From the Editor

  1. Water Scarcity Triggers First-Ever Cuts From Colorado River

    In the wake of ongoing source water scarcity, one of the country’s most critical — and critically stressed — drinking water sources will soon benefit from mandatory conservation measures.

  2. Clean Water Act May Change To Limit State Oversight

    Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has served as the cornerstone federal regulation governing water pollution in the United States. And now, the U.S. EPA has proposed that significant changes be made to it in order to ease processes for construction projects.

  3. Toxic Algae Kills Three Dogs In North Carolina

    For years, harmful algal blooms (HABs) have posed a threat to drinking water across the country. And now, a tragic incident has illustrated that the problem can have an even more direct effect on our loved ones.

  4. EPA Determines Newark’s Lead Filters Not Working; City Distributes Bottled Water

    Late last week, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to officials in Newark, NJ, warning them that residents were exposed to dangerous levels of lead contamination in their drinking water and that the city’s efforts to mediate the crisis weren’t working.

  5. New York Commits $10M To Lead Service Line Replacement

    More than four years after a public health emergency was declared due to lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, MI, communities across the country continue to battle lead service lines (LSLs). In New York, a multimillion-dollar program may help put an end to that struggle.

  6. San Fran’s Water Recycling Project Could Save 30 Million Gallons Per Year

    San Francisco may be best known as a hotbed for the cultural changes of the 1960s and as a hub for some of today’s leading technologies. Now, it is bringing that cutting-edge reputation to bear in the water recycling space.

  7. After Decade Of Debate, New California Wastewater Facility Gets Approved

    Improvements to the country’s aging wastewater infrastructure may seem like no brainers, with some estimates putting the need for investment at over $250 billion in the next few years. But recent approval for an overhaul in California came only after a years-long battle to convince lawmakers it was necessary.

  8. Fort Lauderdale’s Loss In Water Service Traced To Address Malfunction

    When water service was interrupted in Fort Lauderdale, more than 200,000 people were affected during some of the year’s hottest days in one of the world’s most balmy climates. And, surprising as it may sound, the cause of the catastrophe was traced back to a simple, and seemingly avoidable, miscommunication.

  9. Kentucky Utility Spares Consumers From Bourbon Blast

    Following a fire at a major bourbon distillery in Kentucky this month, water treatment workers stepped up to keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.

  10. Does Green Infrastructure Carry Health Risks?

    Green and blue infrastructure — an approach to water management that utilizes natural buffers like trees and wetlands to encourage the natural water cycle in urban areas — is often pointed to as an ecological and efficient way to remove nutrients and other constituents from runoff before it enters source bodies.