Changing the Conversation

Beer starts conversations, and people are talking about water resources thanks to the Pure Water Brew competition. The brewing contest was a public-private collaboration of Clean Water Services, a water resources management utility in Hillsboro, Ore., that serves more than 500,000 customers; the Oregon Brew Crew, one of the oldest and largest homebrewing associations in the country; and Carollo Engineers, a national environmental engineering firm that produces water treatment systems, to kick-start conversations about water. 

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Beer brewing competition sparks ideas about water reuse

About The Author: 

Sheri Wantland is public involvement coordinator for Clean Water Services. Wantland can be reached at wantlands@cleanwaterservices.org or 503.681.5111.

Publication Date: 
March 5, 2015
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University of Hawaii to Host Rainwater Catchment Workshops

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American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn.
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Nine community workshops will provide information about rainwater catchment systems and free water quality testing kits

The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program will hold nine free community workshops across the island to give residents access to information about rainwater catchment systems, safety, monitoring and proper maintenance. Water quality testing kits and instructions will be provided to workshop attendees free of charge.

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March 4, 2015

North Carolina County Hosts Annual Rain Barrel Sale

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Watauga County, N.C.
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Orders must be placed by April 24 to receive the discounted rate

The town of Boone, N.C., and Watauga County are hosting their annual rain barrel sale. Customers must order their barrels online by April 24, 2015. Because of bulk purchasing and delivery, the town and county are able to offer the barrels at a discounted rate of $75. The pickup day will be May 1, 2015.

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February 17, 2015

Rainwater Rules

Almost all of the water that has ever existed on our planet is the same water we see today, 97% of which is non-potable seawater. The remaining 3% is freshwater, mostly locked in ice caps, glaciers and the ground. Only a fraction of a percentage is the surface water we typically depend on. To put it in perspective, if all of the Earth’s water were condensed down to fit into a single gallon jug, the freshwater readily available for our use would only equal about one tablespoon.

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Standards & treatment considerations for rainwater harvesting systems

About The Author: 

Jason Carlson is senior project chemist for UL. Carlson can be reached at jason.carlson@ul.com.

Publication Date: 
February 12, 2015
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February 12, 2015
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Rainwater Reliance

Aaron and Rebecca Howald of Franklin, Tenn., are busy professionals — she an attorney and he an executive for a national building products company. Their home site outside of Nashville might not have been buildable were it not for rainwater harvesting — it is distant from municipal water supplies, and wells in the area can be problematic. 

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Tennessee home is 100% dependent on rainwater

About The Author: 

Vincent Guarino is vice president - industry relations for Rainwater Resources. Guarino can be reached at vince@rainwaterresources.com or 865.544.7873.

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2015
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February 11, 2015
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Recycled Water Filling Stations Available for Commercial Trucks

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San Jose Environmental Services Department/San Jose Green Vision
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New filling stations allow trucks in San Jose and Milpitas to use recycled water

As one more step to conserve precious drinking water, San José’s (Calif.) Environmental Services Department is making recycled water from its South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) system available at truck fill stations for three approved uses: construction trucks that spray water to keep down dust at construction sites, city trucks that perform sewer cleanouts and street sweeping trucks that mist the street surface as they sweep.

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January 30, 2015

11 Trillion Gal Needed to Replenish California Drought Losses, NASA Finds

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NASA
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Water storage in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was 11 trillion gal below normal seasonal levels

It will take about 11 trillion gal of water (42 cu km) – around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir – to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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December 22, 2014
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AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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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.

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December 18, 2014

California Utility Purifies Wastewater for Drinking

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WateReuse Assn.
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Approximately 96 million gpd of wastewater is treated into drinking water

There are many examples across the U.S. of local water utilities taking progressive steps to create a drought-proof sustainable supply of water to meet public, agricultural, industrial and environmental demands. These include Wichita Falls, Texas; Palm Beach County Utilities, Fla.; and LOTT Clean Water Service in Oregon.

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November 18, 2014

Beating the Desert Heat

Water scarcity is a universal and growing issue. With huge projected population growth, this problem will only continue to increase. The World Economic Forum reported that the world’s population surpassed 7 billion in 2011, and is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050. Urbanization, industrialization, pollution, increased energy needs and climate change all reinforce the stress of population growth, making water accessibility an even more pressing issue.

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Reused water keeps hotel guests cool in Dubai

About The Author: 

Sanjeev Unni is sales and technical manager, GCC, for Dow Water & Process Solutions. Unni can be reached at sunni@dow.com or +971 4 4537041.

Publication Date: 
October 29, 2014
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October 29, 2014
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