Water Issues

Berkeley County, SC – Google's data centre in Berkeley County, S.C., needed more water for cooling, and South Carolina just granted permission for the search giant to pump up to 549 million gallons of ground water every year to cover that need. PC reports. | READ MORE
Gimli, Man. – A wetland property along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg in the Rural Municipality of Gimli is the latest to be purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Ottawa – Carleton University researchers have received more than $200,000 in combined funding for work that will help prevent the contamination of ground water and improve the healthy behaviour of Canadians.
Antigonish, N.S. – Three levels of government have announced funding to support improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure in the municipalities of Antigonish, Colchester and Richmond in Nova Scotia.
Regina – Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency is generally expecting below normal snowmelt runoff in the far north, near normal snowmelt runoff over central areas of the province, and below normal snowmelt runoff over much of southern Saskatchewan, according to the agency's recently released spring runoff forecast for 2019.
Nova Scotia – Rising oceans are having an impact on the Atlantic region, where government, scientists and others are working to track change and mitigate damage. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles, CA – New and emerging contaminants like antibiotic-resistant genes pose a potential hazard to public safety and water security. According to a new study, one concern is the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes through the water system and an increase in development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – A new, more streamlined system of well water testing rolling out in January may encourage people in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area of Ontario to test water more often. The system is called WISE, which stands for "Web-based, Interactive, System for your Evidence-based decision making." CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Hamilton, Ont. – The City of Hamilton, Ont., says it will have a fix in place to stop perfluorooctane sulfonate, a now-banned chemical once found in firefighting foam, from leaking into the water and soil around the city's airport by the end of the September. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Transport Canada is safeguarding wild and free-flowing rivers of significant ecological and cultural value based on World Wildlife Fund Canada recommendations.
Shawnigan Lake, B.C. – The B.C. government says contaminated soil in a landfill near Shawnigan Lake, B.C.'s water supply will not be removed, much to the dismay of local residents who are concerned the contaminated soil is "leaching" into underground water supplies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Governments at all levels must figure out how to mitigate the costly impact of flooding and that strategy should include updating flood plain maps across Canada, experts say. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
While British Columbia’s ground water industry was celebrating the new Water Sustainability Act, the announcement in March 2015 of proposed water rental rates – in force as of Feb. 29, 2016 – got members of the public hot under the collar.
Davis, CA – A University of California Davis study suggests the state was able to trim per capita water consumption by 10 per cent over a decade using watering restrictions and public policy. It also indicates Canada's price of water is among the lowest in the world and its consumption is among the highest, The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
July 17, 2015, Victoria, B.C. – The B.C. government announced plans this week to re-examine new legislation that would, for the first time, regulate ground water use in the province. Deborah Curran, the Hakai professor in environmental law and sustainability at the University of Victoria, spoke with The Globe and Mail about the issue this week. | READ MORE
Guinea – Water for Life, a major project of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, has now crossed into Guinea, with plans to build at least five water wells in the country. UM News reports. | READ MORE
Africa, Asia and the Middle East – Ten Turkish institutions have established 8,842 water wells around the world so far, according to the data obtained by Anadolu Agency. | READ MORE
Thrissur, India – A 36-foot-deep well with a radius of 4.5 metres that was once the only source of water for a city in India has been revived. India Live Today reports. | READ MORE

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