Water Standards News

  • European Commission welcomes EP vote on water quality standards

    The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's second reading vote approving the agreement reached with the Council on the proposed directive on environmental quality standards in the field of water. The directive will better protect rivers, lakes and coastal waters against pollution from a range of chemical substances. European Environment Commissioner Commissioner Dimas said: 'This ...

  • EPA brings out water transfer rule

    The US EPA has announced a rule to clarify that permits are not required for transfers of water from one body of water to another. Such transfers include routing water through tunnels, channels, or natural streams for public water supplies, irrigation, power generation, flood control, or environmental restoration. Assistant administrator for water Benjamin H Grumbles noted: ‘EPA’s Water Transfer ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Record drop in water quality at Britain`s top beaches

    The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have announced a 10% drop in the number of bathing beaches recommended for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide, compared to last year. In total, 443 (57%) UK beaches are ‘MCS Recommended' this year out of 778 tested, compared to 495 last year. This is the biggest year-on-year fall in the Good Beach Guide's 21 year history.  The latest ...

  • North American water treatment in power industry to reach US$1.17bn in 2013

    The North American market for water treatment systems in the power industry is extremely competitive, with price being a key factor. In particular, the market for wastewater treatment systems gains momentum because of increasingly stringent surface discharge standards and growing concerns over declining fresh water resources. Advanced technologies such as zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and flue gas ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Euro MPs call for tougher European water quality standards

    The European Parliament's Environment Committee said this week that a further 31 water pollutants, including dioxins and PCBs, should either be considered for the Commission's proposed list of those that must meet EU water quality standards by 2015, or even, if classified as hazardous, be banned from EU surface waters by 2025. In Tuesday's vote on a draft directive on surface water quality ...


    By European Parliament

  • Global water awards recognize CH2M HILL for industry innovation, leadership

    CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, has earned two prestigious awards at the 2008 Global Water Awards ceremony, hosted by the International Desalination Association and Global Water Intelligence magazine. The awards were presented in London on April 21 by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. The annual awards recognize outstanding ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • New silica method could reduce the cost of purifying drinking water

    Tiny particles of coated silica could be used to purify drinking water by removing harmful pollutants and pathogens. This simple and relatively cheap technology is capable of removing contaminants from water making it safe to drink and helping ensure that drinking water meets the standards of the European Drinking Water Directive. Provision of portable water is becoming a major socio-economic ...

  • Irish EPA issues report on drinking water quality

    On January 24th the EPA released Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland: A Report for the Years 2006 – 2007. The report was based on the results of over 220,000 individual analyses of drinking water samples. This was the first report since the EPA was given new powers under the EC Drinking Water Regulations. These provide a greater level of consumer protection by requiring public ...

  • Plan for less water down drain warns UK environment agency report

    Drainage design standards should be reviewed and guidance developed for retrofitting water efficient fixtures and fittings to ensure sewerage systems can work with less water, says the just-released Environment Agency report ‘Less Water To Waste’. The joint investigation by scientists and water experts examined concerns that increasing water efficiency in the home and office could result in bad ...

  • The world water report – supplies falling, Tensions Rising

    As the world continues to urbanize the impact on water resources and the available supply of water for drinking, agriculture, hygiene and industry is dwindling. Nations around the world, even those rich in water resources, are facing potential conflicts over the planet’s most important commodity. By 2025, a third of the planet’s population (estimated at 9 billion) could ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • UN warns water needs growing more urgent

    The international community needs to start creating strategies for using water more efficiently and sharing it more fairly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, warning that unless action is taken soon, the conflicts and problems caused by water shortages around the world will multiply. In an opinion column published in 'The Hindu' newspaper of Chennai, India, ahead of observances this week ...

  • UK government publishes standards guidance for Water Framework Directive

    Defra and the Welsh Assembly government have published a second volume of guidance on river basin management planning, outlining the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidance explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies, and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • European governments focus on reducing CO2 emissions from cars

    EU Environment Council, 3 March - the council adopted conclusions on environment focusing on the following priorities: climate change and energy, halting biodiversity loss, environmental technologies, sustainable consumption and production, and simplification of legislation. The conclusions will be submitted to the spring European Council. The Council held policy debates on the climate action and ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Water Quality Association certifies Purolite’s A532E perchlorate selective resin for use in drinking water

    The Water Quality Association recently certified Purolite’s A532E perchlorate selective resin under the NSF/ANSI 61 STANDARD for use in drinking water. This is the highest capacity resin for the removal of oxy-anions such as perchlorate. Perchlorate is a major problem in the USA and affects the water supply of 20 million people located in 20 states. It has been shown to interfere with iodine ...


    By Purolite Corporation

  • Improvements to UK safety and environmental standards post-Buncefield

    Ninety-seven percent of the safety and environmental improvements that the oil and fuel industry agreed to deliver post-Buncefield have been completed. As the joint Competent Authority (CA) for the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH), the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, have today published a report on the ...

  • Putting a price on water quality

    One way to clean-up water pollution is to award 'credits' to facilities that reduce their emissions. These credits can then be traded with other facilities to compensate for pollution outputs. This controls overall pollutions levels, while creating an economic incentive to reduce emissions. Research using models that simulate water quality has been used to establish the value of these credits and ...

  • Homebuilders reach for high performance green standards

    All homebuilders are invited to participate in the U.S. Energy Department's Builders Challenge, a voluntary national energy savings effort to build 220,000 high performance, energy efficient homes by 2012. Energy Department Secretary Samuel Bodman announced the Challenge Thursday at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida where 92,000 building industry professionals from around the ...

  • WSP call on industry to adopt green leasing standard

    WSP Environment & Energy, the global environmental consultancy, has today called for an industry-wide green lease standard to be adopted by landlords and tenants. Much of the focus in the industry is on designing and building green buildings today. And yet the vast majority of our buildings are built already and are not run or maintained in an environmentally sound way. A clear agreement ...


  • Standard & Poor`s launches eco index

    Rating agency Standard & Poor's announced the launch of a global 'Eco Index' creating a new investable index for investors seeking exposure to environmentally responsible investment strategies. The rating agency said the S&P Global Eco Index provides diversified, liquid exposure to 30 of the largest publicly listed companies operating in ecology-related industries, including clean energy ...


    By Axcess International, Inc.

  • EC takes steps to cut industrial emissions

    The European Commission has adopted new legislation on industrial emissions to strengthen the provisions already in force and reduce industrial emissions throughout the European Union. The proposal will bring significant health and environmental benefits and will create a better level playing field across the EU, reducing competition distortions between companies. It will also simplify current ...

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