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2017/2/21

TOOSEY FIRST NATION STILL UNDER WATER ADVISORY: AWAITING COMMISSIONING OF NEW TREATMENT PLANT

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2017/2/17

HUCKLEBERRY VILLAGE'S 17-YEAR BOIL WATER NOTICE, BC

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30 SMALL BC WATER SYSTEMS TOLD TO BOIL PERMANENTLY

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DAILIES
advisories and the stories behind them

2017/2/17
Advisory of the day

2017/2/17
HUCKLEBERRY VILLAGE'S 17-YEAR BOIL WATER NOTICE, BC The Huckleberry Village Water System has been under a boil water notice since June of 2000 for untreated surface water. Huckleberry Village is one of six that comprise the Sunshine Valley community. The the Community Cooperative Club states that the Sunshine Valley is a "1300 acre tract of land" that during the second world war was used for the internment of Japanese prisoners.
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2017/2/16
Advisory of the day

DRINKING WATER IN BC INTERIOR SCHOOLS TESTS POSITIVE FOR LEAD
In early February five schools in the British Columbia interior tested for high concentrations of lead in the drinking water. Reports by the CBC stated that all water sources have been sampled and had been sent to the lab for testing. What has happened in the two weeks since the positive tests first appeared in the news?
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2017/2/16
Advisory of the day

SUTTON QUEBEC, BWA ABOUT TO BE LIFTED
Last Friday a boil water advisory was issued in regards to a system integrity failure at the Greenhills Mine in Elkford British Columbia. The Greenhills mining operation is a joint venture between Teck Resources Limited and POSCO Canada Limited.
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2017/2/15
Advisory of the day

WATER...FINALLY?? 16 YEARS AND STILL WAITING, LA MARTE, QC
This little piece of land near Cap-Aux-Renards in the MRC Haute-Gaspésie Québec with it's gorgeous sea view and 253 souls has been dreaming of water for a long time. The Boiling Water Advisory issued on August 24th 2000 was still effective as of 2015. The city made an announcement on March 27th 2015 that work on new water infrastructure was about to start by the end of that same year.
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2017/2/15
Advisory of the day

SYSTEM INTEGRITY FAILURE AT GREENHILLS MINING OPERATIONS,BC
Residents of Wainfleet Township and Niagara Region Public Health are at odds over how to deal with a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) that has been in place since April 2006. High levels of E.coli were found in the groundwater source that feeds many of the private wells and cisterns that the majority of households in Wainfleet County use.
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2017/2/14
Advisory of the day

SYSTEM INTEGRITY FAILURE AT GREENHILLS MINING OPERATIONS,BC
Last Friday a boil water advisory was issued in regards to a system integrity failure at the Greenhills Mine in Elkford British Columbia. The Greenhills mining operation is a joint venture between Teck Resources Limited and POSCO Canada Limited.
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2017/2/13
Advisory of the day

FIREFIGHTING ACCIDENT LEADS TO BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN BEACHBURG, ON
A physics miscalculation lead to a boil water advisory in Beachburg, Ontario this past week.

According to Steve Hodson, Environmental Services Manager for the Township of Whitewater, firefighters were alerted to a major conflagration in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 7th. A large residential house had caught fire and they had to hustle to contain it.
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2017/2/13
Advisory of the day

BOILING WATER WARNING FOR PORT-CARTIER, QC
On February 1st, Port-Cartier announced that the municipality had a $22,17 million budget for the year 2017 and a close to $40 million investment over the next 3 years to complete upgrades to the water distribution of the Riviere-Pentecote district and the waste water treatment infrastructure of the whole Port-Cartier region.
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2017/2/10

The Big Three: Mtl, TO, Van
A 5-part report


MONTREAL WATER FROM TAP TO WASTE: SOME SOLUTIONS ON THE WAY

STORM WATER PREPAREDNESS ESSENTIAL FOR MAJOR METROPOLIS'

METRO VANCOUVER WATER: WRAP-UP

2017/2/9
PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS IN SEWAGE?

HOSPITAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS NEED TO TAKE PPCP INTO ACCOUNT

IT FLOWS BENEATH YOUR FEET: A LOOK AT THE METRO VANCOUVER WASTEWATER TREATEMENT SYSTEM

2017/2/8
MONTREAL HOSPITAL WATER: CLEAN BY CITY'S STANDARDS

ONTARIO'S WATER TESTING LABS PLAY VITAL ROLE IN KEEPING DRINKING WATER SAFE

IT FLOWS BENEATH YOUR FEET: A LOOK AT THE METRO VANCOUVER WASTEWATER TREATEMENT SYSTEM

2017/2/7
MIXING BUSINESS WITH WATER - MONTREAL

IS ONTARIO DOING ENOUGH TO REGULATE NON-MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS?

