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Water Quality Association – Convention is Canceled

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the 2020 WQA Convention & Expo has been canceled.   Find out more about this year’s canceled convention by visiting this year’s FAQ page. But this isn’t the end of the conversation! Check out the great content throughout WQA’s site and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about water quality issues,…

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3M and Toxic Water: The High Price of Innovation

The Fallout of Forever Chemicals in Woodbury Minnesota In the early 2000’s, 3M stopped production of PFAS chemicals, also known as “Forever Chemicals.” These toxins, used by 3M since the early 1950’s, were manufactured for products such as stain repellents and nonstick cookware. They are durable and useful for a variety of purposes. They also…

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Forever Chemicals – They’re Everywhere and They’re Not Going Away

Advancements in technology and manufacturing are not without their ripple effects throughout our world. Manmade chemicals, known as “forever chemicals,” have come out of the innovations of manufacturing. These chemicals are technically known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They have a bio-engineered chemical structure that resists breaking down in the environment. Forever chemicals don’t go away.…

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Lead In the Water

Testing in White Bear Lake shows lead in homes built before 1986. WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – The city of White Bear Lake, in the northeast metro of the Twin Cities, regularly conducts tests of tap water in homes around the city. In recent tests, 4 out of 30 homes tested positive for elevated levels of…

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Toxins in Water Aren’t Always Monitored by the EPA

Legislators have begun targeting corporations more aggressively for their roles in the manufacturing of “forever chemicals” such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. As this targeting has increased, companies like 3M and Dupont have begun to pour millions of dollars into protecting their processes and their production from litigation and restriction. Both have been…

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A Gallon of Water a Day: A Challenge To Consider!

How Much Water Should I Be Drinking? There are many different theories out there. For years, you heard “8 glasses a day” was the standard for water intake. Then, a few years ago, people in lab coats on TV started saying that 8 was an arbitrary number. No amount of reading or research will get…

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Toxic Water Plagues an Already Devastated California Town

After massive flames were controlled and smoke cleared, the true impact of last November’s Camp Fire, centered in Paradise, California was beginning to be uncovered. More than 150,000 acres and almost 19,000 structures destroyed. At least 85 lives lost. It’s devastation to the region goes beyond what anyone could have predicted and its long-term effects…

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Radium in Spring Lake Park

Risks in the Water for Spring Lake Park Residents of Spring Lake Park, MN should have their water tested for excess amounts of radium. Radium occurs naturally from runoff, soil, rock, and groundwater sources. When ingested, 80% of it is naturally expelled through digestion, while the remainder remains in the body. Last summer, the Department…

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