Entries by Circle Blue

New WHO and UNICEF Report Highlights Importance of WASH

The United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization published a report on Friday highlighting the need for universal access to hand hygiene. Forty percent of the world’s people do not have a place to wash their hands at home, which puts an estimated 1 billion people at a greater risk for contracting Covid-19. […]

Risk of Covid-19 in Recreational Water is Low

The risk of contracting Covid-19 from both wastewater and recreational water is low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies conducted in multiple countries in recent months have detected the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in treated and untreated wastewater, but to this date there has been no evidence of a person contracting the […]

Illinois Regulators Reach Utility Payments Agreement

The Illinois Commerce Commission entered into an agreement with regulated, investor-owned utilities to help customers maintain service during a difficult economic period. The agreement extends a moratorium on water, gas, and electric disconnections and suspends late fees until August 1 or when Illinois enters Phase 4 of its reopening, whichever comes first, and for an […]

U.S. Rural Water Utilities Ask Congress for Financial Help

The National Rural Water Association, which represents water systems that serve fewer than 10,000 customers, is calling on Congress to extend financial aid to small utilities that are being affected by revenue losses due to the pandemic. The association makes three requests: Offer low-interest loans — below 1 percent — to those utilities most in […]

Afghanistan Green Jobs Program Targets Kabul’s Groundwater Depletion

Afghanistan’s government is employing some 40,000 workers to construct water-retention systems designed to alleviate a supply squeeze in the capital of Kabul. The workers are jobless because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Groundwater levels in Kabul, one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, fell by about a meter per year over the last two decades. With unemployment […]

Pandemic Puts Local Climate Investments at Risk

Officials from 13 states and cities are telling members of Congress that the coronavirus pandemic may cause them to miss a September 2022 deadline for spending $1 billion in federal funds on climate resilience projects, the New York Times reports. Unless Congress extends the deadline, any unused funds must be returned and the projects could […]

New Jersey Cities Get Extension for Filing Sewage Control Plans

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is giving 21 communities an extra four months to submit plans for controlling sewage overflows, NJ Spotlight reports. Combined sewers carry both sewage and stormwater to treatment plants. Heavy rains can cause the system to exceed its capacity. When that happens, excess liquid […]