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  • EPA takes step in regulating drinking water

    10/20/2014 4:33:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Environmental Protection Agency took the first step toward regulating a chemical in the country’s drinking water on Monday. The EPA issued a preliminary determination to regulate the chemical called strontium, which is a naturally occurring element. At elevated levels strontium can impact bone strength in people who don’t consume enough calcium, the EPA said. Strontium has been found in roughly 99 percent of the public water systems in the U.S..
  • Top Medical Journal Labels Fluoride a Neurotoxin

    05/22/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 22 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    Top Medical Journal Labels Fluoride a Neurotoxin The New American 22 May 2014 Most Americans drink fluoride every day as part of what critics refer to as an involuntary mass-medication program. Organized dentistry argues that it is good for children’s teeth. However, according to a recent report in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, the industrial chemical added to water supplies across much of the United States is actually a dangerous developmental neurotoxicant. Echoing the recent findings of another Harvard study suggesting that fluoride is associated with drastic reductions in the IQ of children, The Lancet journal...
  • Anti-fluoridation quacks should know there’s no debate

    05/06/2014 7:58:26 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 103 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 05-02-2014 | Jacquielynn Floyd
    An angry reader — one of many — is impatiently waiting for me to explain myself after an earlier column in which I characterized anti-fluoride activists as delusional cranks. “You are promoting the mass medication of your community,” she wrote. “It makes absolutely no sense to put this hazardous waste into our drinking water. Why are you pushing for this insane practice? I look forward to your response.” I have a response, but she won’t like it: I am at an honest loss as to how to respond to crazy talk. If someone wants to believe flying saucers are beaming...
  • Obama: US must rethink water as climate changes

    02/14/2014 11:05:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2014 8:53 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California. Obama drew a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change as he toured part of a farm that will go unsown this year as the state faces its worst drought in more than 100 years. Even if the U.S. takes action now to curb pollution, the planet will keep getting warmer “for a long time to come” thanks to greenhouse gases that have already built up, Obama...
  • Drugs Contamination In Tap Drinking Water

    01/18/2014 8:00:18 AM PST · by truthnomatterwhat · 27 replies
    Health Alkaline Water ^ | January 17, 2014 | Alexanne Stone
    We have a tendency in our society to take our drinking water for granted and assume that water contamination will be taken care of by our local authorities. We need to change the way we think in this regard because budgets for water treatment are drying up and the use of recycled water is now becoming more common. We can no longer just think of water as a gift from Mother Nature that will always be there when we need it, but rather as an industry and commodity which needs investment! Here is one way how the contamination in drinking...
  • How to use fruit peels to filter your water.

    01/05/2014 1:35:42 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    mother nature network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Bryan Nelson
    Who needs fancy water purifiers? Try this easy water treatment technique instead, using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol. With more and more eco-conscious people replacing their bottled water intake (and for good reason) with tap water, there is a growing demand for water filtration devices. But you don't need to go out and buy a fancy device to ensure that your tap water is free from pollutants. Researchers with the National University of Singapore have recently discovered a simple do-it-yourself method for filtering water using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol, reports Wired. Researcher Ramakrishna...
  • Distillation ensures safe drinking water during an emergency

    11/04/2013 10:15:02 PM PST · by ChocChipCookie · 12 replies
    Water Technology ^ | March 4, 2013 | Glenn Meder
    Disasters happen. From Hurricane Sandy, Irene, Andrew and Katrina to the devastating Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, disasters strike without warning and the aftermath can be as devastating as the event. During an emergency, water supplies are often contaminated and disrupted, sometimes for an extended period of time. Without a safe supply of drinking water, healthy people who could otherwise provide for their family can become severely ill within days. At greater risk are children and infants. People take safe drinking water for granted. They don’t think about their water supplies, nor do they think about the vulnerability of...
  • How Safe Is Drinking Tap Water from Water Filters?

    02/13/2013 8:23:39 PM PST · by truthnomatterwhat · 26 replies
    Health Alkaline ^ | Health Alkaline
    How safe is your tap drinking water? it’s possible pesticides or contaminants could be flowing from your faucet. Public water systems, tap waters are tested and regulated by the government. By law, municipalities have to test the water and report to consumers once a year. They can test once a year, four times a year, sometimes less. They test for 90 contaminants like copper, arsenic, lead. There is a report that tells you what’s in the water and if it’s dangerous. But they average the results. So if you live in an agricultural area, pesticides in the water spike in...
  • Windsor votes to remove fluoride from drinking water (Canada)

    01/30/2013 7:10:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 45 replies
    Windsor star ^ | January 28, 2012
    Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority.… “I want to be shown that when we ingest this, we are safe,” said Kimberley DeYong of Fluoride Free Windsor. She and others said not a single study among those cited by fluoridation proponents looked specifically at the industry-sourced chemical...
  • 21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

