California Cities Brace for Water Cuts and a Fourth Year of Drought

California Cities Brace for Water Cuts and a Fourth Year of Drought 11/28/22 Federal water authorities warned California cities and industrial water users to prepare for water cuts in 2023 as the state enters what is likely to be a fourth consecutive year of drought. The potential cuts will affect…

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Hundreds of Arizona Households Set to Be Without Water by End of Year

Hundreds of Arizona Households Set to Be Without Water by End of Year 11/22/22 More than 500 households in the rural Arizona desert are set to be without running water starting January, 1 2023, as first reported by NBC News. The homes, located in Rio Verde Foothills—an affluent, unincorporated community…

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As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive

As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive November 14, 2022 Wells are running dry in California at a record pace. Amid a hotter, drier climate and the third consecutive year of severe drought, the state has already tallied a record 1,351 dry wells this year…

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As Drought Worsens, Colorado Turns To Major Direct Potable Reuse Expansion

As Drought Worsens, Colorado Turns To Major Direct Potable Reuse Expansion November 1, 2022 The national battle against source water scarcity has pushed water systems around the country to innovate and invest at rapid rates. California is volunteering to make record cuts to its Colorado River consumption, Texas is pursuing…

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EPA determines water in Jackson, Mississippi, is safe to drink two months after treatment plant failure

EPA determines water in Jackson, Mississippi, is safe to drink two months after treatment plant failure October 31, 2022 The Environmental Protection Agency has determined water from both treatment plants in Jackson, Mississippi, is safe to drink, an agency spokesperson said in a statement. The announcement comes just over two…

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Jackson Wastewater Hauler Pleads Guilty To Clean Water Act Violation

Jackson Wastewater Hauler Pleads Guilty To Clean Water Act Violation October 18, 2022 An employee of Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc., a wastewater hauling business based in Jackson, Mississippi, pled guilty today for his part in illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca…

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Scientists Say PFAS Contamination Should Be Presumed At Over 57,000 U.S. Sites

Scientists Say PFAS Contamination Should Be Presumed At Over 57,000 U.S. Sites October 12, 2022 Tens of thousands of locations across the United States may be contaminated by PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), according to a study published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. According to the research team,…

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Despite Drought, U.S. EPA May Block Trailblazing Texas Desalination Plant

Despite Drought, U.S. EPA May Block Trailblazing Texas Desalination Plant October 6, 2022 As water scarcity and consumer demand grow across much of the country, one of the driest states is pursuing an ambitious drinking water project, while still unsure if it will receive the federal green light. “Texas regulators…

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Unsafe Lead Contamination Found In Chicago Drinking Water

Unsafe Lead Contamination Found In Chicago Drinking Water September 28, 2022 Recent tests for thousands of consumers in Chicago found that 5% of them were being served with drinking water that contained exceedingly high levels of lead contamination. “One in 20 tap water tests performed for thousands of Chicago residents…

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Las Vegas Bets On A Range Of Conservation Measures In Face Of Megadrought

Las Vegas Bets On A Range Of Conservation Measures In Face Of Megadrought September 21, 2022 Banking on its continued position as an oasis among the desert, Las Vegas is placing its bets on ambitious water conservation measures as regional drought conditions and consumption demand grow. According to recent coverage…

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Investing In New Water Filtration Membranes Is Worth It

Investing In New Water Filtration Membranes Is Worth It September 12, 2022 High-performing water filtration systems — necessary for reducing water scarcity — can also reduce cost and energy consumption, a new Northwestern University-led analysis finds. In the new study, researchers performed a high-level analysis of membrane filtration systems to…

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EPA watchdog to probe Jackson water crisis

EPA watchdog to probe Jackson water crisis 09/13/22 The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General on Tuesday announced a probe into the recent water emergency in Jackson, Miss., that left tens of thousands of residents in the state capital without access to safe drinking water. Read more

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Toxic arsenic levels make tap water unsafe for thousands in New York City

