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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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., has been contaminated with the chemical benzene. Previously in Paradise, 85 people died in the worst wildfire…
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 April 12 to begin testing drinking water that may be contaminated with PFAS. According to PennLive…
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 celebrated the opening of a research facility in Denver. According to Patch, the facility will aid in collaboration with…
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 pollutants levels found in drinking water supplies based on scientific data. According to MPR News, the…
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…
Groundwater contamination under investigation surrounding firefighting foam site
Groundwater contamination under investigation surrounding firefighting foam site
Feb 6 2019
Tyco Fire Products, a Marinette, Wis., manufacturer of firefighting foam, knew there was soil and well contamination on its property dating back to…
Two emerging contaminants will not be regulated under an new EPA draft plan
Two emerging contaminants will not be regulated under an new EPA draft plan
Jan 29 2019
Two sources familiar with a forthcoming draft plan from the U.S. EPA revealed that the agency plans to not set a drinking water limit for two…
Citizen group calls for increased testing of well water for PFAS contamination
Citizen group calls for increased testing of well water for PFAS contamination
Jan 29 2019
A citizen group petitioned the Madison, Wis., Water Utility Board to address potential well water contamination from the Truax Air National Guard…
Emerging contaminants found in groundwater at Flint, Mich., airport
Emerging contaminants found in groundwater at Flint, Mich., airport
Jan 25 2019
Elevated levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater at Bishop Airport, located in Flint, Mich. One test…
Groundwater contamination discovered at Georgia air bases
Groundwater contamination discovered at Georgia air bases
Jan 7 2019
Recent tests at three Georgia military air bases found groundwater contamination caused by toxic firefighting foam. While the U.S. Air Force said…
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