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Coverage of wastewater treatment since March 18, 2021.

Experts identify rise of COVID-19 in Calgary wastewater

"...“What we’re seeing across the board over time is increased levels of SARS CO-V-2 in our wastewater, in particular in wastewater treatment plants where we present our data in near real-time through the cummings school of medicine COVID tracker. ”..."

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Funding awarded for Okanagan Falls wastewater plant

"...Each week, between four and six truckloads of sludge are removed from the Okanagan Falls site and are hauled to the Penticton Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant..."

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Alberta COVID-19 wastewater surveillance study wrapping up next month

"...A study of the presence of COVID-19 in Alberta’s wastewater will soon be coming to an end. Since last year, researchers from Alberta Health Services and Alberta Precision Laboratories have been studying samples taken from wastewater treatment plants around the province for the presence of COVID-19. READ MORE: COVID-19 wastewater surveillance pilot program may involve EdmontonDr..."

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Nanaimo's $82-million pollution control centre upgrade now complete

"...The centre adds secondary wastewater treatment and “uses the solids and biogas produced during primary and secondary treatment to improve local environments and supplement plant operations. Solids that are extracted during the treatment process are treated further and used to enrich forest soils and reclaim industrial sites,” the release notes..."

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Wastewater data suggests COVID-19 cases to soon reach record highs in London, Ont.

"...The information provided to the health unit is also broken down into results from each of the five wastewater treatment plants and associated catchment areas. Data is also available for the public, though it's not broken down on a plant by plant basis. “But I can say that at this time in London, anyway, there's not a particular area that is significantly higher than any other,” he says, noting that with only five plants, each covers a large area..."

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RDN says $82M pollution control centre upgrade now complete

"...In a press release, the RDN said the project, the largest capital expenditure in its history, adds secondary treatment to the centre’s current wastewater treatment and “uses the solids and biogas produced during primary and secondary treatment to improve local environments and supplement plant operations. Solids that are extracted during the treatment process are treated further and used to enrich forest soils and reclaim industrial sites. ”..."

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Over $5M in clean tech funding for British Columbia fisheries and aquaculture projects BC Gov News

"...From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (canada. ca) Improving the environmental sustainability of our seafood sectors while ensuring they remain competitive in the marketplace is a shared goal of British Columbians. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting that goal through targeted investments in new technology..."

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Telkwa Council Briefs: Regular Meeting, March 23, 2021

"...Telkwa council has awarded the contract for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Construction project..."

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Winkler's 2021 Budget Continues To Drive City Forward

"...Winkler completed its largest project ever last year with the construction of the $19 million Meridian Exhibition Centre and is poised to take on an even larger project with the proposed wastewater treatment plant that comes with a price tag of $49 million. That project is awaiting federal and provincial funding approval which is expected to happen this year. Winkler's share of that project is $10..."

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Agassiz wastewater treatment plant upgrade to go ahead

"...In order for the District of Kent's wastewater treatment plant to follow municipal waste regulations, the plant's aerobic digesters need to be able to treat at least half of the sewage flowing through the plant even when the largest unit is out of service..."

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Wastewater microplastics help superbugs share dangerous genes

"...Microplastics are increasingly found to be polluting oceans and waterways and causing unknown damage to the health of animals and humans. Now, a new study provides evidence there's cross over with another looming public health threat – antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Even as we get better at cutting back on single-use plastics and recycling those we do use, countless tiny particles of the stuff make their way into the environment..."

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How our microplastic waste becomes 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria

"..."A number of recent studies have focused on the negative impacts that millions of tons of microplastic waste a year is having on our freshwater and ocean environments, but until now the role of microplastics in our towns' and cities' wastewater treatment processes has largely been unknown," said Mengyan Li, associate professor of chemistry and environmental science at NJIT and the study's corresponding author. "These wastewater treatment plants can be hotspots where various chemicals, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pathogens converge and what our study shows is that microplastics can serve as their carriers, posing imminent risks to aquatic biota and human health if they bypass the water treatment process. "..."

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Wastewater Coordinator - Sunshine Coast Regional District (Sechelt, BC)

"...Under the general direction of the Utility Operations Superintendent or designate, the Wastewater Coordinator coordinates and performs routine operations, maintenance and monitoring tasks required at the SCRD Class II and III wastewater treatment facilities and Class I wastewater collection systems to meet the expectations of internal and external customers, and in accordance with all appropriate regulatory requirements..."

