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Coverage of wastewater since November 20, 2021.

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Wastewater overflows taint waters from Oak Bay to Saanich

"...The CRD issued a warning Thursday (Nov. 25) of combined stormwater and wastewater overflows along some shorelines in Greater Victoria..."

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Cache Creek reminds residents to sign up for emergency alerts

"...Council heard from Couture of the need for a new dump truck for the village, as the five-ton truck that is (as of changes made in 2021) used to transport biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant is now needed for winter road maintenance, and the village’s one-ton truck is too small and would require many more trips per week. Staff identified a used 2007 GMC Topkick dump truck for sale for $23,000 as a suitable vehicle..."

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Port Alberni avoids flooding…this time

"...While Port Alberni’s new wastewater treatment plant is located in a low-lying area, a flooding incident like the one seen in Merritt is unlikely to happen here, says Rob Dickinson, the city’s director of engineering and public works. In Merritt, thousands of residents were evacuated because the city’s wastewater treatment system failed, filling the town with sewage-contaminated water..."

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Some evacuees allowed to return home as British Columbia braces for storm

"...“I am hopeful that this will put us in the best position to manage the rain that will come. ”Braun said the Barrowtown water pump station is also being fortified through sandbagging and additional pumping with help from the Canadian Armed Forces. After the last storm, he said damage could have been worse if the key pump station had failed..."

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B.C. flooding update Tuesday as some residents allowed home, more storms on the way Globalnews.ca

"...The compromised wastewater treatment plant is back online but a boil water advisory is in place and residents are being asked to use as little water as possible, and to not put a lot of sewage down the drains. The city has completed rapid damage assessment, classifying properties as either not restricted, restricted entry or unsafe. Residents who are able to return home are also being told any medical emergencies will be rerouted to Kamloops and garbage service resumes next week..."

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$9M grant expands sewer access for Kelowna residents

"...Rod MacLean, the city’s utility planning manager, explained there are significant environmental benefits of eliminating septic systems because the city’s system collects and treats wastewater into economically and environmentally friendly by-products such as fresh water and compost..."

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Tofino resorts pitch new tourist fee, oppose district's plan to spend MRDT funds on sewage treatment

"...The town’s municipal council plans to spend a portion of its annual Municipal and Regional District Tax dollars on a roughly $65 million wastewater treatment facility, despite concerns raised by the Tourism Industry Association of B. C. and the British Columbia Hotel Association and a last minute proposal from local accommodation providers to create a brand new fee instead of siphoning funds from the MRDT..."

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B.C. flooding: Merritt evacuee reflects on

"...It’s likely only a matter of days until she goes home, but the impression left of this city will likely last a lifetime. An estimated 7,000 residents were evacuated from the city, some due to flooding, and others because the city’s drinking and wastewater systems were rendered inoperable by the flood. The Merritt water treatment plant went back online Monday and a staged plan to get families home has taken place..."

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Some residents of flooded Merritt, B.C. will be able to go home soon, mayor confirms Globalnews.ca

"...“We continue to run tests on the drinking water, but these tests take time to complete,” said Brown in her update. “I know people want more details, but these tests take a minimum of 24 hours to run as they literally involve letting any bacteria in the sample grow and seeing what happens. ”Early results of the tests “are good,” Brown added, and the wastewater treatment plant is close to being functional once more..."

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Some Merritt, B.C. residents one step closer to returning home following flood

"...Much of Merritt was inundated with water last week, as heavy rains and flash flooding overwhelmed the city's wastewater treatment plant. There’s no hard timeline for when the plant will be repaired, but Lowis is hopeful..."

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Crews still assessing damage in Merritt a week after devastating flood Globalnews.ca

"...Emergency planners with the city are working on a plan to rescind evacuation orders for parts of the city not directly hit by floodwaters, Brown said. That can't happen until the city's water systems are brought back online. Brown said crews were still working to remove debris from Merritt's sewage pipes, as well as flushing and inspecting the drinking water system..."

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Evacuation order in Merritt remains in place as crews work to restore vital services

"...Conservative MP Dan Albas has the latest on recovery efforts in Merritt, as crews work to restore services such as water and wastewater treatment..."

