Industrial Lubricant Could Be Key to Killing Harmful Bacteria in Water

Article courtesy of Staff of Stanford Magazine | October 28th, 2016 | Stanford Magazine | Shared as educational material. A materials science and engineering lab at Stanford University recently issued a paper showing how a certain common industrial lubricant can produce chemicals that kill bacteria in the water. Led by Professor Yi Cui, the scientists […]

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Uses and Safety of Recycled Water

By April Day, Staff Writer for save the Water™ | December 8, 2016 Increases in the human population are putting unprecedented pressures on freshwater resources. Only 2 to 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh. By 2025, an estimated two-thirds of the world will be under stressed water conditions.1 To meet growing demand, the slogan, […]

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Contamination Detection Method Could Better Determine Sources of Pollution

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | December 18, 2016 Water contamination treatment and alleviating the detrimental effects of water contamination are two of the most pressing issues the United States currently faces. Mitigating the effect we have on water–-and the effects water has on us–-is essential to improvements in our communities. […]

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New water treatment technology can seek-and-destroy harmful pathogens

By Kimberly Sung, Associate Director of Education for Save the Water | December 15th, 2016 In recent years, harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) have been responsible for high-profile outbreaks of illness and even death. Though cases of infection often arise from food sources, further investigation reveals contaminated water as […]

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Uranium Contamination of Water in the United States

Abandoned uranium mines continue to contaminate water sources, posing health risks to Native American communities. By Suraj Rajendran, Research Project Leader for Save The Water™ | November 10, 2016 It’s common that in the times following one water crisis, others are overshadowed and often forgotten. One of these forgotten water issues is the contamination in […]

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New Detection Method for Human-Made Chemicals

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | November 21, 2016 Many Americans envision water pollutants as toxic sludge seeping from industrial wastelands, but that is simply not the entire truth. While industrial runoff contributes to the pollution of lake and river ecosystems, much of water pollution lies in aspects we wouldn’t associate […]

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PFAs: Toxins for 6 Million People

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer at Save the Water™ | October 27th, 2016 A recent study has shown that over six million Americans are using drinking water supplies that contain perilous levels of industrial chemicals, most of which are carcinogenic and can cause a myriad of health problems. What are these high-risk chemicals? They are […]

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Reducing Nitrate Contamination of Water with Wood Chips and Bacteria

By Mariah Davidson, Research Project Leader of Save the Water™ | September 13, 2016 Large amounts of water are used to produce crops in the United States. Farms are designed with drainage tiles to remove the excess water from the fields and keep crops from becoming waterlogged. However, when water is drained from the fields, […]

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Iron-Removing Bacteria May Help with Mine Drainage Site Cleanup

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | August 19, 2016 Iron-removing bacteria are instrumental tools in the decontamination of areas of acidic mine runoff called acid mine drainage sites. These bacteria oxidize ferrous iron, making them useful tools in mine sanitization.1 Despite their usefulness, iron-removing bacteria are only marginally utilized due to […]

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Unknown Chemicals are Contaminating the Baltic Sea

By Taylor Schaefer, Publishing Project Leader for Save The Water™ | July 23, 2016 Irresponsible disposal of toxic chemicals In the aftermath of World War II, Britain and the Soviet Union dumped 65,000 tons of Nazi chemical weapons into the Baltic Sea after the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Many of the hazardous known and unknown […]

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Newburgh State of Emergency Highlights PFOS as Growing Concern

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 27, 2016 State of Emergency in Newburgh A state of emergency was declared in Newburgh, New York, after the New York State Department of Conservation discovered the toxic chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in the lake that supplies the city with drinking water.1 City manager […]

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Perchlorate Contamination of Water

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 27, 2016 Fireworks are true works of art. People usually enjoy fireworks because they invoke joy and a sense of excitement as the fireworks go off in the dark sky. Unfortunately, this enjoyment takes a toll on the environment; our beloved fireworks are polluters […]

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