The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program has achieved
significant reductions in pollutant discharges since it was established by the Federal Water
Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. The development of this permitting program has, in
turn, resulted in tremendous improvement to the quality of this country's water resources. This
paper will present a brief histo ... read more >>
Water pollution is the biggest environmental concern for residents in the Waikato region, a new report has found.
But as summer kicks into gear, the majority of the region's rivers are still said to be unsafe for recreational activities, with many deemed to have unsatisfactory bacteria levels and murky water.
The Waikato Regional Council this week released the results of a survey looking ... read more >>
The Dead Sea, which faces a rapidly shrinking water level, has been a source of constant quarreling in a water-scarce region plagued by seemingly endless political turmoil. On Monday, in a moment of rarity, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed a historic agreement at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., aimed at fostering water cooperation and initiating a project to he ... read more >>
Conserving resources ought to be a no-brainer, at least to this crowd, but connecting our daily habits with their impact on our wallet might be more convincing that just trying to 'conserve water' or 'reduce our carbon footprint'.
One way to make that connection is through better data, in the form of smart meters for our water and energy consumption, showing us exactly how much water or energy ... read more >>
For the first time since 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will reinstate reporting the amount of water consumed in the production of thermoelectric power, which could allow water resource managers to evaluate the influence of this type of use on the overall water budget of a watershed. A new report presents a method for collecting location and cooling-equipment data that will play a key ro ... read more >>
In light of increased runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds, farmers across the United States are adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem. ... read more >>
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says. So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions. An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year. It was the first study of its kind. ... read more >>
Sources of drinking water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals, and in some cases, radioactive materials, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal or human activity.
In 2008 Houston received 82 percent of its treated drinking wat ... read more >>
The City of Houston Public Works Drinking Water Operations, which serves 2,700,000 people, ranked #95 out of 100 on a Big City Water Ratings list formulated by the Environmental Working Group, although Houston’s drinking water, “continues to meet or exceed all Federal and State standards for safe drinking water,” according to the annual Water Quality Report (pdf).
The group’s data, the focus o ... read more >>
A Thanksgiving tradition: a great feast — and pipes clogged with used cooking grease - The Washington Post
During the holiday, kitchen pipes are stuffed with more grease, food and fats than any time of the year. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a yearly bonanza for retailers — and plumbers.
“When you work for Roto-Rooter, everybody knows you don’t get the day off,” said Paul Abrams, spokesman for the Roto-Rooter plumbing company. “It’s the one day you don’t ask off. Black Friday, it’s a ... read more >>