Water Issues

Nov. 20, 2017, Colorado – Following a prolonged drought, farmers in southern Colorado are trying a bold experiment: they're taxing themselves to boost ground water conservation. The plan appears to be working. NPR reports. | READ MORE
Abu Dhabi, UAE – By 2020 Abu Dhabi will recycle and reuse all of its wastewater within the emirate. It currently reuses only five per cent of its treated wastewater, 60 per cent ground water and 35 per cent desalinated water, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi said in a report shared via Gulf News. | READ MORE
Aberfoyle, Ont. – Councillors of Puslinch Township, Ont., recently heard a presentation on concerns over plans by nearby Cambridge and Guelph to increase city water supplies in the future. The Wellington Advertiser reports. | READ MORE
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
Westville, OH – As attention has recently been focused on the devastation from the recent hurricanes – and how best to deal with flooded water wells – the National Ground Water Association also wants to alert those in the northwestern parts of the United States being affected by rampant wildfires that there are precautions they should take regarding their well systems.
New Minas, N.S. – The Village of New Minas, N.S., plans to put in place protection for its water supply in the event of flooding from extreme storms like those that have hit the U.S. recently. The Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – Two hundred people from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo are giving toenail, urine and saliva samples to the Health Effects Monitoring Program to measure how much arsenic, if any, is in their bodies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – The Canadian prairies top a newly developed index of places where wildfires could create freshwater supply risks, according to a University of Alberta-led study. The Red Deer Advocate reports. | READ MORE
Brunswick, ME – Navy officials touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting. The Portland Press-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Ground water may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new Canadian-led research. Science Daily reports. | READ MORE
Saint John, N.B. – A special underground wall installed on a contaminated Canada Post property is working to prevent the spread of toxic creosote through ground water into Saint John's Marsh Creek, according to an environmental study. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Dalex Canada of Concord, Ont., pleaded guilty and was fined $100,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice to one count of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release.
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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