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Maximum performance testing of popular toilet models

As noted in the 5th Edition of “Maximum Performance Testing of Popular Toilet Models”, “virtually all toilet models sold in Canada and the U.S. meet both flush volume and performance requirements of the Canadian Standards Association and the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Mechanical Engineers.” However, “there remains some question as to whether models that meet the minimum certification requirements meet the expectations of the consumer.”

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Authentic intelligence: Automated decision-making through GTSM

Standard water industry tools—such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and modeling programs—collect and store data that are currently unrelated to time and space. As reported in Authentic intelligence: Automated decision-making through GTSM (AWWA Journal, November 2005), a new tool called geospatial time-series management can help water managers consider anything that moves or changes through time, such as rainfall, reservoir levels, treatment flows, and natural stream flow.

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Okanagan Basin Water Board

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) was formed in the mid-seventies to provide a basin-wide perspective on water resource management in the valley. The main focus of the board over the past thirty years has been milfoil management in area lakes and providing grants to local municipalities for sewage treatment infrastructure. Recently, the OBWB has undertaken the most significant change in its thirty-year history.

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New online resource: StormwaterAuthority.org

StormwaterAuthority.org is a resource of comprehensive and relevant information, news, events, and education on stormwater. The website’s mission is to help landowners and developers, engineers, and contractors make educated and environmentally sound decisions about stormwater management and treatment.

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Kelowna Joint Water Committee Water Servicing Plan

The Kelowna Joint Water Committee (KJWC) consists of the five major water utilities servicing the City of Kelowna. In 2005, the KJWC recently updated the long-range water-servicing plan for Kelowna that was originally produced in 1995. The comprehensive report explores a number of water-related issues.

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Peachland bailiff gathers info and enforces restrictions

A water bailiff was hired for the summer of 2005 to help enforce Peachland’s watering restrictions, and to gain a better understanding of how water is used by both residents and growers. This will help the district make sound water management decisions now and in the future.

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Oliver promotes potassium chloride for water softeners

While many residents are satisfied with the town’s raw water, others are not and have installed water softeners. These devices may address hardness concerns, but unfortunately, the backwash discharged from the softeners into the sanitary sewer has significantly increased sodium levels in the reclaimed water. This water is used for irrigation at various locations. Elevated sodium levels damage the environment in general and our aquifer in particular, and can detrimentally affect the growth of turf and trees.

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Groundwater protection planning and implementation by Rutland Waterworks District

The Rutland Waterworks District (RWD) was commissioned in 1949 to serve about 50 properties in the Rutland area of Kelowna. At that time, the district held a water license for Mission Lake, located in the Greystokes. After recognizing potential groundwater sources, RWD relinquished its license on the surface water supply and built its first well into the Greater Kelowna Aquifer in the 1960s. The district now operates 15 active wells.

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