Washington Department of Ecology: State reviews record amount of water quality data in effort to prioritize improvements

Washington Department of Ecology: State reviews record amount of water quality data in effort to prioritize improvements. “With 65 million data points analyzed and loaded into an online database, the Washington Department of Ecology is now sharing the state’s draft Water Quality Assessment. Taking the form of an interactive online tool, the Assessment pulls together existing data for fresh and marine water.”

BusinessWire: Esri, UN, and GEO Blue Planet Release Water Health Tool (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Esri, UN, and GEO Blue Planet Release Water Health Tool (PRESS RELEASE). “This project empowers countries, especially developing nations, with the information they need to understand potential impacts on coastal water quality, address those impacts, and have routinely updated data to understand and report their progress to the United Nations as part of the SDG initiative. While governments and organizations around the world are already able to conduct these analyses, this project transforms the raw global data into actionable information to make it easier for them to make better-informed decisions.”

CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.

CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.. “Using an interactive map of B.C., people will now be able to view 10-year water quality trends in certain rivers with data compiled from the Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring Program. The program has been in place since 1985. Data collected is also used to determine the current status of water quality, detect emerging issues that may threaten aquatic life and support the development of guidelines for water, fish and sediment.”

Arizona State University: Research shows water quality could diminish in closed buildings during COVID-19 pandemic

Arizona State University: Research shows water quality could diminish in closed buildings during COVID-19 pandemic. “While bars, gyms, dine-in restaurants and other buildings have been closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, water left sitting in pipes could change in quality. It’s possible that water left sitting for long periods of time could contain excessive amounts of heavy metals and pathogens concentrated in pipes nationwide, say researchers who have begun a field study on the impact of a pandemic shutdown on buildings.”

PR Newswire: OmniSci Powers New Website Enabling Public to View House-by-House Information On Flint Water Crisis (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: OmniSci Powers New Website Enabling Public to View House-by-House Information On Flint Water Crisis (PRESS RELEASE). ” OmniSci, the pioneer in accelerated analytics, working in close partnership with water infrastructure analytics consulting company BlueConduit, today announced the debut of Flint Service Line Map (www.flintpipemap.org), a public website that maps up-to-date information about residential water service line replacements in the city of Flint, Michigan. These water service lines are the pipes that deliver each home their water. If the pipes are made of lead, they can contaminate that home’s water with lead. The problem: Flint, like most other cities, did not know exactly which pipes were lead. Presented in house-by-house detail, the map allows residents to easily find out about their known or likely water service line material, along with repair dates and other useful information.”

Penn State News: Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

Penn State News: Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement. “Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid water-related crises, according to a team of researchers.”

EurekAlert: NUS engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes

EurekAlert: NUS engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes. “A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a highly sensitive system that uses a smartphone to rapidly detect the presence of toxin-producing algae in water within 15 minutes. This invention can generate test results on-site, and findings can be reported in real-time using the smartphone’s wireless communications capabilities.”

Democrat & Chronicle: Worried about your drinking water? A new site may provide some relief

Democrat & Chronicle: Worried about your drinking water? A new site may provide some relief. “Have questions about the quality of your drinking water? The state launched a new website that may provide some answers. New York’s Health and Environmental Conservation departments on Friday launched … a map-based website that allows New Yorkers to find their nearest public drinking water system and view annual water quality reports.”

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data. “Iowans now have a new way to find out about private drinking water wells in their area. A team of researchers at the University of Iowa has built an interactive online map for residents, engineers and well drillers to better access well location and water quality information.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Online Atlas of Aquatic Insects Aids Water-Quality Monitoring

Carnegie Mellon University: Online Atlas of Aquatic Insects Aids Water-Quality Monitoring. “Carnegie Mellon University, working with Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH), the Stroud Water Research Center, the University of Pittsburgh, Clemson University and a set of volunteer biomonitoring organizations, led development of the new visual atlas and digital field guide. It features highly detailed images of 150 common aquatic bugs, such as mayflies, dragonflies and beetles, along with a few mussels, clams and snails of interest.”