EWG warns forever chemicals are contaminating US drinking water at levels far worse than expected

January 24, 2020 by  
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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, persist in the environment , grossly tainting the drinking water of many United States cities, like Miami, New Orleans and Philadelphia. More specifically, findings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveal that the a 2018 estimate of 110 million U.S. citizens being contaminated with PFAS is far below actual numbers. “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals,” shared David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report. “Everyone’s really exposed to a toxic soup of these PFAS chemicals.” Related: Climate change-induced melting of mountain ice threatens global supply of freshwater PFAS are highly fluorinated chemicals that do not break down in the environment. The most infamous PFAS are those associated with Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard. Much of the PFAS contamination is legacy pollution . In fact, both Teflon and Scotchgard were phased out years ago, but these harmful PFAS still persist in the environment — in soils and especially in water , such as the rainwater that supplies drinking water. Despite the original PFAS chemicals being taken off the market, they’ve been replaced by modern PFAS chemicals that might still be just as harmful, if not more so. These modern PFAS chemicals lurk in packaging, stain-resistant furnishings, water-repellent clothing and items, cosmetics and personal care products and firefighting foam. What’s worrisome, too, is that PFAS can accumulate in the human body, thus compromising health . Cancer, disease, endocrine disruption, reproductive issues, low birth weights and a host of other compromised health incidences are some of the consequences of drinking PFAS-tainted water. EWG is advocating for tougher regulations and laws to reduce PFAS chemicals in drinking water and consumer products to help reduce human exposure to these toxins . Some states are ramping up their efforts to reduce PFAS in the drinking water by banning PFAS-based food packaging or firefighting foam. But more work is still needed. + EWG Via The Guardian and Reuters Image via Arcaion

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How corporations are changing our freshwater future

February 1, 2017 by  
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Companies such as REI, Silk and Coca-Cola have joined into partnerships with non-governmental organizations to expand corporate stewardship of our drinking water.

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Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

August 5, 2011 by  
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Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be mixed with reservoir remains for a refreshing and clean H2O cocktail. Read the rest of Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colorado river municipal water district , conservation , crmwd , drinking , drinking water , Drought , filtered water , green design , green infrastructure , greywater , h20 , infrastructure , municipal water , orange county , potable , potable water , purification plant , rainfall , recycled water , reservoir , reverse osmosis , southern california , tap water , toilet to tap , urine , wastewater , wastewater treatment , water conservation , water issues , water management , West Texas

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Aquacube: A green answer to world’s water woes

August 2, 2011 by  
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Nisha Changrani: Aquacube Water treatment system Water is life’s basic necessity and without it life cannot be imagined. Yet millions across the world are denied even this basic necessity. Have you ever tried to track the main reason behind it, keeping in mind that 71 percent of the earth’s surface bears a bountiful presence of water? The reason is that only a fraction of this huge percentage is potable. The scenario has been getting worse eternally with the eternal increase in population and of course, industries. Picture Gallery Aquacube Water treatment system A huge quantum of clean water regularly gets gulped up by factories and industries, only to release out sleathy streams of polluted remains. True, this entire waste matter cannot be recycled, but atleast the least possible must be done to make a light polluted source usable. Well, this is absolutely possible now. Thanks to the ground breaking innovation of Hugh O’Donnell and Dr. Keith Gavin – Aquacube. This marvelous product will turn filthy water into potable water. Isn’t it good news for all the poor people out there! Especially for women in the under developed countries of the world. It’s a pitiable sight to see these souls track distances in order to fetch some quenching fluid for their families. About how the entire thing is going to work out is certainly a pleasant surprise. The water treatment plants will be housed in shipping containers which will have all the necessary equipment and power supply. The containers would also contain huge tanks for water storage. The most novel thing about the entire system is that a suitable method is undertaken to treat diverse types of water. And the treated water, apart to be used for drinking purposes, will also be available for industrial and irrigation purposes. Aquacube is designed to be operated with minimum infrastructure and under the most demanding situations. Managed by small community groups, Aquacube is the perfect solution for people living in countries like Africa where the availability of clean drinking water is often the biggest problem. The shipping containers are supposed to be established near the villages to supply clean water. One of the biggest advantages offered by Aquacube would be the long waited respite from water borne diseases. It is not an uncommon knowledge that a considerable proportion of infant deaths around the globe bears testimony to water borne germs. Adults have also not been forgiven its glory. Availability of potable water would mean fewer deaths among children due to diseases like cholera, diarrhea, and typhoid. Via: iGreenspot

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Study Finds Sources of Estrogen in Water, More Due to Agriculture Than Birth Control

December 22, 2010 by  
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Image: “Are Oral Contraceptives a Significant Contributor to the Estrogenicity of Drinking Water?” by Amber Wise, et.

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How Much Should A Tiny House Plan Cost?

December 22, 2010 by  
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Image credit houseplans.com Dan Gregory, editor of Houseplans.com , writes that Lester Walker, author of American Shelter and a Little House of My Own, now has his plans for sale on the site.

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Millions of Dead Fish Poison Bolivian Drinking Water

August 30, 2010 by  
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Image credit: psyberartist /Flickr In the northern hemisphere, the winter of 2010 was notable for its unpredictability and extreme conditions. From East Coast blizzards to a devastating cold snap in Florida , cities struggled to to keep pace and entire ecosystems hovered on the brink of collapse. Now, as winter wears on in the Southern Hemisphere, Bolivia is reeling from uncharacteristically cold weat…

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The 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign (Video)

August 30, 2010 by  
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Roads in Residential Areas Should be Safe for All In residential areas, lowering the speed limit for cars not only reduces the number of accidents, injuries and deaths, but it also revitalises the neighborhood by encouraging more people to walk and bike. When people feel safe on the streets, they use greener forms of transportation more often. That’s the main argument of the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign in the UK, and looking at the results in areas where the 20 MPH speed limit was implemented, it looks like they a…

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DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

February 19, 2010 by  
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Every year 2.5 million people die from thirst or from drinking polluted water, and The United Nations expects that by the year 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will be suffering from water shortage.

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