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 […]
Article courtesy of The News-Press Editorial Board | April 27, 2016 | The News-Press | Shared as educational material. The issue of how to solve the water pollution problem in Florida is getting more complicated as the days go by. Specifically, agricultural lands are affecting water quality as the runoff is filled with nitrogen and […]
Consumption of bottled water is increasing worldwide. Prior research shows many consumers believe bottled water is convenient and has better taste than tap water, despite reports of a number of water quality incidents with bottled water. This study finds that U.S. consumers are more likely to report bottled water as their primary drinking water source when they perceive that drinking water is not safe. Furthermore, those who give lower ratings to the quality of their ground water are more likely to regularly purchase bottle water for drinking and use bottle water as their primary drinking water source.
Stating that he’s not going to allow Minnesota to become “another Flint, Michigan on a larger geographic scale,’’ Gov. Mark Dayton vowed he would continue to fight for water quality improvements despite what he called his recent “dunking’’ on farm buffer requirements.
TU provides a chemistry kit that allows students to test for parameters such as pH, nitrogen and ammonia, and the whole process gives the teacher an opportunity to talk about topics like the nitrogen cycle, a fish’s life cycle and the importance of clean water in a much more meaningful way than would be possible with textbooks alone.
An interim report released on Monday by a water science taskforce called for more urgency – and the injection of corporate and philanthropic funding – to improve reef water quality as a bulwark against its greatest long-term threat, climate change.
Wisconsin residents can take a number of steps to make sure their drinking water is safe. The city of Milwaukee is considered a national leader in testing for contaminants in its drinking water. But thousands of Milwaukee children are diagnosed each year with lead poisoning, which some researchers say could be at least partially due to drinking water tainted with lead.
A National Academy of Sciences report by a team of Michigan State University researchers tested 64 river systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and found that 100 percent of the rivers were contaminated by human fecal matter, and that household septic tanks were a major source.
Results from the study quantitatively demonstrate that water quality can be altered for several years after wildfire, even in a watershed that was only 23% burned.
It’s unclear whether the billions of dollars that U.S. EPA has required cities to invest in sewer upgrades are yielding water quality improvements, the agency’s inspector general concludes in a new report. The agency has been working since 1998 to curb so-called combined sewer overflows by forcing cities to bring their sewer systems into compliance.
But it’s the septic tanks themselves that could be the party pooper of their own celebration. Septic systems are a significant cause of water contamination in Michigan waterways, experts say.
In 1988, nitrate in Figge’s well at his home outside Hastings registered below 1 milligram per liter, but by 2013, it had spiked to 10 milligrams per liter, a level considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.