Infrastructure still tops list of concerns
Even as prolonged drought grips California, the state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to top the list of concerns facing water professionals throughout North America, according to the American Water Works Assn.’s (AWWA) 2015 State of the Water Industry Report.
Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the U.S. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water.
The expedition will take place mid-May 2016
Representatives of Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) gathered in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, last week to further strategize and develop plans for the 10-1-10 Africa Expedition. The journey across South Africa and Swaziland was formally announced in April as the signature event of 2016 for WWIF, a nonprofit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to developing areas.
The conference will be held Sept. 16 to 18 in Lancaster, Pa.
The Eastern Water Quality Assn. will be holding its fall conference and tradeshow at the Doubletree Resort in Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 16 to 18, 2015. Registration for exhibitors and attendees is now open.
The site is focused on the needs of the professional building, facility management and professional cleaning industries
Waterless Co. Inc. has launched an updated website, www.waterless.com, focused on the needs of the professional building, facility management and professional cleaning industries.
Waterless Co., which was founded by Klaus Reichardt in 1991, is a manufacturer of no-water urinal systems.
"I am especially proud of this new site because it was created in-house by our marketing department," Reichardt said. "It was completely a team effort and we really are proud of the outcome."
The rule does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degredation.
Lack of precipitation a major factor
Despite recent precipitation events, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is maintaining a drought watch for 27 counties across the states because some parts have below-average groundwater and, in some areas, surface water levels.
"We are still recovering from a very dry fall and below-normal precipitation this winter," Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. "These factors have contributed to low groundwater and surface water levels mostly in the northeast and central portions of the state."
The funding will provide for water and energy efficiency programs in 12 Western states, as well as other water reclamation and reuse projects in California and Texas
As part of the Obama administration's continued effort to bring relief to Western communities suffering from the historic drought, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other Western states.
Dr. Peter Gallant joins Ontario’s water technology accelerator
The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) board of directors announced that Dr. Peter Gallant has been appointed as president and CEO, effective immediately.
“We are pleased to welcome Peter to the team," said Kenneth A. Morrison, WaterTAP board chair. “He is a skillful, seasoned entrepreneur and leader with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. He is primed to lead WaterTAP as we expand our plans to provide value and support to growing companies.”
Adoption and application of codes and standards and preventive measures are key to outdoor safety
As families move outdoors to enjoy warm weather this spring and summer, precautions should be taken to ensure outdoor areas are safe from potential hazards. The adoption of current model building codes and standards developed by the International Code Council Family of Companies (ICC), a strong and efficient system of code application and a workforce of building safety professionals are keys to ensuring safety inside and outside of homes.