If you haven’t already heard in the media by now, Flint, Michigan is in the middle of what we’d like to call a serious water crisis. There is huge controversy and a debate on whether or not Flint’s water meets healthy drinking standards. Government officials are trying to cope with the public as a whole, but for the most part, the people are not having it because they truly believe the water is unhealthy to drink on a regular basis. The problem with Flint’s water is that the lead levels are much higher than most areas, and now, The Lead and Copper Rule, which dictates that amount of lead that is allowed in order for water to be considered healthy drinking water, is now under consideration for revision in response to Flint’s crisis. The full details on the crisis can be examined in the video below:
There is now pressure on the EPA to raise healthy drinking water standards, and although the The Lead and Copper Rule was not set to be revised until 2017, there is a good chance now that it could be revised much sooner. Even officials in the state of Ohio are calling for the revision of this rule, especially after the town of Sebring, OH also had a surplus of water that was not considered healthy for drinking by the current regulations. The head of the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Craig Butler, has actively called for the citizens of Ohio to test their own water on their own accord. He says that 60 days is far too long for a resident to go without realizing they could be consuming lead-contaminated water, and urges the local citizens to test their water today instead of waiting.
Now, the country is turning to President Obama, who is in charge of the water budget moving forward into the new fiscal year. Obama released a $4.1 trillion budget in February for the fiscal year of 2017, where he takes a stand in his case on energy and environmental friendly initiatives. $260 million of this budget is set to go toward activities that specifically boost the data and research focusing on these water issues, as well as $88 million being handed to the National Science Foundation to help them understand and increase the overall U.S. water supply.
What does this mean for us here in Connecticut, or the future of the water industry? Overall, the people in charge are responding pretty positively to the problems that have been put into focus surrounding the water crisis in Flint, which is great for our industry. This means there could be healthier drinking water standards on a national basis, which is in fact a good thing. These problems shouldn’t affect us locally, but remember, if you ever have even a doubt or concern in your mind on the quality of your water, you can get your water tested for free! Aqua Pump is here to help, with all needs, worries, or issues surrounding water here in Connecticut.
The Ground Source Heat Pump Market’s New Standards
That’s right, there’s a new standard in place for ground source heating water pumps, and it’s good news for everyone.
“A binational standard for the design and installation of ground source pump systems for commercial and residential buildings has now been published by CSA Group, a leading American National Standards Institute and Standards Council of Canada accredited developer of standards, codes, guidelines, and personnel certification programs.” – Water Well Journal
Long story short, this standard is official, and came into place after stakeholders everywhere called for the standardization through a neutral third party, to set guidelines for installation and design of these ground source heat pump systems. But what does all this mean exactly?
Well, for the water experts, it means that we have new standards to follow when dealing with these types of systems. These standards are meant to “harmonize the differences between existing resources, simplify referencing in regulations and contract, incorporate the latest advancements, clarify compliance using standards language, and provide credibility through an accredited neutral standards development process," as also stated by the Water Well Journal. Not only that, but both the NGWA (National Ground Water Association) and the IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) have taken the initiative to enter an agreement, specifically a signed memorandum of understanding, which will strengthen the relationship between these two organizations to support the new standards for ground source heat pump systems.
So what does this all boil down to for you, the customer? Essentially, these changes are a very good thing for anyone that has a ground source heat pump system. The process will be safe, streamlined, effective, and efficient. With new technology coming into play, regulations in place, and standards that set the tone for the work that needs to be done, we can assure a job well done by making these things a requirement for any and all professionals dealing with these types of systems. The water industry has once again taken another step forward, and we expect it to continuing to make these types of advancements moving forward. Aqua Pump has already taken the initiative to incorporate new trends and technologies into how we conduct our business, and when it comes to any and all things water related, we are here to help.
To learn more or ask about your water system or water supply, concerning any problems and/or issues or questions you may have, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-642-0420!
Here at Aqua Pump, we believe in providing fresh water solutions for the local residents here in Stafford, as well as all throughout Connecticut. There are many things that can factor into water not being fresh, clean, or properly maintained, but you can leave that to us, the professionals in everything pertaining to water!
Here’s the thing, you could have hard water, iron in your water, pH issues with your water, or there could even be manganese in your drinking water, and there’s a good possibility you may not even realize it to begin with. If you have any concern about the quality of your water, we are here to help.
To learn more, visit our homepage, or check out our about page as well! When it comes to any water related issues, you can count on the professionals here at Aqua Pump to help out!