Drinking water advocates claim expansion could be detrimental to water quality
Claiming potential saline increases in local water, the approval of a coal mine expansion near Lithgow, Australia will undergo a hearing in the Land and Environment Court, according to an ABC News Australia report.
Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.
Jim Cantore and Jay Mohr will address crowds at opening general session and water industry luncheon
The American Water Works Association announced The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and comedian Jay Mohr are scheduled to speak during the association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), to be held June 19 through 22 in Chicago.
Large, public water systems serve 82% of the U.S. population, yet they account for only 8% of all water systems. The remaining 92% of systems serve smaller populations and have smaller budgets—and, as such, have more difficulty finding and affording water treatment solutions. WQP Associate Editor Sara Samovalov spoke with Jeff Lipton, director of marketing for WaterSmart, about data systems and how they can benefit small systems.
Sara Samovalov: What is the WaterSmart Essential platform?
One of the most important aspects of testing and certifying drinking water treatment chemicals to NSF/ANSI Standard 60, the standard for health effects, is the maximum use level (MUL) to which the chemical is certified. The MUL can be compared to the maximum lightbulb wattage on a lamp, established to help prevent a fire hazard, or the weight and chest size ranges on a life jacket, important ratings to help prevent drowning.
The maximum use level is a key component in chemical certification
As some of you may know, WQP is not an only child—it has two sister publications, Water & Wastes Digest, which covers municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment, and Storm Water Solutions, which covers storm water management and erosion control. Although each magazine has one primary editor, our staff must work as a team to ensure that all three magazines get to our readers on time each month.
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF)—a new alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors—has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer Lead in Water Action Kits to U.S. families so they can detect hazardous water in their homes. The kits are $65 apiece, but families also have the option to pay what they can afford. Virginia Tech’s laboratory will analyze each of the kits’ three water samples for lead contamination. HBBF intends to investigate the data from the test kit results, contributing to knowledge about the threat of lead in tap water.
If, like me, you are a fan of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and you are in the water industry, there is probably one aspect of the show that drives you crazy—the show’s hosts, who flip homes in Southern California, lay sod in the front and back yards of the homes they renovate.
From coast to coast, regional associations serve a variety of purposes for water professionals. Most importantly, they advocate for the water industry by working with local and state governments and agencies to advance legislation and policies that help the industry. Here, representatives of the Minnesota, Texas, Pacific and Eastern water quality associations provide updates of the latest legislative efforts in their states and regions.
Pushing Forward Licensing Legislation
By Mike Herman
Regional associations advance the water industry through legislation
Family businesses abound in the water treatment industry, with many now helmed by the third or even fourth generation. Here WQP highlights three such dealerships—McKinney Artesian Well & Pump Supply Co. of Plaistow, N.H.; Culligan of Marlette, Mich.; and Abendroth Water Conditioning of Fort Atkinson, Wis.—as examples of the hard work and values that go into running a successful family business in this industry.
A look at the water industry’s multi-generational family businesses