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.
Infrastructure Week shines light on groundwater infrastructure importance May 16
Maintaining groundwater and the subsurface environment in which it exists is essential to providing comfort, security, goods and services for the U.S. economy. The National Ground Water Assn. issued that reminder leading up to the start of Infrastructure Week 2016 May 16.
Infrastructure Week tells the story of what infrastructure means to Americans. It matters, in ways big and small, to country, economy, quality of life, safety and communities.
The 2016 Economic Development Leadership Award given for the council’s water technology cluster leadership
The Water Council was named the winner of CoreNet Global’s 2016 Economic Development Leadership award for ‘Water Technology Cluster Leadership.’ CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, representing 10,000 executives in 50 countries with responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations.
Article explores extracellular polymeric substance use in water and wastewater treatment
The open access article for the May 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the use of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) as flocculants in water and wastewater treatment.
Drinking water advocates claim expansion could be detrimental to water quality
Claiming potential saline increases in local water, the approval of a coal mine expansion near Lithgow, Australia will undergo a hearing in the Land and Environment Court, according to an ABC News Australia report.
Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.
Jim Cantore and Jay Mohr will address crowds at opening general session and water industry luncheon
The American Water Works Association announced The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and comedian Jay Mohr are scheduled to speak during the association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), to be held June 19 through 22 in Chicago.
Large, public water systems serve 82% of the U.S. population, yet they account for only 8% of all water systems. The remaining 92% of systems serve smaller populations and have smaller budgets—and, as such, have more difficulty finding and affording water treatment solutions. WQP Associate Editor Sara Samovalov spoke with Jeff Lipton, director of marketing for WaterSmart, about data systems and how they can benefit small systems.
Sara Samovalov: What is the WaterSmart Essential platform?
One of the most important aspects of testing and certifying drinking water treatment chemicals to NSF/ANSI Standard 60, the standard for health effects, is the maximum use level (MUL) to which the chemical is certified. The MUL can be compared to the maximum lightbulb wattage on a lamp, established to help prevent a fire hazard, or the weight and chest size ranges on a life jacket, important ratings to help prevent drowning.
The maximum use level is a key component in chemical certification