Concerns that water pollution will endanger athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio next summer have escalated to include protests and claims from athletes that they have already fallen ill. Some athletes are supporting the protests. The Brazilian sailor and Olympic medalist Isabel Swan is among them. “She competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and says the area used for sailing in China had problems with a large algae bloom but this was dealt with two months ahead of the competition,” the report said.
Initial water tests performed at a small number of control wells in the N.C. show metals contaminants at similar levels to those found in wells near Duke Energy coal ash ponds. Duke spokeswoman Erin Culbert says the testing to date supports Duke’s contention that the contaminants found in hundreds of wells within 1,500 feet of Duke coal ash ponds in the state also occur naturally in the state’s ground water.
Water utilities out West are contending with the effects of storm-driven contamination associated with high levels of turbidity.
An updated resource from OSHA emphasizes the importance of maintaining emergency eyewash stations so the water does not become contaminated and lead to potential infections.
Radioactive contamination from the aggressive mining of bauxite in Pahang will put local communities in danger.
In the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites, the AP conducted four rounds of tests starting in March. The results have alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already have fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
The world’s water supply is contaminated by many microorganisms known as water pathogens, hazardous strains of bacteria that thrive within unclean water conditions. There are several different kinds of water pathogens, and depending on the environmental and ecological conditions surrounding the body of water they inhabit, these pathogens can be very harmful to the human body if ingested.
Tap water that has been left to sit out slowly begins to acquire an off taste. Many assume that this is because of microorganisms. Treated water’s added chlorine will take care of small communities of these little guys, but at room temperature they begin to multiply rapidly and can really get the party started. Even with clean water and a clean glass; one sip introduces a host of germs to the mix, in addition to whatever the water may have picked up by ambient dust.
Some health providers in Bullhead City will be helping to track any illnesses that occur as a result of the storm-driven contamination of Laughlin’s drinking water.
Last month more than 6,000 residents of Dalziel Park, New Stevenston, Carfin, Newarthill, Holytown, Mossend and Chapelhall were without water for two days after the supply became infected with an “oily-based substance”.
Almost all the drinking water samples collected from Viviana Mall by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have revealed alarming levels of e-coli bacteria and abnormal acidic values. This resulted in stomach ailments and gastro problems for those visitors who drank water or ate at the restaurants at the mall last week.
With an infection contracted in a lake being blamed for the death of an Alexandria boy, many may hesitate before packing up and heading out to the lakes. However, health officials in both Minnesota and North Dakota insist the lakes in the region are safe, though they encourage people to take the proper precautions.