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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: Thames Water placed in special measures due to ‘significant issues

PUBLISHED: 11 July 2024      Last Edited: 11 July 2024

The Guardian

Ofwat says UK’s biggest water company will come under extra scrutiny as it faces prospect of restructuring or temporary renationalisation.   Click here to read the story.

Alberta’s water conservation and management system needs major fixing, auditor finds

PUBLISHED: 11 July 2024      Last Edited: 11 July 2024

CBC

The auditor’s team reviewed the system under the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas from Jan. 2019 to Nov. 2022. They found three main areas the province is lacking: in managing surface water, issuing licences and tracking their use, and making the data public.   Click here to read the story.

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New concerns over major water mains mean no easing of outdoor restrictions, city says

PUBLISHED: 11 July 2024      Last Edited: 11 July 2024

Calgary Herald

New failures of reinforcing wires found inside pipe along water network, the same type of wire that snapped during the initial water feeder main rupture in Montgomery on June 5.   Click here to read the story.

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Prep work underway for St. Mary Canal Siphon repair

PUBLISHED: 11 July 2024      Last Edited: 11 July 2024

CTV News

On June 17, the St. Mary Canal Siphon north of Babb, Mont., suffered a catastrophic failure. The more-than-100-year siphon failed due to age. Prep work is underway to repair the siphon but it won’t be a quick fix.   Click here to read the story.

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Living Lakes Canada report highlights need for expanded groundwater monitoring in Columbia basin

PUBLISHED: 10 July 2024      Last Edited: 10 July 2024

Water Canada

According to a recent survey conducted by Living Lakes Canada, 72% of respondents are highly concerned about groundwater in the Columbia Basin, with primary worries including drinking water, ecosystem health, agriculture and food security. Understanding groundwater systems and providing decision makers with current, localized information is essential to respond to these concerns and ensure a water secure future.   Click here to read the story.

Residents of Merritt, B.C., told to stop all non-essential water use

PUBLISHED: 10 July 2024      Last Edited: 10 July 2024

CTV News

Residents of Merritt, B.C., are being told they will need to limit non-essential water use for at least another 48 hours due to a failure at the city’s pump station Tuesday morning. Mayor Michael Goetz told CTV News the pump failure was a “freak” incident at the Voght Well, where a gasket broke and water “jetted” into the electrical system.   Click here to read the story.

Dartmouth invests $32.5M in stormwater system

PUBLISHED: 10 July 2024      Last Edited: 10 July 2024

Water Canada

The Province is investing nearly $14.1 million, with an additional $14.1 million from the municipality, and more than $4.3 million coming from the Halifax Water Regional Development Charge. This investment is part of the Municipal Capital Growth Program, a one-time $102-million investment in projects across Nova Scotia a historic provincial investment in municipal infrastructure.   Click here to read the story.

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Isle Lake users urged to take precautions after blue-green algae detected

PUBLISHED: 10 July 2024      Last Edited: 10 July 2024

CTV News

Alberta Health Services has issued an advisory for Isle Lake after Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was identified. People living near or visiting the lake should avoid all contact with the blue-green algae blooms and are urged not to swim or wade in areas where they can be seen.   Click here to read the story.

City continues to monitor water supply and demand through heat wave

PUBLISHED: 10 July 2024      Last Edited: 10 July 2024

City of Calgary

On Monday, July 8, there were 540 million litres of water used, an increase from 507 million litres used the day before. This is expected to increase as the temperature rises, which is a normal pattern during extreme heat.  Click here to read the story.

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Cutting-edge technology detects nanoplastics in water–instantly

PUBLISHED: 09 July 2024      Last Edited: 09 July 2024

Water Canada

A McGill-led research team has developed the first real-time, on-site technology capable of detecting and deciphering nanoplastics from all other particles in water, a capacity akin to being able to find a needle in a haystack within milliseconds. Click here to continue reading