ProjectAlert notifications describe real-time flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released ProjectAlert, which allows users to keep up with USGS scientists as they respond to floods, droughts and chemical spills. These alerts are official, yet informal notices that describe flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country, as well as how USGS field crews are responding to the events.
ProjectAlert notifications are published in real time by a USGS field scientist and let you know when the scientist is:
IBWA says any actions that discourage people from drinking bottled water are not in the public interest
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) issued the following statement regarding the decision by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to support banning bottled water sales in Concord:
“We are disappointed in the decision by the state attorney general to approve the amendments to the bylaws of the town of Concord, Mass., that ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve PET bottles within the town, and we are exploring all available options to continue to oppose the bylaw.
Policy brief outlines necessary actions to ensure safe and clean drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new policy brief recommended how governments, non-state actors and communities in sub-Saharan Africa can contribute to meeting the United Nations’ 2015 Millennium Development Goal on ensuring safe and clean drinking water.
Funds will help develop water treatment methods to keep contaminants out of drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced almost $1.5 million in funding to three universities to develop sustainable drinking water treatment methods. The research grants are funded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program. These grants, which supplement last year’s grants to eight other universities, are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people’s health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water.
Two courses from the National Swimming Pool Foundation teach basics of pool & spa operation
Two new online courses, Pool & Spa Basics and Water Chemistry Basics, from nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) are designed to quickly get retail, builder, distributor and manufacturer employees up to speed on the basics of pool and spa operation and water chemistry. The courses will help people gain the basic knowledge required to effectively perform their jobs and serve their customers.
WQA's newest webinars are geared toward elevating service personnel for industrial treatment
The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) new Web-based industrial water treatment education program launched earlier in July and is designed to help companies raise their service personnel from doing only mechanical repair to understanding the interdependency of complex multi-stage treatment components and determining and meeting customer goals in the field.
Following a recent manufacturers meeting, the industry is focusing on education, best practices and efficiency
According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), following a recent meeting with manufacturers over the Arizona Salinity Committee, the industry is emphasizing education, best practices and efficiency.
In April, industry leaders agreed to a set of objectives for the Arizona Salinity Task Force. The committee was established by the state last year. Comprised of public and private stakeholders, it is to report to the legislature with recommendations in September.
Some goals being discussed include:
The training meets requirements set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for drinking water treatment certification
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $181,638 to St. Louis Community College of St. Louis for drinking water job training.
“From EPA’s standpoint, it is essential that we groom talented and committed young people into drinking water fields in order to meet the need and shortage of experts in this important industry. The certification training is essential to successful job placement in this field,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said.
NSPF’s online training course and handbook were created to help professionals understand and prevent waterborne illness
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) launched the Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) online training course and handbook, designed to help professionals understand and prevent waterborne illnesses.