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Removing pharmaceuticals is a complicated issue.  The best possible all-around treatment for homes, however, is reverse osmosis.


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A judge in a small jungle town in Ecuador ordered Chevron to pay more than $9 billion in damages, finding the energy giant responsible for the oil pollution that has fouled a stretch of land along Ecuador's northern border. Chances that Ecuador's poor, whose land has been ruined by US oil exploitation,  will actually collect any damages? Virtually zero.

Ecuadorian rainforest contaminated by Texaco's leavings.

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“As millions of families are cutting back and spending less, they expect the same good fiscal sense out of their government. That is why this budget reflects the tough choices needed for our nation’s short- and long-term fiscal health – and allows EPA to maintain its fundamental mission of protecting human health and the environment.  This budget focuses our resources on the most urgent health and environmental challenges we face. Though it includes significant cuts, it provides EPA with what we need to fundamentally protect the health of the American people.”  --  EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, commenting on the Administration's proposed 13% decrease in funding for the EPA.


1.4 Million Pigs Have Been Buried Alive in Pits in South Korea in an effort to control Foot and Mouth Disease.  Water quality has suffered.  One village has reported blood in its tap water.

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"The world's largest saltwater crocodile" has been captured by Philippine villagers.

Hurricane causes US rivers to reach record levels in ten states.

War-torn Libya is suffering a massive water crisis. The reasons are unclear.

A man in Louisville, KY allegedly sold water filtration systems to customers for as much as $2,700, but failed to deliver them. And in Leesburg, FL, police are cautioning residents about a possible scam involving people claiming to conduct a water survey for the city of Leesburg.

A team of researchers in Brazil has found that minced banana peels can clean pollutants like lead and copper from river water.

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that the EPA identify up to 30 unregulated contaminants for monitoring every five years. The EPA is now proposing its list of 30 contaminants for monitoring.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation’s rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

Pine beetles have killed hundreds of thousands of trees in Colorado and now they threaten the drinking water of millions of people. (Pine beetles kill trees, which causes erosion, which degrades drinking water sources.)

A proposal for twenty desalination plants has drawn strong opposition in California.

The underground water beneath the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville, VA is contaminated from fly ash, according to a study released this month which showed 10 possible harmful substances in the groundwater. Fly ash is a byproduct of burning coal for energy and can contain hazardous heavy metals. Between 2002 and 2007, the golf course was sculpted from 1.5 million tons of fly ash from Dominion Virginia Power's generation plant. The ash is also the subject of a lawsuit involving more than 400 people filed in Chesapeake against Dominion and other companies affiliated with the course.

Delaware plans to impose stricter drinking water standards for three toxic chemicals suspected of causing cancer-- perchloroethylene (PCE), tetrachloroetheylene(TCE), and vinyl chloride.

Millions of fish were recently found dead in the King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California, due to the presence of a deadly neurotoxin called domoic acid.

Clusters of Legionella bacteria were discovered in the hot water system of the Miami Valley Hospital. "In all, 11 patients were diagnosed with some form of Legionella poisoning from late February to early March."

This man blames the addition of chloramine to his water in Kinston, NC for ruining his home's water pipes.

An accidental chlorine release from a water treatment plant has killed thousands of fish in the Rio Grande near Albuquerque.

The US Senate designated March 11 as National Plumbing Day.

March's “Super Moon” that was in full view on the 19th probably had nothing to do with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Consol Energy Inc., the largest producer of coal from underground mines in the United States, has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its mines in West Virginia. In addition to the penalty, Consol will spend an estimated $200 million in pollution controls that will reduce discharges of harmful mining wastewater into Appalachian streams and rivers. 

Japan's earthquake was so powerful that it actually sent ripples through South Florida's underground water supply. Groundwater gauges used by the South Florida Water Management District recorded that unusual activity about 30 minutes after the 9.0 tremor rumbled across northeastern Japan on March 11. The water level fluctuated about three inches over a two-hour period, according to the recordings.

Hazmat crews went to the Rock Island, IL Water Treatment Plant after an overflow caused acid to spill into the parking lot. The acid was hydrofluorosilicic acid, used to add fluoride to the water supply. It poses a risk of burns to the skin. Plant employees were evacuated.

The EPA now has a nifty new web-based mapping tool to track water quality trends.

More than 4,000 people turned out for the Los Angeles County Water Replenishment District’s (WRD) 4th Annual Groundwater Festival “Treasure Beneath Our Feet."

In Augusta, Georgia a major sewage spill dumped one million gallons into the Savannah River.

In another spectacular "accidental release," thousands of white plastic disks used to treat bacteria in a wastewater plant on the Merrimack River washed out during a heavy rainstorm. Officials are perplexed at how to retrieve them.

The EPA announced that it is establishing a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel perchlorate.

California's lush Westlands Water District is facing a water crisis that threatens one of the nation's prime sources of agricultural products.

