Formed in 2010, the Water Well Trust (WWT) is a 501(c)3 organization created by the Water Systems Council (WSC) to provide clean water to American families living without access to safe drinking water. WWT recently expanded its work in Georgia to 10 more counties with a federal grant. WQP Associate Editor Bob Crossen spoke with Margaret Martens, WSC executive director and program director for WWT, about Georgia and future WWT efforts.
Bob Crossen: What kinds of projects is WWT doing in Georgia?
You’ve probably seen plenty of weight loss ads on Facebook or popping up on websites: “Drop 20 lb in Three Days!” or “Lose Fat With This One Simple Trick!” Those may not be exact quotations, but you get the idea—they sound to good to be true. And usually they are, with a click simply leading to a website shilling a “miracle” pill, powder or tea that will supposedly help you lose those 20 lb in three days and showcasing before and after photos that look suspiciously Photoshopped.
Kamini Singha to discuss groundwater movement, contaminant transport in Earth's subsurface
Kamini Singha is the lecturer for the 2017 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. She will offer a choice of two lectures at participating universities and professional associations. The topics are quantifying water movement and contaminant transport in the Earth’s subsurface.
Singha is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a doctorate in hydrogeology from Stanford University.
Singha’s two lectures are:
Water conservation, energy efficiency, drought response improve across West
The departments of Agriculture (USDA) and the Interior announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West.
Funding will be used to protect and sustain watersheds; secure safe drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) are providing $156,000 to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor in Florida. The foundation is one of nine projects that for the first time are receiving $1.4 million in grants to improve land management of hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds in seven states.
Defense Authorization Act would have allotted almost $2 million for clean water infrastructure
Senate Republicans rejected an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that would have provided $1.9 billion for clean water infrastructure improvements and lead contamination reduction nationally while addressing the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Henry Henderson, safe water initiative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued a statement in response to the vote.
Michael Schnieders, distinguished lecturer, will cover two topics
Defining the operational age of a well and redefining the life expectations of a new well are explored in two presentations to be offered during the 2017 William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology.
2017 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer Michael Schnieders, PG, PH-GW, will offer both lecture selections.
Agency seeks comments on non-regulatory guide
During a radiological emergency, radioactive material could be released into rivers, lakes and streams used by public water suppliers.
New portal focuses on trade professions and dealer resources
Water-Right Inc. announced its new dealer resource website is live.
The website features a redesign and layout of Water-Right brands catered toward the well drilling, wholesale and plumbing trades. The new site is mobile-friendly to aid dealers and service technicians in the field.
Brochures, full product manuals and specification sheets are now available, as well as a dealer log-in that houses a resource center. This includes access to industry newsletters, marketing and advertising support, photography and product bulletins and updates.
Online public comment open through July 22
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act (WIFIA) May 23 and is seeking public comment.
Through much of April, industry experts and organizations met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to urge legislators to improve infrastructure funding throughout the country. The public comment portion for the proposed act will be open through July 22.