Water Issues

Guelph, Ont. – The City of Guelph has signed an agreement to provide Nestlé Waters Canada with access to analysis from its science-based ground water flow model through a consultant. Guelph Today reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Alberta’s municipal governments need to be more careful about allowing prime farmland to be gobbled up for residential and industrial use, according to a new report out of the University of Alberta. Folio reports. | READ MORE
Fox Creek, Alta. – A new study shows fluid buildup, not injection rate, triggered hundreds of temblors around Fox Creek, Alta. Science News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – A quarter of Quebec homeowners said they experienced considerable issues within the first five years of purchasing their home, including water issues, according to a new survey by Léger, conducted on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.
Dec. 4, 2017, Toronto – On Dec. 1, the minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, announced Canada will invest $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection, in the 2017 budget.
Halifax – Lakes damaged by acid rain are coming back to life in Nova Scotia faster than anyone expected, and the recovery has added expenses for Halifax Water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Denmark – Denmark is facing a historic pollution case as it has been revealed that every 10th test sample taken from almost 1,700 wells reveals a level of pesticide residue that is considered too high. CPH Post Online reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – This week, during the comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-evaluation of its Lead and Copper Rule, two congresswomen encouraged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to overhaul the regulation to require full replacement of all lead service lines nationwide.
Calgary – Alberta has issued an environmental protection order against Sears Canada and the company that now operates its former North Hill mall location, due to soil and ground water contamination from a former gas station’s underground storage tank at the site more than 30 years ago. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
British Columbia – A team of scientists will review the impact hydraulic fracturing has on water and air safety in B.C., as well as the industry's connection to earthquakes in the northeast of the province. A report is expected by the end of 2018. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 4, 2018, Cape Town - Ground water has become the unspoken fallback for Capetonians as Day Zero draws near. However, even borehole and well-point water has a finite supply and limitations, and exhausting this supply could have devastating consequences for the environment. IOL reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 28, 2017, Hyannis, MA – Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, says an attorney for the town of Barnstable, Mass. Cape Cod Times 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
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
Colorado Springs, CO – A Christian organization is pursuing the key group it believes can play a major role in bringing two kinds of life-giving fresh water to those in need — millennials. ChristanNewsWire reports. | READ MORE

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