21
Apr
2011
Wastewater

Water for Cities. Water for Dignity


08
Apr
2011
Drinking Water
by Jerod Loeb, PhD

Topsy-turvy Winter Highlights Water Infrastructure Needs in El Paso

This winter residents of El Paso, Texas experienced unusually cold weather.  Temperatures reached six degrees Fahrenheit in early February, the lowest recorded for the city in 120 years.  In short order, El Paso became a city of frozen and burst water pipes where businesses and daily activities were seriously disrupted. Faced with a significant water... Read More »

25
Mar
2011
Drinking Water
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Is Your Well Drinking Water all Well and Good?

Mrs. Joan Betty Bernard (me mum), paraphrasing Senator Adelai Stevenson, told me over and over,  “Americans demand simple answers to complex questions“(as you would expect his actual quote was significantly more erudite).  Their statements are as true today as they were 50 years ago. Is private well water safe to drink?  Well, that depends on... Read More »

18
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Wisconsin Rolling the Dice by Rolling Back Mandatory Disinfection

Wisconsin is about to roll the dice on public health by rolling back a state rule requiring municipal governments to disinfect drinking water [GOP proposes rollback of mandatory disinfection for drinking water].  The current rule protects the safety of drinking water for 12 percent of Wisconsin’s municipal water supply systems in some of the state’s... Read More »

11
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Fred Reiff, PE

More Water Chlorination Needed to Take on an Old and Deadly Disease

Cholera, an acute diarrheal disease, is one of Mother Nature’s greatest weapons of mass destruction.  Recent reports of cholera epidemics in Haiti, Africa and Asia are strong reminders that this ancient disease stands ready to surge given half a chance.  This disease wreaks havoc in poor countries and communities that lack basic public health measures. ... Read More »

04
Mar
2011
Treatment
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Disinfection Byproducts and the Wrath of Unintended Consequences

In the past century, drinking water chlorination has dramatically reduced the incidence of waterborne disease wherever it has been adopted, contributing to greater life expectancy and healthier societies.  A recent article in the journal Science (The Chlorine Dilemma, January 7) takes a fresh look at water chlorination by stacking the “pros” of this technology against... Read More »

04
Feb
2011
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Water on the Blue Planet

It’s another beautiful snowy day in the Mid-Atlantic and I have just cleared my sidewalks and driveway of eight inches of heavy snow and sleet, placing it on the adjacent lawn and flower beds.  Unlike rain, which tends to run off rather quickly, these ice crystals will melt slowly and soak into the soil and... Read More »

25
Jan
2011
Drinking Water
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Chromium-6 in Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently raised alarm over the presence of chromium-6 in single samples of drinking water from 31 of 35 U.S. cities tested.  The group’s report notes the average level of chromium-6 in the 35 samples (0.18 parts per billion, or “ppb”) is higher than the 2009 draft California health goal of... Read More »