New PCAST Study Will Examine Options for Maintaining High-Quality Drinking Water Supply

New PCAST Study Will Examine Options for Maintaining High-Quality Drinking Water Supply

As water is an integral resource for maintaining functioning and healthy communities, investments in technology and infrastructure provide pathways towards a sustainable future.

Team Gemini has highlighted a variety of water-related issues in the interest of preserving this precious resource in the face of many challenges. From large-scale outbreaks of Harmful Algal Blooms (HBAs) to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, these examples have drawn attention to the impacts that inadequate water treatment practices can have on communities.

Today, over 300 million Americans depend on 152,000 public drinking water systems and collectively drink more than one billion glasses of tap water each day. [The EPA] has established standards for more than 90 contaminants, and [their] compliance data show that more than 90 percent of the nation’s water systems consistently meet those standards.

The Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is beginning a new study of the science and technology relevant to ensuring the Nation’s drinking-water quality.  PCAST will seek input from EPA, other relevant agencies, and a wide range of experts on ideas on investments in new technology and infrastructure to protect drinking water resources, detect pollutants, advance treatment to remove contaminants and pathogens, and develop improved infrastructure for the future.  Following this review, PCAST will recommend actions the federal government can take, in concert with cities and states, to promote application of the best available science and technology to drinking-water safety.

Team Gemini—with partners like A3-USA, Inc., Professional Energy Services, and others—provides innovative, modular treatment technologies that are among the most efficient on the market, and help resolve issues related to various environmental issues. From Membrane Bioreactors to Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis systems, these components are able to retain suspended matter, bacteria, and viruses (pathogens), and can even remove carbon, phosphorous, nitrogen, certain toxins, and bio-accumulative micro-contaminants. Featuring smaller footprints and lower maintenance requirements than traditional [municipal] wastewater treatment plants, Team Gemini and its team members offer ways to tackle pollution effectively. And with technologies for bio refineries, a comprehensive set of options is available to support new environmental protection measures while at the same time increasing resources for existing communities and industries.

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