Environmental Protection

Potable Water

USGS-sponsored Study to Uncover Mineral Supplies

The U.S. Geological Survey says information about copper, lithium, rare earth elements, uranium, and phosphate resources is important for security and land-use decisions.

Agency Reaches Settlement for Sutton Brook Disposal Area

Twenty of 49 potentially responsible parties will now have to contribute funds for the cleanup of the Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Site.

Stanford Researcher Estimates Grapevines Lose 10% of Water

The irrigation water typically speeds through soil cracks without interacting with the soil, says Eve Hinckley.

UL Unveils Certification for Low-lead Cooking, Plumbing Products

Stricter low-lead requirements that will be mandatory in California and Vermont starting Jan. 1, 2010.

EPA Seeks Comment on Water Losses Guidance

Directed to small public water systems, the review draft is titled "Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems."

NIST Awards Fibrwrap $8 M to Develop Robotic Pipe Repair

National Institute of Standards and Technology's Technology Innovation Program is supporting the development of a robotic platform that will repair and retrofit deteriorating water mains nationwide.

Truckee Meadows Stands by Its Tap Water Quality Despite EWG Report

Environmental Working Group report ranked TMWA and SNWA very low on its recently publicized list of quality drinking water.

WSSC Enlists Technology to Prevent another River Road Main Break

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission staff and contractors detail inspection program, use of state-of-the-art technologies to inspect large mains, help prevent future breaks.

Tufts Professor Discovers Aquifer under Outdoor Lab

Students are using boreholes to map patterns of groundwater flow and record variations in temperature, chemical composition and pressure.

Report Compares Vessel-, Land-based Desalination Systems

The report, prepared by CH2M Hill, supports the advantages provided by vessel-based desalination from Water Standards.

WWEMA Opposes 'Buy American' Condition in Jobs Bill

Letter to lawmakers refers to delays caused by "Buy American" restrictions on stimulus funding for water and wastewater projects.

Illinois Chemists Use Nanodroplets of Water to Shape Graphene

The shaped graphene structures could be used as building blocks of nanodevices with unique mechanical, electrical or optical properties.

AWWA Calls for Technology Conference Papers

The American Water Works Association is accepting abstracts until Feb. 16 for the 2010 Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition that will be held Nov. 14-18 in Savannah, Ga.

Settlements Bring Funds for Old Southington Landfill Cleanup

Southington, Conn., GenCorp., Kraft Foods, Shell Oil Co., and United Technologies Corp. will pay millions to ensure protections from contaminated groundwater at the Superfund site; 86 other parties also will contribute.

Bill Tackles California Supply Problem, Eliminates Cost-Share

Money for water projects is needed now to alleviate the water supply problem and record unemployment, according to HR 4225's sponsors.

Bono Mack Bill Ratifies Water Rights Agreement in California

The settlement agreement includes the United States and California water districts and resolves longstanding claims to water rights in the Santa Margarita River Watershed.

EWG Blames EPA, Congress for Polluted Reservoirs

Environmental Working Group report analyzes 20 million tap water quality tests done by water utilities over the last five years and found 316 contaminants.

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