Tag: water contamination

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater). This form of environmental degradation occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds.

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

EPA recently released the final version of its report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water sources. The new version, the culmination of six years of research, reveals gaps in substantive data and excludes a statement printed in the earlier draft report that it found “no evidence that

Damage Control: Easing Customer Concern In the Wake of Flint

Damage Control: Easing Customer Concern In the Wake of Flint

In the wake of devastating water contamination in Flint, Michigan and countless other lead violations across America, consumers are mistrustful of the tap water their municipalities provide—and rightly so.

We’re still learning the human cost of the water crisis in Flint. A recent investigation by USA Today identified almost 2,000 additional

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Cyber-Smarts Keep Systems Safe

Cyber-Smarts Keep Systems Safe

How can treatment plants and utilities best guard against cyber security threats? Specialists suggest understanding the structural assets and vulnerabilities of your system and thinking like a bad guy.

The increasing sophistication of contemporary hackers requires correspondingly sophisticated lines of defense, Andrzej Kawalec, chief technology officer for HPE Security Services told

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Hopes Fade in Congress for Energy Reform

Hopes Fade in Congress for Energy Reform

Hopes are fading that Congress can pass a broad energy bill before the year ends. Article by Devin Henry and Timothy Cama

Leaders of energy committees in the House and Senate made it a top priority this session to pass the first major energy overhaul since 2007.

By setting their sights low

Salt: No Easy Answers

Salt: No Easy Answers

The issue of groundwater and surface water contamination resulting from road deicing salt use is one of contaminant mitigation, not best management practices (BMPs). Nothing can be done to remove salt and its compounds once they get into water supplies, so the management focus is on reducing or eliminating salt

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

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