Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

First gulp

HRSD boss, guests say 'ahhh' to resource recovery

Virginian-Pilot

Virginian-Pilot

Earlier this year, as Virginia's Hampton Roads Sanitation District ramped up plans to make its wastewater clean enough to drink, general manager Ted Henifin vowed he’d take the first gulp. Last week, he made good on the promise, leading dozens of employees and invited guests in downing glasses of recycled water. “Great!” he proclaimed after his first sip. “Ahhh.” It was an early demonstration of an ambitious initiative to turn what goes down Hampton Roads’ drains into a resource that could help fight sea level rise.

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N.J. urged to impose tougher PFOA standard

Newsworks

New Jersey could become a national leader in regulating a toxic chemical in drinking water — if the Department of Environmental Protection follows the advice of a scientific panel. PFOA, once used to coat nonstick pans and in clothing, can cause serious health problems. It has been detected in the systems supplying water to more than 1 million New Jersey residents.

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Plastics widespread in Great Lakes tributaries

Michigan Radio

Tiny particles of plastic are prevalent in rivers that flow into the Great Lakes, according to a new study by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the State University of New York at Fredonia. The study found microplastics in every sample taken from 29 Great Lakes tributaries in six states. These tributaries account for more than 20% of the total river water running into the lakes.

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