$1.2 billion invested in rural water infrastructure in 46 states



Dec 06, 2018

USDA is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states.

“Access to water is a key driver for economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities,” Hazlett said.

USDA is providing financing for 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funding can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

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SEWER to TAP: Framework for Fast Tracking Reuse – Sewer and Urine into Drinking Water

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Antimicrobial substances found in Swedish sewage treatment plants – WaterWorld


Antimicrobial substances found in Swedish “sewage” treatment plants

Source: Umea University

SWEDEN, NOV 2, 2018 — A large number of antimicrobial substances are found in sludge and water in Swedish sewage treatment plants. Several of them pass through the treatment plants and are released into the aquatic environment. However, with new technologies like ozone and activated carbon, emissions can be significantly reduced. This is shown by Marcus Östman in his dissertation, which he will defend at Umeå University on Wednesday, November 7.

Antimicrobial substances are used to fight bacteria, both in the form of antibiotics, but also as disinfectants and preservatives in cosmetics, etc. It is likely that antibiotics and other antimicrobials in the environment can contribute to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. For reasons of caution, it is therefore important to reduce the levels as much as possible.

Marcus Östman shows in the dissertation that many antimicrobial substances are very common in sewage treatment plants and also at high levels. Highest concentrations are found in the sludge, especially of substances known as quaternary ammonium compounds. Treated wastewater effluents contains generally lower levels, but large amounts are still released in total.

At present, there is no legislation to regulate the emissions of these substances from sewage treatment plants. However, new technology is evaluated to address the problem, and in the thesis, Sweden’s first full scale ozone treatment plant in Knivsta, as well as an activated carbon test plant, are evaluated.

“The ozone increases the removal efficiency, but it is first with activated carbon that results become very good for the compounds studied. Developing sewage treatment plants with improved advanced tertiary treatment, which has now begun, could reduce emissions to the environment of substances that are currently difficult to remove, such as antibiotics and many other drugs,” says Marcus Östman.


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U.S.A. WATER from SEWERS – Bureau of Reclamation Publishes Funding Water Recycling Projects Under WIIN Act


Bureau of Reclamation Publishes Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Recycling Projects Under WIIN Act

Sponsors of water recycling projects that have completed a Title XVI Feasibility Study and meet all requirements are eligible

Media Contact: Patti Aaron, 202-513-0544, paaron@usbr.gov

For Release: July 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a new funding opportunity for Title XVI water recycling projects under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (P.L. 114-322). This funding opportunity is for sponsors of water recycling projects that have completed a Title XVI Feasibility Study that has been reviewed by Reclamation, found to meet all the requirements of Reclamation Manual Release WTR 11-01 and been transmitted to Congress by Reclamation. For a list of eligible projects, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title/feasibility.html.

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News City sewage plant poses danger, needs refurbishing, says report by consultant

The Madera Waste Water Treatment facility — aka sewage plant — is again approaching disaster with the potential failure of another key component, the concrete “wetwell,” the massive tank that collects and holds city sewage just prior to processing, according to an emergency repair study, performed in September by Stantec Consulting Services.

Built in the 1950s, the sewer plant dodged a crisis in 2017, but continues on.

The study was presented to the City Council Oct. 10.

With its decaying infrastructure, the plant, situated on Avenue 13, processes from 7 million gallons to as much as 10 million gallons per day and is barely keeping up with increasing population demands.



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Water Treatment Plants – Definition SSRIs – poisons in treated sewer water . . .

Water Treatment Plants – Definition SSRIs – poisons in treated sewer water . . .
SSRIs ease depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that carry signals between brain cells. SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of serotonin in the brain, making more serotonin available. SSRIs are called selective because they seem to primarily affect serotonin, not other neurotransmitters.

SSRIs also may be used to treat conditions other than depression, such as anxiety disorders.

Possible side effects of SSRIs may include, among others:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire or difficulty reaching orgasm or inability to maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
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Louisiana ‘islanders’ find a new home beyond the water


Standing in the long grass on the land where he was born, with the sea now lapping just meters away, Chief Albert Naquin remembers Isle de Jean Charles as a wonderful place to grow up.

“It’s like night and day – we were totally self-sufficient here. Now you have to go off the island to survive,” he said of his community in southeast Louisiana – one that is being dispersed by the encroaching waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Since the 1950s, the small strip of land – once 11 miles (18 km) by 5 miles (8 km) – has lost 98 percent of its mass, according to the U.S. Land Remote Sensing Program. It is linked to the mainland by a road flanked by water on either side.

The fear is that the “island”, as it is known, could wash away in the next big storm.





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