Ocean Acidification: Local Solutions for a Global Problem

By April Day, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | January 26, 2017 The ocean is undergoing chemical reactions that impact marine life and humans. Local communities cannot stop these reactions but can slow and manage its effects, in part, by supporting approaches informed by science. What is ocean acidification? The term “ocean acidification” refers […]

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High School Senior Comes Up With Solution to Filter Lead

Article courtesy of Staff of Zack Briggs | February 2nd, 2017 | News 4 Tucson | Shared as educational material. A high school senior in Arizona has developed a process to filter lead out of the water by using algae. Amanda Minke calls the system the Wet Algae Mechanical Filter (WAMF). For developing WAMF, she […]

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Texas Cities Worry About Possible Water Contamination

Article courtesy of Staff of Shannon Brooks | January 26th, 2017 | The Examiner | Shared as educational material. In Texas, the Community Water Systems has provided people in Sawmill Addition with water that exceeds regulatory limits for arsenic. In high concentrations, arsenic is poisonous. In low concentrations for extended time periods, arsenic may cause […]

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Industrial Lubricant Could Be Key to Killing Harmful Bacteria in Water

Article courtesy of Staff of Staff of Stanford Magazine | October 28th, 2016 | Stanford Magazine | Shared as educational material. A materials science and engineering lab at Stanford University recently issued a paper showing how a certain common industrial lubricant can produce chemicals that kill bacteria in the water. Led by Professor Yi Cui, […]

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Dallas Independent School District Retests Water to Ensure Safety

Article courtesy of Staff of Natalie Solis and Vicki Chen | January 24th, 2016 | Fox 4 News | Shared as educational material. After initial samples showed high levels of lead and copper, the Dallas Independent School District has retested water at several schools and is awaiting results. After retesting, some schools were cleared. Although […]

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Syrian Water Supply Continues to Dwindle as Tensions Increase

Article courtesy of Staff of Deutsche Welle | December 25th, 2016 | Deutsche Welle | Shared as educational material. “We can live without electricity, but we can’t live without water.” Rasha, a 51-year old housewife in Damascus, Syria, lamented after the government shut all water off in the city for 3 days. The government decided […]

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Surface Water Contamination in New Hampshire Worry Some

Article courtesy of Max Sullivan | January 15th, 2017 | Seacoast Online | Shared as educational material. Although EPA issued an advisory level for perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for drinking water, it is still working to set a level for surface water. Residents and advocates in New Hampshire want the advisory level for surface water to be […]

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Uses and Safety of Recycled Water

By April Day, Staff Writer for save the Water™ | December 8, 2016 Increases in the human population are putting unprecedented pressures on freshwater resources. Only 2 to 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh. By 2025, an estimated two-thirds of the world will be under stressed water conditions (Save the Water, n.d.). To meet […]

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Westfield Combats With Firefighting Foam Contamination

Article courtesy of David McKay | January 11th, 2017 | WWLP 22 News | Shared as educational material. In Westfield, Massachusetts, a community must deal with water contamination due to the entry of chemicals that are suspected to be from firefighting foam. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection asked the National Guard to test their […]

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Iowa Residents are Experiencing Lead Contamination in their Waters

Article courtesy of MacKenzie Elmer | December 17th, 2016 | Des Moines Register | Shared as educational material. More than 6,000 Iowa residents may have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead contamination. Lead can cause irreversible brain damage, lowered IQ, behavioral problems, and language delays, especially in children. Current national regulations […]

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