WATER QUALITY IN VANCOUVER CONDOS: RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STRATA

2017/2/6
MONTREAL'S WATER SYSTEM, FROM TAP TO WASTE

PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS IN TORONTO: ARE THEY BEING MONITORED?

VANCOUVER PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES: WHO IS TAKING CARE OF THEM?



2017/2/4
Advisory of the day

SPALLUMCHEEM RESIDENTS WANT REGULATIONS TO CURB INCREASING NITRATE IN THEIR WATER
Local residents of Spallumcheem, British Columbia are feeling slighted by government agencies who they say aren't doing enough to curb nitrate levels in their drinking water. Concerned locals believe the rise of agri-business in the past six years in the area has resulted in a significant uptick of key pollutants in the Hullcar Aquifer that supplies drinking water to 350 local residents as well as two reserves of the Splatsin First Nations People.
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2017/1/31
Advisory of the day

TRUCK FILL INSTALLATION MISHAP LEADS TO PRECAUTIONARY ADVISORY IN SLED LAKE, SK
On January 18, a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA) was issued for all users of the northern settlement of Sled Lake due to possible contamination during installation of the truck fill. Sled Lake is a Northern settlement - or unincorporated community - located in northwestern Saskatchewan. The community is about 40 minutes away from Green Lake, and currently has a population of 39 people. Unable to reach anyone at the community office, we turned to the Saskatchewan Water Security (WSA) for clarification.
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2017/1/24
Advisory of the day

CWRA ROUNDTABLE OBJECTIVE TO RAISE AWARENESS
CWRA (Canadian Water Resources Association) is hosting the Climate Extremes: National Collaboration on Floods Drought in Ottawa on January 27th. In the communications release on the CWRA website, President Dave Murray stated "Volatility of Canada's weather and increased severity of flood and drought impacts is an identifiable symptom of the changing climate in Canada."
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2017/1/24
Advisory of the day

COBOURG MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS ON SMALL DRINKING WATER SYSTEM WERE WELL NOTIFIED OF BWA
Sandown Park Estates in Cobourg, On has been under a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) since Dec.24, 2016 "This advisory was a Precautionary Boil Advisory", according to the Estates property management Jason Braganza who stated "The notification was a precautionary notice because of loss of pressure due to breaks in the lines. I believe the notice is being lifted today."
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2017/1/22
Drinking Water

COLIPHAGE TESTING, IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE IF YOU DRINK FROM GROUNDWATER
As reported on
January 10th, the boil water advisory issued for Ormstown on October 3, 2016 was triggered by the detection of coliphages in the town's raw well water. As coliphages are rarely cited as the cause of a water advisory, we looked into it further.
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2017/1/20

DND POSTS TENDER FOR BORDEN WATER TESTING, PIZZERIA LADY SAYS SHE WON'T DRINK IT
CFB Borden sits on the edge of Borden ON, and many locals visit the base regularly to visit friends and family. This reporter spoke to an employee of a local Pizzaria near the base, Tiana said "I don't drink the tap water on the base it has a funny taste, I don't want to get sick or anything."
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2017/1/19
Advisory of the day

CONFLICTING REPORTS ON LIFTING BWN AT LP CANADA IN GOLDEN, BC
Following up on our report from November 24th on the BWN at LP Canada Ltd. of Golden, BC, this reporter has received conflicting information. In October the mill was issued a Do Not Use advisory with reference to a suspected cross connection between glue and the cafeteria/ washroom water systems.
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2017/1/18
Advisory of the day

LINE BREAK PROMPTS BWA IN BOWSMAN, NOW MINITONAS-BOWSMAN, MB
A Manitoba spokesperson said in an email to this reporter "BWA for Bowsman issued because of line break or pressure loss in the distribution system. This is in a main line, and essentially shuts off water supply to the village. It is a municipal water supply and the BWA affects between 100 and 500 people." The spokesperson could not comment on whether the break was age or weather related.
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2017/1/17
Advisory of the day

CORNER BROOK'S HIGH NUMBER OF OUTAGES SLOWLY DECLINING, NL
Corner Brook sits at the mouth of the Humber River on the Bay Islands, surrounded by picturesque mountains on the western shore of Newfoundland. Portions of the the community started the New Year under Precautionary Boil Water Advisory. The advisory was lifted on January 9, 2017 after repairs were completed to the water distribution system and water samples came back clean.
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2017/1/13
Advisory of the day

BURSTING PIPES IN CAMPERVILLE, MB
The Prairie-Mountain Regional Health Authority issued a precautionary boil water advisory for Camperville on January 11. It was the third in so many months, with advisories also issued on November 23 and December 20. The cause in all instances was broken water lines.
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2017/1/10
Advisory of the day

