Category Archives: Water problems

Banana Peels Purify Water

According to a study in the American Chemical Society’s journal, minced banana peels can very effectively remove heavy metals, like lead and copper, from water. If this proves out, banana peels could provide a cheap, sustainable solution for purification of … Continue reading

In The News, Water and Health, Water problems, Water Purification

Mayor Hides Contaminated Water Source for Over Twenty Years!

From 1985 to 2007, the village of Crestwood Illinois used a well known to be contaminated with vinyl chloride for up to 20% of its water supply while telling residents that the supply came from Lake Michigan.  Vinyl Chloride is … Continue reading

In The News, Water and Health, Water problems, Water Purification

More Nestle Troubles vs. Environmentalists

Nestle is raising salmon in municipal well water to determine if tapping 100 million gallons of local spring water in a small Oregon town is feasible.  Faced with decreasing revenue in its massive bottled water empire, Nestle is getting creative … Continue reading

Bottled Water, Green Water, In The News, Water problems

CDC Reports Nitrate Contamination in California

Based on 15 years of data, a new report shows that over 2 million Californians have had harmful levels of nitrates in their water.  Nitrate sources include fertilizer, animal manure, and wastewater treatment.  According to the report, Nitrates are linked … Continue reading

In The News, Water problems, Water Purification

Water Softener Study – Energy Savings for Soft Water

The Battelle Study, initiated by the Water Quality Research Foundation, found that water softeners save a good deal of energy and money.  In fact, softeners were found to be one of “the best” energy savers available to households, especially with … Continue reading

Green Water, Water problems, Water Purification, water softeners

State Bottled Water Spending Investigated

Corporate Accountability International, a nonprofit group, reported the bottled water spending of 5 states – Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon.  Spending ranged from $78,000 to $475,000.  Citing the irony of the government itself choosing bottled water over tap … Continue reading

Bottled Water, reverse osmosis, Water problems, Water Purification

Sick Water Kills Millions

On World Water Day, the UN released a report stating that polluted water creates illnesses that fill more than half of the world’s hospital beds.  They estimate that 3.7 percent of all deaths are related to polluted water, which is … Continue reading

Bottled Water, In The News, Water problems

Legal But Unhealthy Water

The New York Times is taking a deep look at tap water through a series of articles examining various aspects of tap water, pollution, and related issues.  The following article looks at the 35 year old Safe Drinking Water Act, … Continue reading

reverse osmosis, Water problems, Water Purification

20 Percent of US Water Violates Safe Drinking Water Act

  Okay, so that is pretty alarming.  Twenty percent is a significant figure.  According to the New York Times, this figure includes only significant violations, not paperwork or minor problems.  One in five of our water treatment systems have violated … Continue reading

reverse osmosis, Water problems, Water Purification

$11 Billion for California Water Infrastructure

  Governor Schwarzennegger signed a $11.14 billion bond bill to help fix California’s aging water infrastructure.  As I’ve mentioned a few times, our State (and National) water infrastructure is in serious danger after decades of neglect, so some attention is … Continue reading

In The News, Water problems