Lead Pipes and Machine Learning

| More than three years after it was determined that lead from distribution pipes in Flint, MI, was leaching into drinking water and affecting residents’ health, thousands of homes in the city still have lead pipes. The pipe replacement effort has been complicated by both politics and residents’ mistrust of a machine-learning model designed to help ... READ MORE

President Signs Integrated Planning Bill into Law, NACWA Touts Greater Long-Term Certainty for Clean Water Investments in Communities

| Enables Safer, More Affordable and Reliable Clean Water Services for All The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) applauds the President’s signing of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act into law on January 14 2019. This bill codifies the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Integrated Planning (IP) approach into law, providing local communities with critical ... READ MORE

Brown and Caldwell adds to smart water resume by joining the SWAN Forum

| Brown and Caldwell, a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm, has solidified its smart water sector standing by joining the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), the leading global hub for the smart water and wastewater sectors. Water and wastewater utilities increasingly face challenges associated with rising water demand and aging infrastructure, adding pressures to already ... READ MORE

Ampac USA Reports Reverse Osmosis Systems May Get Biofoul Resistant Membranes Soon

| Be it household RO or industrial and military level desalination systems, almost every one of them is prone to biofouling. While avoiding membrane fouling can be achieved through strict and timely maintenance procedures, advances in technology that reduce the effort are always welcome. Such technological innovations have probably led to resistant materials that will thereby ... READ MORE

Study Confirms Micro-Algae’s Cleaning Ability in Wastewater Treatment

| Environmental engineers found Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled algae, excelled at removing nutrients from wastewater discharge. Environmental engineers have discovered that Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled fresh water algae species, effectively removes pollutants from wastewater even at fluctuating levels, making it an effective tool for wastewater treatment. The study, published recently in Water Environment Research, indicates that ... READ MORE

Water Environment Federation Joins 90 Organizations Urging Congress to Fund Water Infrastructure

| The Water Environment Federation and 90 other organizations have sent a letter to Congress urging the funding of water infrastructure. The coalition of national, state, and local organizations asked Congress to include funding and financing for drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, and stormwater infrastructure in any infrastructure package considered during the 116th Congress. “An infrastructure ... READ MORE

Water Efficiency’s Best of 2018

| Before we close the books on 2018, let’s revisit Water Efficiency’s top posts and stories for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other Water Efficiency post published in 2018. Coastal Concerns The effects of sea level rise extend beyond beach neighborhoods to national security. I’ve written about rising sea levels and the ... READ MORE

Endeavor Business Media acquires Forester Media

| NASHVILLE, TN.  (December 19, 2018) – Endeavor Business Media, a business-to-business media company, based in Nashville, Tenn, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Forester Media for an undisclosed amount.  Forester Media is based in Santa Barbara, CA. The group includes the trade show StormCon, the Western Water Summit conference and six magazines and ... READ MORE

WOTUS Revised

| The controversial definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which establishes the reach of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), may be changing yet again. On December 10, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (COE) announced proposed regulations to describe which waters trigger federal permit requirements for ... READ MORE