ORMSTOWN BOIL WATER ADVISORY TO LAST AT LEAST TWO MORE MONTHS
1,700 people In Ormstown have been under boil water advisory since October 13, and they're none too happy about it. When coliphages were found in the town's water, the municipality immediately proceeded to take further samples, flush the lines and modify the well installations. This however did not convince the Québec Ministry of Environment (MDDELCC) who refused to lift the advisory until the town's chlorination system, installed in the 50's, was updated.
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2017/1/7
Advisory of the day

PRECAUTIONARY ADVISORY ISSUED AFTER FIRE AT KERROBERT TREATMENT PLANT, SK
When a fire broke out in the water treatment plant in Kerrobert on Januray 5, it caused a depressurization of the water system leading to a precautionary drinking water advisory. On January 6, town spokesperson, Monica Merkosky said that the "source of the fire was unknown but that everything was back to normal and the town was just waiting for the results of the samples to lift the advisory".
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2017/1/5
Advisory of the day

POWER OUTAGE LEADS TO BOIL WATER NOTICE IN BC GHOST TOWN
Interior Health issued a boil water notice for Walhachin on January 3rd due to equipmwent failure. Our records indicate that the small water system - which serves 31 peole and is managed by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) - has had 10 water advisories since 2012, mostly due to turbidity or equipment failure.
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2016/12/21
Advisory of the day

PRIVATE CONTRACTOR MAY HAVE CONTAMINATED LAC-BEAUPORT WELL WATER, QC
A private contractor hired to build a new school in Lac-Beauport inavertently connected the new school's wastewater lines to the town's retention pond. For four months effluent quietly seeped into the pond threatening to contaminate the area's one hundred artesian wells.
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2016/12/19
Advisory of the day

E.COLI FOUND IN ANOTHER OFF-ISLAND SUBURB OF MONTREAL, QC
Vaudreuil-Dorion issued a boil water advisory on Sunday advising the 9,000 residents located in its Vaudreuil sector to boil their tap water for at least one minute. While the original news release listed the names of the 300 streets affected by the advisory, it made no mention of the reason for the advisory.
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2016/12/15
Advisory of the day

MYSTERIOUS BOIL WATER ADVISORY AFFECTS 2,200 IN BEAVERLODGE, AB
When alarms went off on Monday morning at the Beaverlodge treatment plant, indicating a potential health concern, Alberta Health Services was immediately contacted and a boil water advisory was issued by 1:45. Although there are numerous alarm alerts operating 24/7 at the plant, and it is suspected that mud or sludge infiltrated the system, the exact cause of the event is not known.
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2016/12/14
Advisory of the day

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES OFF OUR MAPS FOR WINTER
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) advisories - which are issued when the blooms are of the variety that contain toxins - have now been taken off our map, as most bof them occur between May and December in Canada. However, advisories issued over the winter months will be posted as they are issued. A list of all the algal advisories reported during the 2016 season can be found
here.
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2016/12/12
Advisory of the day

CAPE BRETON ADVISORY LIFTED TODAY
The boil water advisory issued on Saturday by the Cape Breton Rural Municipality was lifted today at noon. The advisory affected the communities of New Waterford, New Victoria, River Ryan, Lingan and Scotchtown, all located within a few kilometres of one another.
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2016/12/7
Advisory of the day

BOIL WATER ADVISORY RAPID CITY, MB Town administrator Diane:
Precautionary, upgrades to water system\new pumps.
System off overnight between seven and nine.
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2016/12/5
Advisory of the day

SAINT JOHN TURBIDITY ADVISORY DUE TO LOW LAKE LEVELS, RAIN AND WINDS NOW LIFTED, NB
On Sunday New Brunswick Health lifted a boil water advisory issued for the sector of Saint John located east of Reversing Falls Bridge on December 1st. The advisory had be put in place due to increased turbidity. Our records indicate that only 2 of the 18 BWAs issued for Saint John since 2009 were due to turbidity.
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2016/12/2
Advisory of the day

22 YEAR OLD BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED IN AQUAFORTE, NL
On November 21st, Newfoundland Environment lifted a long-standing advisory in Aquaforte. The advisory had been issued due to a mechanical failure of the disinfection system, 16 years ago.
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2016/11/30
Advisory of the day

TURBIDITY ISSUE FIXED, BOIL WATER ADVISORY STILL ON IN ALMA, NB
Back in July we wrote a daily about a boil water advisory in
Alma issued because of high turbidity levels in the water. Four months later the advisory is still in effect.
" I'm not sure what's going on," says Public Works operator, Craig Dixon. .../more

2016/11/28
Advisory of the day

MORE E.COLI FOUND IN SOUTH SHORE DRINKING WATER, 65,000 TOLD TO BOIL IN SAINTE-JULIE, SAINT-AMABLE AND VARENNES
Communities on the South Shore of Montreal have been hit hard during the month of November. Over the course of the month boil water advisories due to positive fecal coliform results in water samples have plagued several communities, and put tens of thousands under boil water advisory.
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2016/11/24
Advisory of the day

PHENOL FORMALDEHYDE IS NOT FOUND IN MILL WATER, BUT BACTERIA IS - DO NOT USE DOWNGRADED TO BOIL WATER NOTICE
On
October 19th, we reported that Interior Health had issued a Do Not Use advisory for a wood mill in Golden BC - LP Canada Ltd - due to a suspected cross connection between the glue system and the cafeteria/washroom water system.

