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Flint water crisis

How to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis, resulting in potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water supply, shines a spotlight the devastating environment, health and safety ramifications of bad decision making — and also America’s aging infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers says America’s infrastructure will need an estimated $3.6 … Read more »

drought in Brazil

Guidance for Water Utilities to Validate Water Audits

As water utilities are increasingly focusing on controlling water loss because of the ongoing drought in part of the US, the Water Research Foundation has launched a project aimed at developing a standard method to validate water audits and guidance for utilities and governing agencies in implementing a water audit … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Call2Recycle, CTX, Xylem, Geo-Tech Polymers

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Call2Recycle: The consumer battery stewardship organization has named Tim Michaels (pictured) managing director of operations. He previously managed operations at BlueLinx Corporation, GE Polymershapes and GE Supply. Call2Recycle Canada announced the election of Norman Clubb as chairperson of its board … Read more »

Water Treatment Chemicals Standards Helps Manufacturers Measure Environmental Impact

NSF International and the American Water Works Association have published the first American national standard for assessing the sustainability of water treatment chemical products: NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Water Treatment Chemical Products. Manufacturers and distributors (including repackagers and relabelers) of water treatment chemicals now have a framework for … Read more »

Standards & Compliance: ASHRAE 90.1 Overhaul, Utilities’ Water Meter Push

ASHRAE announced that 26 more proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are open for public comment. The 90.1 committee says many of the changes are the result of earlier public review comments, and contribute to its goal of making the 2013 standard 40 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Fine, Chevron Suit, Water Bill, School Asbestos

The European Union has agreed its first law to regulate safety in offshore oil and gas drilling in EU waters, to present for final endorsement from member states and the European Parliament. The legislation covers the criteria for awarding operating licenses and penalties for breaching safety standards. Companies will also … Read more »