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Coverage of water quality since May 13, 2024.

Calgary 'not out of the woods' on water main repair, Gondek says

"...In a morning update about the work being done to repair Calgary's broken water main, Mayor Jyoti Gondek congratulated the efforts of all Calgarians but said the conservation guidelines could remain in place until the middle of next week. "Because you have been so committed to conserving your water, we remain at a very stable place in terms of our water supply," Gondek said during Wednesday morning's availability. Water use was up slightly on Tuesday from the day before, but she said it was below the threshold..."

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Calgary water main break likely repaired by Thursday, fully operational in a week

"...The water main break in the Calgary community of Montgomery is expected to be fixed by Thursday so that flushing of the line and water quality testing can proceed, officials told city councillors on Tuesday morning. The city is also relaxing restrictions for 'hot works' at construction sites it had in place for days to reduce the fire risk. Residents are still asked to conserve water usage until the line is fully operational again..."

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Boil water advisory lifted for Bowness as water main repair work continues

"..."The city made changes to deliver safe drinking water from the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant to the community of Bowness by bypassing the damaged feeder main," the city said in its own statement..."

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Boil water advisory lifted for Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood

"...The boil water advisory put in place as a result of a major water main break in northwest Calgary last week has been lifted..."

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'Bowness needs some love right now': Bowness businesses feeling pinch in aftermath of water main break

"..."As water quality has been restored, the boil water advisory issued June 5, 2024, has been lifted, effective immediately," AHS said in its release..."

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Waterloo Region ending wastewater surveillance program in July

"...In a statement, the Region of Waterloo Public Health said The surveillance Initiative operated by the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks will wind down by July 31, 2024. Wastewater surveillance data will continue to be found on the Government of Canadas COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard..."

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After three decades of labour, non-profit finds much to love

"...Environment Canada initiated the Atlantic Coastal Action Program in 1991 to help Atlantic Canadians restore and sustain local watersheds and adjacent coastal areas, while bringing different groups to the table to solve a range of environmental issues. In Cape Breton, it was the Sydney tar ponds that led to the creation of the group in 1992. "We owe our beginnings to the Sydney tar ponds, which was one of the worst toxic sites in North America," says Aikens, adding that 17 ACAPs were created in various parts of Atlantic Canada, with many of them located near major environmental challenges..."

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Province shutting down wastewater surveillance in Waterloo Region

"...Mark Servos, the Canada research chair in water quality protection, has been spearheading wastewater monitoring at the University of Waterloo since 2020..."

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Parlee Beach, N.B., receiving stormwater quality improvement system

"...Possible causes of the no-swim advisories range from surface water run-off from agriculture and urban areas, sewage system overflows, birds, wild and domesticated animals, and fecal matter from swimmers..."

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California county's farm bureau sues over state monitoring of groundwater

"...Its the first area in California to go through this process under the states landmark groundwater law that aims to keep water flowing sustainably after years of drought and overpumping has led to problems with groundwater quality and the sinking of land. Californias law tasked local communities with forming agencies and drafting groundwater management plans to reach a sustainable use of the resource for years to come..."

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California's water tunnel to cost $20 billion. State officials say the benefits are worth it

"...The analysis, conducted by the Berkeley Research Group but paid for by the state, said the tunnel would yield $38 billion in benefits, mostly because of an increased water supply that would be better protected from natural disasters like earthquakes..."

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New Mexico forges rule for treatment and reuse of oil-industry fracking water amid protests

"...The public, understandably, is concerned that the rule allows land application of produced water, and that produced water will infiltrate and pollute groundwater, said Tannis Fox, an attorney representing environmental groups Amigos Bravos and The Sierra Club. This is not what the rule says, but it is what members of the public are concerned about..."

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Jobs in water quality

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Water Treatment Operator - Level IV - District of Peachland (Peachland, BC)

"...Complete water quality testing to ensure processes and finished water is in compliance with local, provincial and federal regulations..."

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Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Parksville (Parksville, BC)

"...Work involves performing operational and maintenance duties in order to maintain water quality that meets or exceeds all compliance criteria outlined in the City's Operating Permit and Provincial and/or Canadian Drinking Water Legislation and Guidelines. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:..."

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Senior Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Parksville (Parksville, BC)

"...Five (5) yearsâ experience in commissioning, operating and troubleshooting a membrane plant including maintenance and repairs on large mechanical equipment; demonstrated experience with computer controlled monitoring systems; and demonstrated supervisory experience. OR an equivalent combination of training and experience..."

