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  • Flooding & Sewage Contamination can Result in Exposure to Endotoxins

    With the hurricane season officially here, residents along the Mid-Atlantic are aware of the potential for powerful storms to bring flooding to the region again this summer.  Last year, Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction that impacted countless property owners in the area.   When storms bring heavy rains and flooding a number of environmental concerns are left in the wake of the ...

  • Sewage Contamination from Flooding –Bacterial or Viral?

    The Northeast is preparing for a major hurricane through Sunday.  One of the biggest problems encountered in the aftermath of a hurricane is sewage contaminated storm water and drinking water.  The contamination is from human and animal bacterial and viral sources due to sewage treatment plant failures and storm water overflows.  Contamination from bacteria and viruses are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Sewage Contamination Dangers Exposed in New Educational Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  The video is about sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and the health hazards for building occupants exposed to the aftermath.   Sanitary sewer overflows happen every day across the nation.  When they occur they can spread raw sewage into basements and out of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Floridians Warned of Endotoxin Exposure Hazards after Flooding & Sewage Contamination

    Two weeks ago, Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rains and flooding to parts of Florida.  When large storms bring heavy rains and flooding to the region, a number of environmental concerns are left after the storm has moved on.    One such area of concern is the potential presence of endotoxins.  Endotoxins are a type of bacterial toxin that is located in the cell wall component ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New DNA techniques for bacteroides revolutionize sewage contamination testing

    A new test to determine the presence of fecal or sewage contamination was recently introduced by EMSL Analytical, Inc. The exciting news has spread quickly with environmental professionals who previously had limited options for this type of test.This new method, tested at EMSL Analytical, was based upon research conducted for the EPA. The EPA desired a more specific and rapid test for fecal ...


  • Sewage Contamination Causes Concerns for the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners

    Last month, it was reported that the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners were forced to use the same locker room at the Coliseum. This resulted after a sewage backup flooded both team’s locker rooms, forcing them to share the Oakland Raiders’ facilities.  This is not the first time that backed up plumbing has caused issues at the 47 year old stadium. Although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Hurricane Sandy May Cause Sewage Contamination after Floods

    Although Hurricane Sandy has officially passed, many on the East Coast continue to feel the effects. Every East Coast state, from North Carolina to Massachusetts and as far in land as Michigan, experienced flooding, and an estimated eight million were without power as of Tuesday. In areas where extreme flooding occurs, sewage contamination usually follows. Environmental sewage contaminations not ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • North Dakota facing chemical, mold and sewage contamination issues after flooding

    In what Fargo, North Dakota’s mayor called “uncharted territories” the city is bracing to battle the swollen Red River. Record and near record water levels on the river threaten countless residential properties and all types of commercial properties in North Dakota’s most populous city.As the waters crest and then recede over the next several days some property owners who venture back into their ...


  • Sewage Contamination in New York City Buildings Creates Exposure Hazards for Occupants

    Two words that no property owner, manager or tenant in New York ever wants to hear are sewage contamination. There are a number of scenarios that can result in sewage contamination of a building, including a backed up or broken sewer line, or as a result of a flooding event that brings sewage from the outdoors into the indoors.  Sewage contamination can cause ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Sewage Contamination in Buildings can Expose People to Microbial Toxins

    California residents are used to hearing about beach closures due to sewage spills and high bacteria counts in the water off of the state’s famous beaches.  Raw sewage can contain a host of potentially harmful substances, including: viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, and fungi.   Just as health professionals take sewage in the beaches serious, people who have experienced a ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Mold, Sewage Contamination, and Carbon Monoxide Pose Threat to Hurricane Sandy Victims

    According to ABC News, Hurricane Sandy victims may still face health risks although it has been over two weeks since the storm has passed. One major threat is mold. An estimated ten to twenty percent of the population is allergic to mold. However, even those who are not allergic are still at risk because mold spores typically irritate airways causing respiratory symptoms, asthma, and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying Sewage Contamination to Protect Building Occupants from Exposure Risks

    Sewage contamination, two words that no property owner or tenant ever wants to hear. While any type of water damage to the interior of a home or business can cause expensive repairs and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, when the damage is due to sewage these concerns and costs only increase. In addition to the odors and unpleasant nature of sewage contamination, it can also ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Zimbabwe engulfed by sewage

    To get to Sinikiwe MaKhumalo's doorstep in Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, visitors have to step on a thin plank perched precariously over a trench that prevents sewage from flowing into her house. The 57-year-old grandmother has endured this arrangement to access her home in the city's Old Magwegwe working class suburb for the past five months after a sewer burst close to her ...


    By United Nations

  • Douglas County Property Owners Face Sewage and Mold Contamination Issues from Historic Flooding

    EMSL Analytical provides testing solutions for residential and commercial properties affected by the recent devastating flood waters. Cinnaminson, NJ, June 21st, 2010 Recently residents of Douglas County, Nebraska were faced with overwhelming flooding in the King Lake area.  Flood waters entered numerous properties and since the area primarily utilizes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California and Southwestern US facing chemical, mold and sewage contamination issues from flooding

    A series of strong winter storms have been pounding the West Coast and Southwest. Areas around Los Angeles have already received almost 5 inches of rain with an even larger storm scheduled to arrive today. Parts of Arizona are expected to receive as much, if not more, rain this week than they received all of last year. Hundreds of people have already been ordered to evacuate their homes for fear ...


  • California and Southwestern US facing chemical, mold and sewage contamination issues from flooding

    A series of strong winter storms have been pounding the West Coast and Southwest. Areas around Los Angeles have already received almost 5 inches of rain with an even larger storm scheduled to arrive today. Parts of Arizona are expected to receive as much, if not more, rain this week than they received all of last year. Hundreds of people have already been ordered to evacuate their homes for fear ...


  • Environmental Contamination Cleanup

    Landfills, Leachate Ponds, Sewage Lagoons, Waste Cells professionally tested by the top environmental test laboratory in Malaysia. UltraZyme was analysed and tested against competive products with outstanding results in every area. Cypher Malaysia consented to requests to conduct tests on contaminated sites, specifically by the developer of Taman Sri Manja in Malaysia where hazardous ...


    By Cypher Environmental Ltd.

  • Midwest groundwater tainted with sewage and chemicals

    Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled fuel and chemicals, all heading to the flooding Mississippi River and down to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental ...

  • Cholera outbreaks blamed on contaminated water

    Recurrent outbreaks of cholera in the western province of Nyanza are caused by widespread water contamination, including seepage from latrines, health officials said. 'The major contributor to the recent outbreaks in the area was unsafe water,' Shahnaaz Sharif, the senior deputy director of medical services in Kenya's health ministry, said. 'In Kisumu, many wells are built near the latrine; ...


    By IRIN

  • Sewage Pollution Still Widespread in Waterways across the U.S.

    According to the Huffington Post, the infamous Gowanus canal in Brooklyn, N.Y. receives countless gallons of sewage—often untreated—and unsanitary debris that overflow the city’s multi-use pipes after a rainstorm. Even after the rain stops, the noxious water remains in the sulfuric-smelling canal. Although this waterway is an extreme example, it is one of many that are polluted ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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