Drinking water providers expressed support for the Revised Total Coliform Rule
A diverse group of drinking water providers and environmental and health organizations applauded the announcement of a revised rule to safeguard U.S. drinking water.
A pre-publication copy of the final Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) was released Dec. 20, 2012, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks. Significant improvements were made during the revision process, including new requirements that ensure assessment and corrective action when monitoring results indicate a potential risk of contamination.
The update outlines work currently underway, including the status of research projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which Congress requested EPA to complete, are expected to be released in a draft for public and peer review in 2014. The update outlines work currently underway, including the status of research projects that will inform the final study.
Update includes setting a limit for E. coli to better protect public health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for E. coli to better protect public health.
The Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S., which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. These types of pathogens can cause a variety of illnesses, with symptoms such as acute abdominal discomfort or, in more extreme cases, kidney failure or hepatitis.
EPA awards grants to nonprofit organizations to address worldwide environmental issues
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 50 nonprofit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Six of those 50 were awarded to organizations within region EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) totaling more than $147,000.
Organizations receiving grants in EPA Region 4 include:
Committee members suggest that the contribution of water softeners can be addressed first
Focusing on voluntary limits, the head of the Arizona Salinity Committee suggested last month that legislative solutions may not be attempted in the upcoming 2013 session.
Rep. Karen Fann, who spearheaded the creation of the committee, said she will only run a bill if there is a good product that has been vetted by all stakeholders and has enough support to have a 90% chance of passing. Otherwise, a bill should not be introduced until 2014, she said.
These developments came at a meeting of the Technical Advisory Subcommittee of the committee.
In an effort to ensure that America has the cleanest water possible, on Jan. 4, 2014, a new law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products will go into effect. Williette Nyanue, assistant editor for Water Quality Products, recently spoke to Barbara Higgens, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), to discuss the implications of the law and how manufacturers are preparing to comply.
Williette Nyanue: What implications does the new lead law have?
Fluidics Hawaii’s device meets NSF and California building code standards
NSF Intl. has certified the first flowmeter for pool, spa and water park applications to the American National Standard for recreational water equipment and the new California regulations. Fluidics Hawaii LLC’s FV-C mechanical flowmeter is the first to earn NSF certification to this standard, demonstrating to pool operators and regulators its ability to effectively and accurately measure water flow. This is critical to disinfection, filtration and maintaining safe water circulation rates.
Pleasant Springs to engage in bulk water sales and bottling in both glass & PET containers
Expert Group Inc. dba Pleasant Springs Inc. has received its anticipated letter from National Testing Laboratories Ltd., confirming that the water collected by Pleasant Springs meets the criteria of Blue Ridge Mountain high-altitude alkaline pure mountain premium spring water and can be labeled as such in accordance with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Inspection reveals excessive level of chemicals in utility’s drinking water supply systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter and inspection report to the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) identifying numerous deficiencies in the utility’s drinking water supply systems uncovered in a May 2012 inspection and sanitary survey.
Standard to provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, site and mechanical systems
With HVACR systems accounting for approximately a third of water consumption in a typical office building, the need to minimize water usage is a major consideration in the built environment industry.
A standard to provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, site and mechanical systems is being developed by ASHRAE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).