Ecolab, Trucost, Microsoft Team Up to Help Businesses Monetize Water Risks

Read the full story from Environmental Leader.

Water-related impacts costs companies $14 billion in 2016, according to CDP. These financial impacts come from drought, flooding, tightening environmental regulation and the cost of cleaning up water pollution and fines.

But what does this mean specific to your company and its operations’ water risks, now and in the future?

The Water Risk Monetizer, a publicly available financial modeling tool, can help your corporation figure it out. It enables businesses to factor current and future water risks into decision making, and now also incorporates water quality into its site-specific risk analysis to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment.

This lead-poisoned Indiana city could be the next Flint

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In East Chicago, Indiana, where 90 percent of this population of 29,000 are people of color and one-third live below the poverty line, a lead crisis is unfolding and residents are concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt is unlikely to respond.

EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning.

Scientists Now Know Exactly How Lead Got Into Flint’s Water

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New report published in Environmental Science & Technology blames corrosion and warns that fixing lead poisoning nationwide will require more work than we hoped.

Study Quantifies Role of ‘Legacy Phosphorus’ in Reduced Water Quality

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For decades, phosphorous has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of the agricultural nutrient applied to and running off their fields, a new study from the University of Wisconsin–Madison reveals that a “legacy” of abundant soil phosphorus in the Yahara watershed of Southern Wisconsin has a large, direct and long-lasting impact on water quality.

Published March 13 in the journal Ecosystems, the study may be the first to provide quantifiable evidence that eliminating the overabundance of phosphorus will be critical for improving the quality of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers.

The high toll of costly water: Who will pay for America’s quiet water crisis?

Read the full story at Fusion.

When Elizabeth Mack wondered about a future in which Americans wouldn’t be able to pay for water, a couple of colleagues waved her off. “Don’t be ridiculous,” they said. But the idea niggled at Mack, an assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. And in January, in an article published in the science journal PLOS ONE, she asks a new question: Is there a burgeoning water affordability crisis in the United States?

Mack, along with research assistant Sarah Wrase, determined that if water rates increase at projected amounts over the next five years, the percentage of households that can’t pay their water bills could triple from 11.9% to more than a third. Nearly 14 million households nationwide already struggle to afford water services. An additional 27.18 million—or 8.5% of the country’s population—could soon face the same challenges.

GE Turns Recycled Water into Wine (or rather Winery Process Water)

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General Electric has partnered with wine industry services provider Winesecrets and the University of California Davis to pilot a program using captured rainwater in wine production.