Year in Review: Key Blog Posts of 2023

January 5, 2024


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#1: NGWA: EPA’s Unprecedented Interim Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

Council member Joe Cotruvo, along with co-authors Susan Goldhaber and Andrew Cohen, recently published a peer-reviewed article “EPA’s Unprecedented Interim Drinking Water Health Advisories (HAs) for PFOA and PFOS” in the National Groundwater Association Journal.

While the EPA health advisories are not enforceable regulations, they can have severe economic consequences as some states have already begun to adopt them as operating guidance or enforceable regulations and set standards for drinking water and site remediation. The co-authors argue that the “unmeasurable and scientifically questionable EPA HAs will increase public concern about the health effects of these chemicals and will result in major expenditures in many of the 150,000 public water systems in the U.S.”


#2: Water Online: A Big-Picture Approach To Water Regulations

Council member Janet Anderson sat down with Kevin Westerling of Water Online to discuss a risk-based approach to water regulations and policy. With limited funding and resources, it’s essential that decision makers take a risk-based approach to setting drinking water priorities in order to have the most meaningful reduction in public health risk.


#3: Podcast: Deep Dive Into Arizona’s Water Issues With Kathryn Sorensen & Gary Hix

Check out episode 120 of the Grateful Heart TV podcast to hear Council Member Kathryn Sorenson speak with Rachel Hidalgo and Gary Hix about Arizona’s water issues. They discuss the current water issues and shortages, dispel myths and misconceptions in the news and uncover some solutions the state is taking to ensure a sustainable water future.


#4: The Waterloop Podcast: Dissecting Distrust in the Tap

In episode 180 of the Waterloop Podcast, Council Member Manny Teodoro joins Travis Loop to discuss his book, “The Profits of Distrust,” and the reasons why Americans have become less and less trusting of the quality of their tap water.


#5: Water World: Behind EPA’s PFAS MCLs and the water sector’s contention on costs

Council Member Chad Seidel was interviewed by Bob Crossen from Water World. In the interview, they discuss the disagreement between the U.S. EPA and major water sector groups about the cost of EPA’s proposed Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


#6: Bloomberg: Understanding the Real Fight Over Water in Arizona with Kathryn Sorenson

Council member Kathryn Sorenson recently joined Tracy Alloway and Joe Weisenthal on Bloomberg’s Odd Lots podcast to discuss the current water rights and scarcity issues in Arizona. They get into issues such as a the 25-year megadrought, new housing development constraints, and more. Listen to the episode below.


#7: The Waterloop Podcast: First Data For PFAS In Water Systems Released By EPA

Council Member Chad Seidel was featured on Waterloop’s H2O Minute News to discuss what was found in the first round of data on PFAS prevalence in public water systems that was released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.


#8: AP News: When Kula needed water to stop wildfire, it got a trickle. Many other US cities are also vulnerable

Council Member Chad Seidel shared insights with AP News about the lack of preparedness of many cities when faced with extreme weather events. Ensuring a reliable source of water in the face of emergencies must be a priority to ensure communities will not be left vulnerable in the face of natural disasters and crises.


#9: The Wall Street Journal: Phoenix Is in No Danger of Running Out of Water

As one of the most populous cities in the United States with an extremely dry climate, Phoenix, Arizona has been falsely characterized as doomed to run out of water. However, this narrative could not be farther from the truth.

In their piece in the Wall Street Journal, Council Member Kathryn Sorenson and co-author Sarah Porter dispel the myths about water in Phoenix and explain how population growth in the city actually makes more water available to residents.


#10: KUNC: Tap water is cheap, but old pipes and a shrinking Colorado River could change that

Tap water in the U.S. has remained at a relatively low cost for most Americans considering the capital investments required to keep drinking water safe. However, old pipes and a shrinking Colorado River will likely impact the affordability of tap water. In this KUNC article, Council Members Kathryn Sorensen and Manny Teodoro discuss the need for new water infrastructure and how this will not come at a low cost. We must continue prioritizing investments in water infrastructure to help keep water accessibility and safety a reality.

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