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.
May 9 sessions will feature multiple experts on water-efficient building practices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 36 states will face water shortages by 2013.
It is a problem not limited to the desert Southwest but stretches to the Midwest, Florida, Georgia and other regions. EPA's WaterSense program is designed to decrease indoor and outdoor nonagricultural water use through more efficient products, equipment and programs.
The preview will be available May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has announced that it will broadcast a complimentary online event to anyone with an AWWA login account on Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a preview of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition’s (ACE12) online exhibit hall, and participants will learn about ACE12 session highlights.
Program now helping conserve 60 million gal of water per year
In celebration of Earth Month, Coca-Cola is partnering with River Network to donate more than 1,000 syrup drums to be reused as rain barrels in communities across the country.
Changes will allow units in multi-family homes to become certified
Continuing to build on the success of the WaterSense program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making minor modifications to its specification that establishes the criteria for new homes to earn the WaterSense label.
Program was selected as a project to support during Canada Water Week
Canada Water Week is an annual weeklong celebration coinciding with World Water Day, celebrated this year March 22. Small Change Fund’s national advisers specially selected five inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians could support during the week. One of the chosen projects was the Urban Youth Catching Rain project, which hopes to train 20 Toronto youths in urban rainwater collection techniques this summer.
Delta Faucet Co. and Bell Plumbing & Heating provided retrofits as part of Fix a Leak Week
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined Delta Faucet Co. and Bell Plumbing & Heating to provide Renaissance 88 Apartments, a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless apartment building in Thornton, Colo., with a water-saving makeover. The retrofits and leak repairs done at the apartment complex will save 560,000 gal of water per year, enough to fill fifty backyard swimming pools.
Submissions for decorated rain barrels will be accepted through March 26
Rain barrels are often seen as characterless and boring. Paint a Picture for Water Conservation aims to transform this usually drab outdoor feature into a masterpiece for the garden. Artists and students are asked to submit ideas for an artistic rain barrel design.
The challenge is to create a beautiful rain barrel design that would fit into any garden setting. Applications are due March 26.
Aquanomix systems are engineered to manage harvested rainwater, storm water, graywater, process water and foundation water for reuse. A control system performs input/output commands, runs onboard diagnostics and integrates with most building automation systems. A standard system includes a centrifugal separator and bag filter for suspended solids removal, a UV disinfection system and more.
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.?