From the Editor

  1. D.C. Adds Mussel To Federal Ruling On E. coli Limits

    With a federal judge deciding it needs to do a better job to combat E. coli discharge into its waterways, Washington, D.C. could be turning to an unlikely ally in its struggle to clean up local rivers: mussels.

  2. Houston To Pay $2 Billion To Address Wastewater Infrastructure

    Wastewater treatment systems are all too familiar with the nation’s buried infrastructure problems — throughout the country, sewer systems have been neglected for decades to the point where the U.S. EPA estimates that $271 billion is needed to upgrade and maintain them in the near future.

  3. Will Dissolved Air Flotation Fix Harmful Algal Blooms?

    The State of Florida is facing a problem shared worldwide at this time of year: a prevalence of toxic algae in source water brought on by the combination of warmer temperatures and nutrient runoff. So it’s worth paying attention to a potential fix being implemented in the Sunshine State.

  4. AWWA’s Rebel With A Cause

    Presidents and CEOs aren’t typically the types who get the “cool” label, or at least not in the James Dean sense. But when you rise through the ranks of your industry, challenge the status quo, protect everyday citizens, and ride a motorcycle, you have earned the distinction. This brief Q&A gives insight into the history, motivations, and aspirations of current AWWA President Jim Williams — a lifelong champion of the water industry … and a darn cool guy.

  5. Study Links Fluoridated Water To Lower IQs In Babies

    Many public drinking water supplies contain fluoride, which is added by water systems to help prevent tooth decay in consumers. But a new study has called into question whether those health benefits are outweighed by potential health risks.

  6. WOTUS Found To 'Violate The Law'

    More than four years since it was first put in place, a group of 10 states has won a legal victory against the U.S. EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States rule.

  7. Water Scarcity Triggers First-Ever Cuts From Colorado River

    In the wake of ongoing source water scarcity, one of the country’s most critical — and critically stressed — drinking water sources will soon benefit from mandatory conservation measures.

  8. Clean Water Act May Change To Limit State Oversight

    Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has served as the cornerstone federal regulation governing water pollution in the United States. And now, the U.S. EPA has proposed that significant changes be made to it in order to ease processes for construction projects.

  9. Toxic Algae Kills Three Dogs In North Carolina

    For years, harmful algal blooms (HABs) have posed a threat to drinking water across the country. And now, a tragic incident has illustrated that the problem can have an even more direct effect on our loved ones.

  10. EPA Determines Newark’s Lead Filters Not Working; City Distributes Bottled Water

    Late last week, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to officials in Newark, NJ, warning them that residents were exposed to dangerous levels of lead contamination in their drinking water and that the city’s efforts to mediate the crisis weren’t working.