Canadian Teachers are Waiting to Educate Over 135,000 Canadian Students About Drinking Water Quality Issues and Solutions

Canadian teachers are currently waiting for the opportunity to educate over 135,000 Canadian students about drinking water quality issues and solutions. In order to be able to do this they will need over 4,000 sponsored Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and Operation Water Biology kits to be sent to their schools. Individuals and companies can sponsor kits for schools. If you/your company sponsors kits, you/your company will be acknowledged in the letter that accompanies the kit. You can even decide in which geographic area your kits will be dispersed or to which specific school(s). Please e-mail if you would like to sponsor Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and/or Operation Water Biology kits or if you would like more information.

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Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun April 15, 2014

Metro Vancouver plans to conduct a seismic assessment of its entire waste water system, including its pipes and pump systems, to identify ‘weak spots’ ahead of a potential earthquake.

The study, expected to take roughly two years, follows on the heels of a major overhaul of the region’s water system and upgrades of its sewage treatment plants, including the $500-million expansion of Annacis Island.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart questioned whether any of the sewage would make it to the plant if the pipes were broken in an earthquake.

But Simon So, Metro’s general manager of planning, said sewage treatment plants — along with marine crossings — are a higher priority for “post-disaster” upgrades because they would take longer to fix than broken pipes.

Edmonton Journal April 15, 2014

High Level Bridge Waterfall in Edmonton pictured Sept. 3, 2006. Turning the taps back on for the High Level Bridge waterfall will require a bigger flow of cash than expected, according to a new city report. Councillors put aside $750,000 last spring for work to reactivate the former Edmonton landmark, which operated on special occasions from 1980 to 2009.
Photograph by: Brian Gavriloff, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - The High Level Great Divide Waterfall has dried up after city council decided Tuesday to pull the plug on the former Edmonton landmark.

Councillors voted without debate to take back the remaining $735,000 set aside last year to repair the High Level Bridge attraction, which hasn’t run since 2009.

The waterfall, opened in 1980 to mark Alberta’s 75th anniversary, was closed due to environmental concerns about pouring chlorinated water into the river.

It operated four or five times a year on warm long weekends and special events, such as the sourdough raft race.

But a recent report estimated installing pumps to use untreated water and replacing the corroded pipes would cost up to $2.6 million.

Only Coun. Amarjeet Sohi and Coun. Ben Henderson, who has argued the city should wait to see if a fundraising group comes forward, voted to keep the repair money in place.

Artist Peter Lewis, who donated the piece to the city, said last week he opposed using public funds for the waterfall.

Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press April 11, 2014

Foon Hai Restaurant owner Stanley Dare has not had water in since March 3 due to frozen pipes. He is on a 3 week waiting list with the city for thawing.

A frozen water pipe has closed the doors of Foon Hai -- a longtime Chinese restaurant in the Exchange District -- for more than a month.

Restaurant owner Stanley Dare said the city told him it could be the end of this month before rice, dumplings and various dishes are cooked again when water finally flows through his taps.

"We've had no water since March 3," Dare said this week of the William Avenue restaurant.

"They tried a couple of things. They tried getting the water going again, but the pipe is frozen about 10 feet out into the street.

"Now we're waiting for the city to excavate."

But while Foon Hai has been closed for the longest time in its 30-year history, some bills don't stop, including hydro.

Dare said the restaurant had a full freezer and refrigerator when it was forced to close. It was thought it would reopen in a few days.

But Dare said in the weeks since, a lot of the food had to be thrown out.

Dare said he has decided against trying to connect with an adjoining property owner to get water because the pressure wouldn't be enough for him to run his dishwasher, sinks and patron washrooms.

He said he's confident the restaurant will open again -- even though he will have lost two months of business -- but what worries him most is whether his staff of six will still be with him.

"All my employees have been laid off," he said. "I'm just hoping none of the employees look for other jobs, but I guess I'll see."

A spokeswoman for the city's water and waste department said city crews tried thawing the pipe on March 27 with a hot-water injection unit, but it was unsuccessful.

The spokeswoman said the next step is using the specialized DBH electrical thawing machine, but to do that crews will have to excavate part of the street to get to the pipe. She said it will be more than a week before that can be done and until then a city-installed hose line is not an option.

Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) said it's terrible Foon Hai has been without water for as long as it has.

"I can't imagine Mr. Dare being very happy," Pagtakhan said.

