Groundwater Ordinance Supported: Kewaunee County Holds Public Hearing

The Sept. 9 public hearing held on Kewaunee County’s proposed groundwater ordinance would ban the spreading of manure on rural land with thin topsoil (20 feet to bedrock) from Jan. 1 to April 15.


Russia’s Battle with Water Pollution Continues

Water pollution in Russia, according to Greenpeace, continues to be widespread. Recently, however, companies offering new customized solutions for water purification have appeared on the market. One of them was established by former suppliers to Gazprom.


Group Wants Fluoride Out of Drinking Water

Since the early 1970s, the city of Silverton has added fluoride to its drinking water.

But a group of local residents, led by Clint Simmons of Silverton, are not happy with the practice and would like to put a stop to it.


Pennsylvania Finally Reveals Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water Hundreds Of Times

As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination.


Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water Supply

Louisiana officials have cautioned residents to be careful after a deadly brain-eating amoeba was found in a parish water supply. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish. The microscopic amoeba can be deadly if contaminated water travels through the nose to the brain. The microscopic pathogen can cause a deadly form of meningitis that or a swelling of the brain and surrounding tissues.


Mexico Probes Copper Mine Spill, Waterways Polluted

Mexico’s National Water Commission said on Monday it had been monitoring for chemicals in the Sonora river and its tributary the Bacanuchi since an August 7 spill caused by heavy rains at the Buenavista copper mine at Cananea. The extraction site lies about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Mexico’s border with the United States.


Extra Cropland Brings Drinking-water Contamination Risk

The majority of the population of south-eastern Minnesota, US, uses groundwater from private wells as their main water source. As an increasing number of farmers in the area convert their grassland to cropland, their greater use of fertilizer threatens to contaminate this precious groundwater with nitrates. Now researchers have, for the first time, estimated the costs of dealing with drinking water contamination due to this land-use change.

It will cost $0.7 to 12 million over 20 years to address the increased risk of nitrate contamination of private wells in south-eastern Minnesota, Bonnie Keeler and Stephen Polasky from the University of Minnesota estimated, by using integrated biophysical models and economic valuation


North West’s Water Contamination: A Dark Story of Lost and Ruined Lives

Informal investigations uncovered eleven official baby deaths from diarrhoea in this tiny hamlet in the last three months. There could be more. A health professional working in the area kept a written record of their names and causes of death, along with the details of a number of elderly people and those made vulnerable by HIV. She declined to be interviewed as she had been threatened that she would lose her job if news of this epidemic leaked out. Anecdotes from grieving relatives, family members and employers tell of more deaths. One farmer reported that, of his workforce, one family lost eight members to sickness brought on by drinking dirty water.


Florida Resident Dies from Flesh-eating Bacteria, Officials Confirm

A Florida resident has died after contracting “flesh-eating bacteria,” officials confirmed Tuesday.


BPA Replacement Alters Hormones at Low Doses, Study Finds

Just like the controversial compound it’s designed to replace, a chemical used in cash register receipts and other consumer products messes with hormones, according to research published today


Guernsey beach fails water quality standard

A beach in Guernsey has failed to pass the minimum European standards for water quality. Ladies Bay was one of just 14 beaches of 734 surveyed across the British Isles for the annual Good Beach Guide that was found to have poor water.


The Science Behind the Unsanitary Water of ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’

Water is the source of life for all living things on this planet. However, it has become a breeding ground for pathogenic microorganisms and intestinal parasites in most developing countries. People around the world have heard the term “Montezuma’s revenge,” a common gastrointestinal illness caused by drinking unsanitary water in Mexico.

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