Water Issues

Reston, VA – Water use across the United States reached its lowest recorded level in 45 years in 2015, indicates a new report from the United States Geological Survey.
New Brunswick – According to some scientists and conservationists, tree-shorn areas in New Brunswick contributed to the record flooding along the St. John River this spring and may be affecting ground water there and in other areas of Canada. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Carpinteria, CA – Carpinteria Valley Water District in California is poised to vote on whether to conduct environmental studies on a project that would take wastewater treated at Carpinteria Sanitary District and pump it into the valley's ground water basin. CoastalView.com reports. | READ MORE
Waterloo, Ont. – The findings of an expert panel appointed to conduct a national review of contaminants in municipal wastewater are available in a new report, which will be presented to municipal water leaders at Blue Cities 2018.
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.
Westerville, OH – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released its toxicology report on four different PFAS chemicals. The report suggests human health risks can occur at levels significantly lower than current federal government recommendations, reports the National Ground Water Association. | READ MORE
Exeter, NH – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on June 25 in Exeter, N.H., as a followup to its PFAS National Leadership Summit held in May. The National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The country's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Cavendish, P.E.I. – If it wasn’t for a single rainfall event, Robert K. Irving, the president of Cavendish Farms, says the 2017 potato growing season could have been a disaster. Irving is touting the use of supplemental irrigation when rainfall isn’t enough. The Charlottetown Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing more than $594 million over the next decade in shared funding for infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The federal government is providing a total of over $445 million, up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures. The projects supported through this agreement will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners, according to a news release by Infrastructure Canada. This higher cost share takes into consideration the unique challenges faced by the territories. Indigenous recipients can use additional federal funding from other sources to a maximum federal contribution of 100 per cent on projects, the release said.Among the funding is $207,065,850 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; increased access to potable water; increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants; increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water; increased structural and natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events. The territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners will contribute $69,021,950 in funding.
Guelph, Ont. – Canadian-based environmental protection and remediation company Current Water Technologies, Inc., has received a contract to install and demonstrate its patented ammonia treatment system, which is designed to work under adverse site conditions such as near freezing wastewater, at an active Canadian mining site. Global Mining Review 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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