Industry News
Waterloo, ON – Researchers at the University of Waterloo have invented a fast, affordable way for developing communities to test their drinking water for potentially deadly E. coli using paper strips similar to those used in litmus tests.
Chatfield, MN – Kernza, an intermediate wheatgrass, is being tested by the City of Chatfield, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Rural Water Association to determine if it is a viable tool in the effort to protect the local water supply. The Post Bulletin reports. | READ MORE
St. Marys, Ont. – Epiroc (formerly Atlas Copco) will be showcasing the DB 40 in action at Hopper Well Drilling in St. Marys, Ont.
Toronto – A Canadian Water Quality Association survey of water treatment technicians, well drillers, pump mechanics, plumbers, environmental engineers, professional trades educators and other professionals suggests the water treatment market is valuable and plenty of potential for those looking to enter it.
Florida – With Hurricane Irma expected to unleash destructive winds and flooding rain in Florida, University of Toronto’s Fadi Masoud talks about the dangers ahead, including increases in sea level contributing to increases in regional ground water elevations and saltwater intrusion. U of T News reports. | READ MORE
Benin, Africa – The $771,715 Cdn grant to Umalia Inc. and Technologies Ecofixe runs from 2017 to 2020 and will allow the two Montreal-area companies to complete a water purification project they began in the community of Sô-Ava in 2014.
The value of a business depends on what the market is willing to pay for it at any given time. Values depend on the industry, buyer interest and willingness to transact, and the state of the economy.
Minnesota – A study conducted by data-analysis firm Orb and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health tested tap water samples from around the world and found that 83 per cent of the samples contained plastic microfibres.
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.
Texas – Hurricane Harvey left hundreds of communities in southeast Texas without safe drinking water. At least 45 water systems are shut down, and 171 areas have issued boil water notices. But Houston is not on that list, despite significant flooding at one of its water plants. CBS News reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – To celebrate today, Protect Your Groundwater Day, the National Ground Water Association outlines two key actions well owners can take to protect ground water: make sure there is a proper well cap on top of the well, and make sure any abandoned wells or boreholes on their property are properly plugged.
Keno City, Yukon – A study of ground water sources in Keno City, Yukon, has concluded that the water, for the most part, is very mineralized and contains concentrations of metals including uranium and arsenic that exceed drinking water quality guidelines. Yukon News reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – Precision Drilling, based in Calgary, has given US$50,000 to the American Red Cross and will match even more funds donated by employees for a total possible donation of $150,000. The company says dozens of its employees have been hit by the destruction wrought by hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding region. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Salmon Arm, B.C. – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations says the Salmon River is at a drought 3 level, with 4 being the worst possible rating. One challenge for the watershed is agricultural activity, with users drawing from both surface water and wells. The Salmon Arm Observer reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH –Groundwater Week comes to Nashville, Tenn., Dec.5-7, and will again feature diverse educational programming taught by leading industry experts, hundreds of exhibitors under one roof, and the opportunity to meet professionals from around the globe.
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