3M and Toxic Water: Woodbury Continues It’s Fight against Toxins
3M’s Impact on Twin Cities Water Supplies Continues to be Felt On February 3rd of 2020, a 7th well in Woodbury, MN was shut down due to the presence of PFAS (an abbreviated version of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the water. Decades ago, 3M dumped materials that contained these PFAS chemicals into city waste…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
Can You Taste Toxic Water?
Bad smells and tastes are an indicator of bad water. But not always. Some people trust their palate when it comes to what kind of water is safe to drink. The tastes and smells of bleach, iron, and other obvious toxins convince them that they can intuitively gauge the drinkability of their tap water. The…Read More
What’s Making Your Water Smell?
Does Your Water Smell Bad? Smelly water could be an indication of problems in your home or problems in your city. Depending on what you smell in your water and what time of year you’re smelling it, the solution is going to vary. But first, you need to find a way to isolate the smell.…Read More
Winter, Road Salt & Your Water: The Truth About the Salt from Our Streets
Winter time in northern states can be brutal on our cars, our energy bills, and on our psyche. Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately called SAD), according to Mayo Clinic, happens for most people from late fall and through the winter months, with short days, cold temperatures, and gray skies. Energy bills can double and sometimes even…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Salem Oregon is in Toxic Water
In May of 2018, Oregon’s capital city of Salem found itself in both a water crisis and a PR crisis. Toxic algae blooms were detected at an out of state lab in water that had been pulled out of the North Santiam River. The North Santiam provides the city of Salem and its surrounding area…Read More
Can You Drink Your Cabin’s Water?
For some, “cabin life” is a little bit more rugged than for others. Some cabins are more like houses. Some are rickety old shacks in the woods. Some have bathrooms; some outhouses. Some cabins are connected to electricity while others run on generators. However you define the word “cabin” in your family, there’s one thing…Read More