White Rock Fire Results in Boil Water

Fighting the flames had put such a demand on the small local #water system that the city’s reservoirs dropped to “dangerously low” levels, explained councillor David Chesney. “We haven’t drained our reservoirs, but they’ve gone down a tremendous amount in fighting this #fire,” “We’ve not had any indication that there is a major problem yet, but …

The 3 P’s to protect your sewers

In closing an issue on SeeClickFix this week, I received some positive comments about my public service announcement on what to flush and what not to flush to help keep the sanitary system and treatment plant in good condition. This isn’t specific to Revelstoke, but is best practice for all sewer systems. Here’s a graphic …

Integrating Sustainability into Infrastructure Projects

Earilier this month I had the pleasure of being invited to the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in London, Ontario. Working with a great team of presenters I helped develop a one-day workshop for about 45 delegates on the topic of Sustainable Asset Management. This is a fairly new area of influence for FCM, and the workshop …

Kelowna’s Roundabout

Last time I was in Kelowna, I had an opportunity to see the new bus terminal and roundabout downtown. Designed by MMM Group, and with visionary input from the City of Kelowna and BC Transit, this project sets a new standard for urban transportation and spaces in the interior of British Columbia. And for those …

Highway One Problems & Solutions

Summer is time for road-trips and camping, Albertan’s spilling into BC to enjoy the Province’s natural beauty, families travelling to visit relatives, beach vacations – and unfortunately for many of these trips, the Trans-Canada Highway is a necessary part of the route. On twitter, I have several searches that I check before I head out …

AWWA’s 2014 State of the Water Industry

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has released their state of the infrastructure report for 2014 (pdf), collecting responses from 1,739 AWWA members across the US and Canada. This report gives an insight into the industry without political or corporate interference ((although it is a self selecting group that chooses to participate, there appears to …

Designing for Hazards – A Wall of Lake Ice

Who is responsible for determining the impact and designing to protect against manmade or natural disasters on your home or neighborhood? A local state of emergency has been declared in a western Manitoba municipality after homes in Ochre Beach were destroyed and seriously damaged by a wave of lake ice. Area officials told CBC News …