Illinois Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grades Reported by American Society of Civil Engineers

Illinois Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grades Reported by American Society of Civil Engineers; Billions in Infrastructure Investment Needed for Public Health

Billions in Infrastructure Investment Needed for Public Health

BELLEVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 27, 2019–The Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest Report Card for Illinois’ infrastructure rates the state’s water and wastewater systems each with a C- grade. According to The Report Card, infrastructure is graded based on eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation.

The C- grades for water

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What’s the beef with water?

photo: Jessica Brody of Denver Water

Photo: Jessica Brody, general counsel for Denver Water, has been a vegetarian since childhood. Not only do vegetables contribute to a healthy lifestyle, they have a relatively small water footprint. Photo credit: Denver Water.

Don’t have a cow man. Improve your wellness by reducing your water footprint.

Footprints can be seen in lots of places — in the sand, in the snow, on the moon, even in our water.

Wait, … [more…]

Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

A lead main service line is exposed in Flint, Michigan. (Photo: Rachel Woolf / AP file photo)

Flint officials have reached a legal agreement to adhere to deadlines to track down all the remaining lead pipes with data analysis, the plaintiffs in a legal settlement said Tuesday.

The plaintiffs in the Concerned Pastors For Social Action group settlement case announced that Flint officials have agreed to the "statistical model" created … [more…]

Pittsburgh water agency to spend $50M to replace lead pipes

photo: Pittsburgh water agency

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water treatment plant in Aspinwall. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh’s beleaguered water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents and take other steps to address the city’s lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators. It comes a week after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office filed criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and … [more…]

Firefighting foam linked to water contamination across Massachusetts

photo: Firefighting foam linked to PFAS water contamination

State environmental officials are tracking an emerging threat to drinking water across Massachusetts linked to a firefighting foam used at military installations and airports.

“Back in 2012, 2013 we started showing these contaminates” said Dan Santos, director of the Barnstable Department of Public Works.

Testing revealed toxic levels of chemicals in the soil at the county fire and rescue training academy, only a few hundred yards from the town’s watershed. … [more…]