At the time, Interior Health Communications Officer, Karl Hardt, advised that this was a precautionary measure until tests confirmed that a cross-connection had actually occurred.
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2016/11/22
Advisory of the day

ANOTHER LATE-SEASON BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY IN ONTARIO
ONTARIO PROVINCAL PARKS TAKEN OFF OUR MAPS

The Sudbury & District Health Unit issued blue-green advisories on November 18th for two lakes on Manitoulin Island - Big Lake and Long Lake - advising residents who use the surface water for their private drinking water supply to consider an alternate, protected source of water.

Most Ontario Provincial Parks are now closed, we have therefore removed them from our advisory maps.
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2016/11/17
Advisory of the day

3 LATE-SEASON BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES IN ONTARIO
OUR RECORDS INDICATE THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL

The Sudbury & District Health Unit issued two blue-green advisories on November 10th for Lake Nepahwin and Windy Lake. The Renfrew County and District Health Unit issued one for Bagot-Long Lake on November 14th. Samples taken from these lakes contained a species of cyanobacteria that can produce toxins. While it seems that blooms are appearing later in the season every year, a review of our records indicates that this not the case.
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2016/11/16
Advisory of the day

ALBERTA REMOVES 2016 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES
On November 9th, Alberta Health Services removed all 2016 blue-green (cyanobacteria) advisories from its health alerts, as it does every year. There were 32 advisories this season as opposed to 28 in 2015, with some locations having more than one advisory. Blue-green blooms usually reappear in the same water bodies every year, with some exceptions - for example, there were no advisories in the South Zone this season and a few lakes lakes such as Skeleton Lake which appreared on the blue-green list in 2012, 2014 and 2015, did have any toxic blooms this year.
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2016/11/15
Advisory of the day

LONG-STANDING ADVISORY LIFTED TODAY IN SAINT-ALBAN, QC
On June 21, 2013, a single E.coli positive sample triggered a boil water advisory for Saint-Alban, QC that was to last longer than anyone had anticipated. Since that day, the population of some 600 people has been patiently boiling its tap water. Today, 3 years 4 months and 15 days later, the advisory was finally lifted.
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2016/11/14
Advisory of the day

MANITOBA REMOVES SEASONAL ADVISORIES, AS PART OF ITS ADVISORY REPORTING OVERHAUL
As part of its new policy regarding water advisory reporting, Manitoba Water Stewardship only displays advisories for seasonal recreational parks, campgrounds and resorts (both public and semi-public); seasonal small cooperatively and privately owned systems (public); and seasonal food handling facilities (semi-public) during the summer months between May 1st and October 31st. 47 advisories have therefore been removed since the end of October. This change is now reflected on our Manitoba map, explaining why the total numbers have significantly decreased.
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2016/11/11
Advisory of the day

CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION ADVISORY LIFTED 2.5 YEARS LATER, ON
The inauguration of Constance Lake First Nation's new water treatment plant took place on Aboriginal Day, June 21 2016. It took five more months to get the boil water advisory, which had been issued on April 10, 2014, to be lifted.
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2016/11/10
Advisory of the day

PICKERING NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 21 SMART COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD, ON
The City of Pickering - which usually makes headlines because of its nuclear power plant - has been named one of the world's Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank based out of New York City that is comprised of a global network of cities and regions. The Smart21 program recognizes the municipalities that are successfully leveraging the power of technology to create a more connected, engaged, vibrant, and sustainable community.
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2016/11/9
Advisory of the day

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOLD NOT TO DRINK WATER, QC
70 children in a small elementary school in Saint-Benjamin (pop. 900) have been told not to drink from the taps and fountains in their shcool. Ecole la Tourterelle joins nine other schools across the province under do not consume advisories.
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2016/11/7
Advisory of the day

IS IT ON OR IS IT OFF? CONFUSION IN CHATEAUGUAY VALLEY
As reported on
November 3rd a boil water advisory was called for Châteauguay on the South Shore of Montreal last Wednesday, due to the detection of E.coli bacteria in the water during routine testing; the advisory also effected neighbouring communities of Mercier and Sainte-Martine as well as a portion of Léry, Saint-Isidore, and Saint-Urbain. On Sunday around 3:00 pm, the municipality of Châteauguay announced in a press release that the advisory was lifted for all municipalities affected by the advisory. This was incorrect and the town quickly issued a retraction later on in the afternoon; the advisory was in fact only lifted for Châteauguay itself.
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2016/11/4
Advisory of the day

