News archive - February 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Mill Creek a year after the jet fuel spill

Mill Creek

Water Institute member William Taylor, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, from the Department of Biology, shares his expertise in a Waterloo Region Record article.

Read the full article by Leah Gerber in the Waterloo Region Record.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

New sensor provides better leak protection in buildings

Leaky Pipe image

A new, battery-free sensor can detect water leaks in buildings at a fraction of the cost of existing systems.

The tiny device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, uses nanotechnology to power itself and send an alert to smartphones when exposed to moisture.

By eliminating a battery and related circuitry, researchers estimate their sensor could be commercially produced for $1 each, about a tenth of the cost of current leak detection devices on the market.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Water Institute announces 2020 Distinguished Lecturer

DIAN SAXE

The Water Institute is pleased to confirm that Dr. Dianne Saxe will deliver its annual RBC Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place as part of the Institute’s annual World Water Day celebration on March 20, 2020.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Amphibious housing expert shares her vision at TEDx

TedX image

Elizabeth English, Water Institute member and professor in the School of Architecture, shared her personal experiences while speaking at a recent TEDxManhattanBeach conference about how amphibious housing can allow communities in flood zones to thrive.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

At least 13% of wastewater treated by Southern Ontario septic systems ends up in streams

Stream

The presence of artificial sweeteners has revealed that at least 13 percent of septic system wastewater from rural Southern Ontario homes eventually makes its way into local streams.

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Waterloo used the presence of artificial sweeteners excreted from humans to identify the wastewater content in streams across rural Southern Ontario.

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