Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, February 18: EPA Plans to Regulate Two PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

The Rundown Drinking water standards for two PFAS chemicals are coming, but not quickly. In a study of 25 drinking water treatment facilities, federal scientists find a high occurrence of PFAS chemicals. The Senate passes a big land and conservation package. A slew of water bills are introduced in Congress, including lead in schools, water […]

Permian Oil Boom Uncorks Multibillion-Dollar Water Play

Producing oil produces even more water. Getting rid of it is a large and expanding business.

EPA Says It Will Regulate Two PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

The EPA’s PFAS action plan includes steps for regulation, monitoring, detection, and cleanup.

Federal Water Tap, February 11: Green New Deal Links Environment, Economy, Inequality

The Rundown Democrats release details of their Green New Deal. A Senate committee approved Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to helm the EPA, while President Trump nominated David Bernhardt to lead the Department of the Interior. President Trump mentions infrastructure in the State of the Union. Illinois senators ask for Legionnaires’ disease help. New York senators ask […]

With Rising Temperatures, Stark Changes Ahead for Asia’s Water Tower

The melting of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region will alter water supplies for a quarter of the planet’s people.

Despite Unity of Purpose, Familiar Schisms Appear As California Lawmakers Rekindle Clean Water Funding Debate

Three options on are the table for helping water utilities deliver clean water.

Federal Water Tap, February 4: Colorado River Water Plan Moves Closer to Finish Line

The Rundown Colorado River basin states are close to finalizing drought plans, but the Bureau of Reclamation starts the process for federal involvement in determining water cuts. The EPA might not regulate two PFAS chemicals in drinking water, Politico reports. A Michigan senator rebukes the Air Force for its response to PFAS contamination from a […]

With Water Leasing Vote, Colorado River Indian Tribes Will Seek Consequential Legal Change

Having gained an endorsement from its members, a tribe with one of the largest and most secure claims to water in the Colorado River basin will seek approval from Congress to lease water for use off of its riverside reservation.

Federal Water Tap, January 28: Navy Will Deny Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claims

The Rundown The Navy secretary says more than 4,400 Camp Lejeune medical claims will be turned down. A three-week budget extension ends the partial government shutdown, for now. The nation’s spy agencies warn that migration is a top national security issue. House members announce a PFAS task force. A Michigan representative introduces a bill to […]

Water Utilities Call on Big Data to Guide Pipe Replacements

The drinking water industry says aging infrastructure is its top challenge. Can AI help?

Desalination Has a Waste Problem

Brine production is 50 percent higher than was assumed, UN study finds.

Federal Water Tap, January 21: Senate Confirmation Hearing for EPA Nominee

The Rundown Senate committee holds a confirmation hearing for Andrew Wheeler, who says the shutdown has delayed EPA’s PFAS management plan. A bipartisan bill in the House seeks to list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under federal environmental law. President Trump addresses the Farm Bureau annual convention and signs a water-infrastructure planning bill. The Defense […]