The goal of the executive order is to reduce the state's water usage by 25%
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2 Rule) sets requirements for public water supplies, and vendors are developing and providing equipment to help them conform to these requirements. Demonstrating the performance capabilities of this equipment, however, has been a challenge for all stakeholders—public water supplies, state or other regulatory bodies, and equipment vendors.
Certification standards help public water systems meet EPA requirements
The labeling programs provide independent, third-party certification of products as being environmentally responsible
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) became the first and only certification body in the world to receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation to certify products for environmental conscientiousness.
The group also will meet to discuss the establishment of a new product stewardship initiative
A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced that they are working collaboratively on the joint development of a new edition of guidelines that will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as “flushable,” with no adverse effects on wastewater systems.
The new brand reflects the organizations' unified effort to support water reuse
The WateReuse Assn. and Research Foundation announced a plan to merge the leadership of their organizations to more aggressively address the challenges that local communities face in meeting growing demands for water supplies in the context of drought, climate change, aging infrastructure, environmental degradation and federal, state and local regulations.
Access to consumer financing is critical to many water treatment dealers’ success. The ability to use promotional offers and sell on monthly payments helps close sales and makes purchases affordable for customers. If access to consumer financing options is limited—as it was in 2008 and 2009 during the financial downturn, when many consumer finance companies limited or eliminated programs—the industry suffers.
Potential new regulations & their impact on dealer sales
Regulations—at federal, state and local levels—have the potential to deeply affect the water quality industry. In addition to the national Water Quality Assn., regional and state associations work to stay ahead of changes and coordinate with legislators to advocate for the industry. WQP asked three of these organizations—the Eastern, Minnesota and Pacific Water Quality Assns.—to provide their latest updates on the regulatory and legislative fronts.
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Regulatory & legislative updates from across the U.S.
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a prerequisite for certification to two WQA sustainability-related product standards
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a standard that evaluates a company’s governance and management practices, relative to sustainability, at the corporate and production facility levels. It focuses on the following core attributes:
States that make up the Hypoxia Task Force are working together to reduce nutrient levels nearby waterways
The 12 U.S. states of the Hypoxia Task Force have devised new strategies to speed up reduction of nutrient levels in waterways in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin. High nutrient levels are a key contributor each summer to the large area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico known as a dead zone. Each state has outlined specific actions it will take to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin from wastewater plants, industries, agriculture and storm water runoff.
EPA publishes its fourth Draft Contaminant Candidate List
To ensure continued protection of public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published for public review and comment a draft list of contaminants that are not currently regulated in drinking water, but may require regulations in the future under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The agency will evaluate and consider the public comments on developing the final Draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) and suggestions for improvements to the process for future CCLs.