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Water that smells like rotten eggs or has a metallic taste can be a sign of biofouling, which can shorten the lifespan of your well.

Don’t let biofouling slow the flow

Three-quarters of wells in some parts of Alberta have biofouling problems

Nothing makes a real estate deal go south faster than the discovery that the water well is no good. Recently Troy Niemans of Titan Water Systems was performing a well test for a real estate transaction and discovered a problem that nearly cancelled the sale. “The sellers had stated that the well produced six gallons […] Read more


Mylar- and Kevlar-reinforced tanks house the micro-algae used to clean up GHG emissions. Liquefied poultry manure helps the micro-algae grow.

Call it a win-win: Curbing pollution with chicken manure

Scientists have found a type of micro-algae that gobbles up greenhouse 
gas emissions — and it has a taste for nutrient-rich chicken manure, too

Poultry manure and that annoying green slime which grows in our lakes each summer could hold the key to helping the province’s oilsands mining companies and coal-fired power plants clean up their act, while producing a valuable commodity in the process. Researchers have discovered a strain of naturally occurring micro-algae that can scrub 100 per […] Read more

A Chinese worker collects catfish for disposal in a polluted pond in Haikou, Hainan province, Sept. 10, 2013. Local government acted to kill all catfish at the pond after the water tested below standards, according to local media.

China says over three mln hectares of land too polluted to farm

Government trying to reverse damage done by years of urban and industrial encroachment

About 3.33 million hectares (eight million acres) of China’s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said Dec. 30, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth. China has been under pressure to improve its urban environment following a spate of pollution scares. But cleaning up rural regions […] Read more