2016/11/5 - Advisory Lifted
WATER MAIN BREAK FINALLY LOCATED IN CARLETON PLACE, ON
The municipality of Carleton Plave issued a boil water advisory for a portion of its territory after a water main break was detected in the area of Mississippi Road between Morris Street and Barker Street. But work crews initially had trouble finding the exact location of the break.
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2016/11/3
Advisory of the day

OVER 65,000 IN CHATEAUGUAY VALLEY UNDER BOIL WATER ADVISORY, QC
When higher than recommended levels of E.coli bacteria were detected in routine water samples, the city of Châteauguay issued a boil water advisory for the entire territory serviced by the Régie intermunicipale d'aqueduc de la Vallée de Châteauguay, including the towns of Châteauguay, Mercier and Sainte-Martine as well as a portion of Léry, Saint-Isidore, and Saint-Urbain. The advisory affects over 65,000 people.
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2017/2/ 23


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Comox - Puntledge Campground , BC - 1/11/2017
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 Lytton - munic., BC - 2/17/2017
 Savona - munic., BC - 2/16/2017
 Ashcroft, BC - 2/17/2017
 Hague, SK - 2/21/2017
 Greenstreet, SK - 2/21/2017
 Canora, SK - 2/21/2017
 Lipton, SK - 2/21/2017
 Creighton (3), SK - 8/30/2014
 Rosthern - munic., SK - 2/21/2017
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 Buena Vista, SK - 2/21/2017
 Rossburn, MB - 2/22/2017
 St Georges, NL - 2/20/2017
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JUST LIFTED

bullet Bull River Inn BC
bullet Kaslo - Pineridge Water Utility BC
bullet Lac La Hache - 115 Mile Lodge, Mt Timothy Ski Area BC
bullet Logan Lake - 4 Lot Strata BC
bullet Salmon Arm - Maydean Mobile Park BC
bullet Merritt - Coquihalla Provincial Info Centre BC
bullet Vernon - Delcliffe BC

bullet Kelsey MB
bullet Vita - Schevchenko School MB

bullet Miramichi - Twin River Park NB
bullet St John NB

bullet Churchill Falls NL
bullet Daniel's Harbour NL
bullet L'Anse au Loup NL
bullet Lawn NL
bullet North West River NL
bullet River of Ponds NL
bullet St Georges NL

bullet Berwick - Town Hall NS
bullet Fletchers Lake - Holland Road Elementary School NS
bullet Kingston Seniors Apartment NS

bullet Beachburg ON

bullet Port-Cartier QC
bullet Québec - Beauport Sector QC

bullet Beauval SK
bullet Coronach SK
bullet Dubuc SK
bullet Green Lake - Tower Lodge Outfitting SK
bullet Osler SK
bullet Poplar River Power Station Waterworks SK
bullet Porcupine Plain SK
bullet Rhein SK


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2017/2/10
FIRST NATIONS & INUIT ADVISORY UPDATE

Health Canada has published its latest report on boil water advisories in First Nations and Inuit communities. It is a month overdue as there was no report in January, the update is therefore 10 weeks old.

As of November 30, 2016, there were 130 Drinking Water Advisories (DWA) in effect in 85 First Nations communities across Canada, excluding British Columbia; of these 32 were short-term DWAs, meaning there was a temporary water quality issue on a specific water system and 98 were long-term DWAs, meaning the advisory has been in place for more than a year. At the end of October 2016, there were 133 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 90 communities.

In the Atlantic provinces, there are 4 advisories in 4 communities. No new advisories were issued November.

In Québec, there are 3 advisories in Kitiban Zibi. Two BWAs were issued and rescinded in November for the Essipit and Mashteulatsh Public Water Systems. The long-standing Do Not Consume advisory in Kitigan Zibi (1999) due to high uranium levels is still in effect. It affects three semi-public systems, the Nicolas Stevens Center, Pakinawatik School and Wanaki Treatment Centre.

In Ontario, there are 84 advisories (78 BWA and 6 DNC) in 46 communities. There were 6 new BWAs issued during November for the Fort Albany, Rocky Bay, Curve Lake, Kashechewan and Wunnumin Public Water Systems and for the Curve Lake School Semi-public System; 2 advisories were lifted in Pays Plat and Wauzhushk Onigum; 2 advisories were issued and rescinded in November for the Fort William and the North Caribou Lake Public Water Systems.

In Manitoba, there are 10 BWAS and 2 DNC advisories, there were no new advisories in November; 1 advisory was lifted for the Little Saskatchewan Daycare Semi-Public Water System (Non-Transient). 1 advisory was issued and rescinded in November for the Pinaymootang Semi-Public Water System.

