Water News

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

The news is distributed twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) via a collated email and Monday to Friday via WaterPortal social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+). Subscribe here for the free service, or follow the WaterPortal on your preferred social media platform.

Stoney Plain Reporter

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents tooth decay and has been added to area water since 1966. Water without it is safe to drink, but officials said people should take other actions to keep their teeth healthy during the time the plant is upgraded. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Edmonton social enterprise Earth Group has been selling plastic bottled water, fair trade coffee and locally sourced tea to fund a partnership with the UN World Food Programme for 14 years. “It’s 100 per cent aluminum, 100 per cent recyclable, it takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle than a plastic bottle,” Moreau said. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

The community in northwestern Ontario experienced a break down of its water pump and backup water pump on Thursday which led to contaminated and unfiltered water in the community taps, according to a statement released Saturday by the Neskantaga First Nation. The community's school has also been closed for the time being. Click here to continue reading


For now, CRIN’s research concentrations include: cleaner fuels; digital oil and gas technology; low emissions value-added products; methane monitoring, quantification and abatement; innovative hydrocarbon extraction; novel land and wellsite reclamation; as well as water technology development. Click here to continue reading

Western Producer

Livestock producers struggling with half-full or empty dugouts are getting some help in Manitoba. Today the provincial government announced funding for farmers who want to improve their water supplies. The financial support is for a list of projects, such as: wells, water pumps, dugouts, establishing alternative watering system equipment. Click here to continue reading


The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

A clean-up operation is underway in northern Alberta after 500,000 litres of produced salt water was released from a pipeline near Grande Prairie earlier this week. Click here to continue reading

Global News

There is some good news for Lethbridge residents. Oldman River has been deemed “safe” for the public to swim and boat in, after an oily spill was discovered entering the river through the storm water system on Sept. 3. Click here to continue reading

Global Water Intelligence

The debate over whether the “hoarding” of Australian water entitlements by non-farm investors has jacked prices up to unsustainable levels reached a new peak this week, following an exposé in The Australian newspaper. More than 10% of Australian water entitlements are held by foreign interests, and fears over a lack of market transparency have compounded the issue. Click here to continue reading

Albert Government News

A May 2017 report by the Bow River Working Group identified 3 reservoir options that warrant further study. In November 2018, the Alberta government launched a conceptual assessment of the three new reservoir options. Information sessions are scheduled for fall 2019 to provide a project update and solicit input from the public. Click here to continue reading


DNA research has revealed two entirely new species of electric eel in the Amazon basin, including one capable of delivering a record-breaking jolt. “In spite of all human impact on the Amazon rainforest in the last 50 years, we can still discover giant fishes like the two new species of electric eels,” said lead researcher C David de Santana, a zoologist working with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Click here to continue reading