WATER CONTAMINATION: WHY REPORTING IS CRITICAL?

Millions of people use clean drinking water every day without realizing the technology and expertise required to make the water flow. It is only when there is a problem with water contamination that people decide to pay attention. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires public and private water systems across the U.S. to report water […]

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DETERMINING KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN THE WATER INDUSTRY

The FluksAqua forum has fielded a number of questions related to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the water industry and amy provided great information in an answer to the original discussion. Key Performance Indicators are often referred to as key success indicators and are used to evaluate the success of a particular activity so it […]

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6 CONTAMINANTS OF INTEREST IN OUR WATER SYSTEMS

In 2015, contaminated drinking water exposed many Americans to chemicals, bacteria and disinfecting byproducts. FluksAqua’s analysis, presented in an interactive infographic released last month, reflects the concerns expressed by water operators in our online forum. THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH  FluksAqua’s analysis found the key contaminants to be coliforms, nitrates, arsenic, radionuclides and disinfection byproducts. Water operators are concerned […]

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DRINKING WATER QUALITY REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY

Since FluksAqua released its analysis of U.S. drinking water violations last month, media coverage of the results has gone global. FluksAqua analyzed data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency, which documented health-based drinking water violations. FluksAqua published its analysis in the form of an interactive infographic. The findings show contaminated drinking water exposed 10% of […]

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CHLORINATION OF PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM: ENSURING SAFETY AND QUALITY

Chlorination is a top-of-mind issue for water operators. First used in 1908 to treat drinking water, chlorine is a key component in the water operator’s toolbox for preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Before its widespread use, people were at risk for contracting cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery and hepatitis A, and in fact, people died […]

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EMPLOYING DISTRICT METERED AREAS TO PROACTIVELY MANAGE LEAKAGE IN WATER UTILITIES

North American water utilities have been successful in delivering safe, reliable water service that has allowed communities to grow and prosper.  Treated drinking water is delivered to customers through a vast network of underground piping systems.  Unfortunately a significant portion of this water never reaches customers since it escapes the system in the form of […]

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WATER NETWORK LEAK DETECTION – NEW TOOLS FOR WATER UTILITIES

Piping systems that provide safe drinking water to communities leak, some profusely.  But drinking water is a very valuable resource since it has been treated to make it safe for human consumption and energized by pumping operations to move through vast networks of underground piping.  Leakage also means more water is being drawn from rivers, […]

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CONCERNS OVER WATER QUALITY IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

The survival of Canada’s Aboriginal people is tied directly to the quality of its water as it is a critical and sacred element. B. G. Cheechoo, Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation from 1988 to 1994, said the history of Canada’s Aboriginal people is tied to rivers, lakes and oceans: “Our continued reliance on fishing, […]

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FORT MCMURRAY: THE LAST MAN STANDING IS A WATER OPERATOR

Heroes are made, not born. While the Fort McMurray fire raged, Guy Jette, a water operator for the last 38 years, was a veritable last man standing and was able to supply water to fight the worst fire ever recorded in Canada. As noted in a CBC article “Fort McMurray’s water warrior fought to keep […]

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE?

FOCUS: CANADA Water is not qualifiable. But our water services are. It’s no secret that our infrastructures are in dire need of some extra help. In their May-June edition, Water Canada published “Flowing Funds”. In the article, Darren Sokoloski, the country director and president of ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc. shares his views on the challenges […]

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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING LOOKS PROMISING

In its first budget, Canada’s Liberal-led federal government delivered on its early promises to invest in “local water and wastewater facilities; clean energy; climate resilient infrastructure, including flood mitigation systems; and infrastructure to protect against changing weather” made during and after the election campaign last fall.   The federal minister of finance, Bill Morneau, announced […]

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PHARMACEUTICALS IN OUR WATER SYSTEMS: A PRESCRIPTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TROUBLE?

Recent studies in both the United States and Canada suggest the public and government need to pay more attention to the presence of pharmaceuticals in our water sources. According to Environment Canada, more than 165 different pharmaceutical and personal care products have been detected in water tests. Researchers with the Environmental Protection Agency in the […]

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