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  • EPA Designates Mahomet Aquifer as `Sole Source` of Drinking Water in East-Central Illinois

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a decision to designate a portion of the Mahomet Aquifer system as a sole source aquifer. More than half of the population in east-central Illinois relies on the Mahomet Aquifer system as a source of drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act gives EPA authority to designate all or part of an aquifer as a "sole source" if contamination of ...

  • Drinking recycled water?

    The Australian Government National Water Commission funded a study to establish an approach to assess the quality of water treated using managed aquifer recharge. Researchers at Australia’s CSIRO Land and Water set out to determine if the en product would meet standard drinking water guidelines. At the Parafield Aquifer Storage, Transfer and Recovery research project in South Australia, the ...

  • EPA orders Dona Ana county and Las Cruces to clean drinking water aquifer

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an order to Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces to clean a contaminated ground water aquifer under the city. The aquifer has been used by the City of Las Cruces for drinking water and poses an imminent and substantial danger to anyone who drinks from it. The city and county will be required to build a system that will ...

  • Turning stormwater into drinking water

    CSIRO scientists have bottled ‘Recharge’ , pure drinking water that was once stormwater. “This is an exciting demonstration of the value of stormwater and the drinking water that can be produced from it by using a combination of natural treatment processes and engineered methods,” CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Urban Water Stream Leader Dr Peter Dillon said. The water was captured ...

  • Drinking water wells vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States ...

  • Technical Announcement: Bacteria No Match for Deep Floridan Aquifer

    A first of its kind study has the potential to impact future regulatory decisions on disinfection practices for water prior to its recharge or following its storage in the Floridan Aquifer. The U.S Geological Survey report found that coliform bacteria die off faster in a regional aquifer system ...

  • California authorizes oilfield dumping into protected aquifers

    Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show. While some of the permits go back decades, an Associated ...


    By Associated Press

  • USGS study finds drinking water contaminated, but safe to drink

    A recent United States Geological Survey (USGS) study of public drinking water wells in California, Connecticut, Nebraska and Florida found that some were contaminated, but in amounts so minimal, human health was unlikely to be affected. The USGS tracked the movement of contaminants in groundwater and public-supply wells in four different aquifers.According to the USGS, wells are not equally ...


  • U.S. EPA Seeks Public Comment on Mahomet Aquifer Designation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed approval of a petition to designate a portion of the Mahomet Aquifer system in east-central Illinois as a sole source aquifer. EPA’s public comment period on the proposed designation begins March 13 and closes June 12, 2014. The Safe Drinking Water Act gives EPA authority to designate an aquifer as a sole or principal source of ...

  • Students recognized for protecting drinking water sources

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized three elementary and middle schools and one college in the Schuylkill River Watershed today for their environmental projects which help educate the public about the value of protecting sources of drinking water. The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) Drinking Water Scholastic Awards were presented to recipients at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed ...

  • Fertilisers linked to contaminated drinking water in Evros, Greece

    In a new study, samples of drinking water from the north-east of Greece have been found to exceed European limits for nitrates, sulphates and phosphates - chemicals that are linked to health problems such as reproductive disorders and cancer. The research has produced a map of the Evros area showing the location of 64 water sampling sites and found that pollution levels are highest in areas with ...

  • NGWA publishes best practices for groundwater professionals on aquifer storage and recovery

    A new set of best suggested practices (BSPs) for groundwater professionals involved in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects has been approved by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). First conceptualized in 2010, NGWA’s Best Suggested Practices for Aquifer Storage and Recovery has been developed through consensus of industry professionals with day-to-day experience in ASR ...

  • UNESCO publishes first world map of underground transboundary aquifers

    UNESCO is publishing the first-ever world map of shared aquifers to coincide with the submission to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 27 October of a draft Convention on Transboundary Aquifers. Almost 96% of the planet’s freshwater resources are to be found in underground aquifers, most of which straddle national boundaries. Despite its strategic importance, no global inventory of ...


    By UNESCO

  • Drinking water of 41m Americans contaminated with pharmaceuticals

    An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine. 'People think that if ...

  • Study: Two major U.S. aquifers contaminated by natural uranium

    Nearly 2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California live above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium that is mobilized by human-contributed nitrate, according to a study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Data from roughly 275,000 groundwater samples in the High Plains and Central Valley aquifers show that many Americans live less than two-thirds of a mile from ...

  • Studies reveal why drinking water wells are vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States receive ...

  • US$2bn stimulus for drinking water just a small portion of total activity

    Some 900 projects with $2.0 billion in stimulus support are moving forward.  But they represent a small portion of the total activity in municipal drinking water.  Some of the recent project updates in the McIlvaine North American Public Water Plants and People testify to the larger scale of activity. Davie, FL is targeting $100 million for a reverse osmosis facility and other upgrades.  Palm ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Water pollution exceeds drinking-standard limits in many OECD farming areas

    Pollution of rivers, lakes, and aquifers exceeds recommended limits for drinking water in farming areas in many OECD countries, according to a new OECD report. Environmental Performance of Agriculture in OECD Countries since 1990 shows that excess levels of nitrates, phosphorus or pesticides were found in more than one out of 10 monitoring sites in 13 OECD countries. Treating pesticide- and ...

  • What`s in your water? Disinfectants create toxic by-products in drinking water and public swimming pools

    Although perhaps the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the disinfection of water, a recent study now shows that the chemicals used to purify the water we drink and use in swimming pools react with organic material in the water yielding toxic consequences. University of Illinois geneticist Michael Plewa said that disinfection by-products (DBPs) in water are the unintended ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • EPA Signs Two Clean Up Decisions in a Continued Effort to Protect Cape Cod Drinking Water

    In its ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Cod aquifer from contamination from historical military training activities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final cleanup strategies for two contaminated areas at Camp Edwards. EPA, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP), has recently determined the appropriate cleanup ...

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