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  • Water infrastructure bill to top $1 trillion

    The cost of repairing and expanding U.S. drinking water infrastructure will top $1 trillion in the next 25 years, an expense that likely will be met primarily through higher water bills and local fees, a groundbreaking study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) shows. ...

  • AWWA applauds passage of hydrant bill

    The U.S. Senate today (December 17) passed HR3588, the Community Fire Safety Act, on unanimous consent. The bill passed earlier in December in the U.S. House on a vote of 384-0. Once signed into law by President Obama, HR3588 would exempt fire hydrants from compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. American Water Works Association ...

  • Legislative leaders endorse landmark Water Conservation Bill & water investments in California

    California Senate President pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass have announced their intention to send critical water conservation legislation to Governor Schwarzenegger this year. AB 2175, a water conservation bill, is co-authored by Assembly Members John Laird and Michael Feuer, and sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The legislation directs the state to ...

  • Bill boosting oversight of chemical tanks advances

    A Senate panel has cleared a bill that would boost state oversight of chemical storage facilities, following the West Virginia chemical spill. The Environment and Public Works committee in a bipartisan voice vote Thursday advanced the measure. The bill would require states to inspect chemical storage facilities regularly and to identify tanks near drinking water supplies. Companies would also ...


    By Associated Press

  • Healthy waters initiative to release recommendations for farm bill reauthorization

    What: As Congress begins its debate for reauthorizing the Farm Bill, a diverse coalition of municipal water and wastewater authorities, state drinking water and pollution control administrators, sustainable agriculture and conservation organizations have come together to urge Congress to strengthen the links between our working agricultural lands and the quality of our Nation’s ...

  • Senators Want Drinking Water Standard for Perchlorate

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who serves as the new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has introduced two bills to protect people from drinking water contaminated by the toxic chemical perchlorate. One bill would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to promptly establish a ...

  • New EPA Program Helps Consumers Save on Water Bills

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), easily corrected water leaks can rob consumers of eight percent of their water bills. And a staggering 30 percent or more of water used by household irrigation systems is lost through evaporation, improper design, installation and maintenance. In June, the EPA launched a new water efficiency program – WaterSense – that will help ...

  • Carcinogenic Pesticide Pervasive in Midwest Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2007 (ENS) - New federal water quality data obtained by the Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, confirms high levels of the carcinogenic pesticide Atrazine in Midwest drinking water supplies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, data shows raised Atrazine levels in 94 of 136 water systems tested at the source. Tests were conducted in ...

  • Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

    A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a massive cut during last year's budget fight, supporters said Tuesday. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a program dealing with some of the lakes' most serious environmental problems such as invasive species, loss of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, ...


    By Associated Press

  • ACWA-Sponsored Bill Introduced on Chromium-6 Compliance

    ACWA-sponsored legislation introduced today would provide a carefully monitored process for public water systems to work toward compliance with the state’s new drinking water standard for chromium-6. California is the first state in the nation to adopt a drinking water standard for chromium-6. Public water systems are committed to meeting the standard, but the timeline provided for ...

  • House approves bill to overhaul chemical regulation

    The House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years. The House vote, 398-1, moves the bill to the Senate, where a similar measure awaits a floor vote after winning approval from a Senate committee. Both bills would set safety standards for tens of thousands of chemicals that now are unregulated. The bills also ...


    By Associated Press

  • House passes another bill to stem California drought

    The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought. Similar efforts have faltered in the last two congressional sessions after initially passing the House, and the White House and Democrats remain opposed. The four-year California drought has forced communities to cut water use. Some rural areas have been ...


    By Associated Press

  • California’s fracking bill passes assembly with flawed amendments

    The only remaining California bill this term to address fracking (SB 4) passed through the Assembly this morning with new amendments by the oil and gas industry that undermine the bill’s original intent. The Natural Resources Defense Council, California League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action and Environmental Working Group no longer support SB4 due to these amendments. ...

  • Iowa copes with nitrate surge in drinking water

    For much of last year, Iowa's most pressing agricultural problem was a drought that baked farm fields and parched crops, turning them brown and crumbly. Then the skies finally opened up, providing one of the soggiest springs on record. But the rain has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Senate Panel Advances Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

    A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the bill, 15-5. Four Democrats joined all 11 committee Republicans to support the bill, which would set safety standards for tens of thousands of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Chemical regulation overhaul bill faces opposition in Senate

    A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment. The bill is proposed by Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., who call it a commonsense update to a 1976 law ...


    By Associated Press

  • Senate Panel Advances Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

    A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the bill, 15-5. Four Democrats joined all 11 committee Republicans to support the bill, which would set safety standards for tens of thousands of ...


    By Associated Press

  • OriginClear’s Progressive Water Recovers Millions of Gallons for Texas City’s Drinking Water

    OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), a leading provider of ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • AWWA to Congress: Controlling nutrient pollution key to preventing cyanotoxins in drinking water

    In testimony today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, American Water Works Association Water Utility Council Chair Aurel Arndt stressed that the solution to keeping drinking water safe from cyanotoxins begins with ...

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