Toxic arsenic levels make tap water unsafe for thousands in New York City 6 Sep 2022 Dangerous levels of arsenic were found in a New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex, leaving thousands of affected residents without safe tap water. The crisis plays out as people in the predominantly…

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Mississippi’s largest city in water crisis as treatment plant fails

Mississippi’s largest city in water crisis as treatment plant fails August 30, 2022 The governor of Mississippi urged residents of Jackson, the state’s capital and largest city, not to drink the water there — if they still had access to it — warning that running water would soon be unavailable…

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WateReuse Congratulates Recipients Of Historic Investment In Water Recycling

WateReuse Congratulates Recipients Of Historic Investment In Water Recycling August 19, 2022 The WateReuse Association celebrates the allocation of $310 million in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for the planning, design, and construction of water reuse projects across the country. This funding is the first of…

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White House To Circumvent Congress, Impose Stricter Cybersecurity Requirements On Water Systems

White House To Circumvent Congress, Impose Stricter Cybersecurity Requirements On Water Systems August 10, 2022 As cyber-attacks have become more advanced, it’s been made clear that drinking water and wastewater systems across the U.S. are increasingly under threat. In recent months, hackers have attempted to access treatment facilities to poison…

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Major upgrades on tap for New Hampshire wastewater facility

Major upgrades on tap for New Hampshire wastewater facility Aug. 8, 2022 After years of attempts to mitigate pollution in the Sugar River, major upgrades are coming to the wastewater facility in Newport, New Hampshire. The Granite State’s congressional delegation says more than $6 million will be used to overhaul…

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New Biden administration initiative looks to fix water infrastructure problems in poor, rural areas

New Biden administration initiative looks to fix water infrastructure problems in poor, rural areas August 2, 2022 The Biden administration on Tuesday launched an initiative that it hopes will help resolve wastewater issues in 11 poor, rural communities where inadequate disposal is a health risk to residents. Read more

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Smart Meters To Be Installed For Toledo’s Water Customers

Smart Meters To Be Installed For Toledo’s Water Customers July 14, 2022 City of Toledo Department of Public Utilities water customers should soon have fewer headaches over their water bills. The department will replace 116,000 analog water meters with smart meters across residences and businesses beginning in July. Read more

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World’s First Project To Pipe Desalinated Water Into Natural Lake Set To Start Operations

World’s First Project To Pipe Desalinated Water Into Natural Lake Set To Start Operations July 13, 2022 As source water grows scarcer in stressed regions around the world, a new project in the Middle East is trailblazing what could become a central technology for drinking water systems in the Western…

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New EPA guidelines on PFAS “forever chemicals” put Frisco far over drinking water limits

New EPA guidelines on PFAS “forever chemicals” put Frisco far over drinking water limits Jul 12, 2022 Drinking water in Frisco is tainted with dangerous levels of the PFAS “forever chemicals” from suspected firefighting foam runoff into nearby creeks, according to new EPA guidance that radically lowered safety levels and…

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Baltimore’s ‘Catastrophic Failures’ at Wastewater Treatment Have Triggered a State Takeover, a Federal Lawsuit and Citizen Outrage

Baltimore’s ‘Catastrophic Failures’ at Wastewater Treatment Have Triggered a State Takeover, a Federal Lawsuit and Citizen Outrage July 3, 2022 Untreated human sewage spews from the city’s two wastewater treatment facilities into rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, where 2025 pollution targets have been jeopardized. Read more

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Where does your water come from? A look at Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe supplies

Where does your water come from? A look at Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe supplies Jun 27, 2022 Up to 70% of water usage for municipal users in Arizona is used outside for plants, grass, and swimming pools, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Read more

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Global Water Utilities Forecasted To Spend US$387.5B On Digital Solutions This Decade

Global Water Utilities Forecasted To Spend US$387.5B On Digital Solutions This Decade June 14, 2022 Globally, water and wastewater utility sector expenditure on digital solutions is forecasted to grow 8.8% annually, from US$25.9B in 2021 to US$55.2B in 2030. According to a new report from Bluefield Research, The Digital Water…

