The Clean Water Rule: Repeal or Revise

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In February, the Trump administration issued an executive order to review the Clean Water Rule of 2015. The Clean Water Rule, also called “Waters of the United States,” regulates which bodies of water are Federally protected. These protected bodies of water are used for any variety of reasons: drinking, farming, industry, and recreation.

The initial purpose of the Clean Water Rule

The aim of the Clean Water Rule was to save time and reduce costs and confusion in regards to projects, ...

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Drinking Water Week 2017 – This is what we’re doing to help.

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It’s Drinking Water Week! Enforcing backflow testing regulations may just be one part of insuring clean water – but it’s an important one, and we do what we can to help ensure clean drinking water.

Our most recent updates to Syncta help you run your backflow testing business smoother. That way, you can be a major player in keeping drinking water clean.

New Feature Updates

Auto-Collapse Display Boxes

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Is partial lead service line replacement helpful or harmful?

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In 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency published the Lead and Copper rule. There was clear evidence at the time that both copper and lead in drinking water caused health problems.

So what did the rule actually state? Essentially, the EPA stated samples had to be taken directly from customer’s tap water. If lead concentrations rose above 15 parts per billion, or copper at 1.3 parts per million in more than 10% of the samples, the public water system ...

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World Plumbing Day – Other Countries Plumbing Woes and Solutions

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Next week is World Plumbing Day.

I’ve talked about areas in the United States that have less than ideal plumbing situations. From Flint, Michigan’s lead-laden water, to the plumbing woes of low income communities, clean drinking water and adequate plumbing isn’t always accessible.

Today though, I decided to focus on some of the different ways that plumbing is handled outside of the US. Plumbing isn’t standardized across the world, so it’s eye-opening to learn about some of the issues ...

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Is California in a wetter place?

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It’s not news that California has been in a drought for the past several years.

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. In the last 30 days San Francsico has gotten 8.65 inches of precipitation – 4 inches over the “average” month total for January. January 2015 was shocking with literally no precipitation at all. The previous two years before that wasn’t much better.

San Diego? It’s gotten 3 inches this past month, a full inch more ...

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