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Coverage of water mains since June 16, 2023.

Prince Rupert still awaiting federal funds after major water main break

"...As threats of evacuation hover over the city, mayor remains hopeful that help is on its way Seth Forward, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterOct. 20, 2023 4:20 p. m..."


Another boil water advisory announced for Prince Rupert residents

"...More water main breaks, including one near the city’s reservoir, have forced the high-risk label Seth Forward, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterOct. 18, 2023 9:49 a. m..."


Williams Lake declares state of local emergency due to land slippage

"...The city of Williams Lake released a map of the area that is under an evacuation order and alert. (City map)Four homes in Terra Ridge overlooking Williams Lake have had their occupancy permit revoked in September, 2023 as land slippage continues to impact the property. (Monica Lamb-Yorski file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)In 2021 workers begin to replace a water main feeder line on Hodgson Road near the Terra Ridge and Wotzke Drive area..."


Williams Lake declares state of local emergency as precaution due to land slippage

"...Four homes in Terra Ridge overlooking Williams Lake have had their occupancy permit revoked in September, 2023 as land slippage continues to impact the property. (Monica Lamb-Yorski file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)In 2021 workers begin to replace a water main feeder line on Hodgson Road near the Terra Ridge and Wotzke Drive area. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune) The city of Williams Lake has declared a state of local emergency at Terra Ridge, a housing development with 80 strata units owned predominately by seniors on the west side of the city..."


Sylvan Lake council widens scope of redevelopment project

"...Construction on the 50 Ave. Redevelopment Project continues in Sylvan Lake with a motion in favor of extending the scope of work for the project passing during the Aug. 28 Town Council meeting..."


Lake Country leak needs 90-minute fix

"...Residents of east bench of Oyama affected by shutdown to repair water main leak, 3:30 to 5 p. m. today Black Press Media StaffAug..."


Water main break prompts boil water notice in Peachland

"...A boil water notice is in place for a portion of Renfrew Road n Peachland due to a water main break..."


Multi-faceted construction project underway in downtown Lethbridge

"...The first phase will see a water main renewal, new bike lanes and pavement rehabilitation. City of Lethbridge's senior transportation project administrator Bryce Dudley shared that the enhancements will occur over the course of multiple weeks. “We're going to be improving issues with the gutter drainage and broken gutters, brand new asphalt surface over the whole project boundary and we're going to be improving many of the existing accessibility ramps along the way,” said Dudley..."


Precautionary boil water advisory issued for Fort St. James, Nak’azdli Whut’en

"...The advisory is in effect due to a water main looping procedure Black Press Media StaffAug. 8, 2023 3:40 p. m..."


Quinte West installs temporary water pipe to address severe water main break

"...Crews have already begun installing a temporary water pipe that stretches half a kilometre along the D. J. MacDonald Bridge in Trenton..."


Water main upgrade alongSicamous street could begin late July

"...At the June 28 council meeting, the contract for the Kappel Street West water main upgrade was awarded to Skwlax Resource Management..."


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Water Treatment Operator - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

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"...We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The CVRD acknowledges the unceded, traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation on which we live, work and play..."

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"...You will be able to adapt quickly to new processes and will bring a wealth of knowledge from previous operations experience.  ..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water mains.

CANN Forecast – Founder Series

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Academic Research

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

Techno-economic studies of an industrial biogas plant to be implemented at Kumasi Abattoir in Ghana

"...Desk studies, studies of the abattoir slaughter operations, waste fractions, energy consumption patterns and projected energy demand as well as energy efficiency measures were all studied..."


Occurrence and distribution characteristics of heavy metals in the surface water of Yongding River Basin, China

"...This study first provides a comparative assessment for the heavy metal pollution in the surface water from 82 estuarine locations along the basin, including the Guanting Reservoir and seven wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)..."


Sustainable Approach to the Replacement of Water Mains: Environmental, Social and Economic Considerations

"...The mains have been susceptible to corrosion, leaks and subsequent breakage, causing water wastage, continuous maintenance cost, social and environmental impact because of disruptions to water supply to local communities, road congestion and damage to the road infrastructure..."


Key performance indicators to explain energy & economic efficiency across water utilities, and identifying suitable proxies

"...The results varied but of note were average pumping head height, which displayed a significant negative effect for energy efficiency, and proportion of water passing through the largest four treatment works, that exhibited a significant negative effect on economic efficiency..."


Efficiency of Artificial Groundwater Recharge, Quantification Through Conceptual Modelling

"...The El Khairat wadi was dammed in order to improve the water resources management of El Khairat plain by increasing the surface water mobilization and using the stored reservoir water mainly for artificial groundwater recharge..."


Effects of water richness and seasonality on atmospheric methane emission from the wetlands of deltaic environment

"...The bheries (local name of embanked wetland diurnally controlled by tidal water mainly used for pisciculture) show the lowest emission rate which is not more than 0..."


Algogenic organic matter fouling alleviation in membrane distillation by peroxymonosulfate (PMS): Role of PMS concentration and

"...For the first time, this study explored the performance of a standalone direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) and an integrated peroxymonosulfate (PMS)/DCMD for the treatment of surface water mainly containing algogenic organic matter (AOM) to elucidate pollutant removal as well as fouling propensity and mitigation..."


Predicting Capacity of Defected Pipe Under Bending Moment with Data-Driven Model

"...Water mains which suffered from corrosive environment and various loads/effects..."


Three-dimensional sinkhole stability of spherical cavity

"...Sinkhole occurrences due to underground water mains operations have piqued people?s curiosity..."


Phytoremediation of fluoride from the environmental matrices: A review on its application strategies

"...Various conventional and modern techniques have been developed to remove fluoride from groundwater mainly due to its high prevalence..."


Spatio-temporal effect of climate change on water balance and interactions between groundwater and surface water in plains

"...Climate change could alter groundwater mainly through changes in the recharge, leading to modify groundwater levels and this will cause GW-SW flow to be reversed in some sectors of the stream by increasing or decreasing groundwater discharge into the stream..."