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  • Access to drinking water deteriorating

    UN statistics show that there is a great disparity in the results of the current water and sanitation policies between rural and urban areas. In the rural half of the world - where the needs are currently numerically the highest - it has been possible to improve access to water and sanitation in the past decade. On the contrary, in the urban half of the world, despite having provided access to ...

  • Lead in EU drinking water

    A study published in the Journal of Water and Health examines the presence of lead in drinking water in the EU and the problems with obtaining accurate data. The authors estimate that about 25% of EU households will have a lead pipe, meaning that around 120 million people are potentially exposed to health risks. Before the 1970s, water suppliers would only consider corrective action if lead ...

  • Celebrate Drinking Water Week

    Missouri American Water joins the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in recognizing May 6 – 12 as National Drinking Water Week -- a time to recognize the vital role that drinking water plays in our daily lives. A few simple steps at home can help protect the rivers and wells that are the source of our water. Watershed protection is the common thread that ...


    By American Water

  • STL ready for the Water Framework Directive

    European legislation detailing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2003, providing a clear framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of water across Europe. We have been working on a development programme to help organisations meet the analytical requirements of the new Directive, and are now able to offer the majority of analysis. The Directive ...


  • Don’t drink the water – Thousands in Canada can’t drink their water

    A new report from the Council of Canadians reveals that as of January there were 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect across Canada, warning people not to drink their water straight from the tap. The report, On Notice for a Drinking Water Crisis is the first in many years to document the drinking water advisories (DWA) across Canada. On Notice reveals that there were ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Potable Tanks For Drinking Water Storage

    With all of the recent talk surrounding water restrictions in farming, from abstraction restrictions, the EU water directive and impending mains water rate rises, we’ve raised the subject of rainwater tanks a great deal, but what about water fit for human consumption? The Enduramaxx range of potable tanks can store water, including mains water for human consumption, thanks to them being ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • BRIDGE provides thresholds for EU Water Framework Directive

    The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) defines chemical status objectives for groundwater and related monitoring obligations but does not yet provide criteria to assess chemical status compliance. Now researchers from EU project BRIDGE (Background Criteria for the Identification of Groundwater Thresholds) have investigated 14 representative bodies of groundwater and developed thresholds that can ...

  • 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 ...

  • Senators Want Drinking Water Standard for Perchlorate

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who serves as the new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has introduced two bills to protect people from drinking water contaminated by the toxic chemical perchlorate. One bill would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to promptly establish a ...

  • Irish EPA issues report on drinking water quality

    On January 24th the EPA released Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland: A Report for the Years 2006 – 2007. The report was based on the results of over 220,000 individual analyses of drinking water samples. This was the first report since the EPA was given new powers under the EC Drinking Water Regulations. These provide a greater level of consumer protection by requiring public ...

  • A New Step Towards Clean Drinking Water in the USA

    A new rule to protect drinking water was issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 27. The Clean Water Rule clarifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act, created in 1972, has been effective for decades in protecting drinking water in the United ...


    By Earth Day Network

  • Using the rays of the sun to convert sea- to drinking water

    Many of the world's remote areas with water shortages also have three things in abundance: Sun, wind and sea. How renewable energies can be harnessed more effectively in the future to transform salty seawater and brackish water into drinking water is the subject of a current study issued by an EU initiative dubbed 'ProDes'. Worldwide, more and more people are obtaining their drinking water ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • DSM’s EcoPaXX tapping into drinking water-contact applications

    Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, is taking its EcoPaXX® polyamide into an important new market - drinking water contact applications. Use of this material offers a high-performance, lead-free option for applications such as faucet mixing valves. The water management market is looking for high-performance polymers that are able to ...


    By DSM

  • Studies find methane in Pennsylvania drinking water

    New research in Pennsylvania demonstrates that it's hard to nail down how often natural gas drilling is contaminating drinking water: One study found high levels of methane in some water wells within a half-mile of gas wells, while another found some serious methane pollution occurring naturally, far away from drilling. The findings represent a middle ground between critics of the drilling ...


    By Associated Press

  • DSM’s EcoPaXX tapping into drinking water-contact applications

    Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, is taking its EcoPaXX polyamide into an important new market - drinking water contact applications. Use of this material offers a high-performance, lead-free option for applications such as faucet mixing valves. The water management market is looking for high-performance polymers that are able to withstand the ...


    By DSM

  • AquaClear™ drinking water turbidimeter...the choice is clear!

    Attached is a brief product release highlighting one of our primary products serving drinking water treatment professionals interested in the AWWA Conference coming up this June in Atlanta. It is for our AquaClear™ Low-Range Turbidimeter that meets the USEPA requirements for filter monitoring, and does so in a cost-effective, simple to use online package. AquaSensors manufactures innovative ...

  • Screening for antibiotic-resistant bacteria in drinking water

    Harmful bacteria in water are of concern, especially if they are resistant to antibiotics. A new Portuguese study reports on levels of a group of bacteria, staphylococci, in three different types of water in the treatment cycle and analyses their resistance to antibiotics. 'Coagulase-negative staphylococci' (CNS) are common and usually harmless. However, some CNS can cause skin infections when ...

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