Fifty Global Projects Offset 5.2 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide in Five Years

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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.

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August 29, 2012

Jason Mraz Teams Up With Brita FilterForGood Music Project to Reduce Bottled Water Waste

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Market Watch
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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.

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August 17, 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks, Analysts Say

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Market Watch
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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.

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August 7, 2012

Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Florida's Caloosahatchee River

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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.

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July 24, 2012
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Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Florida's Caloosahatchee River

Ohio Begins Testing of Arsenic Levels in Drinking Water

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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.

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July 23, 2012

No Health Hazard from California Tap Water with Unpleasant Taste, Odor

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Market Watch
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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.

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July 16, 2012

Coca-Cola Pilots Water Recovery System, Wins IWA Award

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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.

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July 10, 2012

Covest Sourcing Network, Nestle Waters Sign Bottled and Filtered Water Agreement

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CoVest has entered into an agreement with Nestle Waters to provide small bottle, 5-gal jug, filtered water systems and coffee brewer services to members

The CoVest Sourcing Network, a Group Purchasing Organization based in Cleveland, has entered into an agreement with Nestle Waters to provide small bottle, 5-gal jug, filtered water systems and coffee brewer services to its members.

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July 9, 2012

WWIF Vows to Step Up Water Treatment Efforts in the Dominican Republic

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WWIF founder Guillermo Guzman has vowed to step up WWIF's water treatment efforts in the Batey of San Jose Ulloa of the Dominican Republic

Guillermo Guzman, founder of Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF), had a chance to spend time with the management of the Good Samaritan Hospital, the nonprofit organization in charge of the Hydraid Biosand filters distribution center in the Dominican Republic.

Guzman, who was visiting the Batey of San Jose Ulloa in late June, was able to visit with residents who had nothing but praise for the hospital and the individuals running the distribution center.

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July 5, 2012

Canadian Bottled Water Tested Safe

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100% of the 300 bottled water samples tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not contain microcystins

After testing 300 samples, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found that 100% of the bottled water samples tested for toxins known as microcystins met Health Canada's standards.

The CFIA tested 300 samples of domestic and imported bottled water products (i.e., unflavored carbonated, mineral and spring water) in plastic and glass bottles sold in retail stores in 10 Canadian cities. None of the samples contained detectable levels of microcystins.

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July 3, 2012