Communities Celebrate Water During Drinking Water Week

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Water professionals continue to emphasize the importance of drinking water during Drinking Water Week

During Drinking Water Week May 6 to 12, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) joined water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of a safe, reliable water supply to our overall quality of life—from public health protection and fire suppression to the role it plays in supporting the economy.

“Tap water is such an integral part of our daily lives that we sometimes don’t notice its immeasurable value,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.

Publication Date: 
May 14, 2012
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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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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

EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants

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U.S. EPA
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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.

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May 3, 2012
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Phigenics Challenges Accuracy of Conventional Legionella Testing Protocol

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PR Newswire
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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.

Publication Date: 
May 1, 2012

EPA Finalizes Plan for Next Phase of Toxic Site Cleanup

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U.S. EPA
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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.

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April 27, 2012

Sunlight Plus Lime Juice Make Drinking Water Safer

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Researchers found that solar disinfection coupled with lime juice removed harmful bacteria “significantly” faster than solar disinfection alone

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adding lime juice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli significantly faster than solar disinfection alone.

The results are featured in the April 2012 issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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April 18, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

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SFGate.com
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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.

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April 16, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

The Battle to Regulate Rainwater

Literature and popular press are full of articles about the coming water shortage. While there are a myriad of options and technologies available to conserve, collect and recycle water, there is one source that has been available for as long as water itself: rainwater.

Rainwater harvesting and reuse is developing into a good market for water treatment professionals. Depending on the end use of the captured water, different levels of treatment will be required, creating a good place for water specialists to offer their expertise in treatment system design and installation.

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Political and economic barriers impede growth of rainwater harvesting

About The Author: 

Bob Ferguson is an independent water and product standards consultant. Ferguson can be reached at bob.ferguson@charter.net or 734.604.7010.

Publication Date: 
February 1, 2012
Activation Date: 
February 1, 2012
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Legacy
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23216

A Water-Saving Brew

Texas brewery saves water during drought conditions

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Abby Harris is public relations coordinator for VRTX Technologies. Harris can be reached at 800.722.0476 or by e-mail at aharris@vrtxtech.com.

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July 7, 2009
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Legacy
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20899