Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Rise of reuse

Water treatment practice may soon be legal in Arizona


Arizona Daily Star

The practice of directly treating wastewater for drinking could be legal in Arizona by the end of this year. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is likely to propose legalizing “direct potable reuse” in six months, its senior hydrologist Chuck Graf said. Better technology and safety measures now offer assurances the wastewater can be treated for drinking without ill effects, Graf and other officials said.


Panel: Tap into taxes to protect Kansas' water

Topeka Capital-Journal

A blue-ribbon panel is recommending Kansas permanently divert millions in existing sales tax revenue to help ensure the state’s long-term water supply. The funding plan comes from a coalition of organizations, lawmakers and state officials tasked with developing methods to pay for needed water protection efforts.


N.M. releases draft monitoring plan for mine spill

Associated Press

New Mexico is updating a long-term plan for monitoring the effects of a 2015 mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three Western states. The state Environment Department released the draft late Tuesday. Public comments will be accepted through March 3. Environment Secretary Butch Tongate says the plan was developed by a state-led team that included science and engineering experts.