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.
The organization is member driven and sponsor supported
The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has invested as a founding sponsor to assist the nonprofit organization. This support will help keep the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) sustainable, current and complete, and is a continuation of NSPF’s early support for its development.
Participants will receive a re-landscaping package at a discounted price
To address the need for long-term water conservation solutions, the city of San José, Calif., is launching Lawn Busters, a pilot program that will demonstrate the benefits of replacing residential lawns as a fundamental way to save water.
The new $500 rebate is up from the previous rebate of $200
While most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for landscaping. The city is now paying $500 to any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal.
Sportsmen invited to discuss federal actions for better drought resilience that benefits fish and wildlife
The National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) will bring stakeholders together at the U.S. Department of the Interior for the White House Drought Symposium, made possible with the support of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). Nearly 40 stakeholder groups will be represented to discuss the federal government’s role in building drought resilience into our water management systems and the steps that federal agencies should take to forestall future drought crises.