Wisconsin residents can take a number of steps to make sure their drinking water is safe. The city of Milwaukee is considered a national leader in testing for contaminants in its drinking water. But thousands of Milwaukee children are diagnosed each year with lead poisoning, which some researchers say could be at least partially due to drinking water tainted with lead.
Among them was the late Parker Whedon, a Charlotte lawyer who had paddled and fished the free-flowing Catawba for decades. Whedon argued that Duke should restore what an 1890s account called the “rolling, seething, foaming, rushing water” of the Catawba’s rippingest rapids.
In Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of people face the specter of drinking water from wells that is unsafe, tainted by one or more contaminants such as arsenic or nitrate.
Awareness of the presence of a cryptosporidium microbial parasite occurred when traces were identified in one of United Utilities’ many water treatment plants in Preston, England, which mainly affected parts of the Lancashire region. According to their estimates, about 2,500 miles of pipeline were contaminated.
In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.
Sometimes utilities, especially those with publicly elected boards, defer the maintenance of their equipment because raising taxes or rates is unpopular with voters. But updating outmoded infrastructure and securing access to new water sources amid scarcity and drought are expensive tasks. These efforts are pushing rates upward.
Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport Borough and at least six residences have switched water sources after a chemical spill contaminated groundwater during drilling operations by JKLM Energy LLC this week. On Thursday, JKLM Energy LLC released information on the company’s ongoing efforts to respond to an incident from Friday in which a surfactant solution used in the drilling and completion of natural gas wells is believed to have migrated into shallow subsurface and groundwater.
After more than a year of public concerns, the Flint, MI medical community stepped forward on Thursday to address the health concerns of lead contamination in city water.
Developed by a team of researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt, the desalination technique called pervaporation removes the salt from sea water and make it drinkable. Specially made synthetic membranes are used to filter out large salt particles and impurities so they can be evaporated away, and then the rest is heated up, vapourised, and condensed back into clean water.
But it’s the septic tanks themselves that could be the party pooper of their own celebration. Septic systems are a significant cause of water contamination in Michigan waterways, experts say.
In 1988, nitrate in Figge’s well at his home outside Hastings registered below 1 milligram per liter, but by 2013, it had spiked to 10 milligrams per liter, a level considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.