Category Archive: Safety

Oct 09

Corrosion Control and Rust

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“I never drink water. That is the stuff that rusts pipes.” ~WC Fields   A noted comedian, we can only hope that WC Fields was exaggerating. Aside from the personal health concerns raised by Mr. Fields’ declaration, he does raise an interesting point about the necessity for corrosion control in our water treatment and distribution …

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May 16

Summary of the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948, and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. This Act was expanded, restructured and reorganized in 1972 with the “Clean Water Act” we have today. The CWA as we know …

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May 13

Filters-A Short History

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Water filtration is an important part of the treatment process. A water filter removes impurities from water by means of a fine physical barrier, a chemical process or a biological process. Filters use sieving, adsorption, ion exchanges, and other processes to remove impurities. Unlike a sieve or screen, a filter can remove particles much smaller than the holes through which the water passes. Modern-day treatment plants use …

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Apr 15

Drinking Water Supply – What affects our water?

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The recent oil pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas last month had residents worried about their drinking water quality. And rightly so. Oil spills are just one of many threats to public health and safety, and the public water supply. However, thankfully, Mayflower’s water supply has been given a clean bill of health by the Arkansas Department …

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