Groundwater Contamination due to MTBE

MTBE Contamination in Groundwater: Sources and Behavior By Leigh Horton, staff writer for Save The Water™ | June 12, 2017 Introduction This report synthesizes information about the effects of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) on groundwater and public drinking wells. It is based solely on a literature review of relevant materials from predominantly American organizations […]


Sonora Spill adds to the Social and Environmental Consequences of Free-Market Mining in Mexico

The massive spill of toxic mining residue that took place in August in Mexico’s northwestern state of Sonora has underscored the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, as well as the destructive consequences of free-market mining.


Toxic Chemicals Increase in Census Bureau Water

Contamination levels in the U.S. Census Bureau’s well-water supply in Jeffersonville have increased well beyond the federal EPA’s recommended maximum level, according to the latest quarterly report from the Indiana Department for Environmental Management.


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.


Contaminated drinking water: Officials: Flood waters could be health risk

Officials: flood waters could be health risk.

Jocelyn Maminta / Updated: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012, 7:11 PM EDT / (WTNH) News 8

Save the Water™ provides detailed information by leading health organizations on how to avoid serious health risks due to severe flooding contaminating drinking water sources. (proceeding the article written below by Jocelyn Maminta)

(WTNH) — State environmental and health officials are putting out a warning to state residents: flood waters from Sandy could be a health risk.

The problem is that raw sewage discharge from treatment plants and pumping stations.


Contaminated water news: Pennsylvania – methane making an appearance in Pa. water supplies.

Mike and Nancy Leighton’s problems began on May 19, just as Mike was settling in to watch the Preakness Stakes. A neighbor in Leroy Township, Pa., called Mike and told him to check the water well located just outside his front door.

“I said, ‘I’ll be down in 15 minutes.’ I wanted to see the race,” Leighton said. But as the horses were racing, Leighton’s well was overflowing. Typically, there’s between 80 to 100 feet of head space between the top of the well and its water supply. But when Leighton went outside, the water was bubbling over the top.

Down the road, Ted and Gale Franklin’s water well had gone dry. When water started coming out later that week, the liquid was “black as coal,” according to Gale.Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection blames a nearby hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operation. It says methane gas has leaked out of the well, which is operated by Chesapeake Energy, and into the Leightons’ and Franklins’ water supplies.


India – 650km water pipes changed, twice as much still to go – Thermal power cluster poses water crisis for Vidarbha

Finally, waking up to the threat of water contamination in the city, Metrowater has started replacing pipelines. More than 2,300km of pipelines that criss-cross the city were laid in the mid 1960s. Now, many of them may have corroded, leading to seepage of sewage and other impurities into the pipes.


Contaminated drinking water education: Chemicals TCE – PCE – Chloroform – High level of cancer-causing agents found at Fort Detrick.

Contaminated drinking water education based Carroll Creek: PCE was found in the highest concentrations, at 3,000 times the EPA’s safe drinking-water standards. EPA lists PCE’s maximum safe-contaminant level at 0.005 micrograms per liter, or five parts per billion. Arcadis found PCE at 14,000 to 15,000 parts per billion. Area B, a 399-acre site, was previously used as a dumping ground for solvents and other biological waste. The highest concentrations of PCE, used commonly as a dry-cleaning solvent, were found on the border of Area B. PCE, TCE and chloroform were all found in shallow groundwater and surface water outside of the base along Carroll Creek, but at lower levels.


Drinking water contamination: No plans for Carroll Creek warning signs. News comes after chemicals were found in surface water.

A leaking dump site under a small tract on Area B has long been suspected as the source of high levels of TCE and PCE — chemicals used in cleaning supplies — found in groundwater. Several residents have blamed the contamination as having caused cancers and other health problems. Fort Detrick has no plans to post signs along Carroll Creek warning of potential contamination after news this week that chemicals were found in surface water and in the creek’s tributaries.


USA military contaminated drinking water news: High level of cancer-causing agent found at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

High level of cancer-causing agent found at Fort Detrick in Frederick
Water flowing into Carroll Creek is less contaminated

Water testing in and around Fort Detrick in Frederick has revealed levels of a cancer-causing agent 3,000 times federal safe drinking-water standards, a consultant hired by the U.S. Army said Wednesday night.


Ontario, Canada water contamination news: Lake Huron – Impact of diesel spill on water, environment: ‘Time will tell’

Impact of diesel spill on water, environment: ‘Time will tell’How will Thursday’s diesel fuel spill into lower Lake Huron impact drinking water and the environment? The bad news is that diesel fuel is one of the most toxic forms of oil to marine life. The good news is that it evaporates quickly and is relatively easily dispersed in open water.


Safe drinking water news: Warning on bleach use for emergency water.

“Surfactants will make the water foam or bubble when it is shaken or mixed. If the product’s label is not clear about what has been added to the bleach, do not use the product for the safe storage of water.”
A ministry spokesman told NZ Newswire that it was not aware of anyone having become sick by drinking water containing bleach additives.But the new advice was prompted by a query to the ministry from a member of the public whose water contained bleach with surfactant cleanser and it foamed up.

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