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Chilliwack, B.C. – Ninety-four per cent of Canadians currently employed say that workplace health, safety and mental well-being is important when choosing a job, according to an Angus Reid poll commissioned by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. 
If you’re one of the people experiencing extreme cold this week and you have to venture outside, the National Ground Water Association has shared a handy chart with tips for protecting yourself from the cold.
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 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.
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
Standardized procedures in an organized office cut down on lost time and money. In turn, this consistency increases client and employee confidence in a company’s ability to produce reliable work.
Vancouver – Testing for impairment from cannabis is no “magic bullet”. Rather, effective oversight, worker supervision and having an impairment-management program are key to navigating the post-legal-weed world. This was the message that Tom Brocklehurst, director of prevention practices and quality with WorkSafeBC in Richmond, B.C., delivered at the 2019 West­ern Conference on Safety in Vancouver. OHS Canada reports. | READ MORE
A customer's complaint may not be your fault, but it is an opportunity for your business to shine, writes customer service expert Shep Hyken.
Customer service expert Shep Hyken explains why it's important for workplace leaders to set a good example for those they lead.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business recently hosted a free webinar on how small businesses can pay bills and get paid more efficiently. The emphasis was on how Interac e-Transfers work and their benefits for businesses.
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.
Toronto – Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks has released an updated guide for municipal councillors to help them understand their responsibilities under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and provide them with information on how Ontario’s drinking water is safeguarded.
Ann Arbor, MI – The American National Standards for health effects of drinking water treatment chemicals (NSF/ANSI 60) and plumbing system components (NSF/ANSI 61) have been updated for the Canadian market and published as National Standards of Canada.
Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island's environment minister says the province will soon get their first look at some of the regulations to go with the province's Water Act. First to be dealt with will be regulations for well construction and municipal water systems, followed by regulations for high-capacity wells. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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
Red Williams Drilling Ltd. provides a range of services, including well drilling, water treatment, water delivery, and pump service, and covers an area of central Vancouver Island that stretches about 300 kilometres from the home base in Parksville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My visit to Hub Well Drilling Ltd. on a rainy September morning near Truro, N.S., begins with a tour around the business office, shop and storeroom, and a lively chat with owner and operator Brian Johnson.
Our fall edition showcased 10 fine young ground water professionals. Unfortunately finding great employees like those we featured seems harder and harder to do. It’s still the No. 1 challenge and threat to the water well industry.
Edmonton – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's online publication, Techlifetoday, examines how the skilled trades sector can topple barriers and create respectful and welcoming workplaces for women. | READ MORE
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.
Penticton, B.C. – The British Columbia Ground Water Association has announced its 2020 Convention and Trade Show will be held in Penticton, B.C., April 16 to 18, 2020. 
The Ontario Ground Water Association held its convention and annual general meeting in London, Ont., in March, electing as its new president Matt Wilson.
Langley, B.C. – Highlights of the British Columbia Ground Water Association’s annual convention included a two-day drillers course, a talk by McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer Gary Hix on adapting to changing markets and a panel on flowing artesian wells.
Westerville, OH – The U.S. National Ground Water Association is inviting contractors, scientists and engineers, manufacturers and suppliers to share their expertise with other professionals at Groundwater Week 2019, to take place Dec. 3-5, 2019, in Las Vegas. 
Groundwater Week welcomed more than 5,000 attendees and 286 exhibitors to Las Vegas for a unique opportunity to learn about their own and other facets of the industry, scope out new products and compare notes with their peers.
Las Vegas, NV – The National Ground Water Association has created this slideshow of highlights from Groundwater Week 2018. Get a glimpse of the speakers, award winners and the trade show floor.

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