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water, wastewater, advisories and the stories behind them

2017/3/24
Advisory of the day

LOW CHLORINE IN FIVE MOOSE JAW AREA WATER PIPELINES, SK
Today we look into five similar long-term Precautionary Drinking Water Advisories (PDWA) affecting water pipelines in the Moose Jaw area. We consulted the listings for active PDWAs in Saskatchewan and found a sixth. Although the last advisory does not qualify as long-term, 365 days or more, it does share the same cause.
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2017/3/24
Advisory of the day

TWO YEAR BWA STILL IN EFFECT FOR RESIDENTS OF RIVERS, MB
A Boil Water Advisory is still in effect for the unincorporated urban community of Rivers, Manitoba.

The BWA was originally issued in April of 2015 when routine testing spotted a failure in the treatment process which allowed for poorly treated water to enter the distribution system.
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2017/3/23
Advisory of the day

UNNAMED PRIVATE SYSTEMS IN QUEBEC: A BALANCING ACT BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVVATE SPHERES
There are currently 94 active Boil Water Advisories and 26 Do Not Consume advisories, in both municipal and private water systems in Quebec. While reasons for the advisories are never given, some of the notices in the non-municipal systems in the Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Mauricie, and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions do not provide details as to the affected area of the advisory.
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2017/3/21
Advisory of the day

URANIUM IN WATER ONGOING CONCERN FOR PRIVATE WELL USERS IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
Three trailer parks in Northwestern Ontario are still under long term drinking water advisories due to high levels of uranium found in their water supply. According to documents acquired from Northwestern Health Unit under the Freedom of Information Act; Robincourt Trailer Park, Chomitsa Trailer Park and Willowdale Trailer Park have all been under advisories since spring of 2005.
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2017/3/18
Advisory of the day

NORTHERN BC VILLAGE ISSUES BWA AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR E.COLI
The Village of Granisle in the Northern Interior of British Columbia has issued a boil water advisory for its 350 residents. Total coliforms and E.coli were found in regular water testing and reported to the Health Unit. Postive tests are fairly commonplace at this time of year, due to the Spring melt.
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2017/3/18
Advisory of the day

A LOOK AT BADGER, NL: THE IMPORTANCE OF FREE CHLORINE RESIDUALS
Badger, Newfoundland and Labrador recently saw the end of a story that began on September 6, 2012. A four-and-a-half-year Boil Water Advisory was lifted by the province's Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC) on March 16th. The town of seven-hundred and four residents, eighty-nine less than at the issue date, was under the notice for ECC code E1 or not having "a free chlorine residual of at least 0.3 mg/l".
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2017/3/18
Advisory of the day

HILLSBOROUGH WATER SUPPLY'S HISTORY OF ISSUES, NS
The Glenmore Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for the Ellison area in Kelowna, British Columbia. The BWA was issued on March 10 by the GEID, one of five water purveyors servicing Kelowna. According to GEID's General Manager, Ian Wilks, the BWA is a precautionary one.
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2017/3/16
Advisory of the day

SAINTE-PERPETUE BWA: QUESTIONS SURROUND TRANSFER TO TEMPORARY WELL, QC
On March 3rd a Boil Water Advisory was issued for the Municipality of Sainte-Pertétue, Québec. According to a post on the town's Facebook page, the preventative measure was issued by the Ministère de Développement durable, Environment et Lutte contre les changement climatique (MDDELCC).
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2017/3/16
Advisory of the day

KELOWNA AREA BWA IS PRECAUTIONARY, BC
The Glenmore Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for the Ellison area in Kelowna, British Columbia. The BWA was issued on March 10 by the GEID, one of five water purveyors servicing Kelowna. According to GEID's General Manager, Ian Wilks, the BWA is a precautionary one.
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2017/3/14
Advisory of the day

MANITOBA WATER ADVISORIES: A LOOK AT SOURIS, MB
Manitoba currently has approximately 80 active water advisories. For the most part the province publishes little information regarding the notices on their website. We wanted to look into the reasons behind the Manitoba advisories and if climate and geography play any role.
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2017/3/13
Advisory of the day

COLD SNAP BEHIND ÎLE-PERROT ADVISORY, QC
On Saturday Île-Perrot issued a Precautionary Water advisory. Residents are urged to boil water for at least a minute, and to reduce water consumption for the duration of the situation. The city did not give a reason for the public notice, nor did they give any timeframe before the advisory would be lifted.
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2017/3/10
Advisory of the day

DO NOT CONSUME ADVISORY: HOODOO RESIDENTS TOLD TO USE COIN OPERATED STATIONS FOR DRINKING WATER SK
On March 8, 2017 Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency issued a Do Not Drink Notice for all users of the Rural Municipality of Hoodoo's Wakaw and Cudworth water station. The advisory was due to the possibility of an unknown chemical substance which may or may not have been introduced into the drinking water.
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2017/3/10
Advisory of the day

