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Fact Finding – Water Issues for Indigenous Communities in Canada

Michael Barrett and Gary Vidal, Canadian Members of Parliament, examining a Newterra Modular Water Treatment Plant

“Our Canadian operation had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-1000 Islands & Rideau Lakes, and Gary Vidal, MP, CPC Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Services.”

Bob Kennedy, our CTMO, and Jeremy Dayment, President of our Engineered Solutions division hosted a plant tour of Newterra’s Brockville manufacturing site while discussing challenges and possible solutions for the #Indigenous communities’ #drinkingwater issues. We are more than happy to help in any way we can to solve this water crisis.”

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Difficulty With Accurate Testing For BOD In Industrial Stormwater Runoff

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is a measure of the amount of dissolved oxygen used by microorganisms to break down organic material in a sample of water. Because BOD is not one specific pollutant, it can be difficult to characterize the nature of BOD, identify the source in stormwater runoff, and select the appropriate treatment approach to reduce BOD in stormwater runoff and discharge. The most effective way to minimize BOD concentrations in stormwater discharges will be to minimize the exposure of stormwater to materials that are a source of BOD. 

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What is PFAS?

PFOA (perfluorooctanic acid) and PFOS (perflurooctane sulfonate) are organic synthetic chemicals that have been used in manufacturing a multitude of industrial and consumer-based products including coatings, carpeting, and fire-fighting foams. Over several decades, they have contaminated the environment, specifically our drinking water sources, causing significant health concerns that recently prompted the EPA to take action.

Close-up of black activated carbon texture. Coconut charcoal.

What is Activated Carbon?

Although the term granular activated carbon is used generically, it can refer to dozens of similar – but not identical- adsorbents. Depending on raw material, method and degree of activation and other factors, activated carbons can perform differently in various applications.