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Water in the News

Water, The Essential Nutrient

Water, The Essential Nutrient

"Water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues. About 60 percent of your body is water, and you must constantly replenish the supply, as it's used continuously in the processes of life. Many people fail to drink enough of it. The standard recommendation is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. I'm not sure you need to force that much down, but do try to drink as much as you can, and more than you think you need. While you're doing all this drinking, however, make sure you're not adding new toxins to your body."

- Dr. Andrew Weil

Read more about drinking water and how contaminants in it can effect your family's health.



Past News Articles


BP Allowed to Dump 20X Fed Limit of Mercury into Lake Michigan

"BP refinery can legally discharge an annual average of 23.1 parts per trillion of mercury - nearly 20 times the federal water quality standard for Great Lakes polluters. The proposed new permit would allow that special exemption to continue indefinitely."

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Should the EPA's Clean Water Act Be Updated?

"Critics highlight billions of dollars spent on tiny improvements, while new sources of pollutants flow into bodies of water almost untreated. Improvements have stalled and new stresses like toxic red tides and oxygen-destroying algae blooms have become more prevalent."

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40 Years Later, Clean Water Act Still Working

"Before the CWA amendments, only a third of the nation’s waters were considered swimmable and/or fishable. Now, that percentage of water meeting this standard is over 60 percent. A vast improvement, for sure, but far from where we need to be."

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How Food Production Impacts Water Quality

"Eutrophication can also increase water treatment costs—or in some cases, render freshwater sources unfit to drink. A recent study by the Environmental Working Group estimated that the United States spends $4.8 billion annually to treat drinking water contaminated by too much nitrogen..."

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Drilling for Salt Water Under Texas

Texas has 44 desalination plants across the state, none of which use seawater, instead drilling down to tap underground saline aquifers to diversify their water supply.

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Dr. Oz and EPA Lisa Jackson on Drinking Water

"It's a question critical to your health and life itself: how safe is your drinking water? Dr. Oz goes one-on-one with the head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, to discuss the four biggest threats to your drinking water. Find out how to keep your family safe."

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Prostate Cancer May Be Linked to
Birth Control Pills in Water Supply

"Countries where the highest numbers of women use oral contraceptives have the highest rates of death from prostate cancer, a new study finds."

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The Girls Scouts Forever Green

"The Girls Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) Take Action project encourages girls to be leaders in protecting natural resources and improving the environment. Troop 10571, led by Cindy Tibbetts and comprised of students from Vanderlyn and Dunwoody Elementary will also focus on the Reduce Plastic Waste initiative. "

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EPA Keeps Surface Mining Water Quality Guidelines

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged tight limits Thursday on the practice of dumping waste into Appalachian valley waterways from the surface mine blasting of mountain ridges above."

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A Reprieve for Western Water Users

"The 12-year drought on the Colorado River has made it clear that water can go down in the reservoirs considerably faster than it can go up. Tens of millions of people and much of the nation's agricultural production depend on water from the Colorado River."

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The Growing Water Crisis in the Middle East

"Future water scarcity will be much more permanent than past shortages, and the techniques governments have used in responding to past disturbances may not be enough."

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Hexavalent Chromium found in Water of 31 U.S. Cities

"An environmental group that analyzed the drinking water in 35 cities across the United States, including Bethesda and Washington, found that most contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen...'""

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The EPA Turns 40

"Today, the EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment--air, water and land--upon which life depends.""

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The Fight Over Water in the South

"For more than 20 years, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have disputed standards for quality and quantity of water in streams that cross all three states' lines.""

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Water Crisis in the West

"Seven states rely on water from the Colorado River for their residents, farms and industries. But a boom in population and development, particularly in the Southwest, has created even higher demand for that water, and an 11 year drought has siphoned off the supply.""

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Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Problem

"...the [blue/green algae] toxin is capable of inducing severe diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Dogs lapping up water along infested shorelines have died of it.""

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Watching Your Water Footprint

"As we become more and more aware that we may be using water at an unsustainable pace, the idea of water footprints—the amount of water an individual uses—is becoming more common.""

