Drinking water

University of Victoria researchers and a Georgia Institute of Technology chemical engineer are part of a team developing an arsenic-in-water detector that is compatible with cell phones. (Black Press Media file photo)

University of Victoria collaborates with Georgia researcher on cellphone arsenic tester

Invention could bring single-use tests from $20 to pennies while avoiding harmful chemicals

 

Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke residents say rock blasting is impacting water wells; Ministry points to dry weather

‘This isn’t my first dry year. I’ve never had to order water in June. That’s not normal.’

 

UBC professor Madjid Mohseni and Kluskus water operator Tony Baptiste enjoy a glass of water. (UBC Submitted Photo)

‘Too bets`huna: We live by water’ — Remote village celebrates return of drinking water after 20 years

People living in the Lhoosk’uz Dené village will no longer be bringing in bottled water from Quesnel

 

The Capital Regional District has lifted the boil water advisory for Port Renfrew, but the advisory for East Sooke remains in effect. (Black Press Media File)

Boil water advisory lifted for Port Renfrew, still in effect for East Sooke

The well system in Port Renfrew was flushed and deemed safe

The Capital Regional District has lifted the boil water advisory for Port Renfrew, but the advisory for East Sooke remains in effect. (Black Press Media File)
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
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
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
Sooke Lake Reservoir, shown here, is the primary storage site for Greater Victoria’s drinking water supply. The Capital Regional District just purchased a property on the north edge of the water supply area to help further protect the supply. (Photo courtesy CRD)

CRD acquires 58.7-hectare watershed to further protect Greater Victoria drinking water supply

Forested area near Grant Lake is part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Sooke Lake Reservoir, shown here, is the primary storage site for Greater Victoria’s drinking water supply. The Capital Regional District just purchased a property on the north edge of the water supply area to help further protect the supply. (Photo courtesy CRD)
A new well in Youbou is expected to meet the community’s drinking water needs for years, announced Klaus Kuhn, director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (File photo)

New well provides fresh water in Youbou

Well expected to meet community’s needs for years

  • Jan 23, 2021
A new well in Youbou is expected to meet the community’s drinking water needs for years, announced Klaus Kuhn, director for Youbou/Meade Creek. (File photo)
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 boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.

Boil water advisory continues for Alert Bay

Coliform levels could indicate the presence of a pathogen

The boil water advisory came into effect Oct. 21, 2020.
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)
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)
The Regional District of Nanaimo has made it a priority to improve the quality of water supplied to Sandpiper residents. (Submitted photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo wants water quality issues addressed quickly

‘Those videos are disturbing that there’s water in the regional district that is of this poor quality’

The Regional District of Nanaimo has made it a priority to improve the quality of water supplied to Sandpiper residents. (Submitted 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
(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).
Bulk water filling station opens in parched area near Sooke

Bulk water filling station opens in parched area near Sooke

New facility will have ‘positive impact’ in Otter Point area, says CRD director

Bulk water filling station opens in parched area near Sooke
No easy answers to plug hole in south Island’s safe water supply

No easy answers to plug hole in south Island’s safe water supply

Rainwater capture and other bandaid solutions are not the solution

  • Mar 8, 2020
No easy answers to plug hole in south Island’s safe water supply
Hundreds of students marched at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of Victoria students march for water accessibility

The second We Walk for Water campaign took place at the B.C. Legislature

Hundreds of students marched at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)