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Coverage of water treatment plants since April 2, 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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Maple Creek Mayor Gives Update on COVID Closures

"...The Director of Operations will be working from home, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief Executive Officer will begin rotating shifts from home to the office, and the Water Treatment Plant operators will begin rotating shifts at the Plant..."

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Process simultaneously removes toxic metals and salt to produce clean water

"..."Desalination or water treatment plants typically require a long series of high-cost, pre- and post-treatment systems that all the water has to go through, one by one," said Adam Uliana, a UC Berkeley graduate student who is first author of a paper describing the technology. "But here, we have the ability to do several of these steps all in one, which is a more efficient process. Basically, you could implement it in existing setups..."

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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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Snow Helping Water Levels For Weyburn

"...One of those is Shabbir Sakrani, the superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant in Weyburn. He said the snow, which will lead to runoff that ends up in Nickle Lake, will have a number of benefits for the community when it comes to water.  The apparent one which most people will see right away is the increase of levels at Nickle Lake..."

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Council Votes On RFPs, Reinforces Recommendation of Administration

"...In the report presented to the councillors by the Water Treatment Plant, it was noted all tests and samples met the standards imposed by Saskatchewan Environment. It was also noted Nickle Lake gained less than two centimetres of depth and is 91. 1 centimetres from full level..."

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Council Meeting Set for Monday Evening

"...There will be a number of regular reports which will be before the council. These include reports from the water treatment plant, the public works department and the building department. There will also be a report to the council from the Police Commission..."

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Researchers looking for clues to the COVID-19 pandemic in city sewers

"...When Ottawa Public Health officials are trying to decide whether restrictions in the city need to tighten up, they look to the normal markers like positive tests, patients in hospital, and outbreaks. But they are also among the few in the country that take cues from the city's sewers. Using municipal wastewater to look for evidence of the virus behind COVID-19 is part of a rapidly expanding body of science..."

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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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Aquatic invasive species cause damage worth billions of dollars

"...Economic costs occur, for example, when invasive species decimate commercially exploited fish stocks, spread deadly diseases or damage infrastructures. "Good examples include invasive mussels that clog intake pipes of factories, power plants or water treatment plants. Or, alien parasites that cause catastrophic declines in commercial fisheries," explains Dr Cuthbert..."

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Flumes once provided irrigation water to Summerland

"...Summerland’s water treatment plant was completed in 2007 and has the capacity to handle up to 75 megalitres of water a day. During the summer months, when irrigation demand is at its highest, the community can reach 112 megalitres of water a day..."

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Water Treatment Plant Operator III - City of Penticton (Penticton, BC)

"...Compiles data, prepares electronic reports, and completes logs detailing plant operation, ensuring accurate completion of operational, maintenance, lab, and other records necessary to ensure all approval and minimum plant process requirements are met..."

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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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Water Supply & Treatment Operator II - Regional District of North Okanagan (Coldstream, BC)

"...With its diverse landscapes and extraordinary recreational opportunities, our residents enjoy a comfortable balance of work-life activities..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water treatment plants.

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 water treatment plants relevant to the latest news.

Metformin environmental exposure: A systematic review

"...Metformin reportedly occurs in different environmental matrices, as measurable concentrations of metformin are found in sewage (urban and hospital), influent/sludge/effluent from wastewater treatment plants, surface water (rivers, lakes, estuaries, oceans, and non-specific sources), tap/drinking water, and sediment (lake and recipient seawaters)..."

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Wastewater reclamation and reuse potentials in agriculture: towards environmental sustainability

"...In relation to reclamation, conventional wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove organic matter, total solids, and nutrients but fail to remove the emerging micropollutants..."

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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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Antibiotic resistance in wastewater treatment plants: understanding the problem and future perspectives

"...The Urban Wastewater Treatment Plants (UWWTP) bring together AR, ARB, ARG, making the understanding of this peculiar environment fundamental for the investigation of technologies aimed at combating the spread of bacterial resistance..."

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Variation of dissolved organic matter during excess sludge reduction in microbubble ozonation system

"...Sewage sludge is the major by-product of wastewater treatment plants, and about 30% readily biodegradable organic matters might be reused through the mass reduction process, which could be also reduced the disposal fee..."

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Rheological studies of municipal sewage sludge slurries for hydrothermal liquefaction biorefinery applications

"...Rheological parameters of sludge obtained from different stages in Wastewater Treatment Plants were estimated and used to calculate the pumping power required for slurry transportation in pipelines as part of the front-end engineering design stage for a biorefinery..."

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Impact, disease outbreak and the eco-hazards associated with pharmaceutical residues: a Critical review

"...However, many conventional treatments are integrated into wastewater treatment plants (WWTP?s), but there is a lack of dedicated treatment in eliminating pharmaceutical residues..."

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