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Water Today Title January 29, 2023
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ADVISORIES
WRAP-UP: There were 8 new advisories issued since yesterday: 3 in SK, 1 in QC, 2 in ON, 2 in NL.
In Ontario, HKPR District Health issued a Boil Order to Kawartha Slices and More (Woodville) reason not stated. A First Nation BWA was issued to Grassy Narrows PWS, short term.
Ontario Advisory Map

In Saskatchewan, a PDWA was issued to Broderick due to elevated turbidity. First Nation BWAs were issued to Gordon No 86 PWS and to Poundmaker No 114 PWS; both advisories are short term. Saskatchewan Advisory Map
Full Report
RECENT ADVISORIES - Full list

SPACE FOOD
McGill University's Deep Space Food Challenge semi-finalists will breed and harvest crickets to feed astronauts
Interview with Alexander Becker




                ADVISORY MAPS
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WT LATEST
SPACE FOOD
Vancouver Team CANGrow moves on to semi-finals in the Canadian Space Agency's Deep Space Food Challenge
The company's Ecoation Innovative Systems, develops food technology for long-term space missions.


WASTEWATER
Breakthrough technology transforms performance and economics for industrial wastewater reuse
Boston Start-up ZwitterCo

MINING
International deep seabed mining kicks off under “secrecy agreement”, the first in: Canada
WT Interview with Catherine Coumans, Ph.D. MiningWatch Canada


CLIMATE ADAPTATION
A natural systems approach to adapting to climate change
WT Interview with Leanne Sexsmith, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia


SMART IRRIGATION
High Technology applied to water conservation - where it counts the most
How Lumo Ag took its smart water valve from idea to market


WATERSHEDS
Winning at water security in BC
Collaboration proves climate adaptation works
Interview with Zita Botelho, Watersheds BC


NASA SWOT MISSION
SWOT satellite, launched on December 16, to survey all water on Earth
Interview with Jean Bergeron, Missions Scientist, Canadian Space Agency


FIRST NATION WATER
The First Nation Drinking Water Settlement


BIOFOAM
Sustainability with repurposed forest wood-waste industries
A collaboration between Wet'suwet'en First Nation and a research team at the University of British Columbia has resulted in an innovative packaging foam made entirely from post-harvest waste wood.


DATA CENTERS
Large Amounts of Water Required to Operate Data Centers
Interview with Landon Marston, Assistant Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering Virginia Tech

FIRST NATIONS
Inclusive Leadership for the Urban Indigenous
Interview with Charlene Lavallee, AMNSIS President


TIDAL POWER
Toronto, start-up Biome Renewables is turning the tide to unlock increased tidal power potential




All previous WT articles can be found in our
A to Z section



CITY WATER

Report on Canadian Municipal Drinking Water. WT sent requests for informations to a cross-section of randomly picked cities across Canada, asking them to to tell us about the features and challenges of their water systems. Cities were offered the option of either a phone interview with their Drinking Water Management or a series of email questions. The reports below feature the most recent answers that were sent to us.
NANAIMO, BC
North America's Largest Siphon-Powered Membrane
Water Treatment Plant


YORK REGION
Duffin Creek Plant is the first wastewater treatment facility in Canada to achieve LEED Gold Certification for excellence in environmental building design


DAWSON CITY
The cultural capital of the Yukon, home of the Klondike Gold Rush and the heart of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory is also home to a state-of-the-art water treatment plant.



NIAGARA REGION, ON
Niagara Region has six conventional water treatment plants. The water is treated and distributed to 11 local area municipalities.

QUÉBEC, QC
Québec city’s sewer network is about 72% combined network
(unitary and pseudo-separate)


STRATFORD, PEI
Managing water for a rapidly growing population


SAGUENAY, QC
The city ranks third in numbers of CSO outfalls in Québec


WHISTLER, BC
The City's Source of water is Alpine Lakes and groundwater


A full list of our City Reports can be found here


WT Rez

FIRST NATION & INUIT WATER
The long-standing lack of clean drinking water and wastewater facilities in Indigenous communities has left an indelible stain on Canada's flag. For years successive government have pledged to fix the problem, yet today there are 33 long-term and 29 short-term advisories in Indigenous communities across the country. While 109 long-term advisories have been lifted, 33 remain, and the number of short-term advisories has not been declining in recent months, with short-term advisories regularly recurring in the same communities. Band Councils say government initiatives suffer from a lack of holistic approach, unprofessional consultants or engineers and poor funding for operators and related infrastructure.
Short-Term Advisories
According to Indigenous Services Canada latest report, there are 29 short-term advisories in effect in First Nations communities across Canada, excluding BC; and 9 in BC issued by the First Nation Health Authority (FNHA).

List of all Short-Term Advisories
Long-Term Advisories
In place for more than a year, these advisories are also monitored by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

There are currently 33 long-term advisories across Canada, excluding BC; and 13 in BC issued by the First Nation Health Authority (FNHA)

List of all Long-Term Advisories
A view from the Rez
Interviews Chiefs or Band Officials of the communities under long-term advisory. The latest ones include Chief Bruce Achneepineskum of Marten Falls First Nation, ON; and Chief Skead, Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, ON

A view from the rez -All Interviews

Interview with ISC Minister, Patty Hajdu
"It is our collective duty to end discrimination against Indigenous peoples" - 2022/1/21

All First Nation water advisories are also listed on our provincial maps along with non-indigenous advisories.


WT Tech - Towards a more sustainable water/energy nexus.

Shipping
Oceanbird - A shipping revolution
Swedish Technology will make it possible to power the largest ocean-going cargo vessels by harnessing the wind.

Soil Rehabilitation
Solving South Africa’s Water Security Issues
The Compost Kitchen's waste-to-compost commitment begins with repairing the soil

Wastewater
Canadian company, SciCorp, wins first prize for innovative and transformative wastewater technology
Interview with Derk Maat, SciCorp

Toxic Algae
Identifying toxic blue-green algae species through mass spectrometry
Interview with Dr. Aneika Leney, Ph.D., Biological Mass Spectrometry, UK

Carbon Removal
Planetary Technologies Wins XPRIZE Carbon Renewal Milestone Award -

Desalination
No filters or high pressure pumps
Researchers build portable and energy efficient desalination

Transportation
Electric ferries launch at the Port of Kingston, ON. Interview with Guillaume Clement, Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions

Shipping
Vancouver Start-Up Dasivedo Design moves forward with plans
to retrofit vessels with Wind Assist Technology


Shipping
Clean Sailing with Emission-Free Cargo Ships. Interview with CEO of SailCargo Inc

Oceans
Arctic sinkholes the size of a Manhattan block show up on Beaufort Seafloor
Interview with Charles Paull, Senior Scientist Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)


Mining
Calgary start-up Summit Nanotech's lithium mining process reduces freshwater use to zero while decreasing chemical waste by 90%

Multi-purpose Analysers
Finding efficiency with Mantech's Multi-purpose Analyzers, Part 1

Mantech's Chemical Oxygen Demand) Analyzer provides results in 10 minutes, Part 2










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