Water pollution has been a historical and stubborn problem in the water resource management. Several water pollution accidents continually occurred all over the world, threatening the safety of industry, agriculture and drinking water for resident’s life.
You’re going to want to stay out of Wiser and Toad lakes and keep your pets out of the water, too, for the time being. Tests have confirmed that the blue-green algae bloom in those lakes are toxic. Warning signs were posted at the lakes Friday, Sept. 4, according to Greg Stern, Whatcom County, WA health officer.
The US Army Corps of Engineers announced last week (Aug. 19) that a residential area in Missouri’s St. Louis County is contaminated with radioactive waste. Significant levels of thorium 230, a radioactive isotope, were discovered in public parks and private yards that have been touched by floodwaters from Coldwater Creek, a tributary of the Missouri River.
Regional water utilities in California had to call on backup water supply plans after a major water pipeline burst in San Bruno late last month, spilling millions of gallons of water. The pipeline, known as San Andreas Pipeline No. 2, is part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System and serves three Peninsula water agencies.
Waterways in China contain an appallingly high level of cyanide after an August 12 explosion at a chemical plant that killed at least 123 people. Ministry of Environmental Protection official Tian Weiyong cited a location with levels 350 times above what is considered safe, according to CNN.
But the typhoon that ripped across Taiwan Saturday has confronted millions of people with tap water unfit for drinking, rare fallout from the seasonal storms. Flooding from Typhoon Soudelor overwhelmed water purification systems in two cities, including the capital Taipei, and in one large county.
Wastewater plants must invest in better treatment technology to prevent painkillers and cocaine from entering the water supply, according to a leading researcher.
Home to 60 per cent of the world’s lakes, we are a nation with water at its heart. But some thought leaders say Canadians are losing an awareness of, and passion for, our water resources.
Earth’s surface is dominated by water, 97% of which is salty. If even a fraction of that can be converted to drinkable water for municipal purposes and usable water for agriculture and industrial applications, then water scarcity becomes a far less daunting crisis.
After struggling with a water shortage for years, Israel is now considered a water superpower – mostly thanks to its Water Authority – and representatives of many states and governments around the world have been arriving to learn from the desert country which succeeded in overcoming its dry starting point.