Source water key to bacterial water safety in remote Northern Australia

In the wet-dry topics of Australia, drinking water in remote communities is often sourced from groundwater bores. The geochemistry of that groundwater impacts the occurrence of opportunistic pathogens in the drinking water supply, researchers now report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Many aquifers in the tropics of Northern Australia are Continue Reading

Water treatment cuts parasitic roundworm infections affecting 800 million people

Roundworm infections can be reduced significantly simply by improving the treatment and quality of drinking water in high risk regions, according to an international team of researchers led by Tufts University. The discovery emerged from a two-year study, published in PloS Medicine, which examined the effects of water quality, sanitation, Continue Reading

Removing heavy metals from water: Activated charcoal from palm kernel cake is a low cost biosorbent

Contaminated water contains all sorts of harmful toxins that can result in dangerous diseases in humans. This has led scientists to devise various ways to decontaminate water —-so much so that decontamination has become an industry of its own. One of the primary objectives of decontamination is to remove heavy Continue Reading

GenX chemical has contaminated the water in North Carolina, residents troubled by lack of information

Like an unfolding nightmare, the area contaminated by cancer-causing GenX continues to grow. The Fayetteville Observer reported that North Carolina officials have once more broadened the area in Bladen County where ground water is at risk. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is investigating wells as far as 2 Continue Reading

Legionella bacteria in municipal water systems has killed or sickened thousands – is anything being done to address the problem?

As Legionnaires’ disease continues to claim hundreds of lives and thousands of victims, the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine assembled an investigatory team who will look into the best ways to keep the lethal Legionella bacteria out of vulnerable plumbing systems, water works and lungs, reported a Continue Reading

Flint’s lead-contaminated water caused deadly outbreak of respiratory disease that killed 12, says new report

Striking findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and mBio reveal just how deadly the the Flint, Michigan water crisis was. According to the new data, the contamination prompted a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the area which killed 12 people and infected 80 more. Scientists confirmed that Continue Reading

Community in Virginia seeks water pollution resolution from mega meat producer Tyson foods

Tyson Foods rejected the adoption of a water stewardship policy, reported a WMDT news article, even as concerned residents of a Virginia county demanded the world’s second-biggest meat producer clean up its act. Shareholders gathered at Tyson’s headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas for an annual meeting to discuss and vote on Continue Reading

California to start recycling sewer water into tap water… and yes, it’s full of insane chemicals

Water has apparently become so scarce in the Golden State that some municipalities are about to begin piping recycled sewer water back into people’s homes, new reports indicate. The California State Water Resources Control Board recently announced new regulations that will allow treated wastewater to be reused as drinking water, Continue Reading

Greener AND more nutritious: Tomatoes grown with half the water have the same quality plus higher concentration of carotenoids

Farmers are constantly trying to figure out how they can conserve water without sacrificing the quality of their crops, so a new discovery from University of Seville researchers will be welcome news. According to their findings, cherry tomatoes that are grown with half the amount of water that is normally Continue Reading

Chemists create simple, natural method for breaking down water pollution

A study published in the international journal Angewandte Chemie has discovered a simple, natural method for breaking down pollutants in water. A team of researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) developed a new process on how to easily and cost-effectively disintegrate stubborn pollutants in water. The method developed by Continue Reading

Fracking pollutes the water; chemicals contribute to breast cancer by causing uncontrolled cell division

Laboratory mice are subject to many of the vulnerabilities that affect humans. So, when a recently-released study warns that female lab mice developed pre-cancerous growths in their mammary glands after they were exposed to high levels of chemicals used for fracking, it stands to reason there’s something toxic about those Continue Reading

170 million Americans may have toxic levels of radium in their tap water

A dangerous radioactive element could be lurking in your tap water. It’s odorless, invisible, and tasteless but it’s affecting up to 170 million Americans every day. This naturally occurring carcinogen leeches into the water supply from deep rock aquifers and is not filtered out of the water before it heads to your tap. Radium-226 Continue Reading