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Toronto Region Conservation Authority issues high water level warning

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TORONTO — The Toronto Region Conservation Authority has issued a warning saying Lake Ontario water levels remain high with “risks” during heavy wind or wave activity following Wednesday’s heavy rain. It says some rivers in the Greater Toronto Area
'TORONTO -- The Toronto Region Conservation Authority has issued a warning saying Lake Ontario water levels remain high with \'risks\' during heavy wind or wave activity following Wednesday's heavy rain. Read More'

Wild goat spotted by the Water Station

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FORT ST.JOHN, B.C. – There has been a wild goat spotted travelling about the city of Fort St.John for approximately the past month according to Facebook posts.The goat was last seen close to the highway by the Water Station leaving Fort St John.
'FORT ST.JOHN, B.C. – There has been a wild goat spotted travelling about the city of Fort St.John for approximately the past month according to Facebook posts.The goat was last seen close to the highway by the Water Station leaving Fort St John.BC Conservation Officer, Tristan Montjoy shares, to give the goat adequate space and not to approach the goat as it is a wild animal and could act out aggressively.Montjoy does not know why the wild goat is in the area.Motorists are being advised to travel with caution.   . The post Wild goat spotted by the Water Station appeared first on Energeticcity.ca .'

Eabametoong First Nation in Ontario declares state of emergency over drinking water

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'APTN News The Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after its drinking water supply had higher levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) than provincial standards allow. “The discovery of high levels of trihalomethanes, combined with and ongoing issues with our water and wastewater systems, has forced us to declare a State of Emergency to protect the health of our community,” said Chief Harvey Yesno in a statement released Monday. “Many of these issues have been ongoing for decades, but we are especially concerned about the effects of trihalomethanes on our most vulnerable community members, including newborn children, youth, the elderly and infirmed.” According to the community which sits about 370 km due north of Thunder Bay, water quality lab tests taken by an independent lab on June 28 to June 30 indicate high levels of THMs, exceeding the allowance of 100 micrograms per litre Ontario Drinking Water Objectives by 122-182 per cent.According to the website of the National Institute of Health in the U.S., THMs are the result of a reaction between the chlorine used for disinfecting tap water and natural organic matter in the water.At elevated levels, THMs have been associated with negative health effects such as cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes.” Read the release:  Eabametoong First Nation declares State of Emergency The community says the issue is in the water distribution system. “It is unacceptable that Eabametoong has been on a boil water advisory for 18 years.Progress has been made to upgrade our infrastructure, but our members cannot be expected to consume water that fails to meet Ontario drinking water standards,” said Yesno. “We have a responsibility to protect the health of our members and will do everything we can until our water issues are permanently resolved.” According to the release, the community has started an “emergency response plan” and has been forced to rely on reverse osmosis units to draw water for drinking and cooking.Community members could notice a foul smell and taste if they use the tap water.Yesno said he has contacted Indigenous Services and has requested “immediate action from the Government of Canada.” news@aptn.ca @aptnnews   . The post Eabametoong First Nation in Ontario declares state of emergency over drinking water appeared first on APTN News .'

CIB Commits up to $20 Million in Mapleton Water and Wastewater Project

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The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has announced an investment commitment of up to $20 million for a water and wastewater project in the Township of Mapleton.
'The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has announced an investment commitment of up to $20 million for a water and wastewater project in the Township of Mapleton . The project will expand access to safe drinking water and capacity for the treatment of wastewater for up to 20 years for the Township of Mapleton, which is located in the southern Ontario County of Wellington. “The approach we are using will ensure Mapleton’s water and wastewater needs will be met safely, efficiently, and affordably,” said Gregg Davidson, mayor of the Township of Mapleton. “We are proceeding with a competitive procurement process and are very pleased to have the Canada Infrastructure Bank involved to provide an innovative financing option.We hope that our approach to improve our infrastructure will create best practices for other municipalities to modernize their water and wastewater systems.” The township is seeking a consortium to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the municipality’s new and existing water and wastewater infrastructure for up to 20 years.Mapleton will continue to own all existing and new infrastructure assets.As part of the project, the township will upgrade its water system including the building of a new water tower, upgrading an existing water pumping station, a wastewater treatment project, and a gravity sanitary collection system.Procurement Process The Township of Mapleton is leading the competitive procurement process including selecting the preferred proponent.Mapleton will focus on its core role as asset owner and water utility regulator and will hold the selected proponent accountable to deliver the water and wastewater infrastructure.According to CIB, Mapleton’s innovative approach can be considered a pilot project to demonstrate new models for structuring and financing smaller municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects. “This is an exciting partnership between the Township of Mapleton and Canada Infrastructure Bank,” said Pierre Lavallée, president and chief executive officer of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. “CIB is a new model of federal support for projects including green infrastructure.Our innovative financing approach will help Mapleton invest in new, expanded, and sustainable public water and wastewater facilities.” The CIB’s investment commitment will improve the cost of project financing and attract private capital expertise while ensuring appropriate risk transfer to the private sector.The investment will be offered in the form of a standardized debt-financing package to all proponents during the request for proposals open period.CIB will finalize a credit agreement with the project’s Preferred Proponent at Financial Close. . The post CIB Commits up to $20 Million in Mapleton Water and Wastewater Project appeared first on Water Canada .'

Obashkaandagaang FN Receives $8 Million for Water Treatment System

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The upcoming design phase for a new water treatment system in Obashkaandagaang First Nation was announced by Chief Marilyn Sinclair and Bob Nault, member of parliament for Kenora. “Water is sacred to our people,” said Chief Sinclair from
'The upcoming design phase for a new water treatment system in Obashkaandagaang First Nation was announced by Chief Marilyn Sinclair and Bob Nault, member of parliament for Kenora. “Water is sacred to our people,” said Chief Sinclair from Obashkaandagaang First Nation. “It sustains every living part of creation.For this reason, today I can proudly announce that we are building a new water treatment plant.This represents a great beginning in the development of our community and addressing our priorities as a Nation.” Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is providing over $8 million for the design and construction of the project.The project will include a new water treatment plant, a new watermain distribution system, and 11 decentralized systems. “The Government of Canada recognizes that safe drinking water is essential to healthy communities,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of indigenous services. “We look forward to partnering with Obashkaandagaang [First Nation] to design and construct a new water treatment system that will benefit their community and will also bring us one step closer to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities.” Obashkaandagaang is currently in the process of hiring a consultant for the design phase of the project.Once complete, the new water treatment system will eliminate two long-term drinking water advisories and restore clean and safe drinking water to current and future residents in the community. “Clean and safe drinking water is vital to quality of life, especially for residents of First Nations communities in northern Ontario,” said Bob Nault, member of parliament for Kenora. “I congratulate Chief Sinclair and her Council for their hard work to bring this essential basic need to members of Obashkaandagaang.” Obashkaandagaang is located 15 kilometres southwest of Kenora, Ontario.The First Nation has a membership of 333, of whom 146 live on the reserve. . The post Obashkaandagaang FN Receives $8 Million for Water Treatment System appeared first on Water Canada .'