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Field Service Representative - Water Treatment Systems (Pickering, ON) - SUEZ - Pickering, ON

"...SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions is seeking thoughtful, dedicated professionals to join our 10,000-person team as we deliver leading water treatment solutions for clients across municipal and industrial markets, in locations on six continents..."

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Wastewater Chief Operator - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...Educational qualifications include a Grade 12 (or equivalent); BC EOCP Wastewater Treatment Operator Level IV, or Level III with the experience and ability to reach Level IV within one year (or inter-provincial equivalent); BC EOCP certification in wastewater collection (or inter-provincial equivalent); confined space training, workplace hazardous materials information system training and transportation of dangerous goods training; thorough knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations, SCADA systems, laboratory equipment, testing standards and methods; be proficient with spreadsheets, data manipulation and interpretation; and demonstrate analytical thinking, strong communication, leadership, team building and supervisory skills in a unionized environment..."

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Wastewater Chief Operator - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...Educational qualifications include a Grade 12 (or equivalent); BC EOCP Wastewater Treatment Operator Level IV, or Level III with the experience and ability to reach Level IV within one year (or inter-provincial equivalent); BC EOCP certification in wastewater collection (or inter-provincial equivalent); confined space training, workplace hazardous materials information system training and transportation of dangerous goods training; thorough knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations, SCADA systems, laboratory equipment, testing standards and methods; be proficient with spreadsheets, data manipulation and interpretation; and demonstrate analytical thinking, strong communication, leadership, team building and supervisory skills in a unionized environment..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wastewater treatment.

How does Wastewater Treatment Work?

"...Take a closer look at how wastewater treatment plants work and how your waste gets turned back into clean water that you can drink..."

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Academic Research

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

Fish living near two wastewater treatment plants have unaltered thermal tolerance but show changes in organ and tissue traits

"...Municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are a significant source of anthropogenic pollutants and are a serious environmental stressor in Laurentian Great Lakes ecosystems..."

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Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Mexico

"...The influent, effluent, and activated sludge from two domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) were evaluated from the early stage of the epidemic to July 2020..."

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Enhancement of simultaneous nitrogen and phosphorus removal using intermittent aeration mechanism

"...Successful intermittently aerated process with high capability of simple implementation to conventional systems by elemental retrofitting, is applicable for upgrading wastewater treatment plants..."

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Electro-enhanced chlorine-mediated ammonium nitrogen removal triggered by an optimized catalytic anode for sustainable saline wa

"...Electrochemical technology has unique superiorities in chlorine-mediated pollutant oxidation, but has limited application in saline wastewater treatment due to inadequate efficiency and high energy consumption..."

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Comparing ecotoxicological and physicochemical indicators of municipal wastewater effluent and river water quality in a Baltic S

"...In the period between June 2017 and July 2018, six sets of treated wastewater samples were taken from 17 municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) of different sizes (small: < 2,000 people equivalent - p..."

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New benzo(a)pyrene-degrading strains of the Burkholderia cepacia complex prospected from activated sludge in a petrochemical wa

"...The prospection of bacteria that are resistant to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) of activated sludge from a Petrochemical Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) allows investigating potential biodegraders of PAH..."

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A review of performance improvement strategies for graphene oxide-based and graphene-based membranes in water treatment

"...Graphene and its derivatives have potential applications in seawater desalination and wastewater treatment due to their unique pore structure and ionic molecular sieving separation capabilities..."

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Industrial Symbiosis: Beer Brewery Wastewater-Based Biorefinery

"...The scope of this theoretical study is to investigate the concept of biorefinery applied to the use of brewery wastewater as feedstock for bioconversions for lactic acid production using lactic acid bacteria (LAB), while examining the theoretical design, development, and costing of brewery wastewater treatment plant within the scope of wastewater recovery and reuse as formulated waste-derived nutrient media-assimilated effluents..."

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An insight review of lignocellulosic materials as activated carbon precursor for textile wastewater treatment

"...Among the conventional technologies currently in use for heavy metals removal, the adsorption offers an economical and eco-friendly approach for textile wastewater treatment..."

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Recent trends and developments in Fenton processes for industrial wastewater treatment – A critical review

"...This study reviews the recent developments in the application of Fenton processes in real industrial wastewater treatment, focusing on heterogeneous catalysts and catalyst regeneration/reuse..."

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