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Thames Water has announced a hosepipe ban across the south of England, which will affect 15 million of its customers. The ban will come into force from 24 August, affecting people in London and the Thames Valley area. Using a hosepipe to water gardens or to clean cars will no longer be allowed, except by businesses and farmers. The temporary ban comes after reports that the source of the Thames had dried up during the drought. Click here to continue reading
Neglected and polluted, the ponds were nearly barren of native species. But community efforts are starting to pay off. There are dozens of these man-made, rockwall-enclosed sites across Hawaii, including one spanning 88 acres, and for centuries, Native Hawaiians have used these ponds to raise fish to feed their communities. But over time, the ponds have been neglected, damaged by molten lava, polluted with the litter of island-hopping tourists, and in some cases overrun by mangrove trees, which can destroy fish ponds with their roots and dense biomass. Just over a decade ago, these ponds were almost barren of the native fish species that once fed families. Click here to continue reading
In three new projects, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are aiming to trace and reconcile Métis history in Saskatoon, prevent a toxic compound from entering the river, and expand participation of low-income renters and landlords in civic home energy efficiency programs. The projects have been awarded a total of more than $86,000 through Research Junction, an innovative collaboration between USask and the City of Saskatoon to apply advanced research methods to addressing contemporary urban issues for the benefit of residents. Click here to continue reading
AECOM has announced it has been awarded a contract by the Regional District North Okanagan (RDNO) to provide engineering services for the construction of a new filtration facility at the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant (MHWTP) in British Columbia. In this role, AECOM will deliver detailed design and recommended site upgrades for the addition of filtration at the existing MHWTP to help improve water quality, increase access to clean drinking water, and bolster the resiliency of the plant for the Greater Vernon community year-round. Click here to continue reading
Eddy Smart Home Solutions Ltd.’s (Eddy Solutions) is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with Southern Ontario progressive developer Edenshaw. The partnership started during the early days of the construction of Edenshaw’s Port Credit-based luxury mid-rise development, TANU, built by PCL Construction. The first full-scale deployment through Eddy’s partnership with PCL, the project aligned all stakeholders including the mechanical and electrical design consultants from construction through to operations, protecting the property from the builder’s risk period to turnover and beyond. Click here to continue reading
Nearly a month after the Stage 1 water restriction was put in place, the City of Wetaskiwin lifted the restriction Friday, August 12, having completed assessment and cleaning of the reservoir. The restriction was first put in place Thursday, July 14, citing contamination discovered i the central reservoir as the reason. Stage 1 water restrictions placed a slight limit on the watering of lawns, and washing of cars, boats, and other vehicles. Click here to continue reading
Canada’s National Observer
While vacationers might enjoy the Mediterranean Sea’s summer warmth, climate scientists are warning of dire consequences for its marine life as it burns up in a series of severe heat waves. From Barcelona to Tel Aviv, scientists say they are witnessing exceptional temperature hikes ranging from 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit) to 5 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) above the norm for this time of year. Water temperatures have regularly exceeded 30 C (86 F) on some days. Click here to continue reading
A research team led by Professor Lee Ju-hyuck of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering of DGIST, collaborating with the research team of Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (President Lee Nak-gyu) led by Dr. Cho Han-cheol, developed an eco-friendly microplastic removal technology that can remove micro-to-nano-sized microplastics in the water. Click here to continue reading
Britain’s biggest water companies have come under the spotlight as the nation swelters during what could become the worst drought in 500 years, with hosepipe bans introduced across much of England in an attempt to fend off shortages. Anger is growing over the huge sums handed to their shareholders and executives, given the companies’ record on tackling leaks and pollution and their failure to build more reservoirs. Politicians and campaigners are calling for water company bosses to have their bonuses banned until they tackle these issues. Click here to continue reading
Heavy rain and thunderstorms could cause “dangerous” flooding this week in cities and rural areas across the UK, forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for most of the UK on Monday and Tuesday with the possibility of flash flooding, disruption to transport and power cuts. The weather warning will stay in place for southern England on Wednesday, where communities could be cut off by flooded roads and the chance of fast-flowing or deep flood water could cause “danger to life”. Click here to continue reading