Strategies & Innovations
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.
Saskatoon, SK – An inexpensive Swedish invention, known as a biobed, uses bioremediation, or the breaking down of pesticide waste to keep it out of ground water, wetlands, rivers and lakes. Western Producer reports. | READ MORE
Waterloo, Ont. – Costly water losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology, suggests new research from the University of Waterloo.
Assiniboine River, Man. – A new computer simulation tool being used to conduct a computer modelling project on Manitoba’s Assiniboine River Basin shows how healthier soils can reduce runoff on the landscape caused by flooding. Alberta Farmer reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles, CA – The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is the grand prize winner of the $1.75M Water Abundance Xprize, a two-year competition aimed at alleviating the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air.
Santa Fe, NM – Water conservationists and a Native American women's advocacy group believe mushrooms may hold the key to a solution to a massive, decades-old underground plume of toxic chromium that likely has spread from property owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory to San Ildefonso Pueblo land. The New Observer reports. | READ MORE
The Rural Water Supply Network aims to promote skills and knowledge of water well drilling and its management through videos, webinars, blogs and online working groups.
San Antonio, TX – Southwest Research Institute scientists in Texas are investigating using the latest remote-sensing technology to assess groundwater recharge more accurately.
California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a Stanford University study published in the journal Science. The study considers other countries such as Canada that recognize indigenous community water rights. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Santa Cruz, CA – A new study shows how collecting storm-water runoff to replenish depleted ground water supplies can be coupled with a simple strategy to reduce nitrate contaminants.
Sudbury, Ont. – The Canadian government has invested in a water filtration system made by Activated White Ltd. of Sudbury, Ont.
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