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.
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.
The company’s approach frees up 1.2 billion gal per year of groundwater
On Dec. 18, Apache Corp. was recognized as the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year by the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District. The award honors industrial entities that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on district aquifers.
The funding will support additional work by USGS to manage the groundwater network
Congress last week passed $1.1 trillion in spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).
On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
The device uses sound waves to measure water levels
Imagine turning on your faucet only to find there is no water flowing. Your well has run dry, and you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to fix it. That is the scary scenario for communities grappling with drought, and it is a potential danger for the 43 million Americans nationwide (15% of the population) on well water.