Newsletter #181 for February 7, 2017
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State Water Priorities in 2017

As 2017 legislative sessions kick off, state governors have presented their priorities and ideas in their state of the state addresses, including ideas about drinking water, water resources, infrastructure, and water pollution. Circle of Blue Water News is tracking these speeches in a regularly updated feature here.

Below, we highlight some new efforts going forward around the nation.

Arizona Looks to Direct Potable Reuse

Safe drinking water supplies are always a consideration in Arizona, and now the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is looking to legalize direct reuse of wastewater to help make sure future water supplies are there when needed. The whole story can be found here.

Drinking Water Supplies In Broward, Palm Beach Counties Would Benefit from Scott Budget Proposal

Florida's governor has proposed allocating $20 million toward a reservoir intended to capture stormwater and halt salt water intrusion in Florida's aquifers, while also providing more drinking water resources. Details can be found here.

Posts from

Featured Video: Conducting a Periodic Inspection
Tank inspections help insure water quality, and this video from RCAP helps walk you through the process.

SRF Could Help Illinois Water Reuse Project
Part 1 in a series exploring a project in central Illinois to pipe wastewater to a proposed fertilizer plant.

Water Reuse in Illinois: Part 2
This blog post continues to story of innovative wastewater uses in central Illinois. 

Search for New RCAP Executive Director

Robert Stewart, RCAP's Executive Director since 2006, will retire this year after thirty years in the rural utilities arena. The organization, with whom we are partners for this program, has hired an executive search firm to seek an "experienced and politically savvy Executive Director who is a passionate advocate for rural communities."

Read the position announcement.

Free Webinar

Communicating with the Public about Infrastructure
Thursday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. Central
American Water Works Association, EFC West, Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, and  Environmental Finance Center Network

This webinar will cover the best way to communicate with the public to build support for public works. 

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Free Resource

Beneficial Reuse: Using Wastewater in Agriculture
Multi-State Salinity Coalition

This presentation outlines the benefits of using wastewater for agriculture uses and some possible challenges.

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Featured Video: Would You Drink Water Made From Sewage?

This lighthearted video from MinuteEarth looks at the psychology of wastewater reuse and how to get public buy-in. 

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Reading Selections

Affordable Drinking Water May Soon Dry Up, Especially If You Live Here
New research by Michigan State University professors uncovers troubling indicators that up to a third of Americans may be unable to afford water in the near future.

EPA Slams State Drinking Water Program
Concerned about low staffing levels at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that are resulting in few drinking water system inspections, the USEPA has issued a stern warning.

Scientists Know Exactly How Lead Got into Flint's Drinking Water
A summary from the Smithsonian explains the corrosion problems leading to Flint's drinking water crisis and how widespread the problem really is.

Cleveland Wastewater Pipeline Project Included Among Trump Infrastructure Proposals to Receive Federal Money
The new administration's infrastructure proposals includes one wastewater project: an effort to keep untreated sewage out of Lake Erie.

Sewage "Crisis Averted" During Super Bowl
A sinkhole in Michigan has lead public works officials to ask residents to restrict their water use to avoid raw sewage releases into Lake Erie. Water conservation managed to prevent a dreaded "halftime flush" during the Super Bowl that could have overwhelmed the emergency systems.
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