Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Provides Funding to Target Algal Blooms
Financial Report - The EPA has announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide nearly $12 million to federal and state agencies to protect public health by targeting harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie... Read more
USDA Invests Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality
Financial Report - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. ... Read more
Texas Water Board Approves $26 Million in Project Funding
Financial Report - Last week, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved financial assistance for water and wastewater improvement projects. The assistance approved by TWDB will allow these communities to finance water system improvements and water tre... Read more
Senate Bill Would Boost Water Resources Funding by $964 Million
Financial Report - Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2015 Chairman’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. ... Read more
Congressmen Introduce “W21: Water in the 21st Century” Legislation
Washington Report - Last week, U.S. Senators and Representatives from California and Oregon introduced “W21: Water in the 21st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for future water management needs.... Read more
Detroit Water & Sewer To Become Regional Agency Under New Deal
On Sept. 9, the Associated Press reported that Detroit's water department would be turned into a regional agency with a 10-year limit on annual rate increases and an infusion of millions of dollars from the suburbs under the terms of a deal announced on Sept. 9. Read more
EPA Administrator Calls for Expanded Rules on Waterways
U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she's not backing down on her agency’s efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands. Read more
Plastic Pipes XVII Aims to Promote Environmental Sustainability
The contribution of plastic pipe systems to sustainable development will be one of the key discussion points at the upcoming Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 22-24, in Chicago. Read more
WEFTEC 2014 Heads Back to New Orleans
On Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, New Orleans will host the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 87th annual WEFTEC show, a premier event for thousands of water and wastewater professionals looking for best practices, innovative technologies and solutions for sustainable and effective water management. Read more
Contech Acquires Assets of Filterra Bioretention Systems
Ohio-based Contech Engineered Solutions announced that it has acquired the assets of Filterra Bioretention Systems from Americast, Inc. Read more
2014 Water Project Showcase
The Water Project Showcase is a special supplement to UIM. This year, we’ve focused this this annual supplement on successful project stories from across North America. Project stories offer a comprehensive approach to reporting on new technology in the industry and how it is applied in the field. We’ve also presented a few projects that demonstrate some unique trends in the design, construction, operation and management of water and wastewater systems.
While not all of these projects are award winning, (some are), they do demonstrate innovation across several topic areas, acknowledging the many challenges we have regarding our water infrastructure in North America. We encourage you to read through some of these in the Water Project Showcase.
The Water Conservation Guide
It’s no secret water and sewer utilities across the United States are suffering from a lack of funding for needed projects. Of course, the timing makes the situation even more detrimental as we are now in an era of increasing water and wastewater system failures coupled with droughts. Water conservation and the benefits of saving this precious resource can be achieved in a number of ways. But understanding some of the larger issues, such as water scarcity and the overall shift that is happening in the way we think about water, is perhaps important before action can be taken.
To help address this broad topic of conservation, we’ve addressed several areas in our Water Conservation Guide that are imperative for a water utility to consider.