District to provide residents alternative drinking water until compliance is restored
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), located in Arvin, Calif., for arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. ACSD has agreed to provide residents with alternative water until they are found to be in compliance and will pay a penalty of $14,750.
The winning project introduced a filter that removes toxic heavy metals from drinking water and industrial wastewater
Perry Alagappan from Houston has won the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—an international competition for water-related research. The Prize Patron, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, presented him with the award at an Aug. 25 ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.
The precautions were put in place following an Aug. 5 toxic waste spill into the Animas River
Targeted funding builds on substantial efforts on working lands Ohio, Michigan and Indiana
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region's farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms.
The public is invited to comment at a meeting on Aug. 19
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, Puerto Rico.
The action protects the community from polluted groundwater
Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site in Chester and Washington townships in New Jersey. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems.
The study is part of a $4 million grant to six universities to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $374,510 to Texas Tech University through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The university will develop a better approach to understanding and predicting individual- and community-level ecological effects of chemical contaminants in the environment.
The 2015 harmful algal bloom season is projected to be among the most severe in recent years
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom
Last summer, the city of Toledo, Ohio, made headlines when a do-not-use order affecting 400,000 residents was issued due to microcystin contamination. Caused by a bloom of blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the contaminant forced people to turn to bottled water for all of their water needs. John Keener of Toledo Water Conditioning shared his experience with WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline.
Kate Cline: What is microcystin? How does it affect human health?
According to the United Nations, 10 years from now there will be more than 37 megacities around the world with populations of more than 10 million. Four of those cities will be in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.-Baltimore.
Aging infrastructure’s effects on safe urban drinking water delivery