Water Issues

Sweden – Sweden is undergoing water shortages, with 2016 the driest year it has faced in 40 years. Since Autumn 2015, many parts of the country have had 100 to 200 millimetres less rain than usual.  Financial Express reports. | READ MORE
Rye Brook, NY – International water technology company Xylem today published its 2016 Sustainability Report, which outlines its progress in advancing solutions to international water and energy resource challenges.
Iqaluit, Nunavut – Iqaluit may face a water shortage within five years, owing to shifting seasons, faster warming in the Arctic than anywhere on Earth and a growing population. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Settling basins in the historic R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto are currently undergoing a multi-year, $22-million rehabilitation project – the first upgrade some have seen in more than 50 years. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Alberta and Northwest Territories – The United Nations World Heritage Committee is calling on Canada to implement an action plan to address environmental and water quality concerns at Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – There have been more than 1,000 hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta since January. But finding out what's happening in any region of the province, and assessing its potential impact on ground water, is next to impossible. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ancaster, Ont. – Arsenic levels in water at an iconic spring near Ancaster, Ont., are what they have always been but a new standard may cause the local conservation authority to shut it down. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
San Joaquin Valley, CA – Residents of towns in California's San Joaquin Valley are struggling with contaminated drinking water from community water systems and private wells. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
Stoney Creek, Ont. – A family in Stoney Creek, Ont., is appealing to the City of Hamilton to help with high sulphur and iron in their private water well since the City's roadwork required them to shift their supply from a shallow well in their driveway to a 30-metre well in their backyard. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
Chester, N.S. – Wells are running dry in the village of Chester, N.S., again this summer and some residents believe it's time for a municipal water system. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Charlottetown – The University of Prince Edward Island Climate Lab held a presentation at Holland College in Charlottetown to inform students and visitors about climate change, its local impact on ground water and what can be done to help. The Charlottetown Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Madison, WI – A new Canadian-led study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows they are getting saltier because of runoff from the salt used to melt winter snow and ice. 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
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
Washington – U.S. non-profit organization The Water Well Trust has completed water well projects in Maryland and Pennsylvania in memory of the late vice-president of Aquaflow, Henry E. King III.

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