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Coverage of wastewater treatment since September 13, 2023.

Updates needed on Charlie Lake’s sewer system

"...McElhanney was hired by the Peace River Regional District to evaluate the existing sewer system, collection system, lift station and wastewater treatment plant and draft a capital improvement plan, including recommendations. ..."


West Toronto residents report raw sewage after boring machine freed

"...The construction in their neighbourhood originally began as a storm sewer project to stop localized basement flooding. That work still has yet to be completed, and residents have been left crying foul and filthy. In a statement, the city says there have been some “recent challenges with the sanitary sewer,” which transports wastewater released from toilets, drains, and sinks to a wastewater treatment plant in the area..."


Propensity for Activism Rises in Some Instances in British Columbia

"...Perceptions are more nuanced on four other establishments that could be located within three blocks of a respondent’s home. Practically half would take no action against a low-income housing project (49%, -9), while fewer feel the same way about a composting site (38%, -5), a homeless shelter (36%, -7) or a sewage or wastewater treatment plant (28%, -3)..."


Fraser Valley septic waste disposal plants reach capacity

"...The City of Chilliwack says over the last two years it has handled a more than 40-per cent increase in trucked liquid waste causing operational disruptions, increased treatment costs and quality issues at the city's wastewater treatment plant. This comes after the treatment plant in Abbotsford stopped accepting waste from anywhere outside Abbotsford and Mission in 2021, leading to more being sent to Chilliwack. James Stiksma, owner of Canadian Septic and a board member of the Western Canadian On-Site Wastewater Management Association of B..."


Finally: Lake Cowichan gets grant for $10.1M water treatment plant upgrade

"...The town first began to look at upgrade requirements at the wastewater treatment plant in 2005..."


Team effort needed to tackle Manitoba lake pollution, experts say

"...More and more blue-green sludge has washed up on the banks of Lake Winnipeg in recent years, threatening the health of both the lake’s aquatic species population and the water supply. Lake Winnipeg’s watershed spans one million square kilometres with various sources polluting it, including contaminants from the Red River, the Saskatchewan River, the Dauphin River, municipal wastewater treatment plants, urban lawns and gardens, and agricultural runoff. Inoka Amarakoon, assistant professor in the department of soil science at the University of Manitoba, said better nutrient management is the only way to control and prevent increased blooms..."


Wastewater workers in Langley, around Metro Vancouver, on strike

"...Members of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Employees Union are picketing at the Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment plant as of Monday, Oct. 16. The union, which operates five plants across Metro Vancouver, has been without a contract for almost two years..."


Strike begins at five Metro Vancouver wastewater treatment plants

"...Union members at Metro Vancouver’s five wastewater treatment plants are on strike as of Monday morning..."


Kirk LaPointe: We need a regional government to address Metro Vancouver issues

"...Mostly its agendas involve its core services of drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. But it also regulates air quality, develops urban growth plans, takes care of a regional parks system and provides comparably affordable housing through its four corporate entities. These are not small-budget items..."


Grand opening held at new Summerland organics processing facility

"...“By working with communities across Canada such as the District of Summerland, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building more resilient communities, and creating jobs. Investments like the new compost facility allow for better waste management by diverting organic waste from landfills and turning it into clean and useful compost,” said Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault in a release. “The new organic processing facility is an example of the leadership from the Summerland community, and how local climate action gets us closer to reaching our national emissions reduction goal of net-zero emissions by 2050..."


Rocky Mountain House to get $30-million wastewater plant

"...Rocky Mountain House and Clearwater County have teamed up to build a $30-million wastewater treatment plant outfitted with the latest technology and able to support decades of population growth..."


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Jobs in wastewater treatment

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Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment - Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, AB)

"...Ensures that the team is managed fairly and consistently and that work processes are followed and coordinated to guarantee service levels..."

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Wastewater Treatment Supervisor - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...For further information and to apply, please check our website at www. kelowna. ca/careers..."

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Wastewater Labourer II - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...You must be professional, responsive and possess a positive work attitude; strong mechanical skills; the ability to remain calm in stressful situations; and the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully one-on-one and in a group environment..."

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Millwright - Wastewater Services (x2) - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...Applicants must also possess a Standard First Aid Course, knowledge of WHMIS and WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, comprehensive knowledge of the installation, maintenance, repair and servicing of mechanical equipment, ability to perform close tolerance machine work, ability to perform physical work outdoors in all weather conditions, strong interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills, and possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License. POSITION DETAILS..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wastewater treatment.

Will the Chesapeake Become a Dead Zone?

"...In the 45,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants, and urban and agricultural run-off is continuously suffocating marine life..."


The secrets of sewage - What's in our wastewater? | DW Documentary

"...What exactly is in the wastewater? A group of researchers is on its way to Europe's largest wastewater treatment plant to find out..."


What Sewage Treatment and Brewing Have in Common

"...In both wastewater treatment and fermentation, humans co-opt microorganisms to convert a less desirable liquid into a better one..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about wastewater treatment relevant to the latest news.

A Comprehensive Overview of Vital Water Quality Parameters

"...In-place sewage systems, landfill leachate, wastewater treatment plant effluent, leaking sewers, hydraulic fracturing, gas stations, or excessive fertilizer use in agriculture are the usual causes of groundwater adulteration..."


An overview on the prevalence and potential impact of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance in the aquatic environment of

"...The paper reviews the available published literature in India on the prevalence of antimicrobial residues and their dissemination pathways in wastewater of pharmaceutical industries, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, riverine, community pond water, and groundwater..."


Challenges and countermeasures of urban water systems against climate change: a perspective from China

"...The positive mitigation strategy is to employ the systematic concept in planning and design and to adopt advanced applicable energy-saving technologies, processes, and management practices, aiming at reduction in flux of urban water systems, reinforcement in energy conservation and carbon reduction in both water supply systems and wastewater treatment systems, and thus a reduction of greenhouse gas emission from urban water systems..."


Prospective of Waste Lignocellulosic Biomass as Precursors for the Production of Biochar: Application, Performance, and Mechani

"...Utilization of biochar has made substantial breakthroughs in increasing agricultural productivity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, sequester atmospheric carbon into the soil, reducing bioavailability of environmental contaminants, and subsequently becoming a value-added product sustaining bioeconomy..."


Persistent Organic Pollutants in Sewage Sludge: Occurrence, Temporal Concentration Variation and Risk Assessment for Sewage Slu

"...In this study, the occurrences, temporal concentration variations and ecotoxicological risks were determined for 18 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); 7 congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and 18 selected organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in the anaerobically digested sewage sludge samples obtained from a conventional wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Konya, Turkey..."


Surfactants: combating the fate, impact, and aftermath of their release in the environment

"...The residual surfactants and their breakdown products are dispersed in the environment predominantly via the disposal of sewage and land application of sewage sludge..."


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Evaluations of Wastewater Treatment Plant?A Case Study of Jiaxing, China

"...The findings align with previous studies that have emphasized the importance of reducing energy consumption and adopting sustainable practices to improve the sustainability of wastewater treatment plants..."


The Impact of Fragrances on Soils

"...Of these compounds, the polycyclic and nitromusks are not readily degraded in wastewater treatment plants and, therefore, their concentrations are dominant in the sewage sludge and reclaimed wastewater..."