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Coverage of wastewater treatment since October 16, 2023.

Do you know what you can and can't flush? You might be surprised

"...The Town of Collingwood displayed pictures of various items, including multiple toys like Spider-Man, dinosaurs, and rubber duckies, found at the wastewater treatment plant, reminding residents that not everything is flushable..."


'A bit of a reprieve': Evacuation order downgraded in Pemberton, B.C.

"...A flooding-related evacuation order has been downgraded for properties in Pemberton, B. C. , that include a wastewater treatment plant, a search and rescue base, an airport and an animal shelter..."


Metro Vancouver examining officials devices amid North Shore sewage plant legal battle

"...Top Metro Vancouver officials turned over their devices before Christmas as part of the ongoing North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant legal battle..."


First Nation-led financing model hits $2B in effort to close infrastructure gap

"...The latest debenture, its tenth so far, will go towards building housing in Cook's Ferry, B. C. , the construction of a grocery store in Glooscap, N..."


Lower Nicola Eco-Depot and park part of TNRD 2024 capital projects plan

"...Other projects include a next generation 911 upgrade for TNRD regional fire departments, water and wastewater treatment plants for Pritchard, a fire hall project in Monte Creek and library upgrades in Clearwater..."


Updates needed on Charlie Lakes sewer system

"...McElhanney was hired by the Peace River Regional District to evaluate the existing sewer system, collection system, lift station and wastewater treatment plant and draft a capital improvement plan, including recommendations. ..."


West Toronto residents report raw sewage after boring machine freed

"...The construction in their neighbourhood originally began as a storm sewer project to stop localized basement flooding. That work still has yet to be completed, and residents have been left crying foul and filthy. In a statement, the city says there have been some “recent challenges with the sanitary sewer,” which transports wastewater released from toilets, drains, and sinks to a wastewater treatment plant in the area..."


Propensity for Activism Rises in Some Instances in British Columbia

"...Perceptions are more nuanced on four other establishments that could be located within three blocks of a respondents home. Practically half would take no action against a low-income housing project (49%, -9), while fewer feel the same way about a composting site (38%, -5), a homeless shelter (36%, -7) or a sewage or wastewater treatment plant (28%, -3)..."


Fraser Valley septic waste disposal plants reach capacity

"...The City of Chilliwack says over the last two years it has handled a more than 40-per cent increase in trucked liquid waste causing operational disruptions, increased treatment costs and quality issues at the city's wastewater treatment plant. This comes after the treatment plant in Abbotsford stopped accepting waste from anywhere outside Abbotsford and Mission in 2021, leading to more being sent to Chilliwack. James Stiksma, owner of Canadian Septic and a board member of the Western Canadian On-Site Wastewater Management Association of B..."


Finally: Lake Cowichan gets grant for $10.1M water treatment plant upgrade

"...The town first began to look at upgrade requirements at the wastewater treatment plant in 2005..."


Team effort needed to tackle Manitoba lake pollution, experts say

"...More and more blue-green sludge has washed up on the banks of Lake Winnipeg in recent years, threatening the health of both the lakes aquatic species population and the water supply. Lake Winnipegs watershed spans one million square kilometres with various sources polluting it, including contaminants from the Red River, the Saskatchewan River, the Dauphin River, municipal wastewater treatment plants, urban lawns and gardens, and agricultural runoff. Inoka Amarakoon, assistant professor in the department of soil science at the University of Manitoba, said better nutrient management is the only way to control and prevent increased blooms..."


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Jobs in wastewater treatment

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment - Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, AB)

"...Ensures that the team is managed fairly and consistently and that work processes are followed and coordinated to guarantee service levels..."

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Wastewater Treatment Supervisor - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...For further information and to apply, please check our website at www. kelowna. ca/careers..."

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Wastewater Labourer II - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...You must be professional, responsive and possess a positive work attitude; strong mechanical skills; the ability to remain calm in stressful situations; and the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully one-on-one and in a group environment..."

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Millwright - Wastewater Services (x2) - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...Applicants must also possess a Standard First Aid Course, knowledge of WHMIS and WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, comprehensive knowledge of the installation, maintenance, repair and servicing of mechanical equipment, ability to perform close tolerance machine work, ability to perform physical work outdoors in all weather conditions, strong interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills, and possess a valid Class 5 BC Driverâs License. POSITION DETAILS..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wastewater treatment.

Will the Chesapeake Become a Dead Zone?

"...In the 45,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay, the countrys largest estuary, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants, and urban and agricultural run-off is continuously suffocating marine life..."


The secrets of sewage - What's in our wastewater? | DW Documentary

"...What exactly is in the wastewater? A group of researchers is on its way to Europe's largest wastewater treatment plant to find out..."


What Sewage Treatment and Brewing Have in Common

"...In both wastewater treatment and fermentation, humans co-opt microorganisms to convert a less desirable liquid into a better one..."


Academic Research

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

A Multi-criteria Approach to Appropriate Treatment Technology Selection for Water Reclamation

"...Pollution prevention and experience from past applications play a determining role in the selection of wastewater treatment technologies (WWTTs)..."


Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Plant for University of Zimbabwe Technical Staff Housing, Hatcliffe Harare: A Site Analysis

"...This chapter seeks to find an ideal location for the establishment of a decentralised wastewater treatment plant as a way to reduce pressure on the already existing centralised treatment plants..."


Constructed Wetlands as Alternative to Conventional Wastewater Treatment: The Case of Gimboki, Mutare

"...An expert interview was carried out with key informants from the Environmental Management Agency and Local Authority regarding the potential of constructed wetlands as an alternative treatment approach to the Gimboki Wastewater Treatment Plant, and this is discussed..."


aWaRe: Aiming for Water and Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling

"...In the context of circular economy, the aWaRe project pretended to develop innovative textile solutions using own recycled fibers that were bio-finished with recycled water from TINTEX dyehouse Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)..."


Carbon dioxide and water effluxes from soils affected by reclaimed wastewater and sludge from the wastewater treatment plant du

"...This study focused on the gradual effect of repeated applications of sewage sludge or composted sewage sludge, and continuous irrigation with reclaimed wastewater on the H2O and CO2 effluxes from soils over a 3-year period..."


The Effect of Nanofillers in Pollution and Environment

"...Greenhouse gas emission has also been a crucial reason for changes in atmospheric dynamics and the increase of pollution in the environment..."


Bacterial community and filamentous population of industrial wastewater treatment plants in Belgium

"...The discharge of industrial water requires the removal of its pollutants, where biological wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are the most used systems..."


Current trends and future directions of global research on wastewater to energy: a bibliometric analysis and review

"...The study highlights three main research themes in ?wastewater to energy?, which are biogas production through anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge, methane generation from microbial wastewater treatment, and hydrogen production from biomass..."