Drinking water

Union Bay voters chose a new direction last fall and held their last annual general meeting on April 29. The improvement district will be transitioning its services to the regional district for July. Record file photo

New Union Bay water system working, though costly

No boil water advisories, as community prepares for transfer to regional district

 

The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves — this is how to protect it

Researchers suggest the need for a Canada Water Agency dedicated to water management across the country

  • May 1, 2021

 

John Boros, of City of Surrey water operations turns on two underground roadside taps last December - one for potable water and one for emergency services - marking the completion of the long-awaited connection between SFN and the Surrey water supply. (File photo)

Semiahmoo First Nation tap water safe to drink again, as 16-year boil water advisory is lifted

New distribution system, connected to Surrey water supply, passes safety testing

 

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a reporters question during a news conference, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa won’t set new deadline for providing clean water in First Nations communities

There are still 38 First Nations communities where the water isn’t considered safe to drink

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a reporters question during a news conference, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Water bottling ban, parking key changes for Cumberland zoning

Bylaw on amendments still need adoption following March 2 hearing

Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard
CVRD and Island Health have issued a boil water advisory for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Boil water notice for all Comox Valley water users

Turbidity levels have risen in both Comox Lake and Puntledge River

CVRD and Island Health have issued a boil water advisory for the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The Blue Creek restoration in British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring has made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a new study has found. “It’s still largely unknown,” said Elizabeth Hendricks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its second evaluation of the condition of Canada’s freshwater environments. (WWF Canada, Eden Toth)

Data gaps prevent assessment of most Canadian watersheds: WWF report

There’s enough known about 67 of Canada’s 167 watersheds to assess how well they’re standing up

The Blue Creek restoration in British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring has made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a new study has found. “It’s still largely unknown,” said Elizabeth Hendricks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its second evaluation of the condition of Canada’s freshwater environments. (WWF Canada, Eden Toth)
The Union Bay Improvement District has finished its new water treatment plant. Record file photo

Union Bay water plant now finished

Work allows health authority to lift boil water advisory

The Union Bay Improvement District has finished its new water treatment plant. Record file photo
Cumberland council will continue to push the Province for more action to prevent bottling of groundwater for commercial purposes. (File photo)

Cumberland keeps pushing for groundwater protection

Council will raise issue with Province again through Union of BC Municipalities

Cumberland council will continue to push the Province for more action to prevent bottling of groundwater for commercial purposes. (File photo)
Image: The Canadian Press

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

Image: The Canadian Press
Cumberland is spending some extra money for a SCADA system for the new treatment plant for drinking water. (Black Press file photo

Cumberland pays more for new SCADA system

New water treatment plant should be online in July

Cumberland is spending some extra money for a SCADA system for the new treatment plant for drinking water. (Black Press file photo
MLA Scott Fraser (right) joined members of Cumberland council to break ground on the site of the new water treatment plant in 2018. File photo

Cumberland water plant costs come in higher than planned

Extra costs result of delays, Hydro requirements and right of way access

MLA Scott Fraser (right) joined members of Cumberland council to break ground on the site of the new water treatment plant in 2018. File photo
(Black Press file photo).

CVRD testing Shawnigan water after complaints of metallic taste, odour

“This type of problem has come up a number of times in summers in the past”

(Black Press file photo).