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  • US drinking water contaminated by pharmaceuticals

    A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation has claimed. Water in 24 metropolitan areas, including Detroit, Louisville, southern California and Northern New Jersey is particularly at risk. The report says the ...

  • Contamination Threatens Tucson Drinking Water

    TUCSON, Arizona, July 16, 2007 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday ordered the Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force to clean up a migrating plume of contaminated groundwater at the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site. Under the order, Raytheon, formerly Hughes Aircraft, and the U.S. Air Force are required to treat two solvents, trichloroethylene (TCE) and ...

  • 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 ...

  • PFOS not widespread contaminant of drinking water

    Although limited data exists on perfluorinated chemicals in water, a recent study published in CIWEM’s Water and Environment Journal has found that perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) is not a widespread contaminant of drinking water in England. PFOS has a number of industrial and commercial uses, including as a surfactant for fire-fighting foam, a mist suppressant for metal-plating baths and ...

  • Drinking water experts to address contaminants found in water

    Drinking water experts will convene at the Sacramento Convention Center, February 5 and 6 for a symposium focused on inorganic contaminants found in water. The Inorganic Contaminants Symposium will feature presentations and seminars led by renowned U.S. and international experts. Topics include: new techniques for treatment and analysis of drinking water, new challenges and risk assessment ...

  • Public comment sought on US drinking water contaminants

    The US EPA is asking for public comment on a list of 104 possible drinking water contaminants that may need to be regulated in the future to ensure the continued protection of drinking water. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA includes on the draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL) currently unregulated contaminants that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and which may ...

  • 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 ...

  • Drinking Water Contaminant Categories Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses various drinking water contaminant categories.  “Access to clean water is a crucial ingredient for a healthy life,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • Contaminants monitored for safe drinking water act

    As part of its commitment to implement sensible protections of drinking water for communities across the country, and as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing thirty currently unregulated contaminants for monitoring in water systems, and submitting this proposal for public comment. The comment period will allow the public and other ...

  • 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 ...


  • EPA determines regulation not needed for 11 potential drinking water contaminants

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has made a final determination not to regulate 11 contaminants on the second drinking water contaminant candidate list (CCL 2). The agency has concluded that the contaminants do not occur nationally in public water systems, or occur at levels below a public health concern. The agency's final regulatory determination is based on extensive review of health ...

  • System monitors for drinking water contamination on-line and in real time

    INTRODUCING WISE® Water Infrastructure Sensing Equipment On-line, real-time, chemical and biological water contamination detection   Drinking water systems are vulnerable to chemical spills, pollution, natural and man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism.  Until WISE™, there has never been a single, integrated system capable of detecting and reporting biological and chemical ...


    By ECSI International, Inc.

  • Aqwise developing advanced biological treatment system for drinking water nitrate contamination

    Aqwise, provider of advanced solutions for wastewater treatment, has signed a cooperation agreement with 'Mekorot', Israel's national water company, for field-testing an advanced biological treatment technology for Nitrate contamination in drinking water. The agreement was signed in the framework of WaTechTM, Mekorot’s entrepreneurship, investments and partnership center for water technologies. ...

  • US drinking water and watersheds widely contaminated by hormone disrupting pesticide, Atrazine

    A widely used pesticide known to impact wildlife development and, potentially, human health has contaminated watersheds and drinking water throughout much of the United States, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Banned by the European Union, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in U.S. waters and is a known endocrine disruptor, which ...

  • 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 ...

  • New EPA list of drinking water contaminants for regulatory consideration

    EPA is releasing its third list of drinking water contaminants that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and may require regulation. EPA will continue to evaluate and collect data on the contaminants, and determine by 2013 for some of them whether or not to propose drinking water regulations. The contaminant candidate list (CCL 3) includes 104 chemical contaminants or groups ...

  • EPA to work with drinking water systems to monitor unregulated contaminants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today 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, which collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water, but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe ...

  • Private U.S. Drinking Water Wells Contaminated with Arsenic and Other Harmful Elements

    Geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently discovered that 13 percent of untreated drinking water contains at least one potentially dangerous element at a concentration exceeding federal regulations or guidelines, reports Scientific American. Researchers checked private wells for 24 trace elements and found that they taint more wells than other pollutants, such as pesticides and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Drinking water in Gaza Strip contaminated with high levels of nitrate

    Palestinian and German scientists have recommended to the authorities in the Gaza Strip that they take immediate measures to combat excessive nitrate levels in the drinking water. 90 per cent of their water samples were found to contain nitrate concentrations that were between two and eight times higher than the limit recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), say the researchers from ...

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