Irish Water Scouts – Thermal Imaging and Posties

In a situation that has exposed systemic issues in the organization of Northern Ireland Water, at last a ray of hope in the battle to address the infrastructure issues spread out across thousands of kilometers of water mains. The solution – a mix of new technology and old… A police helicopter fitted with the latest […]

Chronic Underinvestment

Underinvestment in infrastructure was the most likely culprit behind the recent Northern Ireland water crisis as watermains froze then broke, emptying reservoirs and running communities dry. A big part of the problem for communities of all sizes is the attitude that if you try hard enough, you’ll get something for nothing. Where most fall foul […]

The Price of Ignoring Water Infrastructure

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr We’ve been living on borrowed time when it comes to infrastructure, not just the communities in the Kootenays, but towns and cities of all sizes across North America. From what I can tell, more than half of the pipe in the ground in this part of the world is older […]

The Lifesaver Bottle

Clean water is something that most of my readers probably quite happily take for granted. Despite the fact that in most Cities the systems we use to clean and transport water are among some of the most decrepit parts of the infrastructure of the communities we live in, we assume that when we turn on […]

BC’s Living Water Smart Blog

The BC Ministry of Environment recently established a wordpress blog for the Living Water Smart project. As far as I know, this is the firs example of a provincial ministry using blogging software, including permitting comments, (with moderation) on the site!  The first post, by Barry Penner, the Minister, requests comments, and at last count […]

Servicing the Airport Lands

It probably sounded like a good idea back in the middle years of the 2000’s decade.You can imagine the thinking, “If we get some good sized lots suitable for parking, Walmart or CostCo will come and set up shop there, the residents will be happy and we’ll be able to get some tax revenue off […]

For-Profit Water in Winnipeg

Image via Wikipedia The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba has decided to dissolve it’s water and waste water departments and form a stand alone utility. During the final council meeting before the summer break, Winnipeg’s elected officials voted 10-6 to create a new city-owned agency that will assume responsibility for water treatment, sewage treatment and garbage […]