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Water and Wastewater Engineer - Urban Systems (Calgary, AB)

"...Applying practical knowledge related to civil and process facility design principles to provide workable solutions to engineering problems on a small scale and large multi- disciplinary projects..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention water quality.

RealAg Radio, May 30: Green-on-green, fusarium risk status, and a cool spring

Duration: 54:55

"...Its time to talk agronomy on RealAg Radio! On todays show, youll hear: Peter Wheat School on a number of topics, including alfalfa weevil, fusarium risk status, and more; and Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix on spray water quality, and green-on-green sprayer technology..."

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Wheat School: The importance of knowing water quality and how to troubleshoot it

Duration: 6:54

"...Water quality plays an important role in the availability of pesticides and other chemical products applied to crops year after year..."

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Wheat Pete's Word, Jan 19: How soil carbon and flight are linked, wireworm whoopsies, changes, and water quality

Duration: 18:05

"...Its always amazing to see how much can transpire in just one week..."

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RealAg Radio, June 7: Negative synergy, hot products, and soybeans on Agronomic Monday

Duration: 55:00

"...Welcome to another Agronomic Monday here on RealAg Radio..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water quality.

Satellites as Storytellers | Davos 2024 | World Economic Forum

"...Whether it is predicting poverty rates, processing extreme weather forecasts, or monitoring water quality, Earth observation (EO) data is increasingly being used by societies to better understand their ecosystem and by industries to make data-driven decisions..."

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What are cumulative effects?

"...Pollutants from urban runoff, like oil and gas, that might have spilled or dripped on the road..."

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Our Strange Plan to Fully Rewild This River

"...With us, you will restore nature and fight climate change every month ..."

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Mr. Jay Watson: Advancing Regenerative Agriculture/Soil Health at General Mills

"...This is a critical mission for General Mills as they work with partners to address challenges of topsoil loss, biodiversity loss, declining farm profitability, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about water quality relevant to the latest news.

A Systematic Review of Water Governance in Asian Countries: Challenges, Frameworks, and Pathways Toward Sustainable Development

"...Critical WG issues identified include transboundary water management, irrigation challenges, water quality concerns, and water?food?energy nexus interdependencies..."

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Water Quality Features in Small Rivers of Khabarovsk During Floods. 1. Major Ions and Nutrients

"...The concentrations of major ions and nutrients in river water are shown to vary widely due to the considerable difference between the water chemistry in snowmelt water, groundwater, and wastewater, as well as waters from worn-out systems of water supply and water disposal..."

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Critical assessment of biorefinery approaches for efficient management and resource recovery from water hyacinths for sustainab

"..., compost, biofertilizer, and mulch, energy resources such as bioethanol, biomethane, biohydrogen, and biochar, and other resources such as biopolymers, animal feed and fish feed, and high-value chemicals have been gaining popularity in the last decade..."

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Enhancing drilling operations: prioritizing wellbore integrity, formation preservation, and effective mud waste control (case s

"...This study also evaluated the potential impact of these parameters on groundwater and soil quality, leading to the development of an efficient waste management system..."

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Advancing Sponge City Implementation in China: The Quest for a Strategy Model

"...In response, the Chinese government has endorsed sponge city (SPC) theory as a sustainable urban development model that aims to enhance urban planning, construction, and sustainable wastewater management..."

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Impact of petroleum hydrocarbon and heavy metal pollution on coral reefs and mangroves: a review

"...Here, we review the effect of these contaminants on coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems, with focus on reef fishes, algae, corals, and oil spills..."

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Food web restoration lags behind biological communities: a case study from a floodplain wetland

"...At present, efforts to restore wetlands have primarily focused on enhancing water quality and biodiversity, with little attention paid to analyzing the recovery of the food web..."

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Analyzing surface water quality and assessing environmental impacts downstream of the Tafna river (northwest Algeria)

"...The Tafna river serves as a model for assessing surface water and environmental quality by combining water quality and pollution indices using multivariate statistical methods..."

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Impact of groundwater nitrogen legacy on water quality

"...Sustainable watershed management requires long-term strategies that address the impacts of legacy N and promote sustainable agricultural practices aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals to balance agricultural productivity with water conservation..."

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Combined Effects of Seawater Intrusion and Heavy Metal Pollution on the Groundwater Resources of Tarout Island, Saudi Arabia

"...To mitigate the health and environmental hazards, groundwater use must be urgently managed alongside implementing suitable pollution control techniques..."

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Assessing heavy metal and physiochemical pollution load of Danro River and its management using floating bed remediation

"...River Danro in Garhwa (India) plays a vital role as a significant source of surface water and a crucial tributary of the North Koel River, ultimately joining the Ganga River Basin..."

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