Looking at 2016’s Water Contamination Issues Inside the U.S.

Article courtesy of Dawn Allen | January 5th, 2017 | Legal Reader | Shared as educational material. A look back at water contamination issues in 2016 shows that drinking water contamination problems span across America. Schools in Wisconsin, Ohio, Oregon, and Michigan tested and found dangerous metals in the schools’ water, including lead. Some contamination […]

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United States Hosts World Water Day

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.

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The Impact of Fracking in the United States

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.

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Unsafe Drinking Water Adds to California’s Drought Misery

California is digging deep to get the drinking water it needs after one of the state’s worst droughts on record.

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Michigan’s Sewer Overflows Raise Regional Concerns

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.

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Forsyth Stops Fluoridation Following DNR Survey

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.

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Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking

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.

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EPA Seeks Input on Safety of Strontium

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.

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Green Groups say EPA Underestimates Methane Leaks from Fracking

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.

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Groundbreaking Research Reveals the Alarming Consequences of Fracking

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.

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Brainerd Questions Water Chlorination after Contamination

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.

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The US, South Africa and Australia are turning Wastewater into Drinking 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?

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