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Water Crisis Hits Michigan Suburb

Water Crisis Hits Michigan Suburb

According to Brian Steglitz, head of Ann Arbor ‘s Water Treatment Department, Michigan has been taking its water and sewer systems for granted.

A massive water main broke in Oakland County, making tap water susceptible to bacteria and E. coli. A mandate to boil water was immediately put in place for more than 300,000 residents.

Due to the widespread contamination, schools and businesses closed down, hospitals canceled surgeries, and civilians drove miles away to buy bottled water.

Aging infrastructure incidents like this one have become more frequent and dangerous across the state. Water officials led by Gov. Rick Snyder uncovered the following startling facts about the state’s water quality:

5.7 billion gallons of untreated raw sewage flows Michigan waterways annually
64 rivers that drain the vast majority of land in the Lower Peninsula (84 percent) tested positive for human sewage
1 in 10 of the state’ s 1.3 million septic tanks are experiencing operational problems

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The Niagara Falls Wastewater Sludge Is Pouring Into Canada

The Niagara Falls Wastewater Sludge Is Pouring Into Canada

Instead of the picturesque cascading waters that tourists flock to, Niagara Falls has been full of sewage for months. Both Ontario’s City Council and New York’s Water Board have had enough.

During heavy rainfall, the outdated water infrastructure surrounding the Niagara River strains under the volume of the stormwater. This quickly leads to gallons of contaminated wastewater from a nearby treatment plant dumping into the river — turning entire

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America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge

America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge

Despite impacting the daily lives of citizens across the country, the water infrastructure sector continues to get pushed to the side when it comes to funding. The infrastructure gap has increased year after year to no avail. Congress needs to take action.

According to the American Water Works Associations (AWWA), the US is in the Era of Infrastructure Replacement. It’s past time to replace aging water and wastewater systems

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New Trends For Infrastructure Remediation On The Horizon.

New Trends For Infrastructure Remediation On The Horizon.

When it comes to the complex topic of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, WASDA is always on the lookout for new trends and materials that address our water/wastewater issues.

Green infrastructure is a spec on the horizon today but could provide innovative remediation solutions in the future. Green Infrastructure utilizes natural process, vegetation and soils to manage excess water and create healthier environments in urban areas. Green infrastructure solutions range

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OSHA Prohibition On Post-Accident Testing Requires Immediate Action By Employers

OSHA Prohibition On Post-Accident Testing Requires Immediate Action By Employers

Published in McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert | July 25, 2016

By Paul Ross

When developments arise that impact the responsibility of employers and employee safety we want to inform our members. We encourage you to read the following article about the new OSHA standard that creates two significant hurdles for employers that desire to conduct post-accident testing for drugs or alcohol. The article by Paul Ross of the Oklahoma-based law firm

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