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
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.
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.
Toronto – In an analysis piece, Alex Ballingall questions whether or not the federal government’s $2-billion push to bring clean water to all First Nations by March 2021 is going to go far enough to remove an inequity that has put the health and quality of life of thousands at risk. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
North Bay, Ont. – The Department of National Defense says it has debunked fears that its use of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) at CFB North Bay caused widespread pollution of drinking wells. Bay Today reports. | READ MORE
Turtleford, Sask. – The Saskatchewan farming family that owns the land where salt water leaked from a Husky Energy line says the company is "underplaying" the damage to soil and vegetation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Eastern Ontario – A hot summer with a lack of rain has taken its toll on water levels in eastern Ontario, prompting local authorities to urge some well users to conserve water. OttawaMatters.com reports. | READ MORE
Dartmouth, N.S. – A group of 55 high school and university students are nurturing Nova Scotia’s clean environment and economy this summer, thanks to a leadership program administered by the Clean Foundation in Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Tribune 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
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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