Water. Turn on the faucet and it’s always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water? In this special report narrated by Joe Morton, NOVA investigates what happened in Flint, Michigan, when local officials changed the city’s water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. As the water pipes corroded, lead leached into the system, exposing the community—including thousands of children—to dangerous levels of poison. NOVA uncovers the science behind this manmade disaster— from the intricacies of water chemistry to the biology of lead poisoning to the misuse of science itself. NOVA follows ordinary citizens and independent scientists who exposed the danger lurking in Flint’s water and confronted those who turned a blind eye. And discover the disturbing truth that reaches far beyond Flint—water systems across the country are similarly vulnerable. How can we protect ourselves from poisoned water?
Why should a wastewater education organization care about trees?
- A fully mature redwood, pine, maple, ash tree is a water engine: taking in greenhouse gasses and giving us back oxygen; moving vast quantities of water vapor throughout our planetary weather systems.
- As a result of changing climate, invasive insect parasites have increased their range, decimating millions of trees.
- Setting up the tinder dry conditions which have lead to devastating wild fires worldwide but notably here in the US (in Tennessee and California) and in Canada (Fort McMurray)
- Though fire is an essential, natural, element of forest rebirth – fires on this scale take a terrible toll on wildlife, soils, air quality, water quality, the economy but most of all on human life.
- Regardless of your belief in what caused this – it will take human intervention to try to address and mitigate the consequences.
- Testing the possibilities of reusing the remains of dead trees as a means to remediate soils and waters is what wastewater treatment is all about.
Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 11, 2017:
What would 1 Gigaton annual carbon sequestration look like?
James Gaspard, CEO at Biochar Now, LLC, will be the guest to explain. Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal originally used as a soil amendment. Made under specific conditions, not only can it increase soil fertility but it can also sequester carbon and bind phosphorus and toxic metals to remediate polluted waters. Like a Phoenix from the ashes, biochar reuses timber destroyed by insect infestations.
[Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome]
Think Roman! For concrete that is!
Starting June 15, a free online course by the University of Southampton and FutureLearn will explore the magnificent harbor construction skills of Roman engineering by looking at Portus. Portus, and the earlier Caesarea, are a testament to the endurance of marine hardening concrete.
Why is this of interest to wastewater people? Because of the ingredients in Roman concrete and the possibility of being both environmentally sustainable and remediating coal ash piles.
The Romans were masters of ‘watersense’! The movement of water from A to B was engineered to perfection – and here we are, in the 21st. Century, building on the shoulders of giants.
As we all gear up for Summer, at last!, for many of us that means enjoying a vacation and letting someone else clean the bathroom and do the laundry. And for the hospitality industry this is the time to be looking at ways to cut costs for power and water consumption – enter the EPAWaterSense H2Otel Challenge!
Romans and bathing – the concept of water and recreation! It’s a given, if you think about Roman history, the image that might come to mind is of their splendid baths.
Is access to clean, safe water a fundamental human right here in the US? Or is the concept of environmental justice just an illusion for far too many?
Today sees the public release of EPA’s EJSCREEN, a powerful environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. You can access the tool by visiting https://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen
You can also watch a webinar with an overview and demonstration of the tool on EPA’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_3LcYpALAQ.
Rome wasn’t built in a day! Neither was the good health and water infrastructure we have grown accustomed to here in the US. And for that we should thank the largely unsung heroes of our local and state public health departments.
We are proud to be members of NEHA, National Environmental Health Association and to be presenting 4 sessions at the July 13-15 AEC.
Every day brings new challenges, the reemergence of old enemies and the increased awareness of new. To quote a CDC official, “there’s always a new bug on the horizon”.
WasteWater Education has a saying, we aren’t in the wastewater business, we’re in the safe drinking water business – the two go hand in hand, just like the public and environmental health departments all across the USA.
Scottish Water offers a range of septic tank services available to household and business customers who own a private sewage and waste water system. This presentation will discuss Scottish Water services as well as their public outreach initiatives.
Scottish Water has a saying: we are always working so the water cycle never stops.
Scottish Water maintains and improves over 30,000 miles of sewer pipes which take waste water away from homes and business premises across Scotland. They then treat this at over 1,800 wastewater treatment works before returning it to the environment.
Scottish Water offers a range of septic tank de-sludging services. These services are available to household and business customers who own a private septic tank which takes standard waste, such as sewage and waste water. We continually aim to deliver a high service level to all our customers. Read on to find out more about our service as well as tips on how to look after your tank and trouble shooting those problems that sometimes come up.
Aiming to promote good environmental practice and Scottish Water is committed to operating their services efficiently and cost-effectively.
There are three levels of service available:
When you sign a contract with Scottish Water they will de-sludge your septic tank at agreed intervals. A planned schedule of regular de-sludging services helps to keep customer charges – and their costs – down. This service is charged at the approved rates in operation at the time of each de-sludging service.