BC VILLAGE ISSUES BWA DUE TO WATERLINE BREAKAGE
On March 8, 2017 Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency issued a Do Not Drink Notice for all users of the Rural Municipality of Hoodoo's Wakaw and Cudworth water station. The advisory was due to the possibility of an unknown chemical substance which may or may not have been introduced into the drinking water.
A broken waterline has led to a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) being issued in the Village of Warfield, British Columbia. The advisory, issued on March 4, is affecting slightly under 200 homes in the lower part of the village.
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2017/3/9
Advisory of the day

MECHANICAL FAILURE CAUSE OF PINK WATER IN ONAWAY, AB
On Monday, Onoway Alberta was home to a water issue that was out of the ordinary. Users of the Onoway Waterworks System found that their tap water was a bright pink in colour. According to announcements on the town's website the problem arose when Public Works began the "weekly backwash if filters [in the] Water Treatment Plant.
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2017/3/8
Water shortage

POWER OUTAGE SHUTS DOWN KAMLOOPS WATER PLANT
UPDATE 15:00 - City of Kamloops says Water Treatment Plant fully operational. Water usage can return to normal. Here's what happened.
A power outage lead to the shutdown of the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality at 4am PST this morning. The programming that runs the treatment system was affected by the outage, rendering the treatment system inoperable.
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2017/3/7
Advisory of the day

CLIMATE OF UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDS GREAT LAKES BUDGET CUTS
There has been talk about rumoured massive budget cuts to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These cuts would affect the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence water system, the source of drinking water for 40 million people on both sides of the border. US budget has not been presented and the discussion is taking place in an environment of uncertainty.
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2017/3/6
Advisory of the day

BWA STILL ON HEALTH UNIT'S WEBSITE MONTHS AFTER BEING LIFTED - HASTINGS, ON
An operator of a small water system in South East Ontario is upset to find out that his system was still included on a Boil Water Advisory list.

Roy Coburn, owner of Valleyview Estates in the village of Hastings had a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) issued in October of 2016. According to Coburn, he was installing a state-of-the-art water system and had the BWA issued for safety's sake. He followed protocol and the advisory was lifted shortly after.
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2017/3/6
Invasive species

ASIAN CARP IN THE SAINT LAWRENCE: A FIFTY-YEAR JOURNEY
Earlier this week Québec's Ministry of Wildlife, Forests, and Parks confirmed the presence of the Asian Grass carp in the Saint Lawrence river. In addition to the discovery, the department announced measures limiting the use of bait fish in the province. Now the question is how did this invasive species get into the Saint Lawrence and what is being done about it?
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2017/3/3
Advisory of the day

SAINT-LUC-DE-VINCENNES BWA LIFTED...REALLY.
The little town of Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, 27 km northeast of Trois-Rivière in the Mauricie region of Québec, has had a few problems with its water distribution system since January.
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2017/3/2
Environmental Enforcement - Part 1

PULP-PAPER COMPANY FINED FOR FAILING TO REPORT DELETERIOUS DISCHARGE
An Environment and Climate Change Canada news release announced on February 17, that Fibrek S.E.N.C. (société en nom collectif or limited partnership) had pleaded guilty to two charges under the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations and the Fisheries Act.
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2017/3/2
Environmental Enforcement - Part 1

PULP-PAPER COMPANY FINED FOR FAILING TO REPORT DELETERIOUS DISCHARGE
An Environment and Climate Change Canada news release announced on February 17, that Fibrek S.E.N.C. (société en nom collectif or limited partnership) had pleaded guilty to two charges under the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations and the Fisheries Act.
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2017/3/2
Environmental Enforcement - Part 2

CANADA'S ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENDERS REGISTRY
As we have seen with the case of Fibrek, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) plays a major role in ensuring that companies are in compliance with Canadian environmental regulations. The ECCC traces its roots back to 1971, and according to the departmental website, this science-based arm of the government "provides the science and technology information so Canadians can make informed decisions about the environment."
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2017/3/1
Advisory of the day

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN: DON'T DRINK THE WATER, QC
Right now, in the province of Quebec it's the winter week off for over 865,000 students in 2,728 pre-school, elementary and high-school levels. Out of this number, 9 schools are under DNC (Do not Consume) water notices including 5 pre-school and elementary schools that we investigated. Some of these establishments have been under DNC water notices for many years, others just a few months. We reached out and contacted these establishments and their local School commissions to get the answers.
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2017/2/27
Water cybersecurity

