Water Issues

Shelburne, N.S. – An offer from a celebrity activist to pay to have a community water well drilled is giving rise to discussions and debate in a small town in Nova Scotia. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Princeton, NJ – A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to indicate solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in ground water sustainability. The researchers show that increased solar and wind energy can reduce the reliance on hydropower, especially during drought, thereby reducing overall ground water abstraction. Science Daily reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – A new paper from the University of Victoria investigates the many possibilities associated with Water Sustainability Plans, enabled by British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act, to address water challenges and promote sustainability.
Waterloo, Ont. – Managing reservoirs for water quality, not just flood control, could be part of the solution to the growth of toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie, every summer.
Antigonish, N.S. – Three levels of government have announced funding to support improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure in the municipalities of Antigonish, Colchester and Richmond in Nova Scotia.
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.
Winnipeg – A legal challenge filed in Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench could cost the federal government billions, if it is proven the government has violated the Charter rights of a large class of First Nations people for decades by failing to provide them with safe drinking water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Pictou, N.S. – The overland portion of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe is being called “unacceptable” by the mayor of Pictou, N.S., because of the risk it could pose to the town’s only water supply. The News reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles, CA – New and emerging contaminants like antibiotic-resistant genes pose a potential hazard to public safety and water security. According to a new study, one concern is the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes through the water system and an increase in development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Transport Canada is safeguarding wild and free-flowing rivers of significant ecological and cultural value based on World Wildlife Fund Canada recommendations.
Shawnigan Lake, B.C. – The B.C. government says contaminated soil in a landfill near Shawnigan Lake, B.C.'s water supply will not be removed, much to the dismay of local residents who are concerned the contaminated soil is "leaching" into underground water supplies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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
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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