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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.

WRAP-UP: There were 14 new advisories issued since Friday: 4 in MB, 2 in BC, 6 in QC, 1 in SK, 1 in ON.
In British Columbia, the Township of Spallumcheen issued a BWN to the Larkin water area due to adverse water sample results. Vancouver Island Health issued a BWN to Lakeside Hideaway due to unacceptable water quality results (microbiological); a BWN issued to Lakeside Hideaway in June also due to unacceptable quality results is still in effect.
British Columbia Advisory Map

In Manitoba, a BWA was issued to Flin Flon PWS, short term, reason not stated. A BWA was issued to Ste G's General Store, food handling facility; the advisory is categorized as Medium Term...
Manitoba Advisory Map

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

Inclusive Leadership for the Urban Indigenous

Interview with Charlene Lavallee, AMNSIS President

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

Carbon tech start-Up Air Company launches sustainable aviation fuel made from captured CO2

WT Women - Danielle Doggett Named One of the most influential women of the century
Building the World’s first fleet of 100% clean ocean-going container vessels

Canada's long-awaited national flood maps
NRCan responds to WaterToday’s inquiry about the current state of Canadian flood maps

WT Women - Taking a deep dive with Ocean School’s education
At the intersection of science, education, and storytelling

Canada's Arctic Corridors & Northern Voices Project Update
The Arctic Corridors & Northern Voices project was developed by the University of Ottawa in partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard

OffGridBox: An all-in-one solution providing renewable energy and clean water to remote communities
WT Interview with Bas Berends, Chief Partnership Officer, OffGridBox

Axine EOx technology enables PFAS destruction by 99.999 per cent
WT Interview with Greg Peet, CEO, Axine Water Technologies

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


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

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 has six conventional water treatment plants. The water is treated and distributed to 11 local area municipalities.

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

Managing water for a rapidly growing population

The city ranks third in numbers of CSO outfalls in Québec
The City's Source of water is Alpine Lakes and groundwater

The City of Regina receives potable water from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant, located approximately 60 km northwest of the City.

The City's distribution network has close to a thousand kilometres
of piping network, spread out over a very large geographic area

Abbotsford and Mission receive domestic water from the Abbotsford Mission Water & Sewer Commission

A full list of our City Reports can be found here

WT Rez

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 31 long-term and 37 short-term advisories in Indigenous communities across the country. While 109 long-term advisories have been lifted, 32 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 37 short-term advisories in effect in First Nations communities across Canada, excluding BC; and 5 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 31 long-term advisories across Canada, excluding BC; and 12 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.

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

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 -

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

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

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

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

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)

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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