Heavy Metal Mine Monitoring

Isaac Plains is an open-cut coal mine in northern Queensland, Australia, that operates under an environmental authority. One of the environmental monitoring requirements that must be met is water monitoring. This includes monitoring potable water, mine-affected water, natural creek flows, water releases, groundwater and the receiving environment.

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Onsite testing technology helps mine meet water monitoring requirements

About The Author: 

Marty Dugan is chief marketing officer for ANDalyze Inc. Dugan can be reached at mdugan@andalyze.com or 617.281.6743.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Countdown to Lead-Free

The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which passed in 2011, will go into full effect on Jan. 4, 2014. It may come as a surprise that the plumbing industry, through Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), was a primary proponent of getting this law passed, in the spirit of harmonizing regulations across the U.S.

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Organizations work together to prepare the industry for the low-lead deadline

About The Author: 

Barbara C. Higgens is executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
Activation Date: 
October 16, 2013
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Not So Rock 'n' Roll

At first glance, this issue of Water Quality Products might seem to have a rock ‘n’ roll theme, with phrases like “rock on” and “heavy metal” peppering the article titles — but unfortunately the issue at hand is anything but rock ‘n’ roll.

The focus of these articles is heavy metals, contaminants that lately have been making more waves than usual within the industry. Between the quickly approaching deadline for the new federal low-lead law and the recent release of California’s proposed chromium-6 limit, it is one that will continue to be a concern.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
Activation Date: 
October 16, 2013
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Small System, Big Benefits

The town of Newport Center, Vt., is a small community of approximately 1,500 residents located just south of the U.S.-Canada border. A combination of drought and increased water use required the drilling of a new well for the community to supplement the two wells already in service. Water quality testing of the new well found arsenic levels at 20 ppb, well above the drinking water standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Vermont of 10 ppb.

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Arsenic removal system helps New England town meet standards

About The Author: 

Richard J. Cavagnaro is marketing coordinator for AdEdge Water Technologies LLC. Cavagnaro can be reached at rjcavagnaro@adedgetechnologies.com or 678.730.6506.

Publication Date: 
September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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USGS Report Provides Insight on Public-Supply Well Contamination

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USGS
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Study finds that conditions in some aquifers enable contaminants to remain in groundwater longer

Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public supply wells to contamination. A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well, and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive.

About one-third of the U.S. population gets its drinking water from public supply wells.

Publication Date: 
August 5, 2013
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Testing Kit

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The SenSafe Water Metals Check test is a quick, accurate, inexpensive way to determine toxic metal levels in tap water. This patented test strip develops red in the presence of toxic metals above 10 ppb in only two minutes. It detects toxic +2 valence metals found in tap water. Because of its detection sensitivity, it confirms the need for water filtration or remediation. The test can be purchased for $19.99 for 50 tests or $5.99 for six tests with instructions and a color chart.

EPA Encourages Comment on Groundwater Cleanup Plan

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U.S. EPA
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EPA to cleanup Nassau County groundwater contaminated with harmful VOCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed plan to clean up an area of contaminated groundwater within the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, N.Y. Groundwater throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids.

Publication Date: 
July 29, 2013

Testing Kit Confirms Concentration of Metals in Tap Water

Publication Date: 
July 22, 2013

The SenSafe Water Metals Check test is a quick, accurate, inexpensive way to determine toxic metal levels in tap water. In two minutes, this patented test strip develops red in the presence of toxic metals above 10 ppb. Because of its detection sensitivity, this test can confirm the need for water filtration or remediation.

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Equipment Helps Protect Against Nitrates in Water

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Water Quality Assn.
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New reports of contaminant point to need for "final barrier" protection

With news reports about possible spikes in nitrate levels in drinking water, residents can ensure protection with final barrier systems in the home, according to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA).

According to reports, Burkburnett public works in Texas is investigating a possible spike in nitrate levels in the city’s drinking water.

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Publication Date: 
July 19, 2013

Hanford Site Treats Record Amount of Contaminated Groundwater

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U.S. Department of Energy
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CH2M Hill treated 1.4 billion gal of groundwater between October 2012 and June 2013

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Co. (CH2M HILL) has exceeded this year’s goal for treating 1.4 billion gal of contaminated groundwater at the Hanford Site in Washington state.

Publication Date: 
July 16, 2013