Water Issues

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
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.
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
Niagara Region, Ont. – Researchers studying fish from the Niagara River have found that human antidepressants and remnants of these drugs are building up in the fishes' brains. CBC News 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
Victoria – More than half of the 60 school districts in British Columbia had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017, according to new water testing ordered by the provincial government. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Ristigouche-Sud-Est, Que. – A town in Quebec says it will be driven into bankruptcy if it loses a $1-million lawsuit launched by an oil company in response to a bylaw the town passed prohibiting drilling oil within two kilometres of a well or surface water. The National Post 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.
Pictou County, N.S. – Researchers are looking for homeowners in several Pictou County communities to participate in a study that will measure methane emissions through atmospheric, ground water and soil gas testing in areas close to historically developed coal mines. The New Glasgow 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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