District board of directors lowers target, drought continues
The Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors lowered its water use reduction target to 20%, but emphasized that residents should continue their efforts to conserve in the ongoing drought.
In 2015, the fourth year of drought, the board of directors called for residents to reduce water use by 30% over the amount they used in 2013. In November 2015, the board extended the call to June 2016.
Water quality and reliability are critical for customers, according to J.D. Power study
Considering the high stakes of public health associated with residential water delivery and quality, the state of a water utility’s infrastructure is critical to customer satisfaction. It is also a crucial factor in a utility’s ability to garner support from customers and other stakeholders for improvements, according to a J.D. Power 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.
Water Environment Research Foundation and WateReuse Research Foundation boards of directors have agreed to integrate
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) boards of directors have unanimously agreed to take the steps necessary to merge and integrate.
The two organizations recognize and value their history and respective missions, and believe that merging will create synergies, reduce future water research redundancy, further the evolution toward a unified voice for water, and increase the value proposition to their respective subscribers by enhancing and leveraging investments.
The roundtable aimed to challenge stakeholders to increase innovation and investments in water technologies
The Water Council’s president and CEO, Dean Amhaus, participated in the opening “Technology as a Solution” panel for a roundtable at the White House focused on water innovation, held Dec. 15. David E J Garman PhD, associate vice chancellor water technology research and development and founding dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, also attended the invite-only roundtable.
Manufacturer offers tips to address the incoming El Niño rains and La Niña dry period
Meteorologists are predicting that California and parts of the western U.S. are in for a very strong El Niño over the next six months. It could be the most powerful El Niño since 1997 and 1998, which brought rain to California and other western states virtually every day for five months.
According to the National Ocean Service, the term El Niño refers to a warming of sea surface temperatures. This causes warmer-than-average temperatures over western and central Canada and over the western and northern U.S., bringing with it wetter-than-average conditions.
A review of 300 water reuse projects lends insight into trends driving emerging new market in the U.S. and Canada
While rainwater harvesting and other forms of onsite water reuse have been practiced for thousands of years, the application of water harvesting systems in commercial and large institutional projects is still a relatively new practice. Factors such as drought, concerns for municipal water supplies, trends in green building, and changing municipal guidelines have contributed to a recent surge in commercial projects, specifically systems that capture rainwater, greywater, and other onsite water sources for reuse.
The average weight of a 16.9-ounce bottle has declined 52% since 2000
New data compiled by the Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) show that between 2000 and 2014, the average weight of a 16.9-ounce (half-liter) single-serve PET plastic bottled water bottle has declined 52% to 9.25 grams. This has resulted in a savings of 6.2 billion lb of PET resin since 2000.
The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) noted that producing new products from recycled PET (rPET) uses two-thirds less energy than what is required to make products from raw virgin materials. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The demand is expected to rise 5.2% annually
Demand for water treatment equipment is expected to rise 5.2% annually to $14.7 billion in 2019, according to a study from Reportbuyer. Gains will be supported by sustained efforts to decrease water consumption through the treatment and reuse of wastewater and by rising water treatment standards in industrial markets such as manufacturing, resource extraction, and power generation.
The study found that consumers are slightly less confident than they were two years ago in the quality of the water in their homes
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has released the results of its 2015 Study of Consumers' Opinions and Perceptions Regarding Water Quality. This was the fifth time in 11 years that WQA has commissioned a study analyzing consumers' attitudes toward water quality and water treatment.
The new $500 rebate is up from the previous rebate of $200
While most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for landscaping. The city is now paying $500 to any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal.