District board of directors lowers target, drought continues
The Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors lowered its water use reduction target to 20%, but emphasized that residents should continue their efforts to conserve in the ongoing drought.
In 2015, the fourth year of drought, the board of directors called for residents to reduce water use by 30% over the amount they used in 2013. In November 2015, the board extended the call to June 2016.
10-year-old EPA program promoting water-efficient plumbing has saved more than 1.1 trillion gal of water
The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition (PILC) marked the 10th anniversary of WaterSense with a call for the program's authorization due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program's water efficiency and savings achievements.
Toto flush valve and toilet are first to receive WaterSense distinction
Toto, a plumbing manufacturer with $5.1 billion in annual global sales, announced its high-efficiency EcoPower Flush Valves and Commercial Flushometer Toilets are the plumbing industry's first to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Label.
If a typical large office building with apprtoximately 2,500 occupants replaces its older, inefficient toilets and urinals with the WaterSense-labeled models, it could save more than 3.5 million gal of water and more than $31,000 in water costs annually.
Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.
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.