A slew of recent attacks makes it clear that critical infrastructure like drinking water and wastewater utilities are under increasing threats from cybercriminals and bad actors. And recent revelations from authorities are demonstrating that the problem may be even worse than previously known.
Federal legislators are still coming to grips with a class of drinking water contaminants that has long been top of mind for treatment operations around the country — one that has just been found at tens of thousands of additional sites throughout the U.S.
The state that saw history’s highest-profile instance of lead contamination in drinking water is now taking new steps to confront the problem, as the nation at large attempts to address the fundamental infrastructure issues at its root.
It is not uncommon for new presidential administrations to reverse, revise, or undo much of their predecessors’ work. And ever since President Joe Biden took office, environmental policies established in the Donald Trump era have been targeted.
As the ongoing scarcity of source water plagues the Western United States, Oregon’s agricultural industry now represents what may become a new normal for many — a system in which some have access to water while others are rationed or cut off completely based on their legal claims.
While drinking water treatment operators regularly oversee critical operations to ensure the safety and availability of our most vital resource, it’s not often that they’re given special recognition for their work.