When most people think of rainwater harvesting, they picture a 55-gal tank that collects rainwater from the roof to water plants — but this term also extends to natural collection systems like dams. Rainwater harvesting is nothing new; it has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptians who used earthen dams to control runoff. Another example is the rice terraces of the Philippines, which are still in existence today. More sophisticated rainwater systems have been uncovered by archaeologists in Crete, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean region.
Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications
The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which passed in 2011, will go into full effect on Jan. 4, 2014. It may come as a surprise that the plumbing industry, through Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), was a primary proponent of getting this law passed, in the spirit of harmonizing regulations across the U.S.
Organizations work together to prepare the industry for the low-lead deadline
There is a finite amount of available water on our planet, and it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. As populations increase, significant amounts of water are required to maintain modern life. After the baby boom and massive urbanization of the 20th century, meeting increasing demand while managing water quality expectations became a significant challenge for the water supply industry, which realized that municipal water should be reused more effectively.
Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies
Settlement includes civil penalties of $136,000 for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) including civil penalties of $136,000 for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at the Keams Canyon Public Water Supply system.
USGS congressional briefing addresses vital uses of comprehensive water information
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) led a congressional briefing featuring state and regional water stakeholders who spoke about vital uses of comprehensive water information that would be met by the National Water Census called for by the SECURE Water Act of 2009.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.
Leading the Way
Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world
New code passed the city assembly in July 2013
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has joined with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to encourage Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to veto changes in city code related to the recovery of refrigerant from discarded appliances. Under the new code, which passed the city assembly in July 2013, original equipment manufacturers would be responsible for the recovery of refrigerants from the appliances that were manufactured by them and that are disposed of by residential generators.
EPA finds violations of underground injection control permit requirements
Maralex Disposal LLC has been found liable for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at its commercial brine disposal injection well in La Plata County, Colo., on the Southern Ute Reservation. Maralex was assessed a penalty of $89,000.
Clearitas 350 and 450 can be used as primary disinfectants in commercial water treatment
Blue Earth Labs has been granted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectant registration (EPA Reg. No. 87437-1) for two versions of its core patented product, Clearitas, for use as standalone disinfectants to clean commercial water distribution systems. EPA registration of these product versions, Clearitas 350 and Clearitas 450, proves their effectiveness at eradicating harmful bacteria such as E.
New Mexico Supreme Court upholds law governing the issuance of domestic water well permits
The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a state law on July 25, 2013, governing the issuance of domestic water well permits that, if overturned, would have subjected residential well users to a more arduous procedure designed for commercial users.