West Vancouver residents report suspicious calls about water contamination and testing

West Vancouver police are alerting residents about suspicious robocalls offering water testing at homes.
Several residents reported to the West Vancouver Police Department that they were receiving automated calls featuring a recorded voice claiming that Lower Mainland water supplies have been found to have been contaminated with lead and that crews will be in the area to provide residential water testing.
The District of West Vancouver confirmed in a news release on January 16 that there hasn’t been any contamination in city water supplies, adding that the calls claim to be from someone purportedly working for the District of West Vancouver and that residents must schedule an appointment for water testing.
Both West Vancouver Police and the District of West Vancouver are advising residents not to allow any individuals to attend or enter their homes under this pretense or anyone who is not expected.
Anyone who receives such calls or witnesses related activity is asked to call West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300.

No more drought for Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C- The drought has been dropped on Vancouver Island.
Back on August 24th, both sides of the Island were moved up to a drought rating of Level 4, the highest level available.
The rating meant water supply wasn’t enough to meet socioeconomic and ecosystem needs, with conditions coming during wildfire season.
With the coming of rainy conditions across the Island, Lower Mainland and South Coast, the rating has now been lifted back to “normal”, meaning there is enough water to meet human and ecosystem needs.
The change came during the afternoon on October 9th, according to the province’s drought database.
Despite the change on the Island, stream flows in the central and northern regions of British Columbia are well below normal and continue to decline.
The Upper Fraser East, Nechako and Peace regions are being elevated from drought Level 2, dry, to drought Level 3, very dry.
The Northwest, Upper Fraser West, Middle Fraser and the Central Coast regions are all currently at drought Level 3.
The Stikine and Skeena-Nass regions remain at drought Level 4, extremely dry.
If freeze-up in these regions occurs before streams, soil moisture and groundwater levels recharge, there is a risk of drought continuing into next year.

Vancouver utility will soon get thermal energy from wastewater

Vancouver utility will soon get thermal energy from wastewater.
The False Creek SHARC was announced in August 2016 following the successful collaboration between IWS and Metro Vancouver ("Metro Vancouver").
Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services across the lower mainland of British Columbia.
The False Creek Neighborhood Energy Utility is a large-scale district heating network that began operations in 2010 and currently provides space heating and hot water for 4,300,000 square feet (395,000 m2) of residential, commercial, and institutional space.
IWS installed its newest and largest capacity system at False Creek, the model 880 ("SHARC 880").
The SHARC 880 offers the highest capacity of any SHARC system to date, with flow rates of up to 1500 gallons per minute, a capacity increase of three-times when compared to existing SHARC models.
The False Creek SHARC installation will include two SHARC 880 systems working in tandem and will initially operate over 12-month period to demonstrate the economic and energy efficiencies of the system.
This is the second time that a SHARC system has been integrated into a district heating network following IWS’s installation at Borders College (Scotland) in 2015.
IWS systems recycle thermal energy from wastewater, generating the most energy efficient and economical systems for heating, cooling & hot water for commercial, residential and industrial buildings.
IWS is publicly traded in Canada (CSE:IWS), the United States (OTC PINK:INTWF) and Germany (FRANKFURT:IWI).