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Jun 17 2019
A bipartisan amendment proposed may add PFAS to a list of contaminants tracked by the U.S. Geological Survey’s water quality monitoring network.…
Jun 3 2019
The Basin Creek Reservoir in Butte, Mont., served its community with water from both sides of the Continental Divide for nearly 100 years. In 2010, a…
May 30 2019
In the U.K., small amounts of cocaine, pesticides and other contaminants have been found in freshwater shrimp. According to a report by NPR, the…
May 28 2019
Ameren’s Labadie Energy Center in Missouri has dumped its coal ash in coal ash ponds since 1970. According to the U.S. EPA, coal ash includes a list…
May 15 2019
The U.S. EPA announced the addition of seven hazardous waste sites to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List (NPL) May 13. According to EPA…
May 9 2019
Filtered groundwater may be sent through the North Kent Sewer Authority system as part of the Wolverine World Wide’s plan to clean up toxic PFAS…
May 8 2019
A U.S. EPA proposal aims to clarify state and federal cleanup standards for groundwater and drinking water contaminated by chemicals, including those…
Axine installation at customer site in California.
Axine installation at customer site in California.
May 3 2019
Every year, industrial manufacturing operations in virtually every market generate billions of gallons of wastewater contaminated with toxic, non-…
Pictured are experiments of how well crude oil adheres to nascent and oxide-coated polyvinylidene fluoride membranes (Example a). It also shows how crude oil might adhere (or depart from) various surfaces (Example b) as well as the oil contact angles on tin oxide-coated membranes after long-term storage in air (Example c). (Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory)
Pictured are experiments of how well crude oil adheres to nascent and oxide-coated polyvinylidene fluoride membranes (Example a). It also shows how crude oil might adhere (or depart from) various surfaces (Example b) as well as the oil contact angles on tin oxide-coated membranes after long-term storage in air (Example c). (Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory).
May 3 2019
Humans have been filtering liquids for centuries. But as anyone in the water industry knows, the science of clean water is anything but static. New…
A hollow-fiber membrane in PES polymer.
A hollow-fiber membrane in PES polymer.
May 2 2019
Designers of high-performance filtration applications are increasingly specifying the engineering thermoplastic polyethersulfone (PES) for separation…
100,000 gal of waste were spilled as a result of the breach in Tyler, Texas
100,000 gal of waste were spilled as a result of the breach in Tyler, Texas.
May 2 2019
In Tyler, Texas, a 42-in. sewer main collapsed on April 30 at a city of Tyler water utilities plant. The collapse resulted in more than 100,000 gal…
May 1 2019
When the West Side sewage pump station in Onondaga County, N.Y., prepared to undergo its first major expansion and upgrade in more than 30 years, the…
May 1 2019
Before I was the managing editor for Water & Wastes Digest, I worked for its sister publication, Water Quality Products in 2016 and 2017. At the…
Around $87 billion in EPA funding will go towards improving drinking water in schools and small communities
Around $87 billion in EPA funding will go towards improving drinking water in schools and small communities.
May 1 2019
States, schools, tribes, territories and disadvantaged communities have accessed to nearly $87 million in drinking water funding through two U.S. EPA…
Apr 30 2019
In July 2018, Springfield, Ill., encountered a classic chemical upset. The utility supplies the city of Springfield with electric power generated…
Around 20 million gal of sewage per day are discharged into the Pacific Ocean, just five miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border
Around 20 million gal of sewage per day are discharged into the Pacific Ocean, just five miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Apr 29 2019
The "Clean Border Water Now" program is raising awareness to eliminate the sewage, trash, sediment and chemical waste that plagues beaches and waves…
A water crisis in Kentucky shows the cost of clean drinking water
A water crisis in Kentucky shows the cost of clean drinking water
Apr 18 2019
In Lovely, Ky., resident Heather Blevin’s parents hooked their property into the municipal supply after the well water here turned brown and started…
The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin asks that more chemicals be evaluated for safe levels in groundwater
The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin asks that more chemicals be evaluated for safe levels in groundwater.
Apr 11 2019
In Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources is asking a state health agency to study the potential impacts of a group of unregulated…
The EPA and the Missouri Mining Investments, LLC, have announced an agreement to clean up a Madison County Mines Superfund Site
The EPA and the Missouri Mining Investments, LLC, have announced an agreement to clean up a Madison County Mines Superfund Site.
Apr 4 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Missouri Mining Investments, LLC, to perform a removal action at Operable…
Charlotte County, Fla., treats leachate on site
Charlotte County, Fla., treats leachate on site.
Apr 2 2019
For decades, Charlotte County, Fla., has drawn a growing number of retirees from northern climates seeking sunshine, lower taxes and a slower pace of…
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