Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Power shift

New Flint council may clear way for Detroit water deal

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The hotly debated 30-year contract with Detroit-based Great Lakes Water Authority may gain new traction in Flint after five of its most vocal opponents were ousted from the council in a massive shake-up election. Five out of the eight former council members who consistently voted against the long-term contract will not return to their seats, with four of the council's five new members backed by Mayor Karen Weaver in the election.


CDC studies impact of algae on drinking water


Toledo, Ohio, and nearby communities that take their drinking water from Lake Erie — where blue-green algae blooms are common — have earned the dubious distinction of being the first to report outbreaks of human illness due to algae toxins in municipal drinking water, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Wastewater treatment tech market on the rise

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The volumes of wastewater — as well as the market for industrial water treatment technologies — are expected to rise, according to a new report from U.N. World Water Assessment Programme. The report discusses water reuse as a reliable alternative source of freshwater, "shifting the paradigm of wastewater management from 'disposal' to 'reuse and resource recovery.' "