Emerging Contaminants

As water testing capabilities improve, the list of contaminants impacting water supplies expands. These emerging contaminants, which include personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and hormones, could negatively affect the health of humans and aquatic wildlife.
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May 13 2019
A report has found that individuals in almost every state in the U.S. are exposed to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. The…
May 9 2019
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that the sampling of drinking water will start near the end of May. Currently, they…
May 8 2019
A new study from Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Assn. journal, found that young adults free of diabetes and cardiovascular…
May 1 2019
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has released an opinion survey about American’s concern over the quality of drinking water. According to the 2019 WQA…
Apr 30 2019
On April 25, the U.S. EPA released the draft interim guidance for addressing groundwater contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or…
Apr 29 2019
Spring has arrived and with it comes change. The past few months have been turbulent at times for the water industry, with natural and manmade…
The Eric County Water Authority in New York State has released its water quality report
The Eric County Water Authority in New York State has released its water quality report.
Apr 29 2019
In New York, the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) has released its 2018 Annual Water Quality Report (AWQR). The report fulfills the U.S. EPA’s…
There is now a new challenge for rebuilding in Paradise, Calif.,– toxic drinking water
There is now a new challenge for rebuilding in Paradise, Calif.,– toxic drinking water.
Apr 23 2019
The drinking water in Paradise, Calif., where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, has been contaminated with the cancer-causing…
A plan has been put in place to begin testing drinking water in Pennsylvania for PFAS
A plan has been put in place to begin testing drinking water in Pennsylvania for PFAS
Apr 15 2019
In Pennsylvania, state regulators announced a plan on April 12 to begin testing drinking water supplies that are likely to be contaminated with PFAS…
A new program at the Colorado School of Mines hopes to bridge the gap between research and commercialization
A new program at the Colorado School of Mines hopes to bridge the gap between research and commercialization.
Apr 5 2019
The Colorado School of Mines recently celebrated the grand opening of a new 10,000 sq ft research facility in Denver that will pave the way for…
In Minnesota, officials are adjusting levels for chemicals found in drinking water in the Twin Cities metro area
In Minnesota, officials are adjusting levels for chemicals found in drinking water in the Twin Cities metro area.
Apr 4 2019
Minnesota health officials are adjusting acceptable levels for two pollutants found in drinking water supplies in the Twin Cities metro area, based…
Mar 29 2019
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directed the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to start creating drinking water standards for per-…
Mar 26 2019
On March 25, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered five chemical manufacturers to assess the extent of drinking water…
Mar 22 2019
In last month’s issue, I wrote about how water treatment professionals can enact change by meeting with lawmakers to tout their issues and expertise…
Mar 21 2019
Researchers from the University of Arizona have been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental…
Mar 11 2019
In Madison, Wis., the Madison Water Utility (MWU) announced that it is shutting down a drinking water well on the North Side of the city that has…
New Mexico files suit against Air Force over groundwater contamination
New Mexico files suit against Air Force over groundwater contamination
Mar 7 2019
On March 5, the state of New Mexico filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, arguing the federal…
Emerging contaminants found at two sites in Oregon
Emerging contaminants found at two sites in Oregon
Mar 1 2019
Recent testing revealed high levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) at two sites in Northeast Portland, including the Portland Fire and…
Groundwater contamination threatens New Mexico dairies
Groundwater contamination threatens New Mexico dairies
Feb 19 2019
New Mexico dairies face groundwater contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoralkyl substance (PFAS) pollution that originated at the Cannon Air…
EPA releases action plan to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
EPA releases action plan to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
Feb 14 2019
On Feb. 14, the U.S. EPA unveiled the agency’s Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan. The plan calls for 25 steps to address the…
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