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.
Dr. Ashok Gadgil received $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation for solutions to global water crisis, among other accomplishments
The Lemelson-MIT Program recently announced Dr. Ashok Gadgil as the recipient of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in recognition of his steady pursuit to blend research, invention and humanitarianism for broad social impact.
Gadgil is a chair professor of safe water and sanitation at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Div. at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose diverse inventions and sustainable innovations are helping those in the developing world to live healthier, safer lives.
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).
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."
Approximately 6,000 public water systems will begin monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses beginning in 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a list of 28 chemicals and two viruses that approximately 6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013 to 2015 as part of the agency’s unregulated contaminant monitoring program.
The program collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Newly published research paper demonstrates test inaccuracies due to sample holding time
Water management services company Phigenics LLC recently announced the publication of a research paper that demonstrates up to 33% false-positive test results for Legionella bacteria when following conventional sampling methods.
The toxic New York site has contaminated the public water supply
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to demolish a building, dig up contaminated soil and sediment and treat the groundwater at the Crown Cleaners of Watertown Inc. Superfund site in Herrings, N.Y.
Court dismissed lawsuit that sought to stop a metropolitan water district from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to its public drinking water
On April 10, Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to stop it from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to public drinking water for the purpose of fluoridation.
University of Michigan to co-sponsor studies focusing on gold mining in Ghana and stomach cancer in Peru
The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are co-sponsoring two research projects addressing water quality impacts on public health, one in Ghana and the other in Peru.
Each of the projects, which are called integrated assessments, will receive $350,000 over the next three years.
As U.S. water infrastructure continues to age, it is beginning to impact water quality. Jeff Zagoudis, contributing editor for Water Quality Products, spoke with Allan Connolly, vice president of operations and engineering at Culligan, about the problem and what is being done to solve it.
Jeff Zagoudis: How would you describe the current state of water infrastructure in the U.S.?