    09/21/2012 11:53:24 PM PDT · by LucyT · 52 replies
    TheEconomicCollapse ^ | September 21, 2012 | Staff
    You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic...
  • Massive Underground Water Supply Found In Desert African Country (Supply could last 400 years)

    07/21/2012 12:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2012 | Michael Kelley
    A newly discovered water source could supply half of Africa's driest sub-Saharan country with 400 years of water, reports Matt McGrath of BBC. The new aquifer – called Ohangwena II – flows under the border between Angola and Namibia, covering an area of about 43 miles by 25 miles on Namibia's side. The water is up to 10,000 years old and cleaner to drink than many modern sources. Project manager Martin Quinger told BBC that the stored water could last 400 years based on current rates of consumption. Currently the 800,000 people living in the northern part of the country...
  • Plant to turn sewage into drinking water

    08/12/2011 8:39:18 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    statesman.com ^ | 11 Aug 2011 | Angela K. Brown
    FORT WORTH — In parched West Texas, it's often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water. So after years of diminishing water supplies made worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water. Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first of its kind in Texas. And officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors' urine, promising the system will yield clean, safe...
  • Benefits of Drinking Water at The Correct Time

    07/14/2011 9:31:56 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 16 replies
    Health Alkaline ^ | July 9, 2011 | Health Alkaline
    Most people and particularly women will tell you that they do not drink enough water. Drinking healthy water is essential to health, beauty and longevity. One can survive without food for 40 days, but ones health will gradually deteriorate without water after two days depending on temperature and amount of body water loss. Moreover, it is not only the kind of water we drink — be it tap water, bottled water or alkaline ionized water — or how much we drink. It is also however, very important when we drink it. Drinking water at the correct time increases its effective...
  • Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking water (NOT FUKUSHIMA)

    05/20/2011 12:21:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 11 replies
    khou.com ^ | May 19, 2011 | Mark Greenblatt
    HOUSTON— Newly-released e-mails from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality show the agency’s top commissioners directed staff to continue lowering radiation test results, in defiance of federal EPA rules. The e-mails and documents, released under order from the Texas Attorney General to KHOU-TV, also show the agency was attempting to help water systems get out of formally violating federal limits for radiation in drinking water. Without a formal violation, the water systems did not have to inform their residents of the increased health risk. “It’s a conspiracy at the TCEQ of the highest order,” said Tom Smith, of the government...
  • EPA Administrator Claims Regulating Drinking Water Supply Prevents Kids from Getting Autism

    02/03/2011 9:43:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 3, 2011 | Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday that Americans have a 'right' to know if their drinking water is safe. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson told a Senate panel that preventing children from being exposed to contaminated water could spare them from autism.Jackson made the remark on Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in response to questioning by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who asked if a recent executive order by President Barack Obama about regulations and the regulatory process means that...
  • Al-Qaeda suspect tells of bomb plot

    05/28/2003 9:19:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 203+ views
    BBC ^ | May 28, 2003 | BBC News
    An alleged Islamic militant has told a Belgian court how he plotted to bomb a military base on an al-Qaeda mission. Nizar Trabelsi, a former Tunisian professional footballer, told how Osama Bin Laden's network sent him two years ago to Belgium to bomb the Kleine Brogel base, which houses nuclear missiles. He is one of 23 alleged Islamic militants on trial. Only eight of them are in custody, while five are still on the run and the others face lesser charges. "I was supposed to go alone in a van. The bomb was behind me," Mr Trabelsi told the Brussels...
  • Vienna swimmers drink 5,000 litres pool water a day ("STOP IT!")

    07/14/2010 11:06:13 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies
    Austrian Independent ^ | 12. 07. 10. - 11:00 | no byline
    Bathers at Vienna’s 18 public pools swallow 5,000 litres of water, according to new research. City officials said today (Mon) around 5,000 of the 31 million litres the pools are filled with were "lost" as swimmers accidentally guzzle them. Authorities said they did not consider taking action about it despite the daily amount of "lost" chlorine water being worth around 15 Euros. Some media claimed last summer Vienna officials considered banning guests at public swimming pools from wearing baggy Bermudas as they take around 2.5 litres of water with them every time they get out of the pool after a...
  • CDC misled District residents about lead levels in water, House probe finds

    05/20/2010 8:32:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 183+ views
    WaPo ^ | May 20, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The nation's premier public health agency knowingly used flawed data to claim that high lead levels in the District's drinking water did not pose a health risk to the public, a congressional investigation has found. And, investigators determined, the agency has not publicized more thorough internal research showing that the problem harmed children across the city and continues to endanger thousands of D.C. residents. A House investigative subcommittee concludes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made "scientifically indefensible" claims in 2004 that high lead in the water was not causing noticeable harm to the health of city residents....
  • Officials Point to Uranium Mine

