AWWA proclaims “huge step forward” for water infrastructure
The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would create a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA), a key development in addressing America’s trillion-dollar water infrastructure challenge.
A WIFIA pilot program is included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (S. 601), which passed by a vote of 83 to 14. It now moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
Common process will strengthen drinking water standards for unregulated chemicals
To further protect public health, reduce duplicative costs, increase efficiency and promote transparency of human health risk assessment action levels, CSA Group, NSF Intl., IAPMO R&T, UL and the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) will now use harmonized procedures to develop action levels for unregulated chemical contaminants originating from products in contact with drinking water. The harmonized process will be used by all five certification organizations immediately.
California state legislators address the state's drinking water
A number of California state legislators included the bill for third-party certification as part of a package designed to provide clean drinking water.
Nine bills were highlighted by the lawmakers, all of them part of a program to address the state's drinking water crisis.
West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay $30,000 for alleged storage tank regulation violations
The West Virginia Department of Transportation (W.Va. DOT) has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at 10 facilities operated by its Division of Highways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, W.Va. DOT has also agreed to statewide improvements of its UST monitoring procedures.
The Sustainability Steering Committee will establish participation from retailers, regulatory agencies
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) Sustainability Program will be ready to begin certifying products soon. While some retailers and regulatory agencies have collaborated with WQA by providing outside stakeholder review, WQA would like to recruit more participation from these sectors.
Public water systems must comply with the revised requirements by April 16, 2016
On Feb.13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register the revisions to the 1989 Total Coliform Rule (TCR).
EAD monitors groundwater selling to protect the groundwater supply against depletion and pollution
The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has called upon farm, landowners and contractors to cease the drilling of wells without a permit, and the illegal selling of groundwater. EAD has reaffirmed that it will be taking all necessary legal measures against violators, in accordance with the stipulations of Law No. 6 of 2006. EAD is the government entity mandated with the implementation of this law, which regulates well drilling and other related activities.
As usual, when we rang in the New Year last month, new rules and regulations took effect — including several concerning the sale of bottled water.
The battle over bottled water can be quite divisive. Its proponents argue that it is a convenient and healthy way to stay hydrated. Its detractors argue that it is expensive and leads to more waste in landfills.
EPA orders cleanup to protect nearby public drinking water wells
The Lapwai School District in Lapwai, Idaho, must clean up an inactive drywell contaminated with solvents (trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene) to protect nearby public drinking water wells. The cleanup will be conducted under a legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The drywell lies under an asphalt parking lot at the Lapwai School District bus maintenance facility (204 District Road in Lapwai), which is separated from the Lapwai Elementary School by a fence. Two drinking water wells are located about 150 ft northwest of the drywell.
Electronic report delivery now available
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its review of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Rule and has concluded that drinking water utilities can provide reports about drinking water quality to customers via e-mail or on the Internet instead of mailing a copy of the report. Electronic delivery of these reports, which utilities are required to provide to their customers each year under the Safe Drinking Water Act, is expected to help utilities improve transparency and save resources.