U.N. Nosing In On Water Issues

We all have heard of the Detroit water shut off issue. Residents are saying that water is a human right and should not be shut off. Now interestingly the UN is getting involved. Here is an exert from the local news story. “The residents spoke during a public hearing held by two U.N. officials trying […]

Can Ebola be spread through the water system?

Can Ebola be spread through a drop of water or carried through the water system? Good question, and with the ongoing epidemic seemingly spreading into the United States this question is relevant. Jean-Paul Gonzalez at Metabiota, a company that tracks global infectious diseases is quoted in a recent article in npr.org as saying. “[The virus] will […]

New Round on DNR Engineering Report Services Grant

Recently Missouri DNR sent out packets of information and application form for the new round of Engineering Report Services Grant. (Commonly called a PER, Preliminary Engineering Report, in water system lingo) This grant program provides assistance to generally smaller community water supply systems for an engineering assessment of the system’s needs as a first step […]

City of Kennett Sues EPA Over Everchanging Regs

The City of Kennett files suit with EPA asking for a review of the EPA modeling data. “We want them to look at the science used to get these expectations,” sites Superintendent of Utilities David Wilkins. “Their limitations are extreme and cannot be accomplished.” In the article sited in the Daily Dunklin Democrat he also […]

Missouri Small Town and its Wastewater Operators Hit Big Time Magazine

Mike Letourneau and Dustin Koll Operators for the City of Lincoln hit the big time magazine Treatment Plant Operator, a magazine dedicated to wastewater professionals. An interesting exerpt from the magazine quotes “The town’s wastewater treatment plant, one of the few lagoon systems left in the state, does a stellar job of handling 33,000 gpd. […]

EPA Launches WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to Encourage Water Savings

National awareness campaign helps hotels save water and money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge as a way for agency partners and other organizations to encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate […]

New Water Lines Magazine Out

If you haven’t received the newest Water Lines magazine from Missouri Rural Water Association you can always view it online by clicking on the magazine cover on the left side of this page. Inside the magazine you will find: Round Rock Journal The Attorneys’ Corner Managing Systems to Ensure They Continue to Meet the Needs […]

EPA’s Criminal Investigation Program and You

Received from: Kris Goschen U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Do you know about EPA’s Criminal Investigation Program?  What you can do to help?  How the Program can help you? EPA has a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) located in Lenexa, Kansas.  The primary goal of CID is to develop cases against the most egregious environmental violators. Simply […]

Decision Issued on Missouri’s Water Quality Standards for 143 Recreational Waters

(Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 27, 2013) – EPA has approved the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) new and revised recreational use designations for 102 water bodies and disapproved MDNR’s designations for 41 water bodies. These designated uses protect Missouri’s waters for purposes of recreational activities.   States must assign fishable and swimmable uses to their […]

Brain Eating Ameba scare – Naegleria fowleri

On September 13, 2013, the CDC confirmed the presence of the rare ameba Naegleria fowleri in four locations of the St. Bernard Parish (LA) water system.  The Louisiana DHH announced that the encephalitis death of a child that had visited St. Bernard Parish was connected to the rare ameba, which testing confirmed was present in […]