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"Waters of the United States" is coming
May 26, 2015
The EPA is likely to issue "Waters of the United States" regulations in the next few days, according to The Hill. The draft proposal attracted a lot of attention from supporters and opponents alike, and the new rules ought to be even more attention-grabbing as they will represent the actual law to be enforced.
New fluoride standards apply
May 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has revised the recommendations for optimal fluoride levels in public water supplies, closing the range from 0.7 to 1.2 ppm to now simply the lower bound of that range, 0.7 ppm. The agency says Americans are exposed to fluoride in enough other places that they don't need to get the full allotment from public drinking water. Fluoridation of public water supplies has been a resounding success for public health in the United States, and it is good to see that the recommendations are adapting in the presence of new evidence and changed circumstances.
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A record-dry March for central Nebraska
April 30, 2015
There hasn't been a drier March in central Nebraska in 121 years of recordkeeping. Coincidentally, we gave a presentation on weather extremes and their effects on water utilities in the middle of March in the middle of Nebraska (at a conference in Kearney), obviously not knowing how the month would turn out.
Preserving institutional memory in a utility
April 27, 2015
Retirements, illnesses, new jobs, and plenty of other factors cause institutional memory to leak out of a utility. Join us at the Iowa AWWA short course in Ankeny today for a presentation on how to patch those leaks. One selection from our extensive library of presentations for the water industry.
"The rise of luxury toilet paper"
March 26, 2015
That's a real headline on an article from the Washington Post, which documents that Americans spent $1.4 billion on "luxury" toilet tissue. Here's a thought: Perhaps we should apply a "luxury tax" to "luxury" toilet paper and use it to subsidize improvements to our water and wastewater infrastructure. A 10% surcharge on $1.4 billion would be a modest down payment towards the $298 billion that needs to be spent maintaining our wastewater infrastructure and modernizing it for the 21st Century.
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