A new audit of water systems in New York state calls for stronger drinking water oversight.
Lawmakers in New Hampshire took a stand this year against perfluorinated chemical (PFC) contamination, but the effort ultimately failed to cross the finish line.
Lawmakers are putting heat on the Department of Defense (DoD) to address water contamination linked to military bases in their states and districts.
The threat of lead-contaminated drinking water is exacerbated by poor oversight from government agencies, according to an article assessing regulatory oversight in Georgia.
The Mississippi Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the opinion that state regulators cannot force hundreds of rural water utilities to give domestic violence survivors extra time to pay their deposits when hooking up new water accounts.
Even low levels of arsenic in drinking water may pose serious risks to pregnancy outcomes, according to a new study.
Eaton’s unique mobile “Industrial Controls in Motion” exhibit is currently traveling the country in a 40-foot trailer. The company is offering the public a hands-on, experiential learning on-the-go experience and providing access to a complete world of industrial control products and other advanced energy efficiency devices in more than 20 cities across the country this year.
The sky is blue, grass is green, and, someday, your pumps are going to clog. It’s just another fact of life — or is it?
A San Jose Water Quality Engineer said, "“I wasn’t convinced that PSI’s Monoclor™ chloramine dosing system would solve our problems after several failed attempts to improve residual, but with PSI offering a trial including installation, operation, and troubleshooting for three months, San Jose Water decided to invest the necessary resources to pilot this system.
It may seem farfetched, but the reality is that many Americans don’t have regular access to clean drinking water.
Dried up reservoirs, cracked dirt and empty swimming pools are just a few of the visual reminders of the ongoing California drought. But what most people don’t see is the water providers, like Mark Sprague at the City of Fountain Valley, working tirelessly to keep the water running.
The turning point for Rudy Engert came when Georgia ran out of water. Faced with severe water shortages, the state was literally weeks away from water rationing. Engert decided it was time to think about the water and wastewater industry differently.
Operators of a wastewater pumping station at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman were facing serious clogging issues, having to frequently lift the station’s pump and manually remove waste solids and grease build-up.Furthermore, as the station couldn’t handle the flow during peak hours, it was not unusual to have overflows that would reach the adjacent roads.
Just thirty minutes northwest of downtown Calgary, Silverhorn is an exclusive community that provides a country setting with a luxury lifestyle. It boasts large lots and offers clients a choice of five master homebuilders to design their custom home. Amenities include over four miles of walking trails and high-speed fiber optic internet availability.
A plant manager in Colorado became frustrated by the consistently short filtration run-times and the large amount of water wasted by the four dual-cell bottom filters used to clean the region’s drinking water. Xylem’s Leopold Type XA underdrain with I.M.S 200 media retainer, new filter media (12” silica sand/18” anthracite), and wash troughs, emerged as the top choice.
If wastewater treatment plant operators have nightmares, it’s a good bet that many of them have to do with sewage overflows. Few events are as catastrophic for a wastewater facility as a surge of water it can’t process being churned out into the public sphere, in violation of environmental regulations, and to the detriment of public health.
The U.S. EPA has updated its sampling guidance for determining and fighting against unknown contaminants in drinking water. Here’s why routine preparation can be a utility’s best friend in case of emergency.
Arizona is taking steps to allow for direct potable reuse throughout the drought-plagued state. With the practice legalized for wide use, its popularity around the world may rise.
Updates to a seminal document for running water and wastewater utilities as efficiently as possible call for review by those facing new obstacles.
With Donald Trump appointee Scott Pruitt helming the U.S. EPA, the National Rural Water Association sees an opportunity to free its members from burdensome regulations and change the perception of the country’s smallest water utilities.
The U.S. EPA’s latest roster of concerning drinking water contaminants offers clues into what may be threatening consumers and the regulations that come next.
When is the last time you took a moment to stop, and smell your water? A continuous supply of clean and safe drinking water is something that most people take for granted. We rarely go to the tap doubting that the water will be clean and safe. Recently, the general population and water supply professionals have become concerned about the safety and protection of our drinking water supplies.
Water is the lifeblood of electrical power plants, whether they are water-cooled steam plants or turbine-spinning hydroelectric installations. Regardless of how the facility generates electricity, there is a growing awareness that each power plant is part of its own, unique industrial watershed — drawing water from the environment, altering its contents and temperature, releasing some to the atmosphere as steam, and returning the rest to receiving waters.
There have been many publications lately that claim universal appeal of the ORP sensors and their applicability across the board. This concerns me, because the authors sometimes forget to mention some well-known practical limitations of the method, let alone the realities of water treatment applications potentially influencing the sensor performance.
The U.S. EPA’s Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) was adopted in 2006 to modify the Safe Drinking Water Act and more tightly control the spread of Cryptosporidium, a microorganism that can cause gastrointestinal infection if ingested. Since its inception, the rule has posed a treatment challenge to utilities that are susceptible to the tiny contaminant. But which utilities are at risk? And how should they approach treatment?
High levels of radionuclides (uranium/radium/etc.) in drinking water aren’t very common, but they are very dangerous. If you’ve long dealt with radionuclides, you’re familiar with the treatment requirements — but are you treating as cost effectively as possible?
For water treatment operators and utility officials, the summer months don’t just mean sunshine, pool parties, and barbecues. The season also brings the peak time for algal blooms, the toxic clouds formed in surface water thanks to increased nutrient contamination and rising temperatures. With rising instances of toxic algae around the country and increased regulations for eliminating it, utilities have had to keep pace.
When Flint Michigan discontinued purchasing water from the Detroit Water Authority and began using the Flint River as their raw water source they unfortunately did not consider the potential impact on lead and copper corrosion and the impact on the public.
At the end of The Big Short, a postscript stated that one of the story's protagonists, Dr. Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale), was now focused on investing in only one commodity: water. That got my attention.
For years, I’ve been standing on my deck in San Francisco, looking south to Silicon Valley for innovation in water efficiency. But I’m starting to realize that I might have been gazing in the wrong direction. Maybe I need to turn around and look north, over the spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, toward the Emerald Triangle in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties, the hotbed of California’s newly legalized commercial cannabis production.
We all hope that the Flint Water Crisis – where cost-cutting measures led to the drinking water supply to become severely tainted with lead – was an isolated incident. However, it is not impossible that a similar event could happen again, especially in a similarly desperate city with limited financial resources. Here are a few key points that should be considered to avoid repeating such a tragedy.
Chemical, petrochemical, and oil-reﬁning plants are process-intensive operations with regulatory requirements to protect the surrounding water and air from the effects of industrial pollution. These external demands are matched by equally compelling internal pressures to address product puriﬁcation needs, ﬁnd alternatives to utilizing costly fresh water in production processes, reduce the carbon footprint, and operate efficiently and proﬁtably.