    11/22/2009 8:30:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies · 856+ views
    AP ^ | 22/11/09 | Scott Sonner
    YERINGTON, Nev. (Nov. 21) -- Peggy Pauly lives in a robin-egg blue, two-story house not far from acres of onion fields that make the northern Nevada air smell sweet at harvest time. But she can look through the window from her kitchen table, just past her backyard with its swingset and pet llama, and see an ominous sign on a neighboring fence: "Danger: Uranium Mine." For almost a decade, people who make their homes in this rural community in the Mason Valley 65 miles southeast of Reno have blamed that enormous abandoned mine for the high levels of uranium in...
  • Study Finds Traces of Drugs in Drinking Water in 24 Major U.S. Regions

    03/10/2008 10:36:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 39 replies · 998+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Monday, March 10, 2008 | Associated Press
    A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences...
  • Pharmaceuticals Found in Drinking Water

    03/09/2008 4:13:43 PM PDT · by xtinct · 34 replies · 2,394+ views
    AOL ^ | 3/9/08 | AP Staff
    A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences...
  • China: 5.9 million Chinese short of drinking water (the stat doubled in a week)

    03/01/2008 5:20:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 216+ views
    Strait Times ^ | 03/01/08
    March 1, 2008 5.9 million Chinese short of drinking water BEIJING - THE number of people facing drinking water shortages in China has more than doubled to 5.9 million because of a severe winter drought, state media reported. The figures released late on Friday jumped from 2.43 million a week earlier, the Xinhua news agency said, citing figures from the State Flood and Drought Relief Headquarters. A spokesman was quoted saying the situation was due to lingering and severe winter drought. The number of livestock without sufficient drinking water had jumped to 5.67 million from 1.89 million, and 15.8 million...
  • Fear of blowout at tunnel(Flood,contamination,drinking water)

    02/16/2008 10:48:50 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 20 replies · 214+ views
    The Mountain Mail ^ | 2/14/2008 | By Ann E. Wibbenmeyer - Leadville Herald
    An estimated 1.5 billion gallons of water is straining on blockage in the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel, leading Lake County Commissioners to declare a state of emergency Wednesday. Commissioners issued the declaration because of lack of response to historic water levels accumulated in the mine pool east of Leadville. And, with a 168 percent of average snowpack, officials fear spring runoff could increase water level and pressure in the blocked drainage tunnel, leading to a catastrophic blowout. "At this blockage, there is a head of water almost 200 feet high pressing against a possible rock and rubble 'dam.' No engineers...
  • FReep This Poll! Do you want fluoride added to your drinking water supply?

    08/22/2007 7:08:24 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 198 replies · 2,183+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | August 22, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! Do you want fluoride added to your drinking water supply? Yes No Not sure Go to the North County Times/The Californian link provided. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side. Vote your choice.
  • Chemical in drinking water harms female thyroid

    10/09/2006 11:40:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,754+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2006 | Joyce Howard Price
    Scientists have linked exposure to small levels of a chemical found in public drinking water supplies in 26 states to suppressed thyroid function in more than a third of women and girls 12 and older.     The exposure to perchlorate, a study showed, was most acute in women with low levels of iodine in their systems, said Dr. James L. Pirkle, director of sciences in the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Environmental Health laboratory and the study's author.     "It's already been known that high levels of exposure to perchlorate [reduce] thyroid function, but this large study of more...
  • Fast-Food Ice Dirtier Than Toilet Water

    03/02/2006 10:35:01 AM PST · by XR7 · 57 replies · 2,704+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 3/1/05 | staff
    Seventh-Grader's Science Project Turns Up Some Disturbing Results NEW YORK - Jasmine Roberts never expected her award-winning middle school science project to get so much attention. But the project produced some disturbing results: 70 percent of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water. The 12-year-old collected ice samples from five restaurants in South Florida -- from both self-serve machines inside the restaurant and from drive-thru windows. She then collected toilet water samples from the same restaurants and tested all of them for bacteria at the University of South Florida. In several cases, the ice tested...
  • Drug-o-phobia or Poop-o-phobia?

