• Arsenic In Landfills Is Still Leaching Into Groundwater

    Arsenic has long been considered “the king of poisons.” Films such as “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Frank Capra and “The Name of the Rose” by Jean-Jacques Annaud illustrate the deadly effect that a high dose has on people. But when someone experiences arsenic poisoning, it’s usually not the direct result of a diabolical plot — in fact, it usually isn’t. So how do you figure out how the arsenic got into someone’s bloodstream?

  • Agriculture And Pharma Key To Solving Micropollutants

    As the phrase "forever chemicals" enters the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time in 2024, and these fluorinated substances expand the list of micropollutants, it might be time for a change in the way these persistent environmental pollutants are tackled.

  • A Comparative Analysis Of UCMR 3 And UCMR 5 Of The Top U.S. Water Systems And Their Capital Improvement Projects For PFAS Remediation This article compares the PFAS contaminants present in the third and fifth cycles of the U.S. EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) for some top water systems in the U.S., based on the population served, to examine the changes in their occurrence and levels over time. We will also discuss the projects by the water systems in their capital improvement plans for PFAS remediation in its water sources and to prevent further contamination.
  • Destroying PFAS In Wastewater To Help Safeguard Waterways Technologies for the destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) hold promise, but also face challenges.
  • Complying With The EPA's First Limits On Toxic 'Forever Chemicals' For Public Drinking Water Monitoring and reporting software helps utilities meet compliance requirements.
  • The Role Of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membranes In The Battle Against PFAS

    As the global concern over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination continues to escalate, innovative solutions are becoming increasingly pivotal in the pursuit of clean and safe water resources. The City of Rome Water and Sewer Division conducted a comprehensive pilot to identify a treatment process for removing PFAS from the water supply, including high recovery reverse osmosis technologies.

  • UK Legionella Risk In RAAC-Affected Buildings

    One of the UK’s biggest news stories of 2023 centered on RAAC, or reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete. Used widely from the mid-1950s through to the early 1990s, the predicted lifespan of this type of concrete was 30 years, which is why the issue hit the headlines — and why water systems could be at risk.

  • How PFAS Are Getting Into Miami's Biscayne Bay

    PFAS, the "forever chemicals" that have been raising health concerns across the country, are not just a problem in drinking water. As these chemicals leach out of failing septic systems and landfills and wash off airport runways and farm fields, they can end up in streams that ultimately discharge into ocean ecosystems where fish, dolphins, manatees, sharks, and other marine species live.

  • What Is Seawater Intrusion? A Hydrogeologist Explains The Shifting Balance Between Fresh And Salt Water At The Coast Fresh water is essential for drinking, irrigation, and healthy ecosystems. When seawater moves inland, the salt it contains can wreak havoc on farmlands, ecosystems, lives, and livelihoods.
  • The Do-Nothing Approach To Algal Blooms As a concept in engineering and environmental management, in parallel with solution-proposals, consideration is also given to the consequences of inaction and leaving a challenge unmet with solutions. The "do-nothing" approach to managing algal blooms, therefore, involves taking minimal or no action to actively control or mitigate the effects of algal blooms in natural bodies of water such as lakes and reservoirs. This approach essentially allows nature to take its course, without human intervention.


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  • With the U.S. EPA’s recent announcement proposing maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for certain PFAS, stakeholders throughout the water industry — representing utilities, industry, the environment, legal interests, and public health — were quick to offer their opinions.

  • A Q&A with human health toxicologist and environmental risk assessor Janet Anderson, Ph.D., DABT

  • The risk level linked to delivered drinking water from municipal utilities is very small, even if some high-profile examples of failure (see Flint, MI) have degraded public confidence to a degree. Our treatment professionals usually hit their targets, so the onus then shifts to the research and guidance that determines the safe level of various constituents through U.S. EPA protocols. But there is one contaminant that rulemaking hasn’t quite caught up to and which is downright deadly — Legionella pneumophila.

  • The Federal government plays a significant role in water project development, through both funding and regulating the industry. Water sector champion Mae Stevens shares how we as water professionals need to play an important role in influencing our congressional representatives and senators to win support of what we need to advance business opportunities.  

  • With more than 50,000 community water systems (CWS) in the U.S., it is amazing that only 285 individuals had logged public comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Revisions by the February 12, 2020 deadline. Yet, what those respondents had to say could have a big impact on how we deal with lead in drinking water moving forward. Here is a cross-section of the industry’s response.