EPA Publishes Microbial Risk Assessment Framework for Waterborne Pathogens

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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A variety of scientifically defensible documents can be downloaded from EPA’s website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing information to assist risk assessors and scientists in the development of rigorous and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens.

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January 8, 2015

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The Casarte washing machine is equipped with Dow Water & Process Solutions’ Purinze UF technology, allowing it to reduce water consumption by 30% and improve water quality by removing up to 99% of common bacteria. The porous hollow fibers of about 20 to 30 nm in diameter allow water to pass through while blocking bacteria and mites.

Virginia's Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay Wins Federal Support

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Program to serve as a model for similar programs across the country

Virginia’s approach to improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay gained recognition from several federal agencies, which dubbed it “an innovative, market-based approach” that will “serve as a model for similar programs across the country.”

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December 26, 2014

AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Research Finds Potable Reuse Is the Most Affordable Source of New Water

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WateReuse Assn.
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Purified wastewater could meet the water needs of 8 million people in California

Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the U.S., as well as elsewhere around the globe. A viable and affordable solution for many communities is to turn their wastewater into purified drinking water, according to a new WateReuse Research Foundation white paper.

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December 18, 2014

Christian Water Quality Charities Win Award

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ROI Ministries
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Organizations provide clean water for less than a dollar a year per person

Recently, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been given the hashtag label #GivingTuesday. ROIMinistry.org announced its 2014 Top 10 list of Christian organizations in the world, based on their lasting impact per dollar.

Two of the organizations on the list provide clean water for less than a dollar a year per person and a third organization provides a daily meal for the poor and orphaned for only $1.52 per month.

The following are descriptions of the three charities:

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December 4, 2014

Bluewater Opens First Asian Store

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Bluewater
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The Beijing store-in-store is the company's first retail presence in Asia

Bluewater has debuted its flagship “Blue House” store-in-store presence in Beijing. Located within the Easyhome store, the Blue House is the first Bluewater flagship retail environment in Asia, which the brand will share with its air-purifying sister company, Blueair.

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November 25, 2014

WERF Begins New Studies on Trace Organic Compounds, Pathogens

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Water Environment Research Foundation
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WERF awards the University of Cincinnati, Southern Nevada Water Authority & Iowa State University contracts to support further research on TOrC & pathogens

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has awarded the University of Cincinnati, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Iowa State University with contracts to support further research on trace organic compounds (TOrC) and pathogens. These projects will advance our knowledge of the fate, transport and detection of TOrC (i.e., personal care products and pharmaceuticals) and pathogens.

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November 24, 2014

AWWA President Informs Congress on Key to Cyanotoxins Prevention

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American Water Works Assn.
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The subcommittee hearing was in response to the water pollution incident in Toledo, Ohio

In testimony this week before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) President John Donahue stressed that the solution to keeping drinking water safe from cyanotoxins begins with reducing nutrient pollution.

The subcommittee hearing was in response to an event in August 2014, when the city of Toledo, Ohio, found the cyanotoxin microcystin in finished water and issued a “do not drink” advisory for more than 400,000 people. The contamination was the result of an algal bloom in Lake Erie.

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November 21, 2014
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AWWA President Informs Congress on Key to Cyanotoxins Prevention

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