Article courtesy of Ian James | April 12th, 2016 | The Desert Sun | Shared as educational material. Recently, a government audit from the Government Accountability Office blamed the EPA for not sufficiently defending drinking water supplies from the expanding amount of wastewater created by the oil and gas commercial enterprises. According to the review, […]
Article courtesy of Brendan Byrne | July 13th, 2016 | Value Walk | Shared as educational material. Seen from space, cyanobacteria, better known as blue-green algae, covers a large expanse of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. The bacteria has been affecting tourism and commerce in the area. For now, the United States Army Corps of Engineers are […]
Article courtesy of Charles Mandel | April 6th, 2016 | National Observer | Shared as educational material. Many residents in the northern Ontario community of Kenora are worried about the potential of an oil spill from the from the recently proposed Energy East pipeline. The proposal to build the pipeline has been met with reports […]
By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | August 5, 2016 History of Trichloropropane In the 1940s, there were numerous agricultural divisions that sold products to farmers in hopes of getting a profit. Two of these agricultural divisions, Dow Chemical and Shell, had begun to sell two soil fumigants (under the product name of […]
Article courtesy of Eleanor Albert | Date July 29, 2016 | CFR Backgrounders | Shared as educational material. The Tibetan Plateau has long been a place of importance concerning water to the nations surrounding it. Because the Tibetan Plateau has the ice-filled Himalayas, it is a vital water source to growing nations such as China […]
A joint Yale University and University of Virginia study published in 2008 concluded that the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.) contains special properties that allow the plant to naturally filter out certain water contaminants (Miller et al., 2008). Dr. Norma Alcantar and her team at the University of South Florida have also studied this relationship and found similar results.
Hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations contaminated the groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The findings raise concerns about possible water pollution in other heavily fracked and geologically similar communities in the U.S. West.
While our nation is transfixed on water issues in Flint, Michigan, communities right here in Georgia are also struggling with water contamination. Arsenic, bacteria, uranium, and other contaminants have infiltrated drinking water wells and other groundwater sources.
Despite the overwhelmingly clear evidence that providing safer, accessible and more reliable supplies of fresh water leads to healthier populations and economies, millions of people still struggle to access safe drinking water, and more than 840,000 people die each year from poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
EPA data from 2013 to 2015 suggest that some public water systems in eastern Wisconsin contain among the highest levels of strontium found anywhere in the country. Nationwide testing showed 73 of the 100 highest readings came from Wisconsin in communities including Waukesha, Brookfield, Germantown, Kaukauna, Wrightstown and Fond du Lac.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an online mapping tool—Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters—to provide the public, water system operators, state programs and federal agencies with information about the state of drinking water nationwide.
The larger study tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in the north Texas Barnett Shale region over a three-year period and found that the closer a water well is to a fracked gas well, the higher the concentration of contaminants including arsenic, selenium, strontium, and barium. This investigation also found “alarming” levels of benzene, a known carcinogen.