In Saskatchewan, there are 19 BWAs in 15 communities. 1 new advisory was issued since the last report, for the Hatchet/Lake North Point & Northern Settlement and one re-issued for the Peter Ballantyne Sandy Bay Public Water Systems. 3 advisories were rescinded for the Flying Dust, Hatchet Lake/Lac La Hache, Nekaneet and Sakimay Public Water Systems; 2 advisories were issued and rescinded in November for the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and the Saultreaux Public Water Systems.

In Alberta, there are 9 BWAs in 9 communities. 1 new boil water advisory (BWA) was issued for the Tsuu T'ina Bullhead Community Centre-Semi-System Public Water. 3 advisories were lifted for the O'Chiese Bremnerville Public Water System (O'Chiese), and the Stoney Trading Post and Western Cree Complex SL Resources Semi-Public Water Systems. 1 BWAs was issued and lifted in November for the Little Red River-John D'Or Public Water System.

In BC, according to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)- which is responsible for water in First Nations communities in BC - as of January 31, 2017, there were 17 Boil Water Advisories and 4 Do Not Consume advisories for a total of 21 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 19 First Nation communities in British Columbia. ​This includes water systems with 5 or more connections and smaller water systems that have public facilities. NOTE: These advisories are now included in our maps.

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FEATURES
Water-related industries, events, stories

2017/2/22
Regulations

MONEY TALKS LOUDER THAN NATURE; LOBBIES, PIPELINES AND TAR SANDS...TAR AND TAR AGAIN.

.../more



2017/2/22
Chemicals

TRICLOSAN: BAN OR REGULATE?

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Update 2017/2/21
Bottled water

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS DEMAND MORE SAY IN BOTTLED WATER PUMPING DISPUTE

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2017/2/20
The Next

FLYING CARS ARE HERE! WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

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2017/2/8
Wastewater

A CLOSE LOOK AT FLUSHABILITY STANDARDS - (OR THE LACK THEREOF)

By Ruby Parajes for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Reprinted with permission
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2017/2/3
Mercury

AFTER DECADES OF DECREASES, MERCURY RISES IN GREAT LAKES WILDLIFE

By Brian Bienkowski, The Daily Climate
Reprinted with permission
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Update 2017/1/30
Groundwater

PART 1

HIDDEN AND MYSTERIOUS: WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT GROUND WATER

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PART 2

WITHDRAWALS: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH IS A MATTER OF DYNAMICS

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Update 2017/1/24
Mercury

ONTARIO WORKING WITH CHIEF, FEDS TO FIX GRASSY NARROWS MERCURY CONTAMINATION
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Update 2017/1/18
Hydrology

ONTARIO PROPOSES HEFTY OR NOT HIKE FOR WATER BOTTLING WITHDRAWALS

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Update 2017/1/12
Hydrology

THE TIME FOR REFORM IS NOW
The Need for a Secretary of State for Water in Canada

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Update 2017/1/5
Hydrology

BOTTLED WATER - THE CANADIAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION STATES ITS CASE

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Update 2017/1/2
Water Advisories

2016 YEAR-END ADVISORY REPORT

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Update 2016/12/20
Hydrology

BOTTLED WATER AND THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL WATER POLICY IN CANADA

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Update 2016/12/15
Hydrology

MCGILL TAKING STOCK OF THE WORLD'S LAKES

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Update 2016/12/10
Genomics

CANADA'S GENOMICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
DNA sequencing water and soil

.../more



Update 2016/12/6
Bottled Water

ONTARIO'S PROPOSED MORATORIUM ON WATER BOTTLING OPERATIONS

.../more



Update 2016/11/30
Greening government - Part 2 Buildings

GREENING FEDERAL GOV OPERATIONS
PSPC's commitment to reducing government footprint
.../more

2016/11/21
Greening government - Part 1 EVs

"TODAY I'M HERE TO ANNOUNCE OUR PLAN FOR REAL CHANGE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR FUTURE"
Justin Trudeau, June 30,2015

.../more


Update 2016/11/22
Infrastructure

INTRODUCTION TO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND GREY INFRASTRUCTURE
by
The Alberta Water Portal

Reprinted with permission
.../more


Update 2016/10/31
Agriculture and water


AGRICULTURE CONSUMES 86% OF THE WORLD'S FRESHWATER
A look at how Canadian scientists work to reduce its footprint
.../more


Update 2016/10/7
Sustainability - Natural Capital


CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS SUPPORT EFFORT TO PUT A PRICE ON NATURE
.../more

Update 2016/10/3
Medical Marijuana
ACMPR Version 1.0


FROM MMAR THROUGH MMPR TO ACMPR
THE MADNESS OF REGULATING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN 2016
.../more


