Natural Gas Company to Pay Penalty Under Clean Water Act

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy to pay $2.3 million for alleged violations of state law asserted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that XTO Energy Inc, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the nation’s largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.

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December 25, 2014

IBWA Reminds People to Stay Hydrated in Winter Months

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International Bottled Water Assn.
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With dryer air in the winter, people often don’t notice their own moisture loss

The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) reminds consumers that maintaining proper hydration throughout the winter months is important as during the warmer months.

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December 24, 2014

11 Trillion Gal Needed to Replenish California Drought Losses, NASA Finds

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NASA
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Water storage in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was 11 trillion gal below normal seasonal levels

It will take about 11 trillion gal of water (42 cu km) – around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir – to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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December 22, 2014
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AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Water for the World Act Goes to the President’s Desk

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Office of Congressman Blumenauer
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After passing Congress, the bill is only one step away from becoming legislation

The HR 2901 bill, also known as the Paul Simon Water for the World Act, passed Congress unanimously, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced.

“Last night, despite the odds, we saw such an achievement as the Senate passed the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, my bipartisan legislation to improve global water, health and sanitation and improve the lives of millions across the world,” Blumenauer said in a statement.

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December 16, 2014

New Website Visualizes California Drought

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U.S. Geological Survey
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The interactive website allows visitors to understand the drought better

A newly released interactive California drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.

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December 9, 2014

Christian Water Quality Charities Win Award

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ROI Ministries
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Organizations provide clean water for less than a dollar a year per person

Recently, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been given the hashtag label #GivingTuesday. ROIMinistry.org announced its 2014 Top 10 list of Christian organizations in the world, based on their lasting impact per dollar.

Two of the organizations on the list provide clean water for less than a dollar a year per person and a third organization provides a daily meal for the poor and orphaned for only $1.52 per month.

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December 4, 2014

In It to Win It

As my children enter their toddler years, I can see how competition will begin to play a role in our lives. My kids compete over everything — mostly toys — and they frequently end up getting angry at one another. Nevertheless, they continue, time and again, to compete against each other in whatever they are doing. 

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Product certification can give products an edge in the marketplace

About The Author: 

Tom Spoden is laboratory manager for the Water Quality Assn. Spoden can be reached at tspoden@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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December 1, 2014
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December 1, 2014
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State of the Industry 2014

Keeping up with current industry trends and information is key to business success. With that in mind, WQP is pleased to bring you its eighth annual State of the Industry Report, which includes valuable information on the water treatment industry and its trends.

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An assessment of the water treatment industry

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December 1, 2014
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A Positive Approach

As we close out the year, businesses are busy evaluating 2014 and planning and budgeting for 2015. Earlier this fall, we asked a random sampling of WQP readers to share their thoughts on the year past and the year ahead in our 2014 State of the Industry survey.

The results revealed an industry that faces many hurdles in the coming year, but is positive about the future.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of WQP. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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December 1, 2014
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