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This year could be a record-breaker. Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. What contributes to a “record-breaking” year? This year we have seen an abnormally high amount of spring rainfall in many parts of the Mississippi River corridor. This led to record amounts of water carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other harmful nutrients downriver. Once these nutrients are in the river, they then feed algae using up oxygen from the bottom up...

You better think twice about what you flush away? It could save you money, and the environment. A recent study conducted by Ryerson University recently released a new report on a test of single-use wipes against rigorous criteria for flushability. The report comes out of Ryerson’s Flushability Lab at Ryerson Urban Water, and includes the testing of 23 single-use products that were labeled as “flushable” by the manufacturer. Results showed that not one single wipe was able to fall apart or disperse safely through the sewer system...

Funding to disaster areas will now be quicker thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding recently announced by the EPA and FEMA. The process will now be streamlined for easier and quicker distribution. The EPA said this Memorandum will give disaster-stricken communities faster access to federal funds that will aid in their rebuilding process by helping to restore crucial infrastructure and water services. Some of the highlights of the Memorandum of Understanding include: Encourages a tribe or local government to access a no-interest or low-interest loan from its state...

Throughout the nation, there has been much talk for a call to action on the infrastructure woes hitting America. A so-called “infrastructure bill” could stimulate the economy, provide Americans jobs and start repairing the roads, bridges and aging water systems. But, there was some movement in the form of a bill when President Trump signed into law the drinking water infrastructure bill. That movement is not enough. Last year’s bill, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, or AWIA, was the latest iteration of biennial water policy legislation known as...

A J.D. Power 2019 Water Utility Residential Study addressed water quality issues and provided insight into customer satisfaction drivers. There’s been a trend in sequential surveys with customer reports of water quality issues being down. However, water utilities nationwide are looking at a period of massive infrastructure investment and construction. According to J.D. Power, the ability of water utilities to manage the infrastructure investment process will be determined by how well they communicate with customers while minimizing service interruptions and quality issues. Key findings in the study include: declining...

America’s infrastructure is falling apart. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the nation's infrastructure a D+ grade. That includes the roads and bridges we drive on every day, the airports we use for business and vacation travel, and the schools where we send our children to learn. The only way to actually fix these issues and solve the infrastructure woes is funding. We need money. The American Society of Civil Engineers say $4.6 trillion is needed for improvements over the next 10 years. But Congress...

There’s a new bill introduced that could provide relief for many communities throughout the nation dealing with sewer and stormwater management issues. The legislation – Stop Sewage Overflow Act – expands the EPA’s Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program, which is used to provide federal grants to states and municipalities for the planning, design and construction for combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflows and stormwater management. Combined sewer overflows are a combination of stormwater and sanitary sewer systems. These systems are common in the Northeast and Midwest. If rainfall...

Generation Z students are now in college and many of them want to do what’s best for the environment by creating the next best thing that can be versatile to a nation whose stormwater management is an issue in many communities. The EPA has announced the winners of its seventh annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution has concluded and the EPA has announced its winners. This challenge encourages students to use...

There are new guidelines to follow when applying for financing from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. This week, the EPA issued these new guidelines, which highlights recent changes made to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund as a result of America’s Water Infrastructure Act from 2018. In 2018 the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) committed $2.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure loans and refinancing and distributed $2.5 billion for drinking water infrastructure to improve our nation's public health. Earlier this month, the head of the EPA...

Working in any sector of the plumbing industry, one tends to figure out what’s a go and what’s a no-no. But many don’t realize the five most common code violations. Plumbing codes help ensure the proper performance of plumbing systems. These codes make for more efficient systems while safeguarding the health and safety of the public. Many people attempt to make fixes on their own to save money or they think it will be an easy repair but in reality, it could cause more damage. That’s why...

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