DOES OUR WATER NEED BETTER CYBER SECURITY?
When musing about cyber terrorism and hacktivism, the first things that come to mind may be election rigging, payment data theft, or identity manipulation. It's odd to think of water resources and internet security having much to do with one another but in these times, it is prudent to.
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2017/2/24
technology

THE WATER LENS: A MODERN SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO AN ANCIENT TRADITION
Using the sun to treat drinking water is not a new concept. In fact references can be found in the Sanskrit text Sus'ruta Samhita of purifying water by heating it using the sun. A team of researchers at University at Buffalo (UB) are taking this tradition applying contemporary scientific approaches, and challenging health and socio-economic issues at the same time.
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2017/2/23
Wastewater

ROAD DE-ICING IN QUÉBEC
Canadian winters are increasingly unpredictable. Roads need to be cleared from ice and snow to be safe for driving. The use of abrasives and ice melters is routine business. Let's take a look at the common practices in the province of Québec.
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2017/2/22
Invasive species

THESE THINGS HICHHIKE ON WORMS - WHIRLING DISEASE, AB
As whimsical as whirling disease may sound, it is a very serious affliction facing finned fish in Alberta. Johnson Lake in Banff National Park tested positive for the invasive parasite in the fall of 2016 and the race to contain began.
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2017/2/21
Advisory of the day

TOOSEY FIRST NATION STILL UNDER WATER ADVISORY: AWAITING COMMISSIONING OF NEW TREATMENT PLANT
"All Canadians - including First Nations - should have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water." That's the first line of a December 6, government news release, entitled, "Toosey First Nation turns on the tap to a new drinking water system". Two month later the tap is still off.
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2017/2/17
Advisory of the day

30 SMALL BC WATER SYSTEMS TOLD TO BOIL PERMANENTLY
Earlier we looked at Huckleberry Village in the Sunshine Valley, and a boil water notice that has been in effect since June 2000. We learned that the area has had financial difficulties, and that certain elements of the water distribution system had fallen into disrepair. This is not an isolated case in rural or remote parts of British Columbia. On the Fraser Health web page that lists drinking water advisories there are three current advisories that have been active between seventeen and twenty-five years.
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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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bullet Golden - LP Golden Mill, Heather Mountain Lodge BC
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bullet Souris MB

bullet Arnold's Cove NL
bullet Badger NL
bullet Brighton NL
bullet Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL
bullet Heart's Delight-Islington NL
bullet Spaniards Bay NL
bullet Upper Island Cove NL

bullet Bear River - Hillsborough Water Supply NS
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bullet East Ship Harbour - Norse Cove Camping NS
bullet Hatchet Lake - Brookside Junior High NS
bullet Lunenburg - South Baptist Chapel NS
bullet Marion Bridge - Mira Seniors Centre NS
bullet Upper Clements - Upper Clements Cottages Limited NS
bullet Upper Musquodoboit Elementary School NS
bullet Wilmot- Just Right Child Care NS

bullet Hastings - Valleyview Estates ON

bullet Saint-Constant QC
bullet Ormstown QC

bullet Battleford SK
bullet Carnduff SK
bullet Marshall - School SK
bullet Luseland SK
bullet Sunset View Beach SK
bullet Wilkie SK


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FIRST NATION & INUIT



2017/3/7
FIRST NATIONS & INUIT ADVISORY UPDATE

Health Canada has published its latest report on boil water advisories in First Nations and Inuit communities.

As of December 31, 2016, there were 127 Drinking Water Advisories (DWA) in effect in 85 First Nations communities across Canada, excluding British Columbia; of these 31 were short-term DWAs, meaning there was a temporary water quality issue on a specific water system and 96 were long-term DWAs, meaning the advisory has been in place for more than a year. At the end of November 2016, there were 130 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 85 communities.

In the Atlantic provinces, there are 2 advisories in 2 communities. No new advisories were issued in December. Two advisories were issued and rescinded during December for the Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church), NB and the MillbrooK, NS Public Water Systems. One advisory was rescinded in Potlotek, NS.

In Québec, there are 3 advisories in Kitiban Zibi. Four BWAs were issued and rescinded in December for the Ekuanitshit (Mingan), Long Point, Mashteulatsh and Timiskaming 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 83 advisories (77 BWA and 6 DNC) in 46 communities. There were 4 new BWAs issued during December for the Chapleau, Lac la Croix, Kashechewan and Pikangikum Public Water Systems; 5 advisories were lifted in Fort Albany, Pic Mobert, Rocky Bay, Wunnumin and Wapekeka; 1 advisory was issued and rescinded in December for the Shoal Lake #39 Public Water System.

