Water News: 2017

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CBC News

Residents of the Enoch Cree Nation are one step closer to getting fresh water. The federal government on Wednesday announced a $12.5-million project to connect the reserve to the city of Edmonton's water system. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Elective surgeries continue to be postponed in Medicine Hat as Alberta Health Services works to determine the cause of water quality issues. Seven elective surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital were postponed, AHS said in a news release Wednesday. Click here to continue reading

Hinton Parklander

In a 3-1 vote, council approved the plan designed to reduce water consumption by five per cent. In 2016, Hinton used 2,485,000 cubic metres of water between all uses. As all commercial users are metered, commercial water use accounted for 752,000 cubic metres, or roughly 30 per cent. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Environment Canada meteorologist Kurt Torneby said Tuesday that Calgary is currently on the edge of one of the drier parts of the province, meaning the flood risk is low. That is not to suggest this has been a dry start to 2017, but more that the bulk of the moisture has evaporated or melted. Click here to continue reading

Daily Herald Tribune

The city will be doing bathymetric surveys of Crystal Lake and Ivy Lake between May 24 and May 27. The surveys are to determine the amount of sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the lakes and whether or not dredging is required. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Robin Rosborough wades into the river bed and shakes a tin pan of rocks and sludge until tiny specks of gold begin sparkling through the muck. The Edmonton area man has been panning for gold along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River for more than three decades. Click here to continue reading

Capital Press

The disagreement between Treasure Valley irrigators and the state over whether water released to prevent flooding should be counted against reservoir storage rights will be decided by the Idaho Supreme Court. Click here to continue reading

Global News

A new report is shedding light on a parasite that’s spreading in swimming pools – turns out, there’s been a steady rise in illnesses after people swallow water that’s been contaminated with the diarrhea residue from another swimmer. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

In 2009/10, an estimated 23.6% of households in England and Wales were spending more than 3% of their income on water and sewerage (11.5% were spending over 5% of their income). Click here to continue reading

Calgary Sun

While trying to access the Alpine Fault along New Zealand’s west coast, the research team discovered very hot water at a relatively shallow depth. The water, which was hot enough to boil, was found 630 metres below the surface. Water that hot is typically found at depths of at least 3,000 metres. Click here to continue reading