Environmental Protection

Potable Water


Solar Power Used for Freshwater Production

Solar plants, such as one in the Mojave Desert, are becoming more popular for use in water desalination.

Canadian Fund Aids 16 Projects in Quebec

"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, 12 municipalities in the Mauricie region will be able to complete important projects to meet their needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure," said Julie Boulet, minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Mauricie region.

New Water Source Opens in San Antonio

San Antonio introduces a new, drought-resistant drinking water source to their city.

Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Receive Funding from EPA

Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Receive Funding from EPA

The EPA will be awarding $12.7 million in funds to help small drinking and wastewater systems, as well as private well owners, improve operations and to better protect the public and the environment.

Water Emergency Declared for Louisiana Town

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has released one month's supply of bottled water to the town; each individual there will receive 3 liters of water per day.

CSB Sets Sept. 28 Meeting on Freedom Industries Spill

Two and a half years after a chemical spill from Freedom Industries' Charleston, W.Va., facility, contaminated the public water supply for 300,000 people, the safety board will meet there and is likely to vote on its final report and recommendations.

LADWP Gets New Interim General Manager

"LADWP's most important responsibility is to the people of our city -- its leader needs to be someone who understands what it takes to provide the quality, reliable service Angelenos deserve," said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. "As I talk with David and review his impressive track record, it's clear to me that he isn't just a proven customer service specialist, he's the ideal candidate to lead LADWP into its next era."

THC Found in Colorado Town's Water Supply

THC was found in the water supply in the town of Hugo.



CDC

CDC Confirms Higher Blood Lead Levels in Flint Children

CDC continues to recommend that all children under age 6 living in the city of Flint have their blood tested for lead by a health care provider, particularly if they have not had a blood lead test since October 2015.

New Report Links Nitrate in Drinking Water to Birth Defects

Tractor spraying soybean crops field at spring season, often using herbicides, which may leech through the soil into water sources below and possibly end up in human or animal drinking water.

LED technology allows UV water treatment to be used in applications previously unavailable to conventional mercury lamps. (AquiSense Technologies photo)

How LEDs Will Change Water Purification

LEDs have been a defining factor in many technological innovations, and water treatment is no exception. Although mercury lamp accidents are rare when lamps are installed correctly, the benefits of UV-C LEDs have begun to outweigh the need to stay with the status quo.

Meeting Sets UNEA-2 Agenda

According to UNEP, a wealth of statistics and research point to strong links between the use of natural resources and conflict.

Federal Emergency Declaration Signed for Flint Water Crisis

As of Jan. 16, more than 11,300 homes had been visited by the water response teams that are distributing bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges, and water testing kits.

The Sustainable Development Goals stress zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, clean water and sanitation, and affordable clean energy.

UN's Sustainable Development Goals Now in Place

The 17 goals build on the eight Millennium Development Goals that sought to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, reduce child mortality; ensure environmental sustainability, and more.

California Water Pretreatment Facility Gets Grant

FEMA's announcement said the pretreatment facility will filter out debris, turbidity, and heavy metals discharged into the watershed that feeds the New Hogan Reservoir.

The White House #H2OInnovation public-private partnership is intended to foster water sustainability and increased efficiency and reuse.

White House Unveils #H2OInnovation Plan

As part of this outreach, the Obama administration released a new report that lays out the water innovation strategy in greater detail and hosted a roundtable on water innovation Dec. 15.

City Declares State of Emergency Over Lead Levels in Drinking Water

On Oct. 16, 2015, the city switched back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department as its source of water, but lead levels "remain well above the federal action level of 15 parts per billion in many homes," according to the city's announcement.

New Orleans Gets More Money for Katrina Damage

The settlement consists of $1.2 billion in previously unobligated recovery funds. The city of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness worked with FEMA to develop a final estimate of eligible costs for repairs.

WHO Calls for Strong Climate Agreement at UN Conference

WHO estimates that climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths per year from shifting patterns of disease, extreme weather events, and from the degradation of air quality, food and water supplies, and sanitation.

"The plan underscores the importance of implementing the projects in the state water plan. Without those projects in place, Texas will face an 8.9 million acre-foot shortage of water in 2070 in a drought and economic losses of approximately $151 billion by 2070," said Peter Lake, a member of the Texas Water Development Board.

Meeting 2025 Water Efficiency Standards Today

It is expected that EO 13693 will be adopted by many private buildings and facilities as they seek ways to be greener and more sustainable.

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