Update 2016/9/26
Renewable Energy

EXPORTING TO CHINA IS BIGGER THAN NESTLÉ
.../more


2016/9/20
Renewable Energy

THE GREEN & THE BLACK
CONVERTING ALBERTA'S ABANDONED WELLS INTO GEOTHERMAL GREENHOUSES
.../more


2016/9/03
Blue-Green Algae

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE (CYANOBACTERIA) IN QUÉBEC - OCCURRENCES AND THE EFFECT ON HOME VALUE
.../more

Q&A WITH QUÉBEC ENVIRONMENT MINISTER DAVID HEURTEL
.../more


2016/8/29
Blue-GreenAlgae

THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOSPHORUS CONTROL IN THE MITIGATION OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE (CYANOBACTERIA) BLOOMS
.../more


2016/8/24
Q&A

Q&A - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE
.../more


2016/8/19
Septics

SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
.../more


2016/8/12
Water News

THE UNDERREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN WATER TREATMENT PLANTS THROUGHOUT CANADA
.../more



2016/8/9
Q&A

Q&A - INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA
.../more


2016/8/05
Oil Spills

HUSKY ENERGY OIL SPILL INTO NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
PART TWO: HUSKY INVOLVEMENT AND OIL TRANSPORT

.../more

2016/7/29
Oil Spills

PART ONE: ACTION TAKEN AND GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT

.../more


2016/7/25
Q&A Environment & Climate Change Canada

WE SENT CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER MCKENNA QUESTIONS, SHE PASSED THEM AROUND, HERE'S THE GOVERNMENT'S ANSWERS
.../more


2016/7/22
Toxins

MICROBEAD ELIMINATION
A FIRST STEP IN TACKLING MICROPLASTICS IN THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT
.../more



                                         StreetBeat
2016/7/15
Glass of Water- Part 5


CAN I HAVE A GLASS OF WATER?
FOLLOW UP: A HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE


PART 4 - CENTRAL OTTAWA (LANSDOWNE, THE GLEBE AND CENTERTOWN)

PART 3- DOWNTOWN (OTTAWA'S BYWARD MARKET AND GATINEAU'S PROMENADE DU PORTAGE)


PART 2- OTTAWA EAST (GLOUCESTER, VANIER)

PART 1- OTTAWA WEST (KANATA)



2016/7/10
Toxins

FORT MCMURRAY WATER BOMBERS - IMPACT OF THE CHEMICALS USED
.../more



2016/7/8
Q&A - Innovation and Research Ontario

Q&A - ONTARIO MINISTRY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
.../more



2016/6/29
Q&A - Municipal Affairs Ontario

Q&A - ONTARIO MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER BILL MAURO
.../more



2016/6/25
Bulk Water

WAUKESHA GREAT LAKES WATER DIVERSION OFFICIALLY APPROVED - PART THREE
.../more

2016/6/22
Bulk Water

WAUKESHA GREAT LAKES WATER DIVERSION OFFICIALLY APPROVED - PART TWO
.../more

2016/6/16
Bulk Water

WAUKESHA'S GREAT LAKES WATER DIVERSION PROPOSAL
.../more


2016/6/16
Arctic

POLAR KNOWLEDGE - CANADA PARTNERS WITH NASA TO STUDY ARCTIC
.../more


2016/6/16
First Nations

FIRST NATION INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING
Part 3 - Housing Funds
.../more

Part 1 - Improving First Nation quality of life
Part 2 - Government Funding


2016/6/10
Q&A - Natural Resources Canada Minister

Q&A - NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER JIM CARR
.../more

Updated 2016/6/8
Q&A - Federal government audit

Q&A - COMMISSIONER OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Julie Gelfand
.../more


Updated 2016/6/7
Drinking Water

EMERGING THREAT! ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA FOUND
IN FLY-IN COMMUNITY'S DRINKING WATER

.../more


Updated 2016/5/31
Toxins
PFOS & PFOA
Man-made substances used for decades in countless consumer products
HIDDEN BY INDUSTRY, UNTESTED BY GOVERNMENT & DANGEROUS FOR YOU
.../more



Updated 2016/5/8
First Nation Housing &Infrastructure - Part 2
FIRST NATION INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING
Government Funding
.../more

Updated 2016/4/27
First Nation Infrastructure - Part 1
IMPROVING FIRST NATION QUALITY OF LIFE
INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING
.../more


Updated 2016/4/21
Medical marijuana

2016/4/20

420 2016
.../more


MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Medical Marijuana - Part 3

MEDICAL MARIJUANA, FOOD, AND THE FINAL FRONTIER
With its deep pockets and it's heavily regulated environment, this brand new industry has the power to point the way forward where growing food is concerned
.../more

Medical Marijuana
Part 2- Prescription Procedure


THE ART OF LEGALLY PRESCRIBING AN ILLEGAL DRUG
.../more


Medical Marijuana
Part 1 - Regulatory Process


HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA LIKE BIG PHARMA
.../more

WHY WE ARE DOING A SERIES ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA?


