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Innovations in Wastewater Treatment: Liquid Gated Membranes

A team from the University of Waterloo and Northeastern University have collaborated with Wyss Institute to find a biological solution for wastewater filtration and further innovations in wastewater treatment. Conducted at Harvard University, the study wanted to compare the effectiveness of a standard filter and a liquid-gated membrane filter in terms of pressure requirements and…

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Calgary Invests in Wastewater Plant Development

Calgary has been preparing for a future of increased population growth by upgrading the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant. Although it does not have the bigger budgets or glamour that other infrastructure projects like a new LRT may have, it is no less important to develop. The city has appropriated $1 billion to be used over…

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Vancouver May Experience Worsening Water Supply Problems

In the coming decade, it is predicted that Vancouver water supply problems could experience shortages due to a growing population and worsening climate change. Local officials are trying to prepare for this challenge by proposing various preventive measures. These includes enacting campaigns to encourage residents to conserve water and investing in the upgrading of the…

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UK Treating Wastewater with Smart Bugs

If there is one thing that makes treating wastewater challenging, is controlling the noxious odours caused by ammonia. Ammonia is the by product of the breakdown of animal and vegetable matter and is what gives organic waste its unpleasant smell. But a new study in the United Kingdom may offer a possible solution for this…

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Ensuring Water Security for Future Generations

Water remains one of the most essential ingredients for life and it is important to maintain a steady supply of it for the health of industries and the general public. Wastewater treatment managers have the daunting task of ensuring that the water they provide is properly processed and that any current or future challenges can…

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4 Ways Farmers Can Keep Soils Healthy and Productive

For farmers, soil is where life on the farm begins. Keeping soil healthy is a top priority to ensure a bountiful crop production. To maintain soil health, farmers have to create a conducive environment that fosters populations of beneficial organisms while minimizing pests. Soil must include high levels of decomposed organic matter that allow it…

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Biosolids Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

Growing concerns about global climate change has prompted the need to develop feasible methods to reduce the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Human activities such as combustion of carbon-based fuels, cement manufacturing, deforestation, burning of biomass, and and animal husbandry is blamed for the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Researchers have found…

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Biosolids Aid Australian Farmlands During Droughts

Australia’s New South Wales region has recently experienced one of the worst droughts in living memory, yet farmers in the area have been able to cope with the help of biosolids. This organic fertilizer has been used in around 30 farms to turn otherwise dry land into arable soil. Sydney Water has sourced these biosolids…

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Red Tide Worsens in Florida

Red tide is common in southwest Florida. Over the years, many aquatic animals have been killed by this deadly phenomenon including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, not to mention thousands of fish. The carcasses of these animals rot and emit putrid odours that affect the health and wellbeing of communities in the area. Scientists have…

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Fast Facts About Biosolids Fertilizers

Agricultural lands have experienced a significant boost in yields thanks to a better understanding of plant physiology and biochemistry. Farmers are even able to make soils more favorable for plant growth due to the introduction of fertilizers. Currently, there are two types of fertilizers, the commercially available inorganic fertilizer and the other is organic fertilizer…

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