Research


Nunavut Wastewater Treatment Program

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) developed the Municipal Wastewater Effluent Strategy in 2009.   The Strategy aims to provide a harmonized national framework for managing wastewater.  It was identified that the Far North, due to its extreme climatic conditions and remoteness, would require careful consideration in order to produce a viable means to improve human and environmental health protection. The North was therefore given a 5-year window to conduct... 

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STEWARD – Systems Training and Education in Water Assets Research and Development

Funded by NSERC, STEWARD is a collaborative NSERC CREATE graduate training program between Dalhousie University and Queen’s University, which aims to build a unique training environment for research on buried water infrastructure. The aim is to create exceptional training experiences in a unique learning environment that integrates traditional engineering silos. Here, trainees will gain the capacity to understand, analyze and solve multifaceted problems associated with buried... 

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NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality and Treatment

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair was awarded in 2007 as a result of a partnership between Dalhousie University and Halifax Water.  Since its inception the Chair program has provided numerous research opportunities for highly qualified personnel at the undergraduate, MASc and PhD level. 

In 2012 three new partners joined the Chair program:.LuminUltra Technologies Ltd., CBCL Ltd., and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). 

The Chair provides students with... 

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Drinking Water Safety Plans - Exploring Options and Obstacles for Small Systems in Canada

The World Health Organization has identified a multiple barrier approach as one of the most effective methods for securing the safety of a drinking water supply. Here, risks within a drinking water supply from catchment to consumer are identified, their impact is evaluated, and a risk management and monitoring plan is developed.
 
The Centre for Water Resources Studies is involved in two initiatives looking at the implementation and use of a multiple barrier approach. Here... 
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Development And Testing Of Watershed Simulation Models

Watershed simulation models are increasingly being relied on to help direct land-use planning and watershed management activities.  A variety of computer models have been developed to simulate water, sediment, chemical, and microbial transport within both urban and rural watersheds.  However, models must first be calibrated, validated, and possibly refined, in order to be properly applied in a specific geographic setting.   Within this research, we are calibrating and testing the... 

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Microbial Source Tracking In Rural And Urban Watersheds

Identifying and managing microbial water quality at the watershed scale is extremely challenging. There are usually multiple sources of fecal microorganisms, distributed over large geographic areas, and levels of indicator organisms and pathogens are highly variable and dependant on a number of hydrological, biophysical and anthropogenic factors.  Developing the ability to fully characterize human health risks, and identify sources of microbial loading, requires additional... 

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