Do Contaminants Originating from State-of-the-Art Treated Wastewater Impact the Ecological Quality of Surface Waters?

This study highlights the importance of reducing the wastewater-associated impact on surface waters. For aquatic ecosystems in urban areas this would lead to: (i) improvement of the ecological integrity, (ii) reduction of biodiversity loss, and (iii) faster achievement of objectives of legislative requirements, e.g., the European Water Framework Directive.

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Water Filtration Using Plant Xylem

This research demonstrates the potential of plant xylem to address the need for pathogen-free drinking water in developing countries and resource-limited settings.

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Elevated Lead Found in Auburn Drinking Water

Routine tests found more than double the amount detected three years ago. Auburn now joins several dozen other water systems in the state that are on increased lead monitoring.

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Strategies for Protecting Water During an Emergency

Water is a critical part of people’s everyday lives. In parts of the world where access to clean water is impeded, the effects have extensive implications for people and the environment. When a disaster hits, even countries with the safest water supplies can become vulnerable to a myriad of problems.

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Bottled, Boiled or Filtered Water: How to Get Pure Drinking Water in India?

In many places, you can’t drink tap water in India directly and safe or pure drinking water is a big concern for most of us. Every year 37.7 million people in India are affected by waterborne diseases due to contamination of water by bacteria (E coli, Shigella, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (Hepatitis A, polio virus, rota virus) and parasites (E. histolytica, Giardia, hook worm). Luckily, antibiotics and other medicine can treat most water-borne diseases. What is more worrying is the presence of arsenic and other heavy metals such as cadmium, zinc and mercury.

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Residents: Moorestown has ‘Water Problem’

A presentation by a Moorestown utility director and an engineer included plans to replace multiple water mains throughout town and upgrade several water treatment plant systems – such as the closed Hartford Road plant and the Kings Highway plant – and address the presence of an unregulated contaminant.

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Hoosick Falls Worried Chemical May Be in Drinking Water

People packed a village meeting in Hoosick Falls Tuesday night after receiving a notice their water might be contaminated.
Manufacturing plant Saint Gobain announced on Tuesday that water samples near its site tested positive for a chemical called PFOA.

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Safeguarding Your Drinking Water: What You Can Do

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.

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Harmful Algal Blooms Are Plaguing Our Waters

Being green is a point of pride-except when it describes the color of a river, lake or other waters. That green tinge means algae, which can often be harmful algal blooms (HABs) that muck up waters around the United States. Algal blooms arise from a preponderance of nutrients deposited by heavy spring and summer rains that stick around and thrive in the warmer, shallower waters of late summer and fall.

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E. coli Levels Measure Above Limit in Gillette Creeks

For the last 15 years, Donkey Creek has been on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s 303(d) list — one that means the water quality is poor.
In this case, there’s too much E. coli in the creek.

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OCCHIPINTI: Human Fecal Matter in Michigan’s Great Rivers, and What to do about it

A National Academy of Sciences report by a team of Michigan State University researchers tested 64 river systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and found that 100 percent of the rivers were contaminated by human fecal matter, and that household septic tanks were a major source.

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Sewage Sludge Contaminates Water, River Advocates Say

Sludge is the nutrient-rich byproduct of water and sewage treatment that is spread on farm fields as fertilizer. It’s approved for that use, but with caveats. Experts say sludge contains heavy metals that can be toxic and traces of everything you might flush down a toilet, from pharmaceuticals to pathogens. State laws dictate that sludge must not be spread near water or during rain.

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