Contaminant Removal: 24 Communities, 24 Systems, 24 Hours

According to a 2014 update from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, 748 million people worldwide live without access to clean water every day. In many areas of the world, including in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, the percentage of those lacking access to potable water is much greater. Planet Water Foundation strives to alleviate waterborne disease in the world’s most vulnerable communities by providing access to clean, safe drinking water and hygiene education programs. 

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Installation sprint provides under-served communities clean water

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May 25, 2016
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Contaminant Removal: Making Water Work

One in four—that is a recent estimate of how many people are using a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated. Countless others are accessing water with other types of contaminants. The results are catastrophic: Childhood mortality, chronic illness, lost opportunity for women and girls, and economic under-development prevent communities from thriving. Despite decades of effort with significant progress, the challenge remains. 

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Small water enterprises provide communities access to safe drinking water

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May 25, 2016
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Prescription Collection Service Diverts Drugs from Drain

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
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More than 250 lb of drugs passed into MWRD's collection in less than two days

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) collected 257 lb of drugs for safe disposal as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day.

The event, held at three of the MWRD's water reclamation plants (WRP) and headquarters downtown, provided a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and potential harm to the environment.

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May 16, 2016

SEPTA & EPA Reach Settlement

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations

The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.

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May 6, 2016

Fireworks Likely Caused Water Contamination at Mount Rushmore

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Traditional Independence Day displays contribute to high perchlorate levels

Past fireworks displays are the probable cause of elevated concentrations of a contaminant called perchlorate in groundwater and surface water within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.

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May 4, 2016
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Chinese Groundwater Pollution Recorded at 80%

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South China Morning Post
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Study shows major river basins "too polluted for human contact"

Smog has a greater association to China than water quality, but that will change following a water quality report from the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources. Citing the study, the South China Morning Post reported around 80% of Chinese mainland groundwater resources are not safe for human contact.

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April 13, 2016

Arsenic Removal: The Enemy Below

We are exposed to arsenic every day through fruit juice, vegetables, rice, grains, dust in the air or even pressure-treated lumber. Currently, the primary recognized cause of unintentional arsenic consumption is drinking groundwater that contains it. 

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Resolving arsenic contamination in residential water wells

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March 2, 2016
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Healthy Babies Bright Futures Offers Lead in Water Action Kits to American Families

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Healthy Babies Bright Futures
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Testing lead in water will allow families to detect and reduce their lead exposure

Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is making Lead in Water Action Kits available to families across the U.S. so they can test their tap water for the presence of lead and take action to reduce exposure. HBBF has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer an in-home kit that can detect most lead hazards in water. Each family's water samples are sent for analysis to Virginia Tech's lab - the same lab that uncovered lead contamination in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Flint, Mich.

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February 19, 2016
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AWWA Launches Online Lead Resource Community

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AWWA
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Community is accessible to water professionals, media and the general public

With the crisis in Flint, Mich., vaulting lead risks into the public consciousness, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has launched a Web-based Lead Resource Community accessible to water professionals, media and the general public.

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February 18, 2016
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Blueair Founder Calls for Global War on Air Pollution

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Blueair
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Call comes after new research shows polluted air causes 5.5 million premature deaths every year

New research showing 5.5 million premature deaths are caused every year by polluted air has been described as a shocking wake-up call by the founder and CEO of the global Swedish clean air technology company Blueair, Bengt Rittri.

Rittri said the study by the World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease Project underlined the need both for aggressive government policies to reduce emissions and greater awareness among consumers about how they can take action to protect themselves.

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February 17, 2016
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