Water Problems

U.S. Mine Sites Causing Water Issues Throughout the Country

Toxic Water Being Pushed Into Water Sources One of the most terrifying paragraphs ever written related to the condition of water in the U.S.: “Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding…

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Minnesota Schools and Problems with Water

Minnesota is known as “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” and with that comes a common misconception that the water in Minnesota is somehow more pure, more drinkable, or less toxic. This misunderstanding is why many people in Minnesota and places like it may not take water purification conversations seriously. The state of Minnesota has passed…

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The Effects of the Fires on Drinking Water

Forest Fires and the Long-Term Devastation to our Drinking Water The fires that tore through California in 2018 burned nearly 1.9 million acres of land, destroyed tens of thousands of homes, businesses, and structures, and upended the lives of millions of people, with one fire alone taking at least 86 lives. The devastation of these…

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Water Issues Don’t Always Happen Somewhere Else

It’s our goal to give people the tools they need to make informed decisions about their water. Contamination and toxic water isn’t something that just happens in less developed countries. It happens in our own communities and our own backyards. It happens from natural disasters. It happens when corporations act carelessly with the industrial waste…

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The Dangers from Your Shower Head

The assumption is often made that, when you’re showering, you’re doing so in water that is free of contaminants and bacteria. But that truly is an assumption. As water passes through the pipes in your home and through your showerhead, it builds up biofilm (a fancy word for gunk) that holds bacteria. These bacteria may…

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Fukushima Water Still Contaminated…7 Years Later

Despite previous reports that water contaminated by the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster had been successfully treated, facility operations now reports that the water still must be cleaned. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the nuclear power plant prompted the quarantine and storage of 900,000 tons of contaminated water. Radioactive iodine, tritium, cesium, and…

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Well Water Needs To Be Tested Annually

Water quality is everyone’s responsibility. The Water Quality Association (WQA) has issued a statement about well water quality tests, reminding people that, “homeowners, not government, are responsible for contaminant checks.” This means that water that tastes and smells fine should still be tested for chemicals, toxins, and contaminants at least once a year. Wells are prone…

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Detroit Schools Ditch Drinking Water

Detroit’s public schools have shut off their drinking water. 16 of 24 recently inspected public schools in Detroit tested high for both lead and copper, prompting school officials to make the decision to shut off drinking water supplies throughout the district. The water test results lead to the drinking water in 106 schools being shut…

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3M Water Contamination Woes Continue

Just because we’ve talked about it doesn’t mean it’s over. In what St. Paul’s Pioneer Press calls “a game of environmental whack-a-mole,” Washington County officials have continued this summer to find lethal toxins flowing through area city’s water supplies. In the shadow of the recent settlement with 3M, where they agreed to pay out $850M…

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