Program to serve as a model for similar programs across the country
Virginia’s approach to improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay gained recognition from several federal agencies, which dubbed it “an innovative, market-based approach” that will “serve as a model for similar programs across the country.”
ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy to pay $2.3 million for alleged violations of state law asserted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that XTO Energy Inc, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the nation’s largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.
EPA estimates about 28%, or 7.6 million, of flushometer valve toilets installed across the country flush at volumes higher than the federal standard
To help commercial, institutional and industrial facilities save water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program released a draft specification for water-efficient flushometer valve toilets.
The funding will support additional work by USGS to manage the groundwater network
Congress last week passed $1.1 trillion in spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).
On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
After passing Congress, the bill is only one step away from becoming legislation
The HR 2901 bill, also known as the Paul Simon Water for the World Act, passed Congress unanimously, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced.
“Last night, despite the odds, we saw such an achievement as the Senate passed the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, my bipartisan legislation to improve global water, health and sanitation and improve the lives of millions across the world,” Blumenauer said in a statement.
The bill ensures Ohioans can be confident in the safety of their drinking water
Legislation authored by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to promote the safety of drinking water unanimously passed the Senate today. The bill – in response to a high level of microcystin in the western Lake Erie basin, which disrupted the water supply of approximately 500,000 people in northwest Ohio in early August – also must pass the U.S. House of Representatives before being sent to the president.
The act targets the world's poorest to ensure they have elevated WASH programming
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2901, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act authored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX). The Senate is expected to take action quickly on the bill, sending it to the president’s desk.
In today’s on-the-go lifestyle, bottled water is a convenient, healthy hydration choice. The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) works not only to encourage Americans to make healthy choices, but also to advocate for its member companies when it comes to regulations affecting bottled water quality, sales, taxes and more. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline recently caught up with Christopher Hogan of IBWA to learn more about the association’s current and future efforts.
The water quality improvement industry has faced both challenges and opportunities in the governmental arena in 2014. Through tireless government relation efforts, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has worked to protect the interests of its member companies by identifying key policymakers across the country and educating them on critical issues facing the industry.
The latest on WQA’s efforts at the state & federal levels