- Okotoks Applying to Province for Pipeline Grant
The Town of Okotoks, Alberta has applied to the provincial government in an effort to cover 90 per cent of the cost for a new pipeline from the City of Calgary. If successful, the province’s Water for Life program would put forth approximately $36 million of the estimated $40-million bill. The Calgary Regional Partnership has […]
- Nearly 300,000 Quebec City Residents without Potable Water
Close to 300,000 people in Quebec City were without potable tap water on October 29 after a major pipe burst prompted a boil water order. Pascale St-Pierre, a hospital spokesperson, told public broadcaster Radio-Canada the tap water had become “cloudy.” Four of the city’s five hospitals and approximately 40 schools became reliant on deliveries of […]
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- VIDEO: Better Water Testing, Thanks to Breath-Freshening Strips
A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing by turning the process upside-down. For more on this “lab in a pill,” see Water Canada’s November/December 2014 issue.
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- Opportunity in Ghana
It is difficult to deny the side effects and suffering the lack of access to safe water can pose on a community. From the stories of these women we learn that once a well was constructed near their homes, the daily obstacle of sourcing and carrying water, that previously controlled their time and livelihoods, was removed.
- Improving access to water in Africa
Grace used to get water for her family from a nearby stream, now there is water at her house. She took a WaterCredit loan for a rain catchment system, which she has now paid off. She uses the water for domestic chores like cleaning, laundry, and even watering a household vegetable garden. Water.org has established lending programs in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to provide more people of Africa, like Grace, the opportunity to access improved water and sanitation facilities. This recent article provides more insight on Water.org's efforts.
- A Town Called Bèlanje
The people of Bèlanje, Haiti once collected unsafe water from an open spring each day; thankfully, less than one kilometer away, something happened that has changed their lives.
- U.S. Government Builds a Home for Water Data
The Open Water Data Initiative wants a common house for real-time U.S. water information. The collection of water data is rather like a sedate zoo. The data sets, however elegant and illuminating, are penned in agency cages. Information on stream flow is cornered in the U.S. Geological Survey’s section of the park, while state groundwater […]
- The Stream, October 31: A Real-Life Scare on Halloween, The World’s Aquifers are Disappearing
The Global Rundown The world’s aquifers are disappearing, and the Aral Sea is vanishing. Researchers from Massachusetts have deduced that the water on earth has been here since the planet’s formation, while scientists from Nebraska and Illinois have written a computer program for buying and selling water rights. Record floods in August caused mass amounts […]
- Earth’s Major Aquifers Are in Trouble
Groundwater reserves are falling, but little is known about how much water is left. Image courtesy of J. S. Famiglietti, The Global Groundwater Crisis, Nature Climate Change, November, 2014 Water reserves are falling in several of the world’s major aquifers in Earth’s arid and semi-arid mid-latitudes. The graph shows declines in water storage translated into […]