Testing Water Regularly Should be Standard Practice for Private Water Well Owners

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NGWA
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NGWA said private well owners should test water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and more

Private water well owners should test their water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and anything of local concern, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said today, citing the possibility of arsenic and uranium in some central and northeastern Massachusetts bedrock wells as a local concern.

If well owners find arsenic or uranium at levels that exceed health benchmarks, the substances can be treated effectively, according to an NGWA press release.

Publication Date: 
May 16, 2012
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Hydraulic Institute Expands Membership Globally

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Hydraulic Institute
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Pump and supplier companies that manufacture outside of North America but sell into the North American market are now eligible for membership

Hydraulic Institute (HI) members voted to approve of a bylaw change that broadens membership eligibility to include pump and supplier companies that manufacture wholly outside of North America but sell into the North American market. 

Previously, membership was only open to pump and supplier companies that had manufacturing or assembly operations in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

Publication Date: 
May 11, 2012

Phoenix Youth Inspires More Than 4,600 People to Contribute for Clean Water Projects in Haiti

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PR Newswire
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Thousands are expected to benefit from campaign

About a month after Ethan Wolfe, a 6-year-old Phoenix boy, heard that people in Haiti had to drink "dirty water" every day, more than 4,600 people filled emptied water bottles with dollar bills and change as part of the Dirty Water campaign at Palmcroft Baptist Church.

The "Dirty Water fasting" campaign asked people to drink nothing but water for a month and donate the money they would have paid during that time for coffee, soda, juices and other drinks. The most recent count puts the collection at more than $105,000.

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May 10, 2012

Water Community to Celebrate Drinking Water Week 2012

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AWWA
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Drinking Water Week 2012 began May 7

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) kicked off Drinking Water Week 2012 on May 7 with a call to “Celebrate the Essential” throughout North America.

Throughout the week, AWWA and its partners will celebrate water by recognizing the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with special attention to water infrastructure, the economy and careers in the water profession.

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May 7, 2012

New Water Quality Portal Provides Access to More Than 150 Million Records

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USGS
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The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal for water quality data. The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS's National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET). 

Publication Date: 
May 7, 2012
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Culligan Declares May Drinking Water Month

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PR Newswire
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This is the fourth year that the company has sponsored the initiative

Culligan Intl. has declared May Drinking Water Month. This is the fourth year Culligan has sponsored the month-long initiative, which complements other government- and association-sponsored events like the American Water Works Assn.'s Drinking Water Week, May 6 to 12.

"Drinking water helps us maintain energy, improve concentration, moderate body temperature and even ward off the common cold," said Curt Hilliard, Culligan's senior vice president of marketing. "Raising awareness about the importance and role water plays in our lives is what Drinking Water Month is about."

Publication Date: 
May 4, 2012
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Water Quality in Majority of U.S. Well Networks Remains Unchanged Over Decades

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USGS
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USGS analysis examined concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids and nitrate in groundwater

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50% of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that compared samples from 1988 to 2000 to samples from 2001 to 2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed to decreases.   

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May 4, 2012
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Thompson Pump Hosts 22nd Annual Pumpology School

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The event was held April 25 to 27 at the company’s corporate facilities in Florida

Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. Inc. held its 22nd annual Pumpology School April 25 to 27 at its corporate facilities in Port Orange, Fla.

Thompson Pump hosted 50 attendees from 19 states and three foreign countries. The three-day workshop included training sessions for sales and service-oriented professionals on pumping fundamentals, dewatering and bypass applications, selecting the correct pumping equipment, designing, installing and maintaining pumping systems, troubleshooting, pump maintenance and more.

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May 2, 2012

AWWA Offers ACE12 Online Preview

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The preview will be available May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has announced that it will broadcast a complimentary online event to anyone with an AWWA login account on Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a preview of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition’s (ACE12) online exhibit hall, and participants will learn about ACE12 session highlights.

Publication Date: 
April 30, 2012

Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Water Published

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U.S. EPA
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U.S. EPA published table of human health benchmarks for 350 pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a table of human health benchmarks for approximately 350 pesticides to enable states, water systems and the public to better determine whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or source waters for drinking water may indicate a potential health risk.

Advanced testing methods now allow pesticides to be detected in water at very low levels. These small amounts of pesticides detected in drinking water or source water for drinking water do not necessarily indicate a health risk.

Publication Date: 
April 27, 2012