Policy brief outlines necessary actions to ensure safe and clean drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new policy brief recommended how governments, non-state actors and communities in sub-Saharan Africa can contribute to meeting the United Nations’ 2015 Millennium Development Goal on ensuring safe and clean drinking water.
Funds will help develop water treatment methods to keep contaminants out of drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced almost $1.5 million in funding to three universities to develop sustainable drinking water treatment methods. The research grants are funded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program. These grants, which supplement last year’s grants to eight other universities, are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people’s health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water.
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Jaguar Land Rover's 50th project in five years, LifeStraw, will help provide safe drinking water in Kenya
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed support of its 50th global carbon dioxide offset project in five years, the LifeStraw project, which is providing safe drinking water in Kenya.
Over the last five years, working with ClimateCare, Jaguar Land Rover has invested in 50 carbon reduction projects in 17 different countries. Some of the first projects it supported distributed more than 180,000 new, fuel-efficient stoves in Uganda, Ghana and Cambodia, reducing emissions and improving indoor air quality.
Mraz’s collaboration with Brita supports environmentally responsible touring
Musician Jason Mraz has long avoided single-use plastic water bottles. Now, he is using his North American tour to encourage others to do the same.
Mraz is partnering with Brita and its FilterForGood Music Project to encourage music fans to reduce their bottled water waste during his "Tour is a Four Letter Word" tour. The 37-stop tour started Aug. 9, 2012, and runs through Oct. 7.
Wastewater from fracking could pollute surface water and drinking water sources
Risk analysts have concluded that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) wells producing natural gas in the intensively developed Marcellus Shale region poses a substantial potential risk of river and other water pollution. That conclusion, analysts say, calls for regulators and others to consider additional mandatory steps to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination from salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, such as uranium, radium and radon from the rapidly expanding fracking industry.
Algae outbreaks ruining river, drinking water plant and quality of life, according to Earthjustice
On behalf of Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, Earthjustice filed suit today in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because the agency is allegedly repeatedly violating water protection laws in southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River.
The state of Ohio is collecting water samples from homes and public water systems to determine arsenic levels throughout the region
The state of Ohio is determining regions with elevated arsenic levels in groundwater by collecting water samples from homes and public water systems. State health officials are using workshops to educate the public about the dangers of ingesting arsenic and offering tests for arsenic contamination in well water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates public water systems, but it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells.
Earthy, musty taste and smell in drinking water in two Southern California counties could persist for weeks
Some residents in parts of two Southern California counties may notice a musty taste and odor in their tap water, but it is an aesthetic problem caused by an algae bloom and is not a health hazard, according to water quality experts.
Officials at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said the taste and odor event is affecting tap water in eastern Los Angeles County communities, as well as southwestern San Bernardino County. The impacts may vary as local agencies blend imported water with local supplies.
Company pilot project wins International Water Assn. Award
The Coca-Cola Co. has developed and tested at commercial scale a first-of-its-kind beverage process water recovery system to produce high-quality water that meets and/or exceeds drinking water standards for use in non-product activities such as clean in place and bottle washing. The system expands the range of manufacturing applications for recovered process water and sets precedent for conservation and reuse in the beverage industry.