Ohio Begins Testing of Arsenic Levels in Drinking Water

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The state of Ohio is collecting water samples from homes and public water systems to determine arsenic levels throughout the region

The state of Ohio is determining regions with elevated arsenic levels in groundwater by collecting water samples from homes and public water systems. State health officials are using workshops to educate the public about the dangers of ingesting arsenic and offering tests for arsenic contamination in well water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates public water systems, but it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells.

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July 23, 2012

Study Finds High Nitrate & Perchlorate Levels in California Groundwater

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U.S. Geological Survery
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Statewide study surveyed groundwater for more than 300 contaminants

Nitrate was detected at high concentrations in one-quarter of the aquifer system used for the Inland Empire public water supply. Additionally, high concentrations of perchlorate were found in 11% of the aquifer system, and in moderate concentrations in 53%. This aquifer system includes the Upper Santa Ana Valley, San Jacinto and Elsinore groundwater basins in California. High nitrate and perchlorate concentrations were not found in the Elsinore groundwater basin.

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July 18, 2012

Arizona Salinity Committee Looking to Education, Efficiency

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WQA
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Following a recent manufacturers meeting, the industry is focusing on education, best practices and efficiency

According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), following a recent meeting with manufacturers over the Arizona Salinity Committee, the industry is emphasizing education, best practices and efficiency.  

In April, industry leaders agreed to a set of objectives for the Arizona Salinity Task Force. The committee was established by the state last year. Comprised of public and private stakeholders, it is to report to the legislature with recommendations in September.

Some goals being discussed include:

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July 16, 2012

Household Technologies Available to Remove Arsenic Found in Well Water

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NGWA
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NGWA said technologies are available to effectively treat arsenic discovered in private household well water

Technologies are available to effectively treat arsenic discovered in private household well water, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said recently as the federal and state governments conduct testing in Licking County, Ohio.

“While no one wants to have arsenic in the water, the good news is that water well owners who do can treat their water to safe levels with technology that is readily available,” said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens.

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July 11, 2012

Danger Ahead

The topic of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking or hydrofracturing) and its potential effects on groundwater have dominated recent water industry news. WQP Associate Editor Kristin Muckerheide caught up with Marianne R. Metzger of National Testing Laboratories to discuss fracking’s effects and what we can expect in the future.

Kristin Muckerheide: How does hydraulic fracturing affect well water and groundwater?

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Marianne R. Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. and a WQP editorial board member. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Kristin Muckerheide is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Muckerheide can be reached at kmuckerheide@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

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June 28, 2012
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Contaminant Removal in Colorado

Located in the heart of Boulder, Colo., the Two Nine North Apartments are eco-friendly luxury units built by Forum Real Estate Group in the late 2000s. Due to the high price per square foot of these apartments, the developer built the residents’ parking garage beneath the complex; however, it is below the water table and posed a threat to the building’s foundation.

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Apartment building meets discharge requirements with dewatering system

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Richard J. Cavagnaro is marketing coordinator for AdEdge Water Technologies LLC. Cavagnaro can be reached at rjcavagnaro@adedgetechnologies.com or 678.739.6506.

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June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater

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USGS
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Potentially harmful levels of arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater

Potentially harmful levels of naturally occurring arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater that supplies drinking water wells in New England, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. 

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June 29, 2012
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Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater

Forum Brings Together Experts to Discuss Potential Fracking Effects

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NGWA
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NGWA is holding the "Hydraulic Fracturing: Scientific and Technical Approaches to Protect Groundwater" forum June 27 in Columbus, Ohio

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA)  is holding a one-day forum entitled, "Hydraulic Fracturing: Scientific and Technical Approaches to Protect Groundwater," June 27 in Columbus, Ohio.

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June 22, 2012

New York Student to Represent U.S. in International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition

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Water Environment Federation (WEF)
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Kunal Sangani was named the U.S. winner of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Kunal Sangani of Fayetteville, N.Y., was named the U.S. winner of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) during a ceremony last weekend in Boston.

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June 20, 2012

Four Students Receive Awards for NGWA Ground Water Summit Presentations

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NGWA
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The Farvolden Awards are given in honor of the late Dr. Robert Farvolden, former senior science counsel for NGWA

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation awarded a total of $3,000 in Farvolden Awards to four students for paper or poster presentations made at the 2012 National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) Ground Water Summit, which took place in May in Garden Grove, Calif.

Given in honor of the late Dr. Robert Farvolden, former senior science counsel for NGWA, the $750 scholarships were awarded based on the quality of the presentation, content (including contribution to groundwater science, engineering, management or policy) and demonstrated insight on the chosen topic.

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June 7, 2012