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Coverage of water quality since October 18, 2023.

Urban runoff

"...George said there are around 28 sewage lines that run into the inlet and more than 700 contaminants. “It's a big problem, a big issue but there are things we can do to manage it at the household and systemic level,” George said. “There are way better practices to managing sewage, to managing stormwater that exist..."


Water quality researcher comes to U of G as new Canada Excellence Research Chair

"...The University of Guelph have added a renowned water quality researcher to their stable of experts..."


Rose Valley treatment plant in West Kelowna now providing clean water

"...“We will wait until everyone is on the new water treatment plant before we celebrate, but this is truly an outstanding announcement. ”Last month, the city announced that the treatment plan would provide clean water in two phases..."


5 Takeaways for Companies Setting Science-based Freshwater Targets

"...Most notably that while greenhouse gas emissions have global implications, and therefore can be managed with global targets, water is a localized resource, so water challenges must be locally managed. However, the data and information to do so properly is not available in every water basin throughout the world. Moreover, water challenges come in many forms: water scarcity, poor water quality, lack of access, droughts, flooding and more..."


Alberta town ends local state of emergency, residents still asked to conserve water

"...The Town of Cochrane made the declaration earlier this week after an accident on Saturday affected its water and wastewater pipelines, causing sewage to flow into the Bow River. (Cranbrook Townsman photo)..."


Cochrane isolates water main break, asks residents to continue conserving water

"...The Town of Cochrane declared a local state of emergency this week after an accident Saturday affected its water and wastewater pipelines, causing sewage to flow into the Bow River. There haven't been any issues with water quality in town or in downstream communities such as Calgary, but there had been significant water loss in Cochrane because crews were unable to isolate the water line to start repairs. Town officials say in an online update that water is no longer leaking from that pipe and repairs have begun..."


Sewage line rupture ‘significantly impacted' Cochrane's water reservoirs: officials

"...Trout Unlimited also had to cancel a survey“The fisheries in the Bow River are already impacted by a number of factors, not limited to climate change even though it is a big overreaching factor,” she told Global News. “The competition for use of water within the Bow River watershed also leads to variable water levels. We have extremely low water right now, which can be challenging for the fish..."


Glass half empty: Rural Kootenay water systems struggle to meet health standards

"...Ico de Zwart steps over a PVC pipe where a steady leak drips near the intake collecting Krestova’s drinking water..."


Calgary says drinking water remains safe following sewage discharge upstream

"...Calgary issued a news release on Sunday morning saying it has seen no change in water quality at the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant, but as a precaution, it’s asking people to stay out of the Bow River for the rest of the day..."


Alberta city cancels biological hazard alert that had closed access to Bow River

"...The Alberta emergency alert had been issued at 9:43 p. m. on Saturday, closing access to the Bow River after a sewer line break in Cochrane..."


Increase in logging draws concern in Horsefly

"...Concerns for the future of logging, the amount of logging taking place and the quality of the sensitive Horsefly River watershed left in its wake were all topics of discussion at a meeting hosted by the Horsefly River Roundtable (HRR) recently..."


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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) years’ 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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Recent episodes that mention water quality.

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

Duration: 54:55

"...It’s time to talk agronomy on RealAg Radio! On today’s show, you’ll 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..."


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..."


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

Duration: 18:05

"...It’s always amazing to see how much can transpire in just one week..."


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..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water quality.

We Built Fake Beaver Dams to Rewild this Dead River

"...The rewilding membership that restores nature across a wide range of ecosystems..."


Randle Reef Remediation | Stage 2

"...The contaminated water in the ECF was then pumped to a water treatment plant built specifically for the project..."


Our Strange Plan to Fully Rewild This River

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


Dr. Wayne Honeycutt: Comprehensive Strategy for Advancing Soil Health

"...An abundance of research shows that practices designed to improve soil health also reduce nutrient loss to waterways, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, increase drought resilience, enhance yield stability, increase biodiversity, enhance pollinator/wildlife habitat, and provide many other benefits..."


Academic Research

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

Short Review on Taxation Action in the Sustainability of Green Airports

"...According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 13% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the aviation sector, making green airports the most logical choice for sustainable development..."


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..."


A Landscape-Scale Comparison of Wetlands Associated with Surface Coal Extraction and Naturally-Occurring Wetlands in the Centra

"...We inventoried naturally-occurring wetlands and wetlands associated with surface mining in the Guest River watershed in Wise County, Virginia, USA, one of the most heavily surface-mined watersheds in the Virginia coalfields..."


Spatial distribution of major and trace elements in artificial lakes in Serbia: health risk indices and suitability of water fo

"...Hence, it is necessary to control water pollution and have reliable information on water quality, which refers to its suitability for a particular purpose..."


Variability in space effects of industrial wastewater on river physicochemical characteristics in a sample of towns of Oromia

"...Therefore, the industrial effluents were affected water quality, human, aquatic health, environmental pollution and thereby need mitigation measures of sustainable monitoring and supervision of untreated release of industry waste into the environment, phytoremediation of affected streams and rivers, awareness creation for community and advising firm owners to install industry waste treatment plants..."


Spatio-temporal evaluation of surface water quality of Tawi watershed in the Himalayan region of Jammu (J&K, UT) using

"...In the present work, an investigation was performed based on the genera and species stated in Palmer pollution index to show the extent of organic pollution in the surface water of the Tawi watershed in the Jammu province of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir using algal pollution indices..."


Rainwater Harvesting for Potable Water Supply: Opportunities and Challenges

"...Rainwater harvesting systems are used worldwide for potable water supply, stormwater reduction, and groundwater recharge..."


Analysis and Suggestion of Water Source Safety Guarantee of Danjiangkou Reservoir

"...In specific, the hidden dangers of water quality include imperfect isolation facilities, water resource management information system, environmental pollution prevention and control measures and difficult management of water-level fluctuation zone..."


Psychological distance and physical distance induced residents? heterogeneous willingness to pay for transboundary watershed ec

"...Under the framework of payment for transboundary watershed ecosystem services (ESs), identifying midstream and downstream residents? preference and willingness to pay (WTP) for ESs provided by the upstream is crucial for sustainable watershed management..."


Protecting Life and Lung: Protected Areas Affect Fine Particulate Matter and Respiratory Hospitalizations in the Brazilian Amaz

"...For example, protection of tropical forests can affect the spread of infectious diseases, water quality, and dietary diversity, while forest loss can have important consequences for respiratory health due to the use of fire for converting land to alternative uses in many countries..."