Marin Fire Agencies Find Ways to Conserve Water

Fire departments were not included in the state mandate to cut water use, but that hasn’t stopped California’s Marin fire officials from letting station lawns go brown, skipping vehicle washes and getting creative to slow the flow of water.

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Seattle, Tacoma and Everett Ask People to Conserve Water

The cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett are asking people to avoid wasting water in response to the hot, dry weather and low river levels. The cities have implemented stage one of their water storage response plans. Seattle and Everett say their water outlook is “fair” and they should have enough water supply into fall when rainfall typically replenishes the supply.

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It’s Not in the Bag

Undeterred by the failure of a ban on plastic bags in Dallas this past May, the Fort Worth Sierra Club is going ahead with an attempt to ban the containers in our city. American retailers use some 100 billion plastic bags a year, contributing to the contamination of the water supply and the increase in the size of the Pacific Trash Vortex, as well as clogging sewers and presenting a choking hazard to all manner of wildlife and marine life.

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Sewer Upgrades Seek to Limit Overflows, Phosphorous

If you live in Greater Lafayette, you know how bad the Wabash River can smell when it rains. Many in the community consider it dirty and polluted.Some of that speculation, it turns out, is based on truth. Although levels are much lower than 10 or 20 years ago, raw sewage still escapes into the Wabash during periods of heavy rain.

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River Basin Commission Releases Report

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) last week released its third report on water quality conditions in select watersheds in the Marcellus shale region of the Susquehanna River Basin. Prior to 2010, when SRBC began collecting the data through its state-of-the-art Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network (RWQMN), little to no water quality data existed for many smaller streams in northern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.

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Longmont’s Avivid Water Technology’s Reactor Turns Sludge into Pure Water

Avivid Water Technology says that after nearly a decade of development, they have discovered a safe way to purify water using a process known as electrocoagulation.

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Santa Cruz Water School: A Reeducation Camp for Water Wasters

In May, for the second year in a row, Santa Cruz has imposed a strict water rationing program. Users who exceed their rations of about 60 gallons per person per day are hit with hefty fines. But, once, and only once, the penalty is forgiven if water outlaws attend a two-hour PowerPoint presentation at the local community center.

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Community Concerns Over Fluoride in Drinking Water

Martinsville currently puts fluoride in its water. City Council Member Gene Teague says after discussing the issue in April, council decided to set it aside from the budget meeting and hold a public hearing.

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Recycled Water Safe for Drinking, Lab Results Show

Recycled water—the so-called “toilet to tap” variety—processed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District could soon make its way to the region’s drinking supply. Water processed at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in San Jose—the largest water purification center in Northern California—is indeed safe to drink, according to tests run by the Pleasonton-based Test America, an independent lab facility.

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California Regulators, After Setback, Issue New Water Rights Curtailments

Sent back to the drawing board by a judge, state drought regulators issued new water rights curtailment notices Wednesday to thousands of farmers and other Californians in an effort to keep a crucial water-use regulation regime on track.

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Ionex Introduces Breakthrough Treatment Technology to Remove Nitrates From California’s Drinking Water — With Near-Zero Waste

At a recent event in California’s Central Valley that drew prominent water industry stakeholders, Ionex SG LLC (Ionex) debuted its breakthrough technology to remove nitrates from drinking water. The UK-based company specializes in the research, design, build, and operation of systems that optimize ion exchange to treat water for nitrates and other contaminants.

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Major Contract for Vermont Company to Improve Mexican Drinking Water

A Vermont manufacturing company signed a contract Wednesday to produce state-of-the-art water filtration units for schools and other public places in Mexico.

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