Lead in Plumbing Materials & LCR Final Rules Announced

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced its final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools, and other facilities. The action marks a significant milestone in implementing the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. The USEPA says the Lead-Free final rule Read More

USEPA Submits Proposals Related to UCMR 5 and Disposal of PFAS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently submitted two proposals to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for interagency review to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The USEPA provided an Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR 5) proposal. The proposal includes nationwide drinking water monitoring for PFAS under the UCMR 5 utilizing new Read More

WEF Report Determines Low Risk of COVID-19 Infection for Wastewater Professionals

On August 13th, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Blue Ribbon Panel on Biological Hazards and Safety Precautions published their findings Protecting Wastewater Professionals From Covid-19 and Other Biological Hazards. The publication covers specific findings regarding COVID-19; an update of MOP-1, Safety, Health, and Security in Wastewater Systems; and identifies additional research needs. Through his role Read More

USEPA Declines to Regulate Perchlorate in Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has issued a final action regarding the regulation of perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The USEPA has determined that perchlorate does not meet the criteria for regulation as a drinking water contaminant under the SDWA. Therefore, the 2011 regulatory determination is being withdrawn, and USEPA announced Read More

New Water Data Transparency Tool Educates Consumers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has unveiled a new tool that assembles publicly available water quality data into a user-friendly package that provides information on the quality of our nation’s waters at the community, State, and national level. The “How’s My Waterway” tool allows the public to learn about water, explore data, and find out Read More

USEPA Releases Draft Criteria to Protect Lakes and Reservoirs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently issued new, draft ambient water quality criteria recommendations for nutrients in lakes and reservoirs. The criteria recommendations serve as important resources to protect public health, pets, and aquatic life from the adverse effects of excess nutrients in surface waters, including during the summer recreation season. When finalized, these Read More