Category Archives: Environmental Health

In time of need – WWETT steps up!

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WasteWater Education online events are underwritten by the WWETT Show – (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport) as a public service and thank you to all the hard working professionals affected by the current Covid 19 emergency.

There is no fee to attend but all US based donations to https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1727628 will help us continue to provide this service.
For international supporters, please use this link 

Small on-site domestic wastewater treatment systems – an Australian perspective .

Monday, June 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:30:00 PM EDT
(June 2: 8.30 AM Australia)

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While much of the developed world has high rates of population connectedness to centralised sewerage and wastewater treatment, the need to deliver effective on-site sanitation via small domestic wastewater treatment systems remains essential for public and environmental health protection. 

This webinar will begin with an introduction to decentralised wastewater treatment, followed by a survey of the landscape of standards/regulations governing on-site wastewater systems performance certification internationally, with a focus on the relevant Australian context. It will then provide an overview of an Australian on-site wastewater treatment systems performance accreditation testing facility currently operating in South Australia, including an account of the facility’s operation, a description of some of the treatment systems being tested and their performance, and will give some stories of problems encountered and lessons learnt along the way.

Dr Michael Short, University of South Australia, is an environmental scientist with research expertise in urban water systems (water quality, wastewater treatment and water recycling), environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, sustainability and life cycle assessment. He has a keen interest in how environmental science can be applied to inform the development of better environmental management policy.

Presented by Ben Kele, Arris Water, and WasteWater Education 501(c)3. 

See: https://www.arris.com.au/water/ This is the fourth in a series of events from Australia we are hosting in May.

To view recordings of the previous events click on the images below:

Lake Gkula

Dr. Jake O’Brien
Professor Ted Gardner

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Does The Risk Of Legionnaire’s Disease Rise When There’s Lead In Your Water?

Article | June 16, 2016 From Water Online:

Ongoing monitoring shows that lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water are dropping and getting closer to meeting federal safety standards. That’s some much-needed positive news for the community. But there’s still work to be done.

Sign On Letter to fund Flint

The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, August 17.

Please see the note below from HOW Coalition co-chair Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director with the National Wildlife Federation:

On behalf of the National Wildlife Federation and as one of the co-chairs of HOW, I want to strongly urge your organizations to sign on to the letter linked below urging Congress to (finally) provide federal aid to Flint.  This letter was crafted by both local community groups in Flint and through a national coalition that NWF is helping to lead (and includes HOW partners like American Rivers and Sierra Club).  We’re planning to send this up to the Hill when Congress returns from recess in September, with sign-ons requested by Wednesday, August 17.

Click here: https://goo.gl/forms/iir2kI5BsNw2rymB2

The letter highlights the Senate Water Resources and Development Act as the most viable legislative proposal currently pending to respond to the environmental and public health disaster. This links it closely to HOW’s work and is one concrete way that our organizations can engage in this critical issue – something that I know we all want to do but often are lacking the contacts, context and venues to do effectively.  Again, here’s the link to see the letter and sign-on:https://goo.gl/forms/iir2kI5BsNw2rymB2.  Feel free to forward widely. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

–          Mike

The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, August 17.

Celia Haven
Program Coordinator
Great Lakes Restoration
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Regional Center
213 West Liberty, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
havenc@nwf.org

Office: 734-887-7123
Cell: 734-347-3861

 

Mitigating the occurrence of harmful algal blooms

See https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDANIFA/bulletins/1577c06

Lake Eerie algae bloom

As temperatures rise this summer, people turn to local beaches and lakes as a fun way to cool off. However, recent toxic algal blooms have hindered this experience for some in places likeFlorida, California, New York, and Vermont.

Private Drinking Water Wells: Private wells offer safe and tasty water for millions of people, but they should be tested regularly.

Ensuring private water wells are safe and tasty… on this CurrentCast.

Approximately 43 million people in the U.S. get their water from private wells. And while most are safe, they should all be tested annually.

Cliff Treyens is with the National Groundwater Association.

Treyens: “Either man-made or naturally-occurring contamination can be a problem. For instance, arsenic and radon occur in the geology in many areas of the country and if it’s above a certain threshold, it could present a health risk.”

Household, agricultural, or industrial contaminants can also filter into the earth and end up in drinking water.

Working with a certified water specialist to test, treat and maintain a well will make sure the water is safe.

CurrentCast is produced in partnership with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Learn more online at CurrentCast.org.