Strategies & Innovations
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
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.
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