The cities of Delaware and Marysville, both in Ohio, have discovered that treating their municipal water supply with reverse osmosis leads to complex and costly disposal problems.

A Clemson University soil expert was brought in to determine the safety of a Pelion, SD private waste dump that has for 22 years been discharging human waste and restaurant grease onto the ground. Water in the area is poisoned with nitrates.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing for review to the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), a group of independent scientists.

Gasoline-contaminated drinking water caused the closing of a Baltimore area school.

Citizens of Fair Play, SC protested vigorously in attempt to stop the construction of a proposed water treatment plant.

Thieves dug a tunnel under concrete to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the Hamilton City Council's water treatment plant. Among the stolen items were 10 bronze water pump impellers. Two of the impellers were valued at $60,000 to $80.000.

Lawmakers in California are considering a law to ban the possession of shark fins.

New York City has undertaken a mammoth tunnel system. It links with a 120-year-old aqueduct and a one-of-a-kind filtering plant in the Bronx. A major engineering feat, it is designed to provide safe and excellent water for the city for years to come.  Article highly recommended.

A judge in a small jungle town in Ecuador ordered Chevron to pay more than $9 billion in damages, finding the energy giant responsible for the oil pollution that has fouled a stretch of land along Ecuador's northern border. Chances that Ecuador's poor, whose land has been ruined by US oil exploitation, will actually collect any damages? Virtually zero.

The world is running out of phosphorus, largely because of industrial and agricultural overuse. The outrageously wasteful overuse of phosphorus-based fertilizers has created a major source of water contamination.

Research in Great Britain concluded that children with eczema were not helped by bathing in ion exchange softened water.

A Nevada lawsuit charges that wells once used for drinking water are polluted with uranium, arsenic and other metals because of decades of chemical leaks from a mine owned and operated by British Petroleum.

High tech devices called fish are an old standby in monitoring water quality.

A Japanese company has developed a bicycle water purifier that can treat up to 5 liters per minute.

The increased use of hand pumps in rural India has lead to increased use of ground water which in turn has caused an increase in fluoride intake which in turn has caused a spurt in fluorosis disease in several Indian states. Limb deformities [skeletal fluorosis] have been more pronounced among the young.

The Administration's new budget proposes a13% decrease in funding for the EPA.

There's a new list of the ten American cities with the worst drinking water.

The EPA is considering a study of fracking in our home county. We hear complaints almost daily from local well owners.

The wastewater treatment system of Jerome. ID has been taken over by a mysterious slime.

The year began with mysterious deaths of birds and fish in Arkansas.

California environmental health officials are proposing a tough new goal for hexavalent chromium in drinking water, citing new concerns about the toxic chemical's effect on children. The new goal is for only .02 parts per billion. See last month's Occasional for background on the hexavalent chromium debate.

Waterless Co. Inc., the oldest manufacturer of no-water urinal systems and other restroom products in the United States, celebrated its 20th birthday in January.

Hazardous substances, including arsenic, lead, chromium, mercury, zinc and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) compounds have been found in water and soil samples at the site of a former flea market in Hillsborough, N.H. Cleanup is expected to cost over $700,000. Suspected cause of the contamination is broken electronic equipment and several large containers filled with paints, primers, cements, solvents, gas and waste oil.

Around one in four Montrealers take some kind of anti-depressant, and according to new research, the drugs pass into the waterways, accumulate in fish tissues and affect the fish's brain activity. As with most cities, Montreal's wastewater treatment system has no way to remove antidepressants from the water it releases.

Despite years of effort to combat the problem, nitrates still are too high in the groundwater of the lower Umatilla (Oregon) basin. Irrigated agriculture, confined animal feeding operations such as dairies and feedlots, septic systems, land application of food processing water and a bomb washout unit at a local chemical depot are the main sources of nitrates in the area. {The standard water treatment for nitrates is reverse osmosis.)

A litigation billed as "the water case of the century" is being decided in Colorado. It's a complex water rights case. Surprisingly few details are available.

China plans to spend over $300 billion for improvement of rural drinking water systems over the next five years.

Residents in a small community in Nueces County, TX are receiving water that exceeds federal arsenic standards. See pictures of a backyard water plant typical of those that serve some small communities.

The mass burial (often alive) of 1.4 million diseased pigs and cows in South Korea has raised grave concerns about drinking water contamination. Blood was found in the drinking water of one village.

University of British Columbia researchers have produced the first map of the world outlining the ease of fluid flow through the planet's porous surface rocks and sediments.

Genetically-modified (GM), oil-eating bacteria introduced into the Gulf as part of the oil disaster's remediation efforts are reportedly causing the emergence of various other mutant bacteria, as well as increasingly severe harm to humans and the environment.


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How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass?  by Charles Duhigg. 

Shrimp: One of the World's Nastiest Foods

Lawrence Livermore Lab has announced the release of a "carbon nanotube" system that's been called "a game-changing technology."  The carbon nanotube's main function is removal of salt from water.

