Another year came and went, and we are now well into a new one, facing the approach of spring and construction season. 2017 brought about both accomplishments and new challenges not just for us here at AdEdge Water Technologies, but also for the water industry as a whole. Looking ahead at what’s to come in 2018, changing regulations and standards may pose challenges for water utilities and managers, which may require new strategies for meeting them.
In the American Water Works Association (AWWA)’s annual State of the Water Industry report, respondents reported major concerns about the renewal and replacement (R&R) of aging water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as financing for capital improvements—the same top two issues that respondents listed in 2016. More than three years after the Flint water crisis in Michigan began—and after several destructive hurricanes damaged swaths of infrastructure across the Gulf and Atlantic coasts last year—concerns remain about contaminants in our drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to develop and review regulations for contaminants such as lead, copper, perchlorate, and total and hexavalent chromium, and is expected to announce proposed changes to federal regulations on lead and copper by August 2018 after delaying its initial deadline of January 2018. In the state of Ohio, its EPA is leading the way in updating its manganese compliance strategy to reduce concentrations of the contaminant in drinking water that could pose harm to public health.
When 2017 came to a close, we looked back on a year that some may characterize as turbulent for the water treatment industry. For 2018 we are looking ahead to the challenges that may arise in the coming months, prepared to respond with innovative solutions such as biological treatment systems and more.