground Water Association held their annual golf tournament and fundraiser on Sept. 21 at the Conestoga Golf and Conference Centre in Conestogo, Ont.
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

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