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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
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
Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking for feedback through a survey on pilot testing of its new Health and Safety Checklist by Sept. 6, 2015.
Drill-rig safety is one of the most important aspects of water well and geothermal drilling in Canada. By instituting a few key best practices, such as keeping open the lines of communication, and being aware of the technologies geared to safety, drilling companies can make their jobsites safer places to work.
Scrolling through the Aardvark Drilling social media sites – Twitter and Facebook – tells you something about this Guelph-based company. Posts highlighting St. Patrick’s Day, PiDay, and the International Day of Happiness mingle with soft-sell promotion and client-feedback invitations.
Feb. 11, 2015, Calgary, Alta. – A new study is underway at the University of Calgary to determine whether Alberta's well water is actually safe, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
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. Chris O’Shea, business advisor with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services, shared his best tips and practices on how well-drilling businesses can effectively use these tools to turn your target market into repeat customers.
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
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
California – With a June 30 deadline approaching, agencies, farmers and others in affected California groundwater basins are working to finalize the formation of locally controlled ground water sustainability agencies, which are required under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Ag Alert reports. | READ MORE
This year, the British Columbia Ground Water Association, in partnership with GeoExchange BC, is endeavouring to update the BC Ground Water Protection Regulation Handbook to reflect the changes to the Groundwater Protection Regulation.
Simcoe, Ont. – The public works department of Norfolk County in Ontario will work with affected property owners now that the county has a source-water protection plan in place. The first order of business is examining active and abandoned water, gas and oil wells in the Delhi, Ont., area. The Simcoe Reformer reports. | READ MORE
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island will hold water act public consultations in seven communities beginning in October, says Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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.
The motto of Blaine Matuga’s company, Central Interior Pumps of Kamloops, B.C., really says it all: “We’re protectors of ground water.”
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.
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).
Who says installing pumps can’t look like Mission Impossible? From a young age, helicopters were a passion Mike Lamont was not ready to give up.
Gord Bailey was born to teach, but he didn’t always know it.
Toronto – Being “human” will ensure resiliency in an era of technological disruption, and skills mobility will become a new competitive advantage, says a new research paper from RBC.
Edmonton – With the retirement of thousands of tradespeople looming through the middle of the next decade, Alberta's oil and gas sector could soon face new shortages for skilled labour, reigniting calls for more people to enlist in the trades to help fill the future gap. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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.
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.
Ottawa – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a two-day workshop on apprenticeship technical training in Ottawa in October.
What does it mean to be a customer-centric business?
This column was conceived while sitting in view of the lake at our cottage association’s annual meeting, amid a relaxing, warm June breeze.
Calgary – CIPHEx West will feature a program of seminars led by experts from across North America.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is seeking proposals for conference presentations, workshops, technical sessions, poster presentations and field trips at Groundwater Week Dec. 3-6, 2018.
Calgary – CIPHEx West and BuildEx will co-locate in Calgary in November 2018.
Victoria – GeoExchange BC recently welcomed Maria Nguyen to the Aquifer & Watershed Science team in Victoria.
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.

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