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Health Canada released the draft guidance on sampling and mitigation measures for controlling corrosion in December 2022 for public consultation. The intent of this document is to provide responsible authorities, such as municipalities and water suppliers, with guidance on assessing corrosion and implementing corrosion control measures for distribution systems in residential settings to minimize exposure to lead. It also provides sampling protocols and corrective measures for multi-dwelling buildings, schools, daycare facilities and office buildings, for those authorities, such as school boards, building owners or employers, that are responsible for the health and safety of the occupants of such buildings.
CWWA’s Drinking Water Quality Committee reviewed the draft guidance and submitted substantial comments. Overall, the committee felt the document was lacking in many aspects including being overly focused on lead sampling protocols, it is sometimes contradictory, and not taking into account more recent research on the subject.
Mark your calendars for June 7-9, 2023 and join us at the Delta City Centre Hotel in Ottawa! CWWA is excited to be joining with Water Canada to host our Window on Ottawa as part of the Water Canada Summit. This event will have all the federal/national program and legislative updates our members expect from the Window on Ottawa, but this collaboration will also allow a deeper exploration of the issues impacting the Canadian water landscape.
NRCan is seeking to develop an up-to-date estimate of the energy intensity for the provision of water and wastewater services, as well as an up-to-date estimate of the average variable water and wastewater service rates in Canada’s residential sector.
The Canadian Center for Cyber Security (CCCS) was established to work with CI Sectors across the country to provide continuous cyber security advice, guidance and services to improve cyber resilience.
We are proud to partner with #CANECT23. Register today for Canada’s leading #environmental compliance and due diligence training event.
Attend CANECT23 to keep up to date with new environmental regulations, prove your due diligence, and expand your awareness and best practices. For over 30 years, CANECT has met the needs of Canada’s environmental managers and professionals.
This year, choose from seven practical courses in virtual and in-person formats to meet your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, including the popular “Water and Wastewater: Regulation & Compliance” course. Attendees receive Certificates of Attendance showing continuing education hours. See the course list and speakers at www.canect.net.
Health Canada has published a consultation technical document with the intent to provide regulatory authorities and decision-makers with an objective for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in Canadian drinking water supplies.
This proposal notice was updated on Jan. 30, 2023 to advise the public that this file is still under active review. The ministry is reviewing the comments it has received to date. The original proposal date and comment period have not been altered.
The discussion topics covered in the paper include:
Inflow of stormwater and infiltration of groundwater into sewers is a constant operational challenge, but a water utility in Norway is gaining better understanding of its network with an innovative digital approach, says Marco Westergren, chief analytics officer at water analytics platform provider InfoTiles.
Snippings & Clippings
Companies exporting virtually any product to the European Union must know if their goods have PFAS and weigh in on the region’s new proposed phaseout of those chemicals, which could greatly affect many US companies, attorneys said.
A West Virginia water utility is enhancing its water treatment process as a precaution following the derailment of a train hauling chemicals that later sent up a toxic plume in Ohio.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a comprehensive and prudent approach to managing the virus, with measures and actions informed by available data, operational considerations, scientific evidence, and monitoring of the epidemiological situation and best practices both in Canada and internationally.
Hamilton is an old city with old city problems. The second city in Canada to create its own water system, Hamilton relied on lead water services in plumbing until 1955 and lead soldering until the 1990s. With 154,352 water service lines and about 20,000 homes built before 1955 that may have lead water service lines connecting the homes to the city municipal water supply, lead was a city problem that needed to be solved.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of human-made compounds that are used as surfactants, lubricants, repellents (for dirt, water, and grease) and can be found in certain firefighting foams, textiles (including carpets, furniture, and clothing), cosmetics, and in food packaging materials.They are also used in a variety of other industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, and military. PFAS are made up of a carbon chain with at least one carbon atom that has two or three fluorine atoms attached to it, creating an incredibly strong carbon-fluorine bond that results in chemical that do not easily degrade in the environment. Because of this property they are known as forever chemicals.
ABC News Buffalo
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Buffalo in regard to the lack of fluoride in the city's water. For nearly a decade, Buffalo Water customers have not had fluoride in their drinking water.
A new series from Discovery Channel takes viewers on a journey through sewer systems in several major U.S. cities as they tackle clogs and broken pipes.
Highlighting the challenges of the dirty job, as well as the age of the deteriorating infrastructure, “Sewer Divers” goes to great lengths to show how workers keep clean water running and toilets flushing.
The depletion of groundwater should be a wake-up call for Canada, where more than half of the population relies on groundwater for drinking, and for Saskatchewan, which is striving to double its food production capacity, a University of Saskatchewan scientist warns.