Water Issues

Water re-allocation projects are political but should be backed up by rigorous evidence in order to negotiate the trade-offs for cities and rural areas, suggests a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
British Columbia – Veteran water well driller David Slade encourages B.C. farmers and ranchers who are well owners to have their wells licensed as a way to protect their rights and give regulators vital information about ground water mapping and use. Read his opinion piece in the Cowichan Valley Citizen. | READ MORE
Toronto – A new, free resource, Canada's Arctic Marine Atlas, provides an overview of how humans and wildlife are faring in this changing environment.
Regina – Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency is generally expecting below normal snowmelt runoff in the far north, near normal snowmelt runoff over central areas of the province, and below normal snowmelt runoff over much of southern Saskatchewan, according to the agency's recently released spring runoff forecast for 2019.
Nova Scotia – Rising oceans are having an impact on the Atlantic region, where government, scientists and others are working to track change and mitigate damage. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – In a letter report to the governments of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission makes five recommendations urging actions to keep flame retardants such as PBDE from entering the waters of the Great Lakes.
Sherwood Park, Alta. – Utility company Epco will add orthophosphate, a lead inhibitor, to drinking water at its two water treatment plants that serve the Edmonton region by the end of 2020. The move was a result of updated guidelines in March for lead content in drinking water by Health Canada. The Sherwood Park - Strathcona County News reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – For three years now, the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services have issued warnings to those who want to dip, plunge or splash in the Elbow River, but the source of the fecal contamination remains a mystery. The City says the issue is likely a combination of factors, from leaky pipes to ground water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Treat the disease, not the symptoms. That’s what medical experts always tell us.
Canada – Governments at all levels must figure out how to mitigate the costly impact of flooding and that strategy should include updating flood plain maps across Canada, experts say. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph in collaboration with the City of Guelph has become the first university in Ontario to develop a risk management plan to help protect local drinking water sources.
Walkerton, Ont. – Ontario's Walkerton Clean Water Centre has added a new pilot-scale water treatment technology to its Technology Demonstration Facility.
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
Guinea – Water for Life, a major project of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, has now crossed into Guinea, with plans to build at least five water wells in the country. UM News reports. | 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

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