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Archive for the ‘Drinking Water’ Category

Action Agenda for New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
New Jersey's Water Infrastructure - Action Plan

JERSEY WATER WORKS (JWW) Executive Summary Water Infrastructure is invisible. People and businesses expect the ready availability of clean, affordable drinking water, safe removal of wastewater and efficient management of stormwater. But when water infrastructure fails — whether through a water or sewer main break, local flooding or pollution swept into a fishing stream — […]

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Fresh Water Becoming Saltier Around the United States

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Fig. 1. Maps showing locations of increasing, decreasing, and/or no trends in specific conductance and pH in stream water throughout the continental United States. Streamlines represent all conterminous US rivers with mean annual discharge exceeding 20 m3 /s (47).

The freshwater salinization syndrome can increase risks to the safety of drinking water and infrastructure. Elevated salt levels in drinking water can contribute to hypertension in people on sodium-restricted diets and is of concern to people requiring kidney dialysis (9). Salinization and alkalinization influence the corrosivity of water, and this can affect leaching of metals from pipes carrying drinking water (9, 68).

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2017: The Year in Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
2017: The Year in Infrastructure

2017 was, by many accounts, a turbulent year. Infrastructure was no exception.

Whether due to new political paradigms, unprecedented natural disasters or new funding opportunities, American infrastructure faced a wide range of challenges throughout the year. Here, we recount some of the key infra topics that shaped discussion–and action–in 2017.

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Without clean water, soccer uniforms would never make it through the season

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water: Washing Machine

Most of us never think about how clean water gets to us or where our dirty water goes. Luckily we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and carry our wastewater away.

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When Nature Calls, You Open Stalls

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - When Nature Calls

Most of us never think about what happens to the water we flush. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes remove and clean wastewater so it can be returned to the environment or safely reused.

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Water is one of life’s great pleasures

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Poolside

Splashing in a pool, tossing a water balloon—water is one of life’s great pleasures. Most of us never think about how water gets to us or where it goes when it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and remove wastewater.

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Water defends us from 400,000 house fires in the U.S. each year

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Firemen

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12, 2017 There are nearly 400,000 house fires in the U.S. each year, and water that flows from hydrants is our best defense. Most of us never think about how water gets to us. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and […]

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Mornings Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Water

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 Mornings wouldn’t be the same without water. Most of us never think about how water gets to the tap or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water. But our water systems […]

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October 12, 2017–Nationwide Event: Imagine a Day Without Water

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Water Infrastructure - Image a Day without Water

The good news is that the American people are already widely supportive of increased investment in nation’s water infrastructure. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address. Americans view water infrastructure investment as an even greater priority than infrastructure generally, with 82 percent of voters saying that they view the issue as either important or very important. No other issue facing our public officials enjoys such a broad consensus.

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New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

The OIG found that the City and the S&WB have not alerted residents to the risk of increased exposure to lead in water caused by the partial replacement or disturbance of LSLs. Nor have they complied with industry best practices by providing citizens with ways to reduce the risk of increased lead exposure…As a result, New Orleans residents living where infrastructure construction projects occur may be—or may have been—unknowingly exposed to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

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