Tim Davis, Ph.D., is a molecular ecologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who conducts research in the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Davis recently spoke about the effects “green water” has on the environment (and on beer) at the Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference. WQP Associate Editor Bob Crossen spoke to him about his presentation.
Bob Crossen: What is green water and how does it get that way?
Manufacturers of drinking water treatment products often struggle to determine which certification body they should choose for their products. Many companies mistakenly assume NSF Intl. is the only option for certification to NSF/ANSI standards—after all, the name of the organization is right there in the standard title. They also may assume other certification bodies are not equivalent or the certification they provide is not as rigorous as NSF.
Selecting the certification body that best meets your company’s needs
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.
With 2016 well underway, there are several water bills and regulations on the table at the state and federal levels. Two topics receiving national attention are drought relief and lead in drinking water.
New Approaches to Drought
Water crises influence Washington, D.C., politics
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: In most of the U.S., it’s easy to take clean drinking water for granted. We turn on the tap and as much safe, clean water as we need pours out.
Certainly, recent events are chipping away at this façade. The drought in California brought water conservation and efficiency center stage last year when the state implemented water use restrictions, and the Flint, Mich., lead contamination crisis has caused the public to question whether municipally supplied water is truly safe.
Roy Seibert, 59, died May 18 after brief illness
The Aquion Inc. family mourned the unexpected death of Roy Seibert, founder of Procam Controls in Plano, Texas. Procam Controls was acquired by Aquion last November. Seibert died May 18 after a brief illness at age 59.
Directors enhance website, improve convention opportunities for members
Since the beginning of its tenure Jan. 1, the Easter Water Quality Assn. board of directors has made strides to change the association’s marketing and online presence.
Alongside the conception of a new logo, the board organized the creation of a new website with added features and functionality. Board member contact info was provided alongside a members’ area with training materials and newsletter access.
Funding targets critical problems in rural and agricultural watersheds
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Combined research portfolio demonstrates value of used water
The Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation announced the merger of their organizations. The new non-profit, called the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), brings together a portfolio of research in water, wastewater and storm water, valued at more than $200 million. The merger strengthens the industry movement toward One Water, which realizes the true value of all water.
More than 250 lb of drugs passed into MWRD's collection in less than two days
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) collected 257 lb of drugs for safe disposal as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day.
The event, held at three of MWRD's water reclamation plants (WRP) and headquarters downtown, provided a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and potential harm to the environment.