    01/30/2006 8:00:47 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies · 868+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | January 30, 2006 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Drug-o-phobia or Poop-o-phobia? The January 30 issue of the LeftAngeles Times has headline story on the front page of its California Section "Traces of Prescription Drugs Found in Southland Aquifers" http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-drugs30jan30,0,5723467.story?coll=la-home-local. This alarmist story is based on new data released by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Should you be worried about this? If so, you may suffer chemophobia, the fear about chemicals and your concern about chemicals causing cancer. If you are going to expend energy worrying, it might instead be spent on what might be called "poopophobia." See the comparison below of FDA acceptable levels of "poop"...
  • For Poland Spring, rough waters

    11/12/2005 1:50:53 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 14 replies · 935+ views
    AP via Portland (ME) Press Herald ^ | 12 November, 2005 | Jerry Harkavy
    FRYEBURG — In an environmentally conscious state with a lackluster economy, Poland Spring has been a decades-long delight: a nonpolluting industry that relies on a renewable resource to provide hundreds of good-paying jobs in small towns where they are often hard to come by. The plastic bottle of spring water with the dark green label has become as much a part of Maine's image as a pair of L.L. Bean boots. The company's longtime slogan says it all: "Poland Spring. What it means to be from Maine." But the love affair is showing signs of strain. Poland Spring is a...
  • Soldier's Goal: Clean Water for Baghdad

    05/17/2005 5:05:21 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 8 replies · 363+ views
    Defend America News ^ | May 17, 2005 | U.S. Army Sgt. Karolina Lojewska
    U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Bradford Labine works to ensure Baghdad residents get clean drinking water into their households and working environments. BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 17, 2005 — Earlier this year, 2nd Lt. Bradford Labine, an environmental science officer, identified a surprisingly overlooked area in the drinking water sector for Baghdad. There were no functioning water testing laboratories. “Water distribution systems and other high visibility construction projects were gaining most attention leaving the testing labs behind in rehabilitation”, Labine said. Labine, a native of Tiverton, R.I., has been a chiropractor for the past seven years. Now, he’s a member the Headquarters...
  • Stay calm everyone, there's Prozac in the drinking water

    08/07/2004 6:40:57 PM PDT · by ijcr · 30 replies · 980+ views
    The Observer ^ | August 8, 2004 | Mark Townsend
    It should make us happy, but environmentalists are deeply alarmed: Prozac, the anti-depression drug, is being taken in such large quantities that it can now be found in Britain's drinking water. Environmentalists are calling for an urgent investigation into the revelations, describing the build-up of the antidepressant as 'hidden mass medication'. The Environment Agency has revealed that Prozac is building up both in river systems and groundwater used for drinking supplies. The government's chief environment watchdog recently held a series of meetings with the pharmaceutical industry to discuss any repercussions for human health or the ecosystem. The discovery raises fresh...
  • California Sets a Strict Health Goal for Arsenic in Drinking Water

    04/24/2004 7:48:59 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 38 replies · 216+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 24, 2004 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, April 24 (AP) — California set a public health goal on Friday for arsenic in drinking water that is so low that it cannot be measured by existing technology and is far below a pending federal standard that is already projected to cost state ratepayers more than $80 million. The health goal of four parts per trillion means arsenic would not cause more than one additional cancer case in a population of one million people drinking two liters of water daily for 70 years, said the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency. The...
  • Chlorine Crackdown Causes Lead Leaks (Washington, D.C. lead hysteria)

    04/06/2004 4:23:12 AM PDT · by Jaysun · 3 replies · 193+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4/02/04 | Steven Milloy
    <p>The ongoing hysteria about lead in Washington, D.C.’s drinking water is much ado about nothing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though that’s no surprise, the controversy does have some value ¯ it demonstrates the potential unintended consequences of implementing junk science-based environmental policy.</p>
  • Military linked to Cape water taint, Bourne shuts wells, seeks new supply

    04/12/2002 8:02:51 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 2 replies · 188+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 04/11/02 | Beth Daley
    <p>BOURNE - A chemical used in military explosives has contaminated the drinking water for thousands of people in this town, providing the first clear evidence that pollution from years of training with grenades and rockets at the Massachusetts Military Reservation is now seeping into Cape Cod's underground water supply.</p>
  • Reducing Arsenic Holds Risks

    03/26/2002 4:00:56 PM PST · by CedarDave · 19 replies · 229+ views
    Albuquerque Journal (Subscription Required) ^ | Tuesday, March 26, 2002 | Patrick Armijo
    Tuesday, March 26, 2002 Reducing Arsenic Holds Risks By Patrick ArmijoJournal Staff Writer     Several Albuquerque researchers contend that any health benefits derived from reducing arsenic in drinking water are so marginal they could be negated by accidents involving the trucks that would take treatment chemicals to water plants.     The federal government is requiring water systems to lower the standard of arsenic allowed from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion by 2006 — a move estimated to cost at least $400 million in New Mexico.     The researchers, including an epidemiologist and a university professor, dispute...