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.
The companies will pay a fine and conduct community service and wetlands mitigation
Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp., the largest utility in the U.S., pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
The event was held last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Nearly 3,700 visitors from 56 countries gathered in Las Vegas last month for WQA Aquatech USA 2015, the annual convention and exposition presented by the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and Amsterdam RAI. Attendees took advantage of the opportunities to gain technical knowledge, network with their peers, learn about WQA's programs and services, see new water treatment products and gain business leads during the event, which was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Although the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to be slowing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited it as the largest Ebola epidemic in history. In Liberia, more than 9,600 cases and 4,300 deaths have been reported. WQP Associate Editor Amy McIntosh reached out to G. Ruffner Page Jr., president of McWane Inc., to learn how a global collaboration is delivering clean water to Liberia to help fight this epidemic.
Amy McIntosh: What is the current state of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa?
Elected officials from throughout the South Bay will gather to discuss potential solutions to ongoing water crisis
As California continues to suffer one of the worst droughts in its history, the Santa Clara (Calif.) Valley Water District is convening one of the first regional water summits in the state focused on providing local governments and agencies tools to combat the ongoing water crisis.
The summit will be held Saturday May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
A few years ago, a realtor in central Pennsylvania eagerly showed a three-bedroom, “move-in-ready” bi-level home to a young couple who quickly met the offer and moved in. It turned out to be a costly mistake.
Pennsylvania home receives water quality & energy efficiency overhaul
Fifty-five percent of respondents are concerned about the quality of their tap water
A new survey reveals that 55% of Americans are concerned about the quality of their tap water. The online survey, conducted by Cint on behalf of Bluewater, also revealed that approximately one in six Americans avoid drinking water direct from their kitchen taps.