Wastewater Treatment Plants

June 23, 2014--Antibacterial soaps may cause wastewater treatment failures (AlterNet)

Health-care researchers have long claimed that use of antibacterial soaps can create drug-resistant germs in the home, leaving individuals more imperiled by infectious disease than they would otherwise be.


July 20, 2013--Colo. announces grants for wastewater plants (Denver Post)

Municipalities across Colorado with wastewater treatment facilities are getting $14.7 million in state grants to help pay for improvements to comply with new nutrient standards. The new standards adopted last year by the state's Water Quality Control Commission are aimed at keep nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen out of state waters.


May 31, 2013--USCM, AWWA, WEF suggest new criteria for federal water mandates (Water World)

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently issued a joint brief that proposes new criteria for federal water mandates, as federal requirements to meet specific environmental standards have increased water bills for many utilties, businesses and consumers.


December 22, 2012--EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water (Summit Daily)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public health.

November 14, 2012--‘Superbug’ MRSA found in U.S. wastewater treatment plants (Environmental News Service)

The “superbug” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants, scientists have found in the first study to investigate U.S. wastewater as an environmental reservoir of the bacteria.


October 17, 2012--Refreshing the Clean Water Act (Los Angeles Times)

On Thursday, one of the country's most effective environmental laws — the federal Clean Water Act — will turn 40.


April 12, 2012--River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy (Durango Herald)

Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins, nutrients are good in the right amount and can be problematic in too high a dose. When talking about nutrients in water, the most common components discussed are nitrogen and phosphorus.


December 7, 2011--Sewage treatment plants may contribute to antibiotic resistance problem (Science Daily)

Water discharged into lakes and rivers from municipal sewage treatment plants may contain significant concentrations of the genes that make bacteria antibiotic-resistant. That's the conclusion of a new study on a sewage treatment plant on Lake Superior in the Duluth, Minn., harbor that appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Timothy M.


November 22, 2011--Abnormal levels of caffeine in water indicate human contamination (Science Daily)

Researchers led by Prof. Sébastien Sauvé of the University of Montreal's Department of Chemistry have discovered that traces of caffeine are a useful indicator of the contamination of our water by sewers.


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