Colleen Cross

Colleen Cross

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California – More than 55,000 Californians are exposed to drinking water that exceeds federal safety standards for arsenic, a known carcinogen, but the state is failing to adequately warn them of the risks, according to a report released Monday by an environmental watchdog group. Takepart reports. | READ MORE
Drilling for ground water is more than a day-to-day business. It’s a responsibility and a chance to help sustain our environment and the human lives that depend on its health.
While British Columbia’s ground water industry was celebrating the new Water Sustainability Act, the announcement in March 2015 of proposed water rental rates – in force as of Feb. 29, 2016 – got members of the public hot under the collar.
Being a rural Canadian can sometimes feel a bit like being a second-class citizen.
Waterloo – Researchers behind a new report into the preparedness of Ontario communities to handle severe flooding are calling for Public Safety Canada to increase funding and provide enforceable standards for flood risk management in Canada.  
Washington, D.C. – A study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests future upper Colorado River basin recharge may be greater than the historical average in most decades. This increase, a result of projected increases in precipitation, may offset reductions in recharge caused by increased temperatures, the journal said in a news release.
The Rural Water Sustainability Network, in collaboration with UNICEF, Skat Foundation and WaterAid, is hosting a three-week e-discussion on international ground water regulation from June 27 to July 17.
The Canadian Ground Water Conference and Expo served as a reminder that drilling for ground water is more than just a day-to-day business. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity to help sustain our environment and the human lives that depend on its health.
Jordan Rogers is fulfilling every child’s – heck, every adult’s – fantasy. When his company, Valley Well Drillers in Waterville, N.S., is not drilling for water, it goes in search of something else. Gold, that is – Atlantic treasure!
I’m hearing from the industry about a general decline in the number of water wells being drilled compared with the volume of yesteryear.
The breathtaking Coast Mountains and the long-awaited coming into force of the Water Sustainability Act and regulations provided a memorable backdrop to the 2016 British Columbia Ground Water Association (BCGWA) conference, trade show and annual general meeting.
Many water well drilling businesses say they have trouble attracting quality, long-term employees, a problem faced by other skilled trades and industries across Canada.
Calgary – City of Calgary councillors say it’s time for the provincial government to enforce the polluter pay principle after a new analysis of the CalgaryNEXT proposal shows it would cost as much as $140 million to clean-up contaminated land in the city's West Village. | The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A budding Toronto company founded by two high school students aims to sell clothing with the purpose of providing developing countries with sustainable sources of water. Techvibes reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – The National Ground Water Association provides a wealth of educational material to help contractors and well owners keep on top of best practices. Here we share a few useful links to educational tools and videos from the association and other ground water related organizations.
Prince George, B.C. – Preliminary results of GeoScience BC's airborne electromagnetic survey on ground water sources completed last summer in the Peace Region suggest some communities will likely be able to add a domestic well with the ground water of high enough quality to drink. Energetic City reports. | READ MORE
Canmore, Alta. – Realtors who sell Canadian resort properties say the low Canadian dollar is spurring interest from American buyers who are looking to pick up cheap vacation homes north of the border. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Pembina Valley, Man. – The Pembina Valley Conservation District recently sealed a well at a local community centre, one of more than 1,300 wells sealed so far. Manitoba Co-operator reports. | READ MORE
With climate change finally taking its rightful place at the centre of world attention, and closely related ground water issues joining it, well drillers have an increasingly important role to play in educating the public about this precious resource.
Surrey, B.C. – Engineer Ray Roussy has patented a new sonic pile-anchor that allows a building to rest on top as well as be bolted and anchored to it.
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