REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION RESOURCES

  • After years of discussion, the EPA recently announced a proposal that would classify nine PFAS as hazardous waste. The decision comes less than a year after the agency's proposed individual maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) of 4 ppt for PFOA and PFOS as well as a hazard index (HI) of 1.0 for a combination of them and four other substances. The announcement has undoubtedly triggered concerns among water industry professionals about the impact it will have on their operations.
  • WSP water experts discuss the proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act and what they would mean for federal agency compliance.
  • As states and the federal government attempt to crack down on the proliferation of PFAS and their health consequences with a spate of new regulations, there is one significant upcoming ruling that will have tremendous impact for compliance and costs: the final rule on PFAS CERCLA designation.

  • BlueConduit is proud to have their work cited in several sections of the EPA's Service Line Inventory Guidance. 

  • The autonomous operation of plants, the use of data in real time and the remote driving of robots are just a few examples of how 5G will build smarter water utilities.

  • Like many parts of the economy, the engineering sector has been negatively affected by the COVID-induced downturn. Based on the federal government’s own numbers, the engineering and design sector’s revenue declined by 7 percent in 2020, and the ACEC Research Institute's newly released 2021-2025 Engineering Industry Forecast projects another 4 percent decline in 2021 before recovery begins to kick in during the second half of the year. The industry will grow modestly (3 percent annually) from 2022-2024, primarily due to pandemic-related stimulus spending, but then will tail off slightly in 2025.

  • Responsible parties all want clean water and to abide by the rules that secure it, but what if the rules do more harm than good? With a recent Supreme Court decision on wastewater discharges and a change of presidential administrations as the backdrop, this op-ed from the National Ground Water Association addresses the conundrum.

  • I recently wrote an open letter to President Joe Biden requesting a commitment to make the funding of U.S. water infrastructure a priority in his Build Back Better program. I sent a similar open letter to president-elect Donald Trump back in 2016.

  • COVID-19 has upended life across America, disrupting business as usual in every sector and shifting the way we relate to, and work with, one another. In many ways, and across many sectors, the pandemic exposes and reinforces structural challenges and social inequities. In the water sector, this plays out through access to water, the cost of water services, governance structures, and even how we fund and deliver those water services.

  • While every potable water treatment process requires a balance of chemistry and biology to deliver safe, clean drinking water, added concerns from upstream stormwater or agricultural runoff only make the job that much more difficult. How can we do a better job of safeguarding water treatment plant (WTP) operations while protecting the health of water utility customers against threats of upstream nonpoint source (NPS) pollution?

UTILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Optimizer™ Blockage Tool

    The Optimizer™ Blockage Tool extends the functionality of the Optimizer™ ICM Integration, allowing users to analyze different blockage scenarios in their collection system model.

  • Optimizer™ Flushing Tool

    Creating flushing plans for water distribution systems is a difficult task Operators need to ensure that all pipes in their system get flushed and that adequate scouring velocities can be achieved At the same time, operators want to minimize the time it takes to carry out flushing to save on costs The Optimizer™ Flushing Tool gives utilities a smarter and more effective way of producing high quality, unidirectional flushing plans.

  • R900® System

    How can your water utility protect present investments in technology while building onto those investments as you need, at your own pace?

  • Bridge Crossings And The Proper Use Of EX-TEND®, FLEX-TEND®, And Force Balanced FLEX-TEND Products

    Of particular interest when it comes to bridges is the locating of pressurized water lines on and under bridge structures. Pressurized pipelines can present a number of unique challenges to the design engineer and utility owner.

  • Ignition Industrial Automation Software

    Connect, Design, Deploy Without Limits!
    Ignition is unlimited, so for the low cost of one server license you can seamlessly connect all your data, design any kind of industrial application with ease, and instantly web-deploy unlimited clients to anyone, anywhere — all from one universal platform for industrial automation.

  • CASE Program

    The Component Analysis and System Evaluation (CASE) program, developed by Brentwood, helps customers to prevent problems with their chain and flight equipment and to extend the lifetime of their installations. The specialized tools and software provide facilities with cost-effective recommendations for budgeting future capital expenditures, maintaining inventory levels, and scheduling preventative maintenance.

REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION VIDEOS

 In this episode of The Water Online Show: Unfiltered, Travis Kennedy and Nadia Abboud catch up with Dr. Mirka Wilderer from AqueoUS Vets to discuss new PFAS regulations, and how difficult it will be to meet them.