water quality improvement News

  • Harbour water quality improvements

    Cleaning up our stormwater is now the focus of efforts to further improve the water quality in the harbour and around Wellington's coast. We are already seeing the benefits of investing hundreds of millions of dollars in our sewerage and stormwater systems. Contamination levels in the harbour and around the South Coast have been dramatically reduced over the past 15 years. For example, in the ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Bathing water quality improving in the EU

    The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2008. During that bathing season some 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 92 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards. The report provides useful water quality ...

  • Everglades show improvement in water quality

    Researchers at the University of Florida Research and Education Centers and scientists at the South Florida Water Management District have published a report regarding the trends in water quality feeding into Everglades National Park. The report can be found in the September-October 2010 Journal of Environmental Quality, published by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of ...

  • Water associations challenge EPA steam power plant rule

    In a brief filed Monday in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies challenged a new rule on steam power plant discharges, arguing that it does not adequately protect drinking water consumers. In challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Effluent Limitation Guidelines for ...

  • EPA improves water quality and infrastructure in Arkansas

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $9,165,000 to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) for projects such as replacing sewer lines, improving wastewater treatment facilities, and upgrading collection systems. The grant is part of EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to municipalities and rural ...

  • Catchment Trials Show Improvements in Water Quality

    Farmers Guardian details how Severn Trent Water has recently reviewed the success of its catchment management trials. Managing catchments upstream of drinking water abstraction points could help to limit metaldehyde losses to water. Results show that managing catchments upstream of drinking water solve many problems currently posed by metaldehyde and according so a spokesperson from Severn Trent ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Water Quality Improves in Long Island Sound

    For the second summer in a row, concentrations of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound are higher than the long-term average, indicating improved water quality and improved ecological conditions for organisms that live in the Sound. Aquatic animals rely on oxygen that is dissolved in water to survive. When dissolved oxygen levels decline, this can cause some animals to move away, weaken, or even ...

  • US$252m for water quality improvements in Virginia

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced that it is providing $13.9 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia to improve water quality. This grant, along with $2.8 million in state match, is awarded to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to further capitalize its revolving loan fund which provides low interest loans for the construction of wastewater ...

  • New, Improved: Water Quality Modeling Tool

    (Washington, DC ) The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new version of its acclaimed watershed management program, making it easier to use and more readily available. 'Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources' (BASINS) is a multipurpose system that integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs. BASINS will help regions, states, and ...

  • Herbicide-tolerant crops can improve water quality

    The residual herbicides commonly used in the production of corn and soybean are frequently detected in rivers, streams, and reservoirs at concentrations that exceed drinking water standards in areas where these crops are extensively grown. When these bodies of water are used as sources of drinking water this contamination can lead to increased treatment costs or a need to seek alternative sources ...

  • Water quality improves after fertilizer ban - study

    In an effort to keep lakes and streams clean, municipalities around the country are banning or restricting the use of phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizers, which can kill fish and cause smelly algae blooms and other problems when the phosphorus washes out of the soil and into waterways. But do the ordinances really help reduce phosphorus pollution? That’s been an open question until now, says ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Catchment Trials Show Improvements in Water Quality

    Farmers Guardian details how Severn Trent Water has recently reviewed the success of its catchment management trials. Managing catchments upstream of drinking water abstraction points could help to limit metaldehyde losses to water. Results show that managing catchments upstream of drinking water solve many problems currently posed by metaldehyde and according so a spokesperson from Severn Trent ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Scotland’s water and groundwater quality improving, says SEPA

    Water quality in Scotland is good and continues to improve. That's according to the recently published Scotland’s Water Environment Review 2000-2006 featuring water quality classification data that illustrates historical trends stretching back over the past six years.  The review, which has been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), is a valuable source of environmental ...

  • Improving water quality in Europe`s rivers

    The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges policy implementation managers to respond to poor ecological, chemical and quantitative status of the water system caused by negative pressures from different drivers. This issue discusses recent experiences with regard to different stages of river basin management strategy, to help us understand how we can safeguard water, an indispensible ...

  • ISO standards to improve quality of water services to consumers

    A suite of new ISO standards offers the international community practical tools to address the global challenge of effectively managing limited water resources in order to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for the world’s population. ISO has just published three standards providing guidelines for service activities relating to drinking water supply systems and wastewater ...

  • Project to improve water quality in River Thames

    Black & Veatch has been selected by Thames Water as principal contractor to upgrade and extend Mogden Sewage Treatment Works in West London. Construction will start in spring 2010 to significantly reduce the amount of storm sewage that overflows into the River Thames during heavy rainfall when the site becomes overloaded. As principal contractor, Black & Veatch is responsible for the ...


    By Black & Veatch Corporation

  • Using vegetated filter strips to improve water quality

    Microbial contamination of surface water resources is a critical water quality issue, leading to many documented health and environmental concerns. Vegetated filter strips have become an important component of water quality improvement by reducing sediment and nutrient transport to surface water. Although this management practice is also beneficial for controlling manure-borne pathogen transport ...

  • The EIB supports water quality improvements in the Baltic Sea

    In line with the priorities of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 17.5 million to St Petersburg’s water company Vodokanal to finance reduction of the pollution discharged into the Gulf of Finland. Jointly financed by the Nordic Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank, the ...

  • EUR11.4m to cut Plovdiv’s water losses, improve water quality

    Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, and more than 730,000 people in 210 surrounding towns and villages will benefit from improved reliability of water supply and better quality drinking water as a result of a €11.4 million loan from the EBRD. Plovdiv is becoming an important economic and industrial centre in Bulgaria and a reliable water supply system is crucial to supporting the growing ...

  • Intellisonde improves water security

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is testing commercially available water quality sensors for their ability to provide a warning of deliberate or unintentional contamination events. The Intellisonde in-pipe water quality monitor from UK-based Intellitect Water is one of several instruments being assessed at its Ohio Test and Evaluation Facility. The project's work on water quality ...

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