drinking water law Articles

  • Drinking water application notes

    The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed in 1974 to protect the nation's public drinking water supply. The law allowed for the EPA to regulate the amount of certain contaminants that a body of water can contain. The Application Notes listed are designed to extract organic compounds in municipal drinking water for ...


    By Horizon Technology, Inc.

  • Safety in Drinking Water? Monitoring for Radioactive ContaminantsOnly Required Every Three, Six, or Nine Years per Federal Law

    Current federal law requires testing of drinking water for radionuclides, “hazardous radioactive materials” every three, six, or nine years. The states have the option to increase testing frequency. [Federal Register Year 2000; page 76746. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html] An incident of terrorism, accident, or improper disposal ...


    By Technical Associates

  • Homeland Security for Drinking Water Supplies

    As it has done with other jurisdictions, Congress has recently passed legislation aimed at protecting our nation's drinking water resources. Historically, water supply protection has been a high priority, including reservoir protection, continuous monitoring, and secure and redundant facilities to ensure an uninterrupted supply of drinking water. The Clean Water Act (1972), requires pollution ...


    By AECOM

  • Transforming potential conflict into cooperation potential: the role of international water law

    International river basins cover more than half of the land’s surface. With nearly 300 major watercourses shared by two or more states and ever-increasing demand on the world’s diminishing water resources, there may be some justification in the assertion by certain commentators that “water wars” are imminent in the near future. The UN forecasts that more than half of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Act before there’s not a drop to drink

    Groundwater protection is the responsibility of everyone including the chemical industry. An energetic group of state and federal groundwater agencies, industry, environmentalists and other stakeholders, however, has made it a key area of their focus. The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring the use of best ...


    By Acta Group

  • 10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law

    The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here's what it does — and doesn’t — do. “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into ...


    By Ensia

  • Analysis of low levels of metals in drinking water with a scanning array ICP emission spectrometer and ultrasonic nebulization

    Drinking water is an important factor in exposure to environmental contaminants and is used in preparing foods and beverages for human consumption. Therefore, great care is used to verify that it is free of or contains acceptable limits of toxic substances. With respect to heavy metals and other toxicologically relevant elements, atomic spectrometric techniques are frequently used to determine ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Clean Water Act

    The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Passed in 1972, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sports and recreation by 1983. The principal body of law ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Human Right to Water

    More than a billion people in the developing world lack safe drinking water – an amenity those in the developed world take for granted. Nearly three billion people live without access to adequate sanitation systems necessary for ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Chemical pollutants in water emerge

    Recent advances in contaminant identification methodologies, sampling instrumentation, and analytical chemistry have caused an explosion of knowledge about the presence of previously undetected organic micropollutants. While it doesn"t follow that the mere presence of chemical contaminants results in harm, public health experts, regulators, and others aren"t sitting idly by. Given the necessity ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Indestructible Pumps for Clean Water

    Sulzer pumps are used in the production of drinking water in many cities around the world. The special qualities that these pumps possess can be seen at the Zurich Municipal Water Utility. There, the operators have to cope with rising land and energy prices and a challenging topography. A small water flea plays a major role in Zurich. It swims around in a container of drinking water with some of ...


    By Sulzer

  • Advanced Water Treatment Technologies May Bring Purified Water to San Diego

    'In four years, half of San Diego may be filling its glasses with tap water that once ran through its toilets,' reported the San Diego Union-Tribune recently. A plan to mix 'repurified water' with the City's raw drinking water reservoir could become a reality, thanks to the wonders of water treatment technology. Such a possibility elicits various reactions including disgust, marvel and fear. ...

  • Does water governance matter to water sector performance? Evidence from ten provinces in China

    Water scarcity ranks as one of China's most serious problems today and in the foreseeable future. Rapid urbanization and industrialization and the attendant problems of overconsumption, pollution and inefficient water use have driven and will continue to drive China's water crisis. Most scholars assert that improving water governance is the key to water security in developing ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A call to action (The need for an integrated national water policy)

    Introduction Why a National Water Policy . . . Why Now . . . Why Us?Human and economic development in this country has always been reliant on access to, and the availability of, water. Indeed, when faced with challenges to our water quantity and quality, America harnessed its technological expertise and management prowess to overcome them. Until recently, such abilities had ...

  • We are running out of water - now what?

    Last weekend, Jessica Yu’s new water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” took us on tour of the impacts water scarcity is creating around the globe, from the parched pastures of Australia’s farmlands to the sewage-polluted banks of the Jordan River. This film shines a much-needed light on the various water challenges we all ...

  • ASTM Standards Help Meet Need for Clean Water

    The new ASTM Water Portal provides a single access point to standards and related information about ASTM International’s diverse committees working to protect and monitor this vital global resource. Clean and safe water is the underpinning of the quality of life for people around the world. Global economies depend on water, whether it’s to support the manufacturing of goods ...


    By ASTM International

  • Spiral-Wound Elements for Potable Water Treatment

    Introduction Any new technology must overcome perceptions of the marketplace, which are not accurate. As a technology moves into new areas of application, new misconceptions also arise. Crossflow membrane technology is no exception. The first man-made, pressure-driven 'crossflow' membranes were made in flat sheet form. This membrane had to be configured in a device, and was first made in ...


  • Energy efficiency in water distribution systems - A path to an ideal network - AGS experience

    Water utilities’ responsibility to deliver quality and reliable service under a sustainable basis requires an increasingly efficient management and therefore an asset management strategy that ensures high levels of service, safe and reliable drinking-water quality and an appropriate network performance. In Portugal, IAM gave a step forward with a recent Portuguese decree law (Decreto-Lei ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • CH2M HILL’s John Gaston to receive one of the Water Industry’s highest honors

    John Gaston, a 25-year employee of global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm CH2M HILL, has been selected by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to receive the Abel Wolman Award of Excellence. This is the Association’s premier award, recognizing those whose careers in the water profession exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Bottled Water Boycotts: Back to-the-Tap Movement Gains Momentum

    From San Francisco to New York to Paris, city governments, high-class restaurants, schools, and religious groups are ditching bottled water in favor of what comes out of the faucet. With people no longer content to pay 1,000 times as much for bottled water, a product no better than water from the tap, a backlash against bottled water is growing. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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