"He has been there a long time. It is his livelihood. I'd encourage him to make a claim with the city. Every citizen has the right to make a claim if they believe it to be negligence by the city."

Meanwhile, Dare said he received a further blow when he spoke to his restaurant's insurance agent.
"We have business interruption coverage but they say freezing pipes is not covered," he said.


More properties continue to report frozen waterlines, but the number on the waiting list for thawing continues to shrink.

In its daily update Thursday, city hall reported the number of properties on the waiting list dropped by one from the day before, down to 1,347.

There were an additional eight properties reporting frozen waterlines, bringing the total since November to 2,442.

City crews were able to restore full water service to nine more properties between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total to 1,095, and crews provided temporary water through a hose connection to a neighbouring property to nine more properties.

Number of properties where full water service has been restored: 1,095, an increase of nine since Wednesday.

Number of properties with temporary water service via a hose connection: 851, an increase of nine from Wednesday.

Number of properties without full or temporary water service : 496, a decrease of 10 from Wednesday.

Francis Campbell, Truro Bureau, The Chronicle Herald April 9, 2014

Heavy rainfall didn’t result in any major Truro-area flooding this week.

Credit the town’s aggressive flood mitigation work.

“I don’t know if, in this instance, it was, but I think there were two or three times between last fall and now that there could have been worse flooding if it wasn’t for the work that was done,” said Andrew MacKinnon, the town’s public works director. “I don’t think the water was quite as full in the rivers today as it was on those two or three other occasions, but it was enough to flood Park Street.”

The often-flooded Park Street, between Truro and Bible Hill, was closed Wednesday, and it wasn’t known when it might reopen.

“How much money do you want to spend?” MacKinnon said of the chronic Park Street problem. “You could build a structure over it or raise the road. The study that we are doing should have some real concrete solutions by November or December.”

Erin Pottie, Cape Breton Bureau April 9, 2014

Cars crawl through receded flood water along Townsend Street in Sydney on Wednesday morning. (STEVE WADDEN / Staff)

Flood waters along MacKenzie Street in Sydney on Wednesday. (STEVE WADDEN / Staff)

A truck cruises through a foot of flood water as Alma Head stands in front of her shop on Morrison Street in Sydney on Wednesday. (STEVE WADDEN / Staff)

SYDNEY — “Alma’s Family Salon, Tanning and Esthetics. … Sure, for when?”

The phone didn’t stop ringing at Alma Head’s salon Wednesday as clients rescheduled appointments due to heavy flooding outside the Sydney business.

To get to Alma’s, customers were forced to scale two or three snowbanks on Morrison Street and wade through about half a metre of water.

“Anybody who knows me knows I get here through the worst snowstorms,” said Head.

“This is worse than a snowstorm.”

In some instances, clients saw a pool of water on the closed street and turned around.

“They can’t even drive down. And you can’t walk unless you have hip waders on.”

Head’s son made the drive through flooded Townsend Street in order to get her to work.

“You could see the smoke coming up off the top of the car,” she said.

At least 50 millimetres of rain fell in Sydney from Tuesday afternoon to midnight, while Baddeck received close to 70 millimetres.

“It’s pretty typical spring-like weather, even though it’s a little bit late this year,” said Tracey Talbot, an Environment Canada meteorologist.

Talbot said that when heavy rains combine with accumulated snow and frozen ground, overland flooding can result.

Environment Canada reported that Sydney received 50 per cent more precipitation in March than what’s considered normal.

“It’s amazing, the water,” said Sheri Trask, who braved the flood to make her salon appointment.

Trask parked on nearby Brookland Street and started making her way toward Alma’s when a stranger offered her a lift.

“He drove up and picked me up,” said Trask, her hair full of reddish dye. “Then I scaled over the last snowbank and I got here.”

Head said flooding outside the salon is a common occurrence due to overflowing of nearby Wash Brook.

“They fixed it probably about four years ago, but we’ve been flooding,” said Head.

“When it stops raining, normally the water goes down very quickly. But it’s not this time.”

John Phalen, public works manager for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said staff worked to clear catch basins in preparation for Tuesday’s rain. However, Wash Brook backed up due to rain combined with melting snow and high tide.

“With just the multitude of water and snow melt, we just can’t handle that type of event. There have been improvements made, but we still have a lot of water that has to find its way to the harbour.”

Phalen said the municipality’s old drainage system that connects sewer and sanitary lines became overwhelmed.

He said he expected most of the flooding to subside by Thursday morning.