Water Issues

Ottawa – Carleton University researchers have received more than $200,000 in combined funding for work that will help prevent the contamination of ground water and improve the healthy behaviour of Canadians.
Washington, DC – The World Resources Institute's updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas finds that 17 countries, which are home to a quarter of the world’s population, face “extremely high” water stress.
Santa Barbara, CA – A new study published in the journal Nature and Sustainability finds water wells are being drilled deeper and deeper since the 1950s and that the practice is an unsustainable stopgap to ground water depletion. UC Santa Barbara's The Current reports. | READ MORE
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.
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
Harrietsfield, N.S. – A city in Nova Scotia has suggested installing a water pipe system that would cost homeowners $26,000 per household to access clean municipal water after their water was contaminated. Residents are considering other options, including installing a cistern system and wells. Global News reports. | READ MORE
The U.S. craft brewing industry is increasingly concerned about the Trump administration’s attempt to deregulate the 1972 Clean Water Act. Sixty breweries filed a brief in July in support of environmental advocates who are fighting the deregulation attempt in a case before the Supreme Court. NBC News reports. | READ MORE
Eabametoong First Nation, Ont. – A First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed high levels of chemicals in the water supply that are byproducts of treatment materials like chlorine interacting with naturally occurring compounds. CTV News/The Canadian Press reports. | READ MORE
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
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.
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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