Contaminant Cleanup

In the late 1990s, a coking facility in Detroit closed, and the site was subjected to strict cleanup requirements as part of new government regulations. As part of the overall site cleanup, the facility was required to capture groundwater contaminated with creosote oil, aromatic hydrocarbons, ammonia and iron, and prevent it from migrating off site and contaminating surrounding areas. The final destination for the groundwater was a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

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Bioreactor technology chosen to treat groundwater on the site of a former Michigan coking facility

About The Author: 

Abigail Antolovich is strategic marketing manager for UOP, a Honeywell Co. Antolovich can be reached at abigail.antolovich@honeywell.com or 847.224.5739.

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2015
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February 11, 2015
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Man-Made Pollutants Finding Their Way Into Groundwater Through Septic Systems

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U.S. Geological Survey
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A new study found that septic systems leak man-made pollutants into groundwater

Pharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into groundwater through septic systems in New York and New England, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).    

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February 11, 2015
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Study Reveals Man-made Pollutants From Septic Systems in Groundwater

Source Water Protection Focus of SWC's Call to Action

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The Source Water Collaborative issued a call to action to encourage the U.S. to protect its water resources

Changes to water quality and quantity challenge our nation to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources, states the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) in its recent call to action, "A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water."

SWC, made up of 22 national organizations including the National Ground Water Assn., issued its call to action in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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February 9, 2015

NGWA CEO Named to Federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

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National Ground Water Assn.
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National Ground Water Assn. CEO appointed to Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

National Ground Water Assn. (NGWS) CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, was appointed to the federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

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February 5, 2015

USGS Launches Groundwater Toolbox

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U.S. Geological Survey
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USGS released a new method for analyzing groundwater and surface water hydrologic data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new method for the analysis of groundwater and surface water hydrologic data called the Groundwater (GW) Toolbox. The GIS-driven graphical and mapping interface is a significant advancement in USGS software for estimating base flow (the groundwater discharge component of streamflow), surface runoff and groundwater recharge from streamflow data. 

Publication Date: 
January 29, 2015

Natural Petroleum Breakdown Can Lace Groundwater With Arsenic

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U.S. Geological Survey
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A new study revealed that the breakdown of petroleum underground can release arenic into groundwater

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination. 

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January 27, 2015
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Natural Petroleum Breakdown Can Lace Groundwater With Arsenic

Marc Blais Joins Water Systems Council Board of Directors

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Water Systems Council
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The Water Systems Council announced that Marc Blais joined the board of directors

Marc Blais, vice president for Xylem Inc. Applied Water Systems - Americas, was named to the Water Systems Council (WSC) board of directors. 

Blais joined Xylem in 2011 as managing director for Applied Water Systems - Canada. He was named vice president for Applied Water Systems - Americas in 2014, and is responsible for its sales, distribution and customer service in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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January 26, 2015

NGWA Announces Directors & Officers for 2015

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Richard Thron of Mantyla Well Drilling Inc. will lead national board

The National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2015 national and divisional boards feature a number of new officers and directors.

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January 23, 2015
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The National Groundwater Association announced who will serve as its directors and officers this year.

Solving the Water Quality Puzzle

Water treatment can be a complex problem to solve, depending on which contaminants may be present and the desired water quality. There are a variety of contaminants that can make water unsafe to drink, such as microorganisms, inorganic metals and other inorganic compounds, organic chemicals and radiologicals. The presence of certain contaminants like calcium, magnesium and iron may not affect the safety of the water, but can make it unpleasant to drink and more difficult to clean with.

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Water testing is a key piece to solving water treatment challenges
About The Author: 

Marianne R. Metzger is director of new business development for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. Metzger can be reached at marianne.metzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Publication Date: 
January 16, 2015
Activation Date: 
January 16, 2015
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The Water Expo in Miami Expands to Two Times a Year in 2015

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The Water Expo
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Twice a year, Miami will be a hub for water industry professionals throughout the Americas

Organizers of the Water Expo announced that it will now host two events each year after seeing the success of their 2013 and 2014 shows.

The spring show, planned for June 2 and 3, will focus on irrigation and groundwater. The fall show on Sept. 15 and 16 will be geared toward the water quality, water supply and wastewater fields.

Publication Date: 
January 6, 2015