EPA Recognizes Excellence And Innovation In Clean Water And Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects

EPA Recognizes Excellence And Innovation In Clean Water And Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects April 3, 2024 Today, April 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized 32 clean water and drinking water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation. These projects were funded in part by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund…

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White House Issues Dire Warning Regarding Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater System Cyberattacks

White House Issues Dire Warning Regarding Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater System Cyberattacks April 2, 2024 The Biden-Harris Administration is redoubling its efforts to improve cybersecurity for the nation’s water systems. In March, the EPA and the White House issued a dire warning to state governors alerting them of the…

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Water systems short on cyber expertise, state and local officials tell EPA

Water systems short on cyber expertise, state and local officials tell EPA MARCH 25, 2024 National security officials met with state and local government leaders from across the country last Thursday to discuss methods to meet the rising threat of attacks by foreign governments and criminal entities against the nation’s…

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Pollution risks worsening global water scarcity: Study

Pollution risks worsening global water scarcity: Study FEBRUARY 6, 2024 Water scarcity could affect three billion more people than previously expected by mid-century, with increased pollution rendering river sources “unsafe” for humans and wildlife, researchers warned Tuesday. The UN’s climate science panel has said that around half the world’s population…

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Digitalization is the Future of Water

Digitalization is the Future of Water Jan. 23, 2024 Digital technologies are impacting nearly every sector in the water industry, including drinking water. Water utilities of all sizes — private and public — are shifting the way they operate and manage resources. Utilities are embracing digitalization to address problems ranging…

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PFAS Treatment Efforts Are Costing More Than Manufacturer Settlements Can Provide

PFAS Treatment Efforts Are Costing More Than Manufacturer Settlements Can Provide December 13, 2023 Even as the largest manufacturers are being held financially responsible for the introduction of a pervasive class of contaminants into the environment, many water systems across the U.S. continue to face challenges in funding treatment solutions.…

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Water utility cyberattacks underscore ongoing threat to OT

Water utility cyberattacks underscore ongoing threat to OT Dec. 5, 2023 U.S. officials urged water utilities and industrial sites to employ basic configuration safeguards like securing internet-facing devices and changing default passwords following a series of attacks. The Iran-linked attacks against drinking and wastewater systems in the U.S. highlights longstanding…

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Thornton files new permit to build Larimer County water pipeline as housing development stalls

Thornton files new permit to build Larimer County water pipeline as housing development stalls Nov 20, 2023 The city of Thornton took a second shot Monday at finishing a key 70-mile water pipeline by renewing its request for Larimer County to approve the first 10 miles, as more than 10,000…

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Forest Service says Denver Water is taking down too many trees, rushing requests to change plan to raise Gross Dam

Forest Service says Denver Water is taking down too many trees, rushing requests to change plan to raise Gross Dam Oct 20, 2023 Denver Water is cutting down too many trees on federal land at the major expansion of Gross Dam and Reservoir in Boulder County, and must conduct more…

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EPA Awards Nearly $8M For Research Grants To Advance Groundwater Availability And Quality

EPA Awards Nearly $8M For Research Grants To Advance Groundwater Availability And Quality September 21, 2023 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $7,837,196 in funding to four institutions to research the use and risks of enhanced aquifer recharge (EAR) to improve groundwater availability and quality. EAR is the…

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New EPA Data Shows 27 Million Americans Receive Drinking Water Contaminated With PFAS

New EPA Data Shows 27 Million Americans Receive Drinking Water Contaminated With PFAS August 30, 2023 The U.S. EPA has announced a new official estimate for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in public water systems, releasing data that could shape forthcoming regulation and compensation from manufacturers. “Toxic ‘forever chemicals’…

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Presidential council recommends launching a Department of Water to confront cyberthreats, climate change

Presidential council recommends launching a Department of Water to confront cyberthreats, climate change AUGUST 28, 2023 A presidential advisory council is calling for the creation of a Department of Water or an equivalent cabinet-level agency to deal with the looming water crisis and cybersecurity threats that could endanger treatment plants…

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Google Is Consuming More Water Than Ever, And The Growth Of AI Will Make It Worse

Google Is Consuming More Water Than Ever, And The Growth Of AI Will Make It Worse August 9, 2023 One of the world’s largest companies is also one of its most increasingly thirsty, and even as water becomes scarcer around the world, its consumption only seems poised to grow. “Google…

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Don’t call it ‘toilet to tap’ — California plans to turn sewage into drinking water

Don’t call it ‘toilet to tap’ — California plans to turn sewage into drinking water AUGUST 1, 2023 Californians could drink highly purified sewage water that is piped directly into drinking water supplies for the first time under proposed rules unveiled by state water officials. The drought-prone state has turned…

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California Lawmakers Strike Down Governor’s Hopes For Expedited Water Tunnel Project

California Lawmakers Strike Down Governor’s Hopes For Expedited Water Tunnel Project July 12, 2023 Facing a range of high-profile water problems, legislators in the nation’s thirstiest state are at odds over a massive project that could impact millions of consumers. “California’s most hotly contested water proposal suffered a setback ……

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As PFAS Limits Loom, Financial Questions Remain Over How Water Utilities Will Comply

As PFAS Limits Loom, Financial Questions Remain Over How Water Utilities Will Comply June 21, 2023 Despite an influx in attention and financial support, national utilities have a long road ahead in combating a preeminent drinking water contaminant. “Utilities facing financial hurdles from coming federal water limits for PFAS (per-…

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EPA seeks to address contamination before it harms Des Moines area drinking water

EPA seeks to address contamination before it harms Des Moines area drinking water June 19, 2023 A contaminated groundwater plume in Des Moines could soon receive federal resources to clean it up. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Tuesday at Weeks Middle School in Des Moines…