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Zone 7’s Patterson Pass plant shifts to ozonation water treatment process

Zone 7’s Patterson Pass plant shifts to ozonation water treatment process Jun 14, 2022 Residents in the Tri-Valley region will start to see and taste a difference in their tap water thanks to upgrades made to the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant in Livermore. Read more

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Heavy Arlington rain leads to 102K gallons of wastewater overflow, city says

Heavy Arlington rain leads to 102K gallons of wastewater overflow, city says June 7, 2022 Heavy rain in Arlington over the weekend led to 102,000 gallons of wastewater overflowing into Rush Creek in South Arlington, according to Arlington Water Utilities. The utility service said the discharge of wastewater did not…

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With Federal Water Resources Act Set For Vote, D.C. Legislator Advocates For New Drinking Water Source

With Federal Water Resources Act Set For Vote, D.C. Legislator Advocates For New Drinking Water Source May 25, 2022 One of the largest drinking water systems in the country may soon make a major resiliency upgrade, as Washington, D.C. considers adding a second source waterbody to its roster. Read more

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WateReuse Celebrates Recycled Water Funding In STREAM Act

WateReuse Celebrates Recycled Water Funding In STREAM Act May 19, 2022 This Infrastructure Week, the WateReuse Association celebrates the introduction of S.4231, the Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities (STREAM) Act, which authorizes $300M for water reuse projects through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse Grants…

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Consolidated Water Announces Agreement to Construct Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arizona

Consolidated Water Announces Agreement to Construct Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arizona May 17, 2022 Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., a leading developer and operator of advanced water supply and treatment plants, announced today that its subsidiary PERC Water Corporation has entered into an agreement to construct and commission a four million…

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White House Says $110 Billion in Infrastructure Funds Released in First 6 Months

White House Says $110 Billion in Infrastructure Funds Released in First 6 Months May 16, 2022 The White House on Monday said it has released $110 billion in funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure package that seeks to fix crumbling roads, expand broadband internet and improve the electrical grid. Read…

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Infrastructure funding to include pipeline repairs in Utah

Infrastructure funding to include pipeline repairs in Utah May 10, 2022 The Department of the Interior announced Monday that it will invest $240.4 million for infrastructure repairs for the 2022 fiscal year, including pipeline repairs in Utah. This investment is a part of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and…

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Arkansas files lawsuit against EPA

Arkansas files lawsuit against EPA May 2, 2022 Environmental regulators in Arkansas filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking a federal court to grant relief from what they describe as “unlawful federal overreach.” The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment alleges in its complaint that EPA’s objections…

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After State Regulators Take Control Of One Baltimore Wastewater Plant, Problems Uncovered At Another

After State Regulators Take Control Of One Baltimore Wastewater Plant, Problems Uncovered At Another April 20, 2022 Just as authorities made a dramatic move to wrangle one wastewater treatment plant in a major U.S. city, it appears its neighboring facility is now under scrutiny as well. “Environmental groups are calling…

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New Report: $9.6B Available For Water Infrastructure Remains Uncommitted

New Report: $9.6B Available For Water Infrastructure Remains Uncommitted April 6, 2022 States collectively have not committed $9.6B in available funding to invest in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, according to a new report from the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) and the Water Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas…

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Biden Seeking $407 Million For Everglades Project Central To Drinking Water Supplies

Biden Seeking $407 Million For Everglades Project Central To Drinking Water Supplies April 7, 2022 A record-breaking funding proposal from the Biden Administration is underscoring just how critical local ecosystems are becoming in the fight to ensure clean and plentiful drinking water around the country. Read more

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EPA upholds Trump-era decision not to regulate known drinking water contaminant

EPA upholds Trump-era decision not to regulate known drinking water contaminant April 5, 2022 The Environmental Protection Agency says it will uphold a Trump-era environmental policy not to regulate a drinking water contaminant that has been linked to brain damage in infants. The agency says the Trump administration’s decision in…

