Culligan Declares May Drinking Water Month

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PR Newswire
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This is the fourth year that the company has sponsored the initiative

Culligan Intl. has declared May Drinking Water Month. This is the fourth year Culligan has sponsored the month-long initiative, which complements other government- and association-sponsored events like the American Water Works Assn.'s Drinking Water Week, May 6 to 12.

"Drinking water helps us maintain energy, improve concentration, moderate body temperature and even ward off the common cold," said Curt Hilliard, Culligan's senior vice president of marketing. "Raising awareness about the importance and role water plays in our lives is what Drinking Water Month is about."

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May 4, 2012
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Water Quality in Majority of U.S. Well Networks Remains Unchanged Over Decades

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USGS
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USGS analysis examined concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids and nitrate in groundwater

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50% of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that compared samples from 1988 to 2000 to samples from 2001 to 2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed to decreases.   

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May 4, 2012
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Water Quality in Majority of U.S. Well Networks Remains Unchanged Over Decades

EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants

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U.S. EPA
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Approximately 6,000 public water systems will begin monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses beginning in 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a list of 28 chemicals and two viruses that approximately 6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013 to 2015 as part of the agency’s unregulated contaminant monitoring program.

The program collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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May 3, 2012
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EPA Finalizes Plan for Next Phase of Toxic Site Cleanup

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U.S. EPA
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The toxic New York site has contaminated the public water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to demolish a building, dig up contaminated soil and sediment and treat the groundwater at the Crown Cleaners of Watertown Inc. Superfund site in Herrings, N.Y.

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April 27, 2012

Particle Characteristic Advantages in Adsorption Technology

A wide range of research and development is being conducted to solve the challenges of providing clean water, with a significant emphasis on drinking water. The research focus has included advanced membrane technology; changing water chemistry to suit the remediation technology of choice; and media modification for increased selectivity, activity and capacity.

The purpose of this study is to focus on sorptive media modification for improved performance.

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Treatment media advancements through application of nano-science

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James Knoll is Metsorb commercial manager, Nichole Pennisi is research and development chemist and Robert Russo, Ph.D., is media manager for Graver Technologies. Knoll can be reached at 800.249.1990 or by e-mail at jknoll@gravertech.com.

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June 1, 2010
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June 1, 2010
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Finding a Way

In many developing areas in Africa, accessing clean drinking water is a serious challenge for thousands of communities. The only sources of water available to their residents often are overrun with bacteria, waste and harmful contaminants. Many times, a family’s only way to obtain potable water is to walk long distances to the nearest well or other groundwater source. Such a task has several adverse effects, particularly on women and children, who may spend much of their time retrieving low-quality water for their families instead of attending school.

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Nonprofit organizations work to provide clean water in Africa

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is contributing editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

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April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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Students Try for EPA Award with Lifesaving Solar-Powered Water Purifier

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students recently showed their design in Washington, D.C.

A portable solar-powered water purifier designed for use by disaster responders has put a team of student engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the running for a national award sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The group, led by Embry-Riddle engineering professors Marc Compere, Mark Fugler and Yan Tang, was one of 45 teams selected by the agency from among 150 applicants around the country and given funding to continue with development of its design.

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April 23, 2012

Sunlight Plus Lime Juice Make Drinking Water Safer

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Researchers found that solar disinfection coupled with lime juice removed harmful bacteria “significantly” faster than solar disinfection alone

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adding lime juice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli significantly faster than solar disinfection alone.

The results are featured in the April 2012 issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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April 18, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

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SFGate.com
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Court dismissed lawsuit that sought to stop a metropolitan water district from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to its public drinking water

On April 10, Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to stop it from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to public drinking water for the purpose of fluoridation.

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April 16, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

Filtronics Inc. Media Receive NSF Certification

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Filtronics Inc.
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The company's Electromedia I and V filtration media are now compliant to NSF/ANSI Standard 61

Filtronics Inc.’s Electromedia I and Electromedia V filtration media now carry certification by NSF Intl. to be compliant to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for contact with water. The review process included an inspection of Filtronics’ manufacturing facility in Anaheim, Calif., and testing of the media materials to ensure the safe use of these filter media in the treatment of drinking water.

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April 10, 2012