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Jobs in wastewater

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Environmental Coordinator (Temporary, Full time - Up to 18 Months) - CLOSES: Thursday

"...chemical analysis on a wide range of environmental samples associated with the treatment of wastewater and industrial waste discharges..."

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Toxicologist/ ATRC Manager

"...The incumbent has demonstrated technical competency and knowledge of toxicology testing requirements for municipal wastewater effluent, mining discharge effluent and pulp and paper..."

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Equipment Operator High Pressure

"...Less than high school and at least 1 year of water and/or wastewater experience..."

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Term Pumping Station Service Person, Apprentice

"...Must successfully complete Operator-In-Training Certificate within two months of appointment and must write and pass Class I Wastewater Collection Operator Certification within 6..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wastewater.

Today's show: Universal health-care, Alberta parks battle, MP Michael Barrett, Andrew MacDougall & detecting COVID-19

Duration: 1:15:44

"...Guests: Bacchus Barua, Associate Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute..."

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Detecting COVID-19 in wastewater

Duration: 11:51

"...Guests: Martin Sellar Voll, Vice President, Operations, WTS Rentals..."

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10/16/20 - DNR Trail Map; Drinking Water and Wastewater Plan

Duration: 03:30

"...The Michigan DNR has released a new interactive trail map..."

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UCalgary and Village Brewery produce Alberta’s first beer made with treated wastewater

Duration: 21:05

"...Guests Christine O’Grady, program coordinator at UCalgary’s Advancing Canadian Wastewater and Jackson Stuart, leads events and Marketing at Village Brewery..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wastewater.

The man hacking hot water to save the planet

"...Up next ►► The case for drinking treated wastewater..."

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The case for drinking treated wastewater. (Yes, from the toilet.) | Just Might Work by Freethink

"...In the U. S. , concern over droughts and water pollution have ignited a unique solution for preserving one of our most vital resources — advanced wastewater treatment for human consumption, also known as direct potable reuse..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about wastewater relevant to the latest news.

A Review on the Occurrence and Effect of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on the Environment

"...Our existing sewage treatment plants (STPs) are designed for the removal of organic, grit, coarse materials; floating matter; suspended solids; and to some extent, destruction of pathogens in case used for horticulture/agricultural purpose..."

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Retrospective and Prospective Bioremediation Technologies for Industrial Effluent Treatment

"...Among different types of bioremediation, phycoremediation has evolved to commercial scale, industrial bioremediation plant and ensures potential in removing pollutants and simultaneously serves in clean energy technology..."

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Groundwater Treatment Plants as a Sustainable Source of Iron-Containing Nanopowders

"...The presence of global water scarcity, as induced by anthropogenic contaminants, has led to the rise of wastewater treatment facilities..."

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Improvement of the Quality of the Human Environment by Transporting and Stabilizing Sewage Sludge for Further Processing

"...It is proposed to use complex technology, including standard dewatering of sewage sludge at wastewater treatment plants, transportation, disinfection, and processing into a highly effective organic fertilizer..."

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Removal of Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds by Wastewater Treatment

"...Endocrine disruptors are toxic substances having adverse effects on the endocrine system even in very fewer amounts which appeared to be a serious concern for human health and water quality..."

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Wastewater Treatment Using Nanomaterials

"...Wastewater treatment efficiency is paramount in seeking a more sustainable future..."

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Fibrous Membranes for Water Purification: Focusing on Dye Removal

"...Being a significant step of industrial wastewater purification, the removal of synthetic dyes is always challenging due to complex and stable aromatic molecular structures, hence the prime focus of current research..."

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Occurrence and Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment of Emerging Contaminants in Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant

"...This is the first study of a broad range of chemical classes of emerging contaminants conducted by analyzing influent and effluent samples from the wastewater treatment plant of the city Topola, in Serbia..."

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Wastewater Treatment Technologies

"...Although, water and wastewater treatment was early discovered in history, however, took several years before people understood that adequate judgement for quality water is not by human sense..."

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Effect of Environmental and Operational Parameters on Sequential Batch Reactor Systems in Dye Degradation

"...The content of this chapter is expected to improve readers? fundamental literacy, direct research scholars, and be integrated into upcoming laboratory experiments on SBR systems for dye wastewater treatment..."

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