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States must target water infrastructure funds to urban, rural areas with real need: lawmakers

States must target water infrastructure funds to urban, rural areas with real need: lawmakers 03/29/22 States must ensure that federal funds allocated toward improving drinking water end up in communities with concrete needs for such upgrades, providing equal consideration for both urban and rural populations, lawmakers agreed on Tuesday. Read…

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The SEC wants companies to disclose how climate change is affecting them

The SEC wants companies to disclose how climate change is affecting them March 21, 2022 Every year, public companies in the U.S. are required to provide investors and regulators with detailed data about their financial performance and the risks they face. Soon, they may also have to disclose information about…

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SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions

SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions March 15, 2022 The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and the climate risks their businesses face, part of the Biden administration’s broader push to force the private…

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President Biden And USDA Invest More Than $166.5M In Infrastructure To Protect American Communities

President Biden And USDA Invest More Than $166.5M In Infrastructure To Protect American Communities March 3, 2022 President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $166.5M in 108 infrastructure projects as part of implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,…

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Florida Infrastructure: Critical strategies the Sunshine State can implement to manage the state’s anticipated growth

Florida Infrastructure: Critical strategies the Sunshine State can implement to manage the state’s anticipated growth 3/1/2022 The pandemic has been accompanied by an influx into Florida of people from California, Illinois, New York and other states. Tops on the list of motivations for the moves: Taxes, quality of life, business-friendly…

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2022 Trends: What Water Utilities Are Prioritizing in the Year Ahead

2022 Trends: What Water Utilities Are Prioritizing in the Year Ahead FEBRUARY 21, 2022 While 2020 was challenging due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 presented its own obstacles as the lingering pandemic forced communities and utilities to navigate a new normal. Looking ahead, water utilities are seeking…

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Teacher, engineer and auto service manager among potential jurors in Flint water trial

Teacher, engineer and auto service manager among potential jurors in Flint water trial Feb. 15, 2022 Jury selection has begun in a federal court civil trial that pits four Flint children who claim they were damaged by drinking Flint water against two companies that advised the city during its water…

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How A New Jersey Water Official Uncovered The Source Of 1,4-Dioxane In A Major National Supply

How A New Jersey Water Official Uncovered The Source Of 1,4-Dioxane In A Major National Supply February 1, 2022 Years ago, a dangerous drinking water contaminant was found in one of the country’s most significant source water supplies. And now it’s come to light that, were it not for a…

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Water board slaps Morro Bay with multiple notices of violation

Water board slaps Morro Bay with multiple notices of violation January 31, 2022 The City of Morro Bay has received several notices of violations for failing to abide by pollutant discharge requirements at the city’s water reclamation facility construction site. Read more

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Troubled east St. Tammany water system to get $23 million for new water towers, other upgrades

Troubled east St. Tammany water system to get $23 million for new water towers, other upgrades JAN 24, 2022 A St. Tammany Parish-owned water utility that has drawn a torrent of complaints from residents of Cross Gates and other neighborhoods it serves in the Slidell area will get nearly $23…

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Billings, Montana’s Only Source-Water Body Hits A Record Low

Billings, Montana’s Only Source-Water Body Hits A Record Low January 12, 2022 The sole source of drinking water for one of Montana’s largest cities has dropped to a record low in another historic sign of ongoing drought that’s impacting much of the American West. Read more

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New west El Paso wastewater treatment facility now operating at full capacity

New west El Paso wastewater treatment facility now operating at full capacity January 10, 2022 Since August, sewage from two broken pipelines in west El Paso has caused foul odors to permeate around the area, frustrating locals who live there. West side residents have even seen sewage making its way…

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Revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule Requires Cities To Complete Lead Service Line Inventories

Revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule Requires Cities To Complete Lead Service Line Inventories December 20, 2021 Now according to the EPA Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) revision (announced December 16, 2021), public water systems have more work to do. LCR requires cities to develop a lead service line inventory…

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