In Manitoba, there are 11 BWAS and 2 DNC advisories in 11 communities. There were 2 new advisories in December for the Fox Lake (Gillam/Bird) Public Water System and the Pinaymootang Bottle Fill Semi-Public Water System.

In Saskatchewan, there are 19 BWAs in 15 communities. 1 new advisory was issued since the last report, for the Poundmaker, TLE community Public Water System. One advisory was lifted for the Peter Ballantyne Sandy Bay Public Water System; 4 advisories were issued and rescinded in December for the Cowessess-Marieval, Laplonge, Kiskaciwan and Turtle Lake Public Water Systems.

In Alberta, there are 8 BWAs in 8 communities. One advisory was rescinded for the Tsuu T'ina Community Centre Semi-Public System. 5 advisories were issued and lifted for the Kehewin, Fox Lake, Samson, Eden Valley and South Tallcree Public Water Systems.

In BC, according to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)- which is responsible for water in First Nations communities in BC - as of Feb 28, 2017, there were 16 Boil Water Advisories and 4 Do Not Consume advisories for a total of 20 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 18 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

2017/3/23 - World Water Day

INTERNATIONAL WATERS GOVERNANCE EXPERT DISCUSSES WORLD WATER DAY



2017/3/22 - UNICEF - World Water Day

UNICEF PROMOTING SOUND STRATEGIES TO COMBAT GLOBAL WATER STRESS



2017/3/20 - Greening government - Part 4

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON GREENING FEDERAL BUILDINGS - OTTAWA

2017/3/5 - Greening government - Part 3
CANADA LOOKING TO RETROFIT EXISTING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY
Update 2016/11/30
Greening government - Part 2


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

2016/11/21
Greening government - Part 1


ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN GOVERNMENT FLEETS

.../more


2017/3/15
Sea level rise
FED SITES PROVIDE INFO ON PREPARING FOR SEA LEVEL RISE IN CANADA
.../more

2017/3/9
First Nation water
INAC AND HEALTH CANADA ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR PLAN AND MORE MONEY TO FIX FIRST NATION WATER ISSUES
.../more
2017/3/5
Renewable Energy
INAC PROGRAM TO FUND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS IN CANADA'S NORTH
.../more

2017/3/5 - Greening government - Part 3

CANADA LOOKING TO RETROFIT EXISTING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Update 2016/11/30
Greening government - Part 2


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

2016/11/21
Greening government - Part 1


ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN GOVERNMENT FLEETS

.../more


2017/3/1
International Aid

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS: UNICEF DISCUSSES SYRIAN REFUGEE WATER WOES

.../more



2017/3/1

TACKLING ENERGY POVERTY WITH SOLAR STREETLIGHTS IN HAITI

.../more



2017/2/26
Regulations

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

.../more



2017/2/24
Satellite technology

SWOT SATELLITE MISSION TO FOSTER GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF EARTH'S SURFACE WATER AND ULTIMATELY SAVE LIVES

.../more



2017/2/22
Chemicals

TRICLOSAN: BAN OR REGULATE?

.../more



Update 2017/2/21
Bottled water

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS DEMAND MORE SAY IN BOTTLED WATER PUMPING DISPUTE

.../more



2017/2/20
The Next

FLYING CARS ARE HERE! WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

.../more



2017/2/8
Wastewater

A CLOSE LOOK AT FLUSHABILITY STANDARDS - (OR THE LACK THEREOF)
By Ruby Parajes for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Reprinted with permission
.../more



2017/2/3
Mercury

AFTER DECADES OF DECREASES, MERCURY RISES IN GREAT LAKES WILDLIFE
By Brian Bienkowski, The Daily Climate
Reprinted with permission
.../more



Update 2017/1/30
Groundwater

PART 1 HIDDEN AND MYSTERIOUS: WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT GROUND WATER
.../more

PART 2 WITHDRAWALS: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH IS A MATTER OF DYNAMICS .../more




Update 2017/1/24
Mercury

ONTARIO WORKING WITH CHIEF, FEDS TO FIX GRASSY NARROWS MERCURY CONTAMINATION
.../more



Update 2017/1/18
Hydrology

ONTARIO PROPOSES HEFTY OR NOT HIKE FOR WATER BOTTLING WITHDRAWALS

.../more



Update 2017/1/12
Hydrology

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

.../more



Update 2017/1/5
Hydrology

BOTTLED WATER - THE CANADIAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION STATES ITS CASE

.../more



Update 2017/1/2
Water Advisories

2016 YEAR-END ADVISORY REPORT

.../more



Update 2016/12/20
Hydrology

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

.../more



Update 2016/12/15
Hydrology

MCGILL TAKING STOCK OF THE WORLD'S LAKES

.../more



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 2016/11/22
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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