Archive - 2013

December 6th

December 5, 2013--Water utility sector works in partnership to meet cyber security challenges (Huff Post)

Like most utilities in our country, the drinking water and wastewater sectors rely heavily on automated technologies to track and manage the transport and treatment of water. The evolution of computer-based management systems, or industrial control systems (ICS), has hugely improved the reliability and quality of water service.

December 5, 2013--Wells: A jumble of elaborate rules (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado has puzzled for years about how to account for its underground water resources, with about the same impact as water sloshing in the bottom of a precariously carried bucket.

December 5, 2013--Report: Society's water safety net is fraying (Circle of Blue)

It is no exaggeration to claim that aquifers, water-saturated layers of subterranean sediment, have allowed agriculture, and thus modern life in our house of 7 billion, to prosper. America's Great Plains are a lucrative grain bin solely because of the Ogallala Aquifer, which waters eight states.

December 5, 2013--The river runs through it (Durango Telegraph)

It began at a small table in a small town in Southwestern Colorado. A discussion about the future of waterways in this region of the West. Would they be protected for future generations? Would those generations be able to fish, hike, bike, hunt, mine, recreate or drink? How could anyone be certain?

December 4th

December 4, 2013--California sinking caused by groundwater withdrawal (Water Online)

A California region is sinking quickly due to the amount of groundwater getting pumped out of the area. Extensive pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers "is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking," according to a recent report by the U.S.

December 4, 2013--Partnership supports water quality trading to benefit environment, economy (WaterWorld)

A new partnership between the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy.

December 3, 2013--Canada, U.S. waste-water groups join forces in war on 'flushable' wipes (Global Post)

The pleas of Canadian waste-water officials to federal and provincial politicians for a crackdown on so-called flushable wipes are falling on deaf ears. It's a municipal problem, so the refrain goes, and so the Canadian Water and Waste-water Association is joining forces with its American counterpart, the Water Environment Federation, to take aim at the popular towelettes.

December 3, 2013--National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities prepare for drought (Prairie Star)

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration has announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.

December 3, 2013--The case for waterless urinals to take over the world (Washington Post)

M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, reduced its water usage by 43 percent after installing 400 waterless urinals. The Staples Center in Los Angeles — which hosts the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers — is saving 7 million gallons a year, according to Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the leader in waterless urinals.

December 3, 2013--Drought just won't go away (Pueblo Chieftain)

Despite some encouraging snowfall in November, large parts of the state remain on drought alert, according to the latest report from the state drought task force. Conditions in the Arkansas Valley, particularly Bent, Crowley and Otero counties, are listed as exceptional drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor, an interagency monitor of long-term weather conditions.