Part 1
- A looking glass into the future

Part 2 -
Isn't it ironic?



Updated 2016/4/13
Sustainability

NATURAL CAPITAL: PUTTING A PRICE TAG ON NATURE
.../more


Updated 2016/3/27
Changing of the guard

FIRST NATION WATER/WASTEWATER
A LOOK AT THE CIRCUIT RIDER TRAINING PROGRAM
.../more


Updated 2016/3/18
Green Economy - Part 2

WINDSOR READY FOR
MADE-IN-CANADA
POSTAL MINIVAN
.../more

Updated 2016/3/3
Green Economy - Part 1

POSTAL WORKERS' BOLD PLAN TO FUEL A GREEN ECONOMY
.../more


Updated 2016/2/29
Lead in Drinking water

LEAD IN CANADIAN SCHOOL WATER MAKES HEADLINES AGAIN


.../more



2016/2/17
Deep Sea Imaging

GOOGLE'S SCHMIDT & AVATAR'S CAMERON
USE ADAM'S CAMERAS
FOR THEIR DEEPSEA SHOOTS

MEET ADAM

Sulis -Subsea Equipment
.../more



2016/2/8
Dams

RIVERS ON THE RUN
The Springbank Dam Story
2016/2/9
Ontario Waterpower Association response

.../more



2016/2/2
Changing of the guard

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD - FISHERIES, OCEAN & CANADIAN COAST GUARD
Q&A with Minister Tootoo
.../more



2016/1/25
Deep Sea Exploration
0.1645788 LEAGUES
UNDER THE SEA

MEET PHIL

National Geographic - July 1983 Edition
Interview with Canadian deep-ocean explorer and inventor Phil Nuytten
.../more



2016/1/18
Ships

THE BLUENOSE AND THE COLUMBIA,
WILL THEY MEET AGAIN?
Bluenose II-2013
Bluenose II - 2013
.../more



Updated 2016/1/12
Canada's Arctic

THE CHALLENGES OF CHARTING CANADA'S ARCTIC WATERS
.../more



Updated 2015/12/23
Blue-green algae

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: HOW THEY THRIVE IN OUR OVERFED, INVADED & WARMING LAKES
Interview with Environment Canada Research Scientist, Sue Watson. - Part 2
.../more

2015/12/20
Blue-green algae

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: THEY ADAPT, THEY MULTIPLY & CAN BE DEADLY
Interview with Environment Canada Research Scientist, Sue Watson. - Part 1
.../more


2015/12/9
Robotics

ROVs 3,000 FEET UNDER THE SEA
Interview with Shark Marine's Jim Garrington
.../more


2015/12/1
Paris COP 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE YUKON,
A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME
Interview with WWF-Canada CEO, David Miller
.../more

2015/11/24
Paris COP 2015

FROM INDIA TO CANADA,
THE SAME WATER RUNS THROUGH OUR BLUE PLANET
As 190 countries meet in Paris for COP 21, our planet is slowly and inexorably running out of water.
.../more



DRONES
2015/11/9
Drones - Part 6

TOO BUSY TO GO TO TITANIC.
A CANADIAN LEADER IN OCEAN SUBMERSIBLES
Interview with Canadian Scientific Submersible's Keith Tamburri
.../more

2015/10/12
Drones - Part 5

UAV SENSORS
IN THE FAST LANE.
TOOLS FOR A SCOOP?
Interview with Infinite Jib's Jeff Jackson
.../more
2015/9/28
Drones - Part 4

DRONES MORE THAN JUST COOL
All about sensors
Interview with Skypapi's Daniel Helc
.../more
Drones - Part 3

A HUMAN PILOT TALKS UAVS,
DRONE REGS AND DRONE SCHOOLS
Interview with Exo Drone, Éric Messier .../more
Drones - Part 2
JOURNALISM, DRONES AND CANADA
CAN WE FLY TOGETHER?
Interview with Jeff Ducharme, drone journalism, College of the North Atlantic .../more
Drones - Part 1
DRONE JOURNALISM,
IT'S NOT SCIENCE FICTION

Interview with Matt Waite, Drone Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln .../more

2015/8/25
First Nations
THIS PIVOTAL LAWSUIT
will decide the future of
Yukon's Peel Watershed

by Diane Saxe - Reprinted with permission



2015/8/7
Climate Change & Sea Level Rise


OF HUMANS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FRAUGHT FUTURE OF OUR PLANET
Interview with Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate & Land Use Change, USGS
.../more

2015/4/7
Drought
CALIFORNIA
The real cost of water
California is in the fourth year of one of the state's worst droughts in the past century. .../more
Drought - Related Article

IF CRUDE BY RAIL WHY NOT WATER?

Written by Bruce Kelly, Contributing Editor, Railway Age
Hauling water by train might sound outlandish to most, but tank cars were routinely used during the steam era to transport and store water
.../more




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