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Marseille, France – The 8th World Water Forum hosted 120,000 citizens, including 12,000 delegates and experts, the largest in the event's history,
Washington, D.C. – Compared to other sectors, water infrastructure jobs pay well, do not demand as much formal education and provide high levels of on-the-job training and the chance to develop transferable skills, according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
In a 2011 story in Ground Water Canada, undercutting was identified as a big issue across the country. Back then, we were told by some in the industry that undercutters charge less because they need more work to make a living, because they are taking shortcuts, or because they don’t plan to be in the business over the long term and therefore don’t need to cover the future costs of replacing drilling equipment and vehicles.
In the previous article (Ground Water Canada, Spring 2018), I summarized the experiences of the private well owners in rural Chatham-Kent, Ont. In this article, I will present the relevant data, sampling challenges and the provincial policies as they relate to well interference.
Ottawa – Urban and rural housing starts are trending up from a year ago, according to reports from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Calgary – Ground water flooding from the Elbow River – as opposed to river flooding overland – caused significant damage to Calgary homes during the disastrous June 2013 flood, University of Calgary researchers say. | READ MORE
Toronto, Ont. – Hydrogeologist Peter Gray has been given the award of merit from the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Marinette, WI – New ground water contamination has been found near Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin, involving a group of chemicals that is raising concerns nationally about their effects on human health. The Journal Sentinel reports. | READ MORE
Steinbach, Man. – A spokesperson for Friesen Drillers in Steinbach, Man., says there could be a few reasons why one home in New Bothwell is suddenly unable to draw water from their well. Engineer Jeff Bell says it could be a coincidence that this is happening shortly after the town of Niverville started using its new water system. reports. | READ MORE
Osgoode, Ont. – The city-owned Springhill landfill in Osgoode, Ont., has been leaching garbage sludge into the ground water, and has cost the city millions of dollars as a result of a bad deal signed with a private company, the auditor general said Thursday. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory – The governments of Canada and Yukon will provide more than $2 million collectively to fund upgrades to the Watson Lake lagoon in the Yukon Territory under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
La Ronge, Sask. – The Town of La Ronge, Sask., is seeking legal advice after Transport Canada sent a letter denying any responsibility for ground water contamination through per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at its airport. La Ronge Now reports. | READ MORE
Basel, Switzerland – Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties, suggests new research from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg, Germany.
Harrietsfield, N.S. – After years of residents in Harrietsfield, N.S., pleading for clean drinking water, the Nova Scotia government has finally signed off on an order that will allow for a site assessment to determine the level of contamination at a former construction and demolition site. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Manitoba, North Dakota – Canadian and U.S. officials are negotiating an end to a 16-year legal battle over a Missouri River water project in North Dakota, though the state of Missouri also has a stake and isn't part of the discussions. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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