Sobering NY Times Report:  Clean water laws are being ignored and 1 in 10 Americans are drinking unsafe water.  "Nationwide, polluters have violated the Clean Water Act 500,000 times."

Massive pollution from oil companies has made drinking Sudan's water like "drinking from oil pits."

Fog is the water source for residents of Lima slum area.

Waste from Los Alamos is polluting the Rio Grande and threatening New Mexico water supplies.  (No problem, say Los Alamos officials.)


Model 77, world's greatest $77 water filter.  Twenty-one years without a price increase. Details.

The Battle for Water, by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke.

The Dangers of Chlorinated Water.  From Rachel's Environmental Newsletter.

Dr. Batman Thumbs His Nose at "Bad Cholesterol."  By Hardly Waite. What really causes heart disease?  Dr.  Batmanghelidj's interesting views.

Is Your Bathtub a Toxic Dump? by George Glasser and Andreas Schuld. You may be surprised to learn what they put in your bathwater.

The Gazette's Great Water Article, by Gene Franks. Is water a living organ of the living earth? Do we have moral obligations toward water? These issues and much, much more. Introduction to the thinking of the great German hydrologist Theodor Schwenk.

Antibiotics--Are You Drinking Them in YourWater? by Hardly Waite, Gazette Senior Editor.  A West Virginia High School Student made a startling discovery about our water.

Water--Are You Drinking Enough by Hardy Waite, Gazette Senior Editor.

Earth could hold more water by Philip Ball. Five times as much water as in all the world's oceans may lurk deep below its surface.

Where Does US Water Quality Rank?  Hint: It isn't the best--Finland's Is.

Clear Path to Aquifer Opens to Pollution by Robert Sargent and Ramsey Campbell.  Every human activity, even drainage, can lead to water comtamination.

Contaminants in wells that supply San Martin residents
by Maria Alicia Gaura.  Perchlorate contamination is becoming more common every day.

Drinking Water Helps Cut Heart Disease Risk. "Not drinking enough water can be as harmful to your heart as smoking."

Water and Metabolism.  From Hardly Waite's Quick Takes page, a brief look at water's role in human metabolism

Water bottles becoming environmental risk. Water Technology Magazine. How many sweaters could be made from California's discarded water bottles?

Westchester Takes Aim at nicotine-laced water by Melissa Klein. Bottled water reaches a new dimension.

A Prayer for Water & Children, by David James Duncan. The heart-breaking account of how our government uses water as a weapon of war against children in Iraq.

The Battle to Bottle: The Corporate Theft of Water.  A interview. People's right to water is being challenge by the Coca Cola company.

The Privatization of Water by Peter Phillips, Ph.D.  Water is our "new resource crisis." What should be a basic human right is being taken over by multinational corporations.

Threats posed by water scarcity  by Rick Weiss. "It's an important axiom that providers don't "own" the water and that "water pricing schemes must include a mechanism to protect the poor."

UN Designates Safe Water A Basic Human Right, from Water Technology Magazine.

Clean water crisis by Chris Mayer

Paying Off the National Debt with Water.  An article by Gene Franks

New Hampshire town Bans Corporate Water Grab by Kat Bundy

If you live in  Buffalo you will be arrested if you steal water. By Brian Meyer

Study: More than one way to treat water

A little water poetry by Verne N. Rockcastle called Recycled

Is Fluoride in our Water a Mistake? by Phillip Frazer. Superb article about the ubiquitous poison that establishment scientists continue to recommend in spite of mounting evidence that it's a big mistake.

Medical Heresy in the Nineteenth Century: Women and the Water Cure  by Gene Franks. The fascinating story of women's revolt against heroic medicine in the 19th century.

The Lost Genitals of Uranus,  or How is an Elephant Like a Glass of Water?   by Gene Franks.  Does water have memory? All about Homeopathy and a few of regular medicine's dirty tricks.

Acid Oceans The world's marine ecosystems risk being severely damaged by ocean acidification unless there are dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions, warn scientists.

Ground Water Depletion is said to have doubled in rate over the last few decades.

Learn why it is that Milk Sucks and why you should drink water! By Gene Franks

Haiti's cascading crises come down to lack of clean water by Donna Leinwand. Government workers have done little for Haiti's water sanitation since the Earthquake.

As if California did not have it bad enough, now they are exposed to harmful levels of nitrates !

Man argues that living in a desert is a perfectly good reason to get rid of his lawn to save water and pleads not quilty

Moringa Tree seeds can be used for water purification. 

Revolutionary waste water treatment sent to Afghanistan that will purify their water in a mere 24 hours.

Looks like the Holy water in Russia could have used water filtration to prevent 200 people getting sick after drinking the water during a religious ceremony.

Abnormal levels of Nitrate in Fremont's water supply forces officials to warn residents not to give water to babies.

Gas drilling in New York City threatens the  cities drinking water.

Nestle gets greedy with water from small communities .

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