If the customer doesn’t want to enter into a contract with Scottish Water, they will de-sludge a septic tank within 5 working days of the request where possible, but may take up to 28 days maximum. This service is more expensive to provide than the scheduled service, so the charges are higher.
Urgent Response Service
If you need your septic tank de-sludged urgently Scottish Water aims to attend within 2 working days of your request where possible. This urgent response service is the most expensive for Scottish Water to provide and this is reflected in the charge.
In 2014, Scottish Water also launched a comprehensive public education and outreach campaign.
“Our purpose is to support the protection of public health and the environment through providing high quality affordable drinking water and safely managing society’s waste water. We do this whilst ensuring our services are affordable and support Scotland’s economy.
Water and waste water services that are resilient to change are vital to a sustainable society. Our challenge is to find ways to be increasingly sustainable in how we deliver those services.
Our Sustainability Reports, published on this page, show examples of some of our achievements in supporting a sustainable Scotland. They also contain our annual Carbon Footprint Reports and, this year, our Biodiversity Report, which we will publish every three years.”
Speaker Name: Scott Rodger
Prior Team Leader – Septic Tank Planning Team | Waste Water Operations
– Team Leader (Septic Tank Planning):
Responsible for the management of the septic tank planning service, leading a team of 4 planners, ensuring customer needs are delivered through effective scheduling of work, dealing with escalations and disputes.
– Regulatory Analyst:
Working within Strategy and Economic Regulation, as part of the Policy Team. Leading on corporate consultation process, providing regulatory research, board papers and updates, developing policy and addressing complex policy issues.
Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, responsible to the Scottish Government, find out key facts about us and browse our video gallery here.
During the day a 6 part seminar will take place via Google Hangouts On Air to look back at how we got to this point, what the options are for innovation going forward, and how to respond to the needs of communities in rural areas and developing countries.
These sessions are provided at no cost and will be streamed live to be recorded via YouTube.
Session 1. 10- 10.45 am ET https://plus.google.com/events/c5a8pagbtudisb61rk20uf4523k
Dendra Best, Executive Director WasteWater Education 501(c)3 will present a brief history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.
Session 2. 11 – 11.45 am ET https://plus.google.com/events/c2j07kdvnstis05ijsmkidjhip0
Patrick Lucey – why traditional infrastructure is now unsustainable. His bio can be found at the aqua-tex.ca web site. See: http://aqua-tex.ca/index.php?id=2&press=1&draw_column=1:1:2
Session 3. 11.50 am ET – 12.40 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cbp6bl8rf77e3kmgbufender4ak
Patrick Lucey – successful case studies of sustainable integrated water systems from Canada and the US.
Break for Lunch
Session 4. 1.30 – 2.30 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cpb2ea4j9o2cqn3500jirsqukso
The reality of Sierra Leone and Guinea – Derek Reinhard and the work of DeeperMissions.org
The theme for Environmental Health Day 2014 is inequality of access. Not only does DeeperMissions work in one of the poorest regions in west Africa, it now has to deal with the massive Ebola epidemic.
Session 5. 2.40pm ET – 3.20pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c1s6h0ajh5obbe4kgsom5oq70i8
Patrick Lucey. A better future: how to export 21st. century knowledge not 19th century thinking.
If the problem is massive, is this the time to rethink how we provide basic sanitation and clean drinking water systems both here in the West and in developing countries? The environmental, weather and financial climate is a whole new ball game from when most of these technologies were the norm. What kind of legacy are we creating for our children or grandchildren if we keep on doing the same thing?
Session 6. 3.45pm ET – 4.30pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c9al5e9p3j3n5mmabovd78diksg
CollaborativeWaterSolutions.com Team – relevance to both small rural communities in CA and the US as well as Haiti, Africa and S. America.
Culture, demographics, access to support structures and expertise – all play a vital role in ensuring whatever is proposed as the ‘ideal’ solution will actually be feasible AND workable in the long run. So often planning is something that is done TO a community not WITH it.
Collaborative Water Solutions was created to build on the stellar work done by Water Environment Research Foundation where a team developed the Small Community Decision Making Tool to help local leaders determine their own best options for wastewater service.
This forum is designed to put people in touch with each other to discuss and solve current and future issues relating to water and wastewater.
Now imagine a future without half the students having graduated to fill our places when we retire …?
This message is a call to all professional and technical women in the Forum, or if you know or work with someone who fits the bill as a Wonderful Woman of Wastewater!
The drop out rate for girls who enter college in the STEM fields is staggering – many of them would have been future designers, biologists, engineers, operators – and we need to do something about that.
On September 23, 2014 – from 2-4 pm ET we will be hosting an open forum where the fabulous Wonder Women of Wastewater will be talking directly to girls about what motivated them to enter this field, what it took to get qualified and what obstacles they had to overcome.
Gathering around the virtual Adobe Connect water cooler will be professional and accomplished women – if you would like to register to join them in this recorded event go to
Yours might just be the voice to change a future. And you can also follow through Twitter at #WWofWW