Mayor argues that Waukesha, Wis., has no reasonable alternative to drawing water from Lake Michigan
Waukesha, Wis., Mayor Shawn Reilly testified before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in support of Waukesha’s application to borrow and return Great Lakes water. Waukesha’s application is pending before the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council), of which Michigan is a member. Under the Great Lakes Compact, the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces will consider the application later this spring.
Water Quality Assn. expands scope of industry standard
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has expanded the scope of an industry standard for sustainable water treatment products. The WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems standard, which originally covered only filtration products utilizing activated carbon, polypropylene, polyethylene and string-wound filter media, now also encompasses UV treatment systems and dispensers, including water coolers and heaters. The S-803 standard is currently the only sustainability standard in existence that applies specifically to drinking water treatment systems.
The collaboration will aim to reduce costs & improve dissolved ozone testing accuracy for the bottled water industry
Pacific Ozone has announced a collaborative partnership with CHEMetrics to bring a lower cost and more accurate dissolved ozone residual test solution to the bottled water industry.
Pacific Ozone is offering the Ozone SAM (single-analyte photometer) Kit employing the Indigo method from CHEMetrics. This new product enables water bottlers to quickly and consistently test for residual ozone following the disinfection process with accurate results at a low cost.
The health of the environment is an issue that no one person can solve alone. But thanks to engineering professors Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan of the University of California, Riverside, people will soon be able to make their own small impact on the world’s water quality simply by taking a swim. The Ozkans’ “Sponge” material is designed to remove toxins from water, and in the near future it may be a part of the swimsuit you wear when you go for a dip. WQP Associate Editor Michael Meyer spoke with the Ozkans about this new technology.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 85% of the U.S. has hard water. In plumbing, hard water leaves calcite deposits, commonly known as scale, that restrict water flow by occluding pipe. In water heaters, calcite coats heating elements, causing them to overheat and eventually fail. Standard approaches to calcite mitigation rely on chemicals (salts) or ultra-fine membrane filtration.
Federal courthouse implements scale control technology
For decades, reverse osmosis (RO) has been a key player in the point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry water quality improvement market. Natural osmosis results in the passage of a fluid from a solution with a low concentration to a solution with a higher concentration until equilibrium is achieved. Reversing this process, RO uses pressure, whether from the influent water supply or a booster pump, to overcome the natural osmosis process and force the opposite transition of high-concentrate solution to low concentrate.
An overview of RO system configuration, sizing, installation & maintenance
The PureChill line of PureWaterCoolers are two-temperature dispensers that use PureChill technology to eliminate the need for an open reservoir for coldwater storage. Three models offer filtered water that is chilled on demand when it passes through the cooling chamber to the faucet. The closed system keeps contaminants out so there is no need for costly in-tank sanitization.
Funds will be provided with an emphasis on small and disadvantaged communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $44 million in funding to Arizona and Nevada for investment in statewide improvements in local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and the reduction of water pollution.
“This substantial investment at the federal level helps communities develop the infrastructure needed for clean, safe drinking water and proper wastewater treatment,” said Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest for EPA. “EPA is committed to protecting the water resources so important to public health and local economies.”
Contract awarded to help Aguas Andinas bring arsenic levels into compliance with new national standard
In 2005, Chile’s Superintendence of Sanitary Services implemented a new arsenic standard for drinking water, giving the country’s water treatment companies 10 years to accomplish it. Many of the companies, which are privately held, sought solutions for their arsenic issues and help coming into compliance with the new standard. Aguas Andinas, the largest water company in Chile with a customer base of more than 20,000 people, was one of them, putting out a solicitation for technology innovators to provide turnkey proposals for its Lo Pinto well site in the Santiago metropolitan area.