Groups file federal lawsuit to secure safe drinking water in Flint, Mich.
A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Mich.
Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.
New leaders will support company’s growth & lead the development of new services that address emerging public health issues in the drinking water industry
NSF Intl., a global independent public health and safety organization, has promoted five general managers in its Global Water division in response to the company’s increased growth. These leaders will support NSF’s continued growth, help strengthen customer service and develop new standards and services that address emerging public health needs associated with drinking water.
Organization offers facts & tips about treating for lead contamination
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA), an Illinois-based not-for-profit organization, is offering informational resources to help with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. Flint residents are expected to receive federal aid to help ensure access to safe drinking water. On January 16, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster-relief efforts.
David LaFrance commends President Obama for signing emergency declaration, cites learning opportunities
On Jan. 16, President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration that makes available federal aid for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance released the following statement in response to the action.
Research will be conducted by SUNY Polytechnic Institute
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) has awarded SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y., a $6,550 research grant to use probabilistic risk assessment and fault tree analysis (FTA) to evaluate potential groundwater degradation from hydraulic fracturing.
Guard members will assist residents during the city’s drinking water crisis
Approximately 70 U.S. National Guard members will be stationed in Flint, Mich., on Monday to aid residents affected by the city’s drinking water crisis. This will more than double the number of guard members in the stricken city.
On Sunday, teams distributed bottled water, filters, replacement filters and water testing kits to nearly 5,000 homes in the city. Samples from official testing kits can be dropped off at five sites around the city.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan on Saturday.
Brenda Lennox of Beaverton, Ore., elected the organization’s next president-elect
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Board of Directors today elected Brenda Lennox of Beaverton, Ore., as the organization’s next president-elect. Four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large were also selected.
Annual meeting highlights successes & prepares dealers for new year
To further its mission to deliver products and services that exceed expectations, Hellenbrand, a water treatment equipment manufacturer, recently held its annual national sales and training seminar.
Deadline for nomination is Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
This Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, is the deadline for Water Quality Assn. (WQA) members to apply or recommend a peer for volunteer service on one of the eight committees that report to the association's board. Nearly 150 applications have already been submitted, and WQA thanks those who have applied. The committees currently seeking volunteers include:
Groundwater levels have declined 50 to 150 ft or more since pumping began in the 1950s
Streamflow in southwestern Kansas has decreased substantially since the 1950s, most likely due to groundwater withdrawals, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.