Colleen Cross

Colleen Cross

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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.
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.
This column is both hard and easy to write. Hard because I’m looking back on the career of Lewis Hopper, a champion of Canadian water well drilling who is no longer with us. Easy because I’m looking forward to a new generation of the industry – and they are an inspiring bunch.
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.
Ontario’s new homeowner rebate program was front and centre and the mood was positive at the Ontario Geothermal Association’s 2018 conference and trade show, which featured speakers on many aspects of the geo-exchange industry.
Are you doing enough to sing your own praises? Knowing this modest, nose-to-the-grindstone industry, I suspect not. When I set out to look for industry professionals to interview or drilling businesses to follow on social media, I must say that sometimes you folks are tough to find!
Ever catch yourself shaking your head in frustration with a young person and saying, “Kids today…”
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.
Are you having trouble finding a few good people? It’s no secret that many of Canada’s trades need an injection of qualified and motivated workers. The ground water industry is no different.
State College, PA – A recent Pennsylvania State University study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products provides insight into the transport of emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and ground water, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.
As water-well drillers you have become very good at answering questions from well owners, friends, neighbours and the general public.
Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water recently released a report on lead in drinking water with an eye to updating the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Comments were taken from the public until March 15.
Dundas, Ont. – Heron Instruments recently welcomed David Mackie to its research and product development team.
Started by his father, Maurice, in 1964 under his own name, it quickly became M&M Drilling Rivers Ltd. (not to be confused with M&M Drilling of Alberta).
Let’s face it: nothing gets done on a job until the driller arrives.
SiLibeads glass beads are an alternative to gravel filtration and the brainchild of German company Sigmund Lindner.
As a water-well driller you have become good at answering questions from well owners, friends, neighbours and the general public.
Waterloo, Ont. – The Children's Water Education Council provides a slate of tools for educating students about the importance of water conservation, protection, technology and ecology – among them a list of children's ground water festivals.
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