News Briefs: Canadian Government to Track Cannabis Use Via Wastewater

In this week's water and wastewater news, seven major cities in Canada will provide wastewater samples in an effort to track cannabis use; and recycled water bottles in Flint are being turned into clothing

The Canadian government will start tracking cannabis use in a number of major cities by contributing wastewater samples from treatment plants. The announcement coincides with a bill that is moving through Canadian Parliament that is aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis.

The cities that have agreed to participate in the program so far are Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Alberta, Halifax, Vancouver and Surrey.

The cities will likely capture data on cannabis use from about a quarter of the Canadian population.

Source: NPR


Flint's Water Bottles Are Transformed Into Textiles

Since the Flint Water Crisis in 2014, the state of Michigan has spent more than $16 million distributing free bottled water to residents. But that program ended last week, and it had residents lining up to get the last of the bottles.

Something interesting happened with a lot of that plastic bottle waste, though. An artist named Mel Chin created a fashion project called Flint Fit that collected more than 90,000 used bottles before cleaning, shredding and transforming them into textiles. The recycled fabric was then sewn into rainwear and swimming garments.

Sources: NPR and Sustainable Brands


Police Seek Treatment Plant Vandals

Authorities are looking for the culprits of a vandalism incident that left damage in excess of $10,000 at water treatment facilities at the Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

As a result of the damage, restrictions were placed on water use, including a nonconsumption order for the campus and another nearby university.

Source: CBC News


Denver Brewer Offers Anniversary Beer Made of Recycled Wastewater

A certified-green beer brewer called Declaration Brewing Company recently announced an effort to highlight direct potable reuse of water, releasing an anniversary beer made using recycled water.

“It’s nice to demonstrate a project to people in a way that they can connect with. It’s pretty easy for people to connect with beer,” Greg Schlichting, co-founder of Declaration Brewing Company, tells CBS Denver News.

The beer is pretty light, according to Schlichting, who added that the water is sourced from a purification system that converts wastewater into potable water that meets all state and federal standards.

Source: CBS Denver News



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