It’s been well established that drought, water scarcity and sustainability are the most important issues facing the water industry. In the coming decades, these factors will not just shape the way we use and value water, they also will drive technological innovation and the laws and regulations surrounding water.
EPA-funded cooperative agreement will increase the knowledge of private well owners
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) invites household water well owners to take advantage of a new hotline, a monthly tip sheet and other training and technical assistance tools supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The goal of the EPA-funded cooperative agreement with NGWA is to increase the knowledge of private well owners in the 50 states, territories and tribal lands so that they can act in ways that reduce risks to their drinking water supplies.
The water treatment industry seems to be full of new ideas about how to treat water in innovative ways. NPR reported that UNICEF is promoting a machine developed by Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and HVR that turns sweat into drinking water by filtering the drippings squeezed from clothes. In answer to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet” competition, researchers at Duke have developed a new toilet, complete with a self-contained waste recycling system, that transforms wastewater into drinking water.
Court ruled that the domestic well statute did not violate the due process clause of the constitution
The Supreme Court of New Mexico released the long-awaited decision in Bounds v. State of New Mexico on July 25, 2013. Water Systems and 16 state associations and water well related companies filed a friend of court brief in the case, supporting the position of the state of New Mexico. The court agreed with all of the arguments in the Water Systems Council brief.
Fluoride shown to make teeth stronger and less prone to decay or cavities
Without limitations on whom it can affect, tooth decay remains one of the most prevalent, yet preventable diseases in our nation. The Pennsylvania Dental Assn. (PDA) reminds that a safe, effective and economical way to reduce occurrences is through the public health implementation of community water fluoridation.
New Mexico Supreme Court upholds law governing the issuance of domestic water well permits
The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a state law on July 25, 2013, governing the issuance of domestic water well permits that, if overturned, would have subjected residential well users to a more arduous procedure designed for commercial users.
Hydraulic fracturing operations allow us to access valuable natural gas resources, but they also have the potential to affect another precious resource: water. Here Brian Oram, a professional geologist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, discusses how fracking in Pennsylvania has affected private water wells.
Kate Cline: Why is it important for well owners to have their water tested?
The importance of baseline testing for drinking water wells
Texas-based nonprofit aims to provide clean water via new wells and spread the Gospel
Access announced that it is partnering with The Last Well (TLW). This Texas-based organization’s mission is simple: “To provide clean water to the entire nation of Liberia and share Christ with those we serve by the end of the decade.”
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.