Research

Recent Canadian and U.S. studies suggest that a maximum acceptable concentration for manganese in drinking water should be set to protect children from manganese neurotoxicity, according to the journal Environment International. The risk analysis is meant to guide decision-makers responsible for developing these standards. Science Direct reports. | READ MORE
Outreach efforts by J.B. Wilson and Son Well Drilling, the University of Windsor and Fleming College are giving post-secondary science students who may someday work as consultants a taste of what’s involved in drilling a water well and encouraging high school students to seriously consider a career in drilling.
In my 20 years of experience in the field of water quality, I have heard many perceptions expressed by people regarding the water at their home or cottage. Some of these beliefs are inaccurate.
Few people in Canada have thought more deeply about ground water than Dr. Alfonso Rivera, the Chief Hydrogeologist of the Geological Survey of Canada. Dr. Rivera shared with us his thoughts on the past, present and future of ground water.
Surrey, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a new course to meet the strong demand for qualified workers to maintain the network that safely delivers water to homes and businesses.
The International Association of Hydrogeologists has added an education section to its website aimed at two audiences: the general public, and students and professionals.
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
Peace Region, B.C. – Geoscience BC has published the final report on a project that acquired, interpreted and shared new baseline scientific information about ground water resources in the Peace region of northeastern British Columbia.
Madison, WI – Supported by funding from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, researchers are addressing the question of how much ground water is being used by trees — and how the changing levels of available ground water may be affecting the trees’ growth over time. University of Wisconsin-Madison News 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
Waterloo, Ont. – Progress on new artificial intelligence technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health, suggest researchers at the University of Waterloo.
Hyannis, MA – Scientists working on a research project on Cape Cod to study contaminants in drinking water updated the community recently in Hyannis. The project aims to understand how the contaminants, or PFASs, impact the public through well water, determine where they are coming from and find ways to limit exposure. CapeCod.com reports. | 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
Memphis, TN – A Lowe’s store is about to sell 300 plastic buckets to the University of Memphis that are part of a much broader effort by the university to map breaches in the aquifers that hold Memphis' ground water. The Daily Memphian reports. | READ MORE
Kelowna, B.C. – Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a novel, low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water samples. Kelowna Captial News reports. | READ MORE
Hamilton, Ont. – A new study by the United Nations University compares for the first time the effectiveness and costs of different technologies designed to remove poisonous arsenic from ground water.

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