WQA invites professionals to Washington, D.C. for Earthy Day as industry delegates
April 22 marked National Earth Day, bringing awareness to the environmental conditions impacting the nation’s water supply. With water contamination concerns headlining the news across the country, water treatment professionals representing a variety of companies visited Congressional offices to urge members of Congress to support feasible treatment options for drinking water.
The water treatment professionals traveled to Washington, D.C. as delegates of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA).
Critics claim Governor's endorsed regulation is not strict enough
The Michigan governor’s endorsement of a plant to reduce allowable lead in water from 15 ppm to 10 ppm is not strict enough for critics, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s endorsement of the plant follows months of turmoil in Flint, Mich. where water quality has been of grave concern for residents.
AWWA Water Utility Chair Aurel Arndt urges support for safe, reliable water systems throughout nation
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Water Utility Council Chair Aurel Arndt urged members of Congress to expand upon existing federal efforts aimed at shoring up the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure.
Testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Arndt offered recommendations to dramatically reduce risks for citizens reliant upon public water systems while creating virtually no budgetary burden on the federal government.
Mayor argues that Waukesha, Wis., has no reasonable alternative to drawing water from Lake Michigan
Waukesha, Wis., Mayor Shawn Reilly testified before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in support of Waukesha’s application to borrow and return Great Lakes water. Waukesha’s application is pending before the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council), of which Michigan is a member. Under the Great Lakes Compact, the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces will consider the application later this spring.
ANSI formally accredits WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) have announced that a new 2015 version of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems received formal accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard. This new version has expanded its scope to include ultraviolet (UV) treatment systems as well as dispensers (including coolers and heaters).
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality now has authority to regulate total coliform in the state’s drinking water systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the state of Oklahoma’s revised rule for regulating total coliform in drinking water. With this approval, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has authority to regulate this contaminant in the state’s drinking water systems.
The bill bans the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and bans the delivery of these products by July 1, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), bans the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and bans the delivery of these products by July 1, 2018.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) supports this bill.
The House bill would authorize $15 million annually from 2015 through 2020 for training and technical assistance for rural drinking water utilities
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed S.611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act. This legislation reauthorizes the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Technical Assistance Program, which helps small and rural communities comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The House bill would authorize $15 million annually from 2015 through 2020 for training and technical assistance for rural drinking water utilities.
Region 5 will examine the state's implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and related rules on lead and copper, total coliform, nitrates and groundwater
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman announced that the agency will conduct an audit of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) drinking water program. Region 5 will examine MDEQ's implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and related rules on lead and copper, total coliform, nitrates and groundwater.
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.