Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Reclaiming water

Washington adopts new rules for non-drinking uses

A sign warns that the water used to irrigate a tree farm in Lewis County doesn’t meet drinking standards. The Washington Department of Ecology has proposed a rule for how wastewater, also known as recycled or reclaimed water, can be used for agricultural irrigation. DON JENKINS

Capital Press

Capital Press & The Chronicle

The Washington Department of Ecology finalized rules for recycling water for non-drinking uses such as irrigating crops and controlling dust. The rules, which take effect Feb. 23, were a decade in the making and consolidate a patchwork of regulations that govern reclaimed-water projects. According to the Department of Ecology, reclaimed water is a key component for managing the state’s waters wisely and can protect resources for future generations.

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Oregon city will reuse data center water for ag

Capital Press

A water reuse project by Hermiston, Ore., has inspired Umatilla to imagine new ways to use water coming out of the region’s data centers. The $3 million project would separate Umatilla’s commercial wastewater from its domestic flows, allowing the city to send water from current Amazon data centers and any future data centers to irrigation canals for agricultural use.

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Washington bill clamps down on fire retardants

Seattle Times

Firefighting foams containing a class of chemicals linked to water pollution would face major new restrictions under a bill introduced in the Washington state House of Representatives. House Bill 2793 would prohibit, as of 2020, a manufacturer from selling firefighting foams containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals — known as PFAS.

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