National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 8 to 14, 2015
Groundwater, along with oxygen, is arguably the most important natural resource for human life, and National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8 to 14, 2015, is a good time to learn how to become a good steward of it, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).
Ninety-nine percent of all available freshwater in the world is groundwater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That means all the world’s rivers, lakes and streams make up only 1%.
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.
Bioreactor technology chosen to treat groundwater on the site of a former Michigan coking facility
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.