Since the implementation of chloramine disinfection by municipal water agencies, reports have surfaced regarding its efficacy and safety. Chloramines have been around since the 1930s, but they were widely introduced at the municipal system level approximately 15 years ago due to claims that they offer better efficiency and fewer disinfection byproducts than chlorine.
Potential health effects of chloramines & treatment options for their removal
ETS is helping to make Flint residents aware of lead hazards
Environmental Testing Services (ETS) is educating and assisting residents of Flint, Mich., in the awareness of lead hazards in their homes. ETS is a national lead testing firm that engages with residents to ensure their homes are safe and free of lead contaminants.
Groups file federal lawsuit to secure safe drinking water in Flint, Mich.
A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Mich.
Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.
After discovering that its three wells contained excessive levels of arsenic, Spring Creek Utilities Co. hired Sunrise Eng. to help develop a solution. The engineering firm contracted with AdEdge Water Technologies in June 2011 after a competitive bidding process to design, manufacture and start up an arsenic treatment solution as quickly and economically as possible.
Integrated treatment system resolves community’s arsenic dilemma
Forty parties agree to $22 million settlement that will provide for groundwater treatment system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum site in South Gate, Calif., 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The settlement requires an estimated $15 million to construct the additional groundwater treatment system needed, including wells, piping and treatment costs, plus $7 million to reimburse EPA for its past cleanup actions at the Superfund site.
Groups begin legal process to stop ongoing violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act
Residents of Flint, Mich., together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s current lead contamination.
Publication now available in AWWA's online store
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has released its newest publication—Iron and Manganese Removal Handbook, Second Edition by John Civardi and Mark Tompeck.
Advancements in treatment technology, new regulations and changes in the environment necessitated a second edition of Iron and Manganese Removal Handbook.
The Task Force is providing technical assistance on reconnecting the Flint, Mich., drinking water system to a new source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman established the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force to provide the agency’s technical expertise through regular conversations with designated officials from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the city of Flint, Mich.
The governor's recommendation is due to the city's current lead contamination
In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the city of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.
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.