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Alberta Water News is a free, subscription-based service that provides the latest information on water news across Alberta and upcoming events.

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Compare and contrast: Q&A: What’s in the Water of Alaska’s Rusting Rivers, and What’s Climate Change Got to Do With it?

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

Inside Climate News

Once clear waters in Alaska that recently turned orange show high levels of iron and other metals, as well as increased acidity. In at least one stream, the fish vanished. Click here to continue reading

Compare and contrast: Worried about PFAS in your drinking water? Here’s what the evidence says about home filters

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

The Conversation – Australia

Many people are asking how they can remove these contaminants from their home drinking water. In short, it is difficult and expensive to do this effectively in your home. Click here to continue reading

Compare and contrast: Revealed: the ‘catastrophic scale’ of sewage spills in England and Wales

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

The Guardian

Water companies in England and Wales have averaged five serious sewage spills into rivers or seas every day over the past decade, the Observer can reveal. Click here to continue reading

Wild in the city: Edmonton’s Big Lake hosts critters of all sorts — and an award-winning artist

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

Edmonton Journal

Tucked away in northwest Edmonton, hived off by the Henday, the shoreline of a shallow natural lake sprawls eight kilometres at the beating wetland heart of Lois Hole Centennial Park. Click here to continue reading

Compare and contrast: Millions in the U.S. prepare for more sweltering heat as floodwaters inundate parts of the Midwest

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

CTV News

Millions of Americans sweated through yet another scorching day as temperatures soared Sunday across the U.S., while deadly floodwaters inundated parts of the Midwest, including a town in Iowa whose own water-level gauge was submerged. Click here to continue reading

City of Calgary provides latest update on watermain situation

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

Water Canada

Repair work continues to progress on the water feeder main hotspots and installation of new pipe sections has begun. We are replacing four out of five of the hotspots. Click here to continue reading

City opens 4 new sites for non-potable water pickup

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

CBC

City of Calgary officials announced Sunday that four new sites have been opened to provide city residents with non-potable water for use on gardens and indoor and outdoor plants — one location in each quadrant. Click here to continue reading

Compare and contrast: EU Policy. Member states’ water pollutant wish list sees green backlash

PUBLISHED: 24 June 2024      Last Edited: 24 June 2024

EuroNews Green

A list of chemical substances affecting water pollution agreed by ambassadors from the member states as an opening salvo in negotiations over an update to Water Framework Directive has been slammed by green campaigners who see it as evidence of backtracking on the Green Deal. Click here to continue reading

Don’t fear FITFIR, says Alberta water expert

PUBLISHED: 21 June 2024      Last Edited: 21 June 2024

The Western Producer

FITFIR has rarely been used in Alberta and that is unlikely to change, said David Percy, professor of energy law and policy with the University of Alberta. In fact, he said it has created a culture of negotiation. Click here to continue reading

‘Calgary’s water emergency is just the start.’

PUBLISHED: 21 June 2024      Last Edited: 21 June 2024

National Observer

As infrastructure ages, Canada is experiencing increasingly frequent water main breaks, costing local governments millions in emergency repairs. Municipalities and citizens are enduring sinkholes and water advisories. Click here to continue reading

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