Research

Durham, NC – A new study that combines measurements from nearly 1,400 drinking water wells across North Carolina estimates that more than half of the wells contain levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium in excess of state safety standards.
No well driller wants to encounter a water well that produces gas. Besides the danger associated with gas production, which may be flammable or explosive, problems can also arise with gas locking of pumps and/or pressure tanks.
Researchers at the UI and Iowa Geological Survey developed an interactive database that displays approximately 100,000 private wells across Iowa to inform well-drillers and property managers about geology and water contaminants. The Daily Iowan reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The Canadian Hydronics Conference will showcase hydronics education, products and systems.
Guelph, Ont. – Two papers by researchers at the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research at the University of Guelph in Ontario, are among the top 20 most read articles of 2017-18 in the journal Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation.
Toronto – Three citizen science water quality monitoring hubs are now testing the water and sharing water quality results with swimmers and boaters on the Great Lakes through Swim Guide, a free app and website. 
A study by hydrologist Inge de Graaf from the University of Freiburg in Germany in co-operation with the University of Victoria and other institutes, indicates that almost 20 per cent of the catchment areas where ground water is pumped suffer from a flow of streams and rivers that is too low to sustain their freshwater ecosystems. SciTech Daily reports. | READ MORE
SkyTEM has mapped 1,000,000 kilometres of the Earth – equivalent to almost 25 trips around the world – and collected and delivered more than one million kilometres of airborne electromagnetic data.
Vancouver – Geoscience BC has launched a new project to assess the potential amplification of ground movement associated with earthquakes generated by hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection in an area around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek in northeast British Columbia.
Sydney, Australia – Ground water exploration can be achieved at much lower cost and with less invasive procedures thanks to a new passive technique using existing Earth and atmospheric tidal data being championed by engineers in Australia. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Reston, VA – A recent update to an assessment of trends in ground water supply, including an easy-to-use interactive map, has been announced by the U.S. Geological Survey to help professionals identify emerging problems. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
Cambridge, MA – Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that small water basins formed in humid climates are heavily shaped by the local ground water, which acts to carve out shorter, wider basins. MIT News reports. | READ MORE
Chatham-Kent, Ont. – A resident in Ontario's former Chatham Township whose well has been contaminated with pump-clogging sediment since turbine construction began around his property is now dealing with gases bubbling up his well casing when he turns his pump on. The Chatham Voice reports. | READ MORE
Iowa – University of Iowa researchers have found that a state-funded program for testing private wells suffers from “severe underutilization." In recent years counties have left unspent as much as 55 per cent of the total funding allocated each year for counties to test residents’ wells for certain kinds of contaminants. Iowa Public Radio reports. | READ MORE
Urbana-Champaign, IL – A new study has identified microplastic fibres, along with a variety of medicines and household contaminants, in two fractured limestone aquifer systems in Illinois.
Bacterial water contamination is a serious issue that has ramifications for human health. The importance of a health-unit water test cannot be overstated as it can identify potential for illness due to bacteria present in water.
University Park, PA – Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists at Penn State University.
Houston, TX – Scientists from Rice University in Texas are developing technology to remove contaminants from water – but only as many as necessary. Technologynetworks.com reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – New technology developed by engineers at the University of Alberta shows potential in cleaning and decontaminating process water from oilsands production. Folio reports. | READ MORE
WSP Canada Group Ltd. has won a prestigious award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-British Columbia for its work in developing an innovative solution for safe water in remote communities. Journal of Commerce reports. | READ MORE
Saskatoon, Sask. – Drinking water resources must be monitored long-term for potential contamination, not only from fracking but also from conventional oil and gas production, suggests a study published in the journal Groundwater by hydrogeologists from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Arizona. | READ MORE
Texas – University of Texas research on managed aquifer storage suggests coastal aquifers have enough space to store two-thirds of the water from high-flow events from 10 Texas rivers, reducing the impacts of both floods and droughts – if scientists can figure out a way to get the excess water into them. Ensia reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – The Networks of Centres of Excellence will provide $1.6 million over four years to a UBC-led clean water research program as part of $92 million in new funding to help researchers solve current issues and transfer knowledge to practice for end-users.
Watson Lake, Yukon – An atmospheric water generator created by a Calgary company is being used by the Liard First Nation in Yukon to gather moisture from the air like a dehumidifier, then purify it for drinking by using UV light. CBC News reports. | READ MORE

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