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States Suing PFAS Manufacturers Over Contamination, ‘Campaign To Knowingly Deceive The Public’

States Suing PFAS Manufacturers Over Contamination, ‘Campaign To Knowingly Deceive The Public’ June 7, 2023 Attorneys general representing a range of states are now suing the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) over the harm that these chemicals have caused their residents and environments, including the health effects that…

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Without access to water lines, Texas colonias residents are pulling water from the desert air

Without access to water lines, Texas colonias residents are pulling water from the desert air JUNE 5, 2023 Hueco Tanks, developed under the name Hueco Mountain Estates, is among the dozens of colonias — unincorporated communities mostly in border counties — in Texas where low-income, Latino residents still are not…

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Minnesota Drinking Water’s Nitrate Levels Are Reaching ‘Crisis’ Point

Minnesota Drinking Water’s Nitrate Levels Are Reaching ‘Crisis’ Point May 3, 2023 As concerns mount over the health impacts of one prominent drinking water contaminant in Minnesota, advocates are pressing officials to intervene. “A group of environmental organizations say nitrate pollution in drinking water has reached crisis proportions in southeast…

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EPA Takes First-Ever Federal Clean Water Act Enforcement Action To Address PFAS Discharges At Washington Works Facility Near Parkersburg, W. Va.

EPA Takes First-Ever Federal Clean Water Act Enforcement Action To Address PFAS Discharges At Washington Works Facility Near Parkersburg, W. Va. April 26, 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Chemours Company to take corrective measures to address pollution from per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in stormwater and effluent…

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Former Official Claims Oldsmar Drinking Water Hack Was Really Operator Error

Former Official Claims Oldsmar Drinking Water Hack Was Really Operator Error March 29, 2023 According to a local official with direct knowledge, an alarming drinking water contamination event thought to be the result of cyberattack was actually just an operations flub. “In 2021, news broke of a cyberattack at the…

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Following Local Criticism, Mississippi Lawmakers Abandon State-Operated Water System Plans For Jackson

Following Local Criticism, Mississippi Lawmakers Abandon State-Operated Water System Plans For Jackson March 23, 2023 The latest development in the saga of Jackson, Mississippi’s drinking water system has seen public officials retract their proposed solution following significant public backlash. “Mississippi lawmakers are giving up on an effort to create a…

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Judge approves $600 million settlement over Flint water crisis

Judge approves $600 million settlement over Flint water crisis 03/21/23 Michigan will pay $600 million to settle lawsuits over the contamination of Flint’s water supply, which combined with settlements from the city and a local hospital will comprise the largest legal settlement in the state’s history. Attorney General Dana Nessel…

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Biden Administration to Restrict Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’

Biden Administration to Restrict Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’ March 14, 2023 For the first time, the federal government will require utilities to remove from drinking water two toxic chemicals found in everything from waterproof clothing to dental floss and even toilet paper, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday. Michael S.…

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Interactive Colorado Water Supply Tool Illuminates Statewide Water Needs Through 2050

Interactive Colorado Water Supply Tool Illuminates Statewide Water Needs Through 2050 February 21, 2023 With more frequent, severe drought, many are looking for better ways to address water supply and storage as climate change alters life in Colorado and the West. The newly released Colorado Water Plan provides a framework…

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Feds Grant CT Nearly $19 Million to Address Contaminants Like PFAS in Drinking Water

Feds Grant CT Nearly $19 Million to Address Contaminants Like PFAS in Drinking Water February 13, 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Connecticut nearly $19 million to address emerging contaminants such as PFAS in the state’s drinking water. The funding, which amounts to $18,914,000, is a part…

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House bill aims to create lending institution for infrastructure projects

House bill aims to create lending institution for infrastructure projects Feb. 7, 2023 The bank would help finance work such as transportation projects, ports, electric grid security and broadband connectivity, according to the release. The bill also allows for broad discretion by the bank to invest in any infrastructure projects…

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Washington State Issues Enforcement Order Against U.S. Army Over Yakima Training Center Contamination

Washington State Issues Enforcement Order Against U.S. Army Over Yakima Training Center Contamination February 1, 2023 The U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center contains dozens of sites contaminated by chemical spills and toxic waste, including some that have threatened drinking water supplies in nearby wells. In order to ensure the Army…

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California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal

California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal January 31, 2023 Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California…

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Chemical Navigation: St Petersburg University Scientists Develop A Water Remediation Method Using Nanoparticles

Chemical Navigation: St Petersburg University Scientists Develop A Water Remediation Method Using Nanoparticles January 18, 2023 Chemists from St Petersburg University have developed a method for purifying water from organic compounds using tin oxide nanoparticle based photocatalysts. Water pollution is one of the acute environmental issues of our time. Due…

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Arizona town’s residents resort to drastic measures after water supply is cut off

Arizona town’s residents resort to drastic measures after water supply is cut off January 17, 2023 Residents of one Arizona town are findings way to get creative when it comes to saving water after their supply was cut off. On New Year’s Day, the city of Scottsdale stopped providing water…

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EPA Announces $500M Loan To Modernize Wastewater And Drinking Water Infrastructure In New Jersey

EPA Announces $500M Loan To Modernize Wastewater And Drinking Water Infrastructure In New Jersey January 5, 2023 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $500M loan to the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank to modernize wastewater and drinking water systems serving over 10 million people throughout New Jersey. This…

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Hetch Hetchy pipeline scheduled for maintenance in San Mateo County

Hetch Hetchy pipeline scheduled for maintenance in San Mateo County January 3, 2023 Beginning early January, the Hetch Hetchy watershed will close its pipelines for maintenance, leaving the county to consume what water is currently stored in the Crystal Springs and San Andreas reservoirs. “Residents may notice a change in…

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