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EPA's Clean Water Act in Trouble

Thousands of the nation’s largest water polluters are outside the Clean Water Act’s reach because the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by that law, according to interviews with regulators.

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Washington D.C.'s Lead Problem

A decade ago, a change in disinfection procedures for the city's water supply had the unintended consequence of hastening corrosion of lead pipes, resulting in high lead levels in some homes.

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Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water Supplies

During 1999-2000, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted the first nationwide investigation of the occurrence of pharmaceuticals, hormones and other organic contaminants in 139 streams from 30 states.

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U.S. Fracking Wells in Highly Water-Stressed Regions

"Nearly half of the wells drilled in the U.S. in recent years, 47 percent, are located in river basins with high or extremely high risk of water stress."

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Pennsylvania Regulators Hiding Truth About Fracking Water Pollution

"For Pennsylvania residents who suspect their drinking water has been contaminated by fracking, the situation has long been frustrating."

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Struggle for Water - Fracking vs Farming

"Farmers and environmental activists say they are worried that deep-pocketed energy companies will have purchase on increasingly scarce water supplies as they drill deep new wells that use the technique of hydraulic fracturing."

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EPA Lack of Information on Livestock Farms and Their Runoff

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had failed to regulate pollution from the nation's livestock farms — many capable of generating more waste than some cities — because it lacked information as basic as how many farms even existed."

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How Water-Ready is Your State?

"As climate change affects communities across the U.S., some states are leading the way in preparing for the impacts on water resources. These states are reducing carbon pollution and planning for climate change impacts. Yet many states are not acting and remain woefully unprepared."

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Water Perils in Gas Well Lease

"Americans have signed millions of leases allowing companies to drill on their land in recent years. Fewer than half the leases require companies to compensate landowners for water contamination after drilling begins."

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Texas Drought Causes Water Quality Concerns

"As lake and river levels throughout the state drop due to the intense 13-month drought, concerns about the quality of water supplies in Texas cities are growing."

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Global Water Crisis Could be Solved With Reverse Osmosis

"...Increases in population, contamination of fresh water sources, and climate change will likely contribute to a 66% increase in the percentage of people with limited access to water by 2025."

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EPA Conducts Study of Fracking and Its Effects

"The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen seven natural gas drilling sites where it will conduct case studies to evaluate the impact of hydraulic fracturing on local drinking water."

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Erin Brockovich Continues To Fight Against Chromium-6

"It is something that we need to really begin to look at because it causes a lot of health problems for a whole a lot of people. "The problem is even bigger potentially than what I thought it was, it may be more widespread than I had even thought and I had thought it was pretty widespread."

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Too Much Fluoride Can Damage Teeth

"Less fluoride in drinking water wouldn't lead to more tooth decay, say experts and their professional organizations. Concerned about the effects of excessive fluoridation, the federal government is proposing to lower the amount of fluoride recommended in drinking water."

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Fracking: Gas Drilling and Its Effects on the Environment

Dead livestock, combustible tap water, and earthquakes have all been attributed to 'fracking' and now questions are being raised all over on how safe this decade-old drilling process is.

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A Thirsty Asia

"The risk of conflict over water rights is magnified because China and India are home to more than a third of the world’s population yet have to make do with less than 10 percent of its water.""

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Water: A Basic Human Right

"The right of every human being to safe drinking water and basic sanitation should be recognized and realized. The United Nations estimates that nearly 900 million people live without clean water and 2.6 billion without proper sanitation.""

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Tampa Bay's Well Water Arsenic Problem

"Homeowners who find high levels of arsenic in their private wells should either close their well and connect to a public water supply, or install a filter to trap the arsenic.""

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Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals in the Ohio River

"Dozens of chemicals and pharmaceuticals - antidepressants, veterinary hormones, even cocaine - have been detected in the Ohio River upstream and downstream from Louisville.""

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Crusade Against Bottled Water

"The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us.""

Bottled Water ban in Concord, Mass. may prove unenforceable.

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The Growing Water Shortage

"The challenge of providing enough water safe for human consumption has grown drastically over the past two decades.""

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Boston Boil Water Alert

A major pipe bringing water to the Boston area has sprung a "catastrophic" leak and is dumping eight million gallons of water per hour into the Charles River.

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