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DRINKING WATER QUALITY REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY
FluksAqua Community, infographie, Wastewater Management,
Since FluksAqua released its analysis of U.S. drinking water violations last month, media coverage of the results has gone global.
FluksAqua analyzed data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency, which documented health-based drinking water violations. FluksAqua published its analysis in the form of an interactive infographic.
The findings show contaminated drinking water exposed 10% of Americans to chemicals, bacteria and disinfecting by-products. The exposure is the result of more than 7,500 health-based drinking water violations reported in 2015.
Understanding what that means for the industry and consumers is a large part of FluksAqua’s work in reporting its results.
FluksAqua Americas president Hubert Colas says water industry professionals, municipal officials and consumers cannot underestimate the value that collecting data brings to maintaining water quality and safety.
The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail quoted Colas saying, “Since the majority of our utilities produce good quality water, many people take their drinking water for granted when they turn on the tap. There is a great deal of expertise involved in delivering safe, clean drinking water to a house, and it needs to be appreciated. Water utilities are to be commended for reporting their violations and working to mitigate the most important issues.”
Most media reported on the key contaminants revealed by the data made available by the EPA. These include coliforms, nitrates, arsenic, radionuclides and disinfection byproducts. The media also reported on who the top five offenders are with respect to the percentage of population affected by the contaminants. These are: Maryland (32%), Kentucky (26%), Oklahoma (19%), Texas (16.5%), and Ohio (15.8%). The top five best performers, in terms of the least number of residents affected, are Colorado (0.32%), Delaware (0.48%), Minnesota (0.29%), North Dakota (0.5%), and Washington (0.26%).
FluksAqua also looked at the need for increased infrastructure support in the form of maintenance and repairs. As Colas says, “Water quality can be impacted by a number of factors – some beyond the control of the water system and not every violation has direct health implications. However, it is important to ensure every state keeps reporting water quality issues so data can be tracked and analyzed to continually improve national water infrastructure.”
WQP Magazine cited FluksAqua’s research in its editorial, examining the impact of the US’s recent presidential election on the water industry. Associate editor Bob Crossen wrote, “The data presents a lot of interesting figures, but ultimately sends one message: addressing drinking water quality in the US is still a priority.”
FLUKSAQUA – THE VALUE BENCHMARKING AND DATA ANALYSIS
FluksAqua will continue to promote the value benchmarking and data analysis offers to the water industry. Are there other ways in which water operators and other professionals in the water industry can use this information to improve our water systems? What resources do you need to reduce water violations in your plant? Join us at FluksAqua’s online Q&A forums to talk about how you plan to ensure water quality remains a top priority.
In the FluksAqua forums, you can keep up with what’s new in the industry, seek support from other experienced operators, or help your colleagues with their operational issues. If you’re hearing concerns from your colleagues and the people in your communities, share them with us! Our members represent organizations and communities that contribute key indicators we can use to measure and compare the performance of water networks all over the world.
For more coverage about our new infographic, please take a look at these links. We’ll keep updating as we get new ones :
Water Online : http://www.wateronline.com/doc/infographic-insights-what-s-really-in-your-drinking-water-0001