World Water Day 2015, through it’s theme “Water and Sustainable Development,” endeavors to explore how deeply interconnected water is to various public systems, to include food, health, urbanization, industry, energy, and equality, and how we can transform them by employing a comprehensive strategy of sustainability.
A natural gas explosion rocked eastern Ohio on Tuesday. In the town of Beallsville, located in Jefferson County, a well ruptured, sending methane gas into the air. Four hundred families had to be evacuated, according to The Columbus Dispatch, an Ohio newspapee, and a specialty company had to be brought in to shut down the well and prevent gas from leaking into the air.
California is digging deep to get the drinking water it needs after one of the state’s worst droughts on record.
Almost 10 billion gallons of sewer overflows poured into southeast Michigan’s waters in the historic August flooding, according to a Detroit Free Press review of data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
A community in the Ozarks has stopped putting fluoride in its water supply, at least temporarily. The decision follows a sanitary survey from the Department of Natural Resources.
A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.
The U.S. EPA is accepting public comment about its preliminary determination to regulate strontium, a naturally occurring element found in drinking water that can negatively impact bone strength. This preliminary determination is part of the EPA’s requirement to develop a list of currently unregulated contaminates that might be in drinking water. The goal is to determine what kinds of chemicals, heavy metals and other contaminates that ought to be regulated to protect the lake water and well water that is processed into drinking water.
D.J. Parker has been selling methane-trapping systems to oil and gas producers for over 30 years, and as unconventional drilling technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have skyrocketed across the U.S., particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, Parker’s business has grown.
If you’re a big fan of hydraulic fracturing — the mining technique referred to as “fracking” — this slew of new studies on the practice might convince you otherwise.
The town of Brainerd in Minnesota is questioning the idea of chlorination to its water supply on a permanent basis after recent contamination. Although the city currently uses chlorine sparingly, it is considering the option of following the trend of other towns and using it all the time. Residents are concerned about the impact on the taste of the water.
Water stressed cities are importing water and investing in desalination plants. Could treating sewage plant wastewater offer a local, energy-efficient way of securing water supply?