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Water treatment professionals must stay aware of current events and industry interest news. Top news stories are included that have an impact on business owners, managers and employees in various water treatment fields.


SFPUC signs landmark agreement for groundwater storage project

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Stretching from San Francisco to Burlingame, the basin has the capacity to store 20 billion gallons of groundwater in a regional water “savings account” to protect against future earthquakes and droughts.

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Canada establishes stricter regulations for mercury

QUEBEC CITY — The changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act will take effect Nov. 5, 2015.

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EPA awards funds to Arkansas for water infrastructure improvements

DALLAS — Arkansas Natural Resource Commission plans to mainly use the funds to provide loan assistance for eligible public water systems to help ensure safe drinking water.

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EPA to hold a press conference on new nutrient trading program in Virginia

WASHINGTON — Embraced by Virginia, the market-based nutrient trading program encourages economic investments and reduces phosphorus pollution to water to help meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay.

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Congressional committee approves WIFIA funding

WASHINGTON — Spending legislation including funding to set up the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) has been approved for the 2015 fiscal year.

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ISI announces first government agency to provide credentials for 100 ENV SPs

WASHINGTON —  After successfully completing the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision training and exam, the new Envision™ Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) can now implement sustainability ideas and practices as well as document accomplishments in projects in conformance with the Envision rating system.

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Tree ring growth reveals California’s current drought is the worst in 1,200 years

MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers measured the growth of tree rings from 278 blue oaks in Central and Southern California and compared the information collected to a tree ring record database for longer-lived trees like sequoias and bristlecone pines.

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USGS releases new interactive visualization website on California’s drought

RESTON, Va. — Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative, the interactive California Drought visualization website provides the public with atlas-like, statewide coverage of the drought.

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NGOs pledge to support Urban Waters Federal Partnership

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 27 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will align expertise, resources and funding with federal efforts to help engage residents and youth, increase outdoor recreation and restore urban waters and parks.

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Water crisis continues in South America’s largest city

SÃO PAULO — Experts predict São Paulo has a 60-day water supply left as a result of the city’s current usage levels, and water use over the holiday period could reduce that margin further.

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