Feb. 22, 2018, St. Catharines, Ont. – Ground water supplying the homes of Niagara residents is highly vulnerable to contamination, a special projects supervisor for Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority told a regional health committee meeting in connection with a Drinking Water Source Protection Act study. The St. Catharines Standard reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 4, 2018, Cape Town - Ground water has become the unspoken fallback for Capetonians as Day Zero draws near. However, even borehole and well-point water has a finite supply and limitations, and exhausting this supply could have devastating consequences for the environment. IOL reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 24, 2018, Chatham, Ont. – A Chatham, Ont.,couple whose family has been without clean well water since wind turbine construction began more than six months ago is coming forward with test results that indicate a drastic increase in Kettle Point Black Shale particles. The Chatham Voice reports. | READ MORE
Fox Creek, Alta. – A new study shows fluid buildup, not injection rate, triggered hundreds of temblors around Fox Creek, Alta. Science News reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 10, 2018, Delta, B.C. – Results from test well pumping at Diefenbaker Park in Delta, B.C., indicate there isn’t enough available potable ground water to build an emergency well should there be a significant disruption to Delta’s water distribution system, such as a major seismic event. The Delta Optimist reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 4, 2018, San Francisco, CA – A grocery co-operative in San Francisco is selling so-called “raw water” – unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water – bottled and marketed by a small company called Live Water. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total dissolved solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye.
Dec. 28, 2017, Hyannis, MA – Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, says an attorney for the town of Barnstable, Mass. Cape Cod Times reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 4, 2017, Toronto – On Dec. 1, the minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, announced Canada will invest $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection, in the 2017 budget.
Nov. 29, 2017, Durham, NC – A new U.S. report based on findings from the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum at Duke University last May and June recommends making simultaneously rising aquifers and a growing economy a new goal toward ground water sustainability.
Alberta – A longtime lawyer for landowners is warning something needs to change or else Albertans could be stuck with an $8-billion environmental cleanup of abandoned oil wells. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 27, 2017, New York – The public’s exposure to arsenic, a naturally occurring chemical element linked to cancer and birth defects, declined after U.S. regulators tightened restrictions on the amount of arsenic allowed in drinking water, a recent study suggests. Business Insider/Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 17, 2018, 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
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.
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
Dec. 19, 2017, 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.
Nov. 30, 2017, 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.
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
Jan. 29, 2018, 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
Jan. 24, 2018, 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.
Jan. 10, 2018, 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.
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.
Feb. 23, 2018 – 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.
Feb. 8, 2018 – 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.
Feb. 8, 2018 – 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.
Nov. 29, 2017 – Stinger Water Well and White Water lines of compounds are designed specifically for water-well drillers to perform well under a variety of temperatures and environmentally sensitive conditions.
Nov. 28, 2017 – Merrill Manufacturing Company has a new line of no-lead bronze extra-long insert couplings designed to provide easy fixes for cut or broken poly pipe.
Nov. 21, 2017 – Franklin Electric will have on display its MagForce permanent magnet motor and welcome a water-well contractor to discuss its features at the company’s booth during Groundwater Week in December.
Nov. 21, 2017 – Well Manager, a water-well system for low yield wells, is designed to help residents manage their water supply and keep it constant during periods of heavy use such as the winter and holiday season.
Nov. 14, 2017 – Little Beaver recently introduced a planetary reduction gearbox for its Big Beaver and Big Beaver XL drills.
Jan. 11, 2018, Calgary – CIPHEx West and BuildEx will co-locate in Calgary in November 2018.
Jan. 3, 2018 – The motto of Blaine Matuga’s company, Central Interior Pumps of Kamloops, B.C., really says it all: “We’re protectors of ground water.”
Jan. 3, 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.
Jan. 3, 2018 – In part 2 of her look at apprenticeship programs, Carolyn Camilleri explores where they exist, where they don’t and the value they hold for the ground water industry.
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

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