Our Very Existence Depends Upon Ground Water: What Consumers Can Do to Help Protect It

This week, March 9-15, is National Groundwater Awareness Week, a good time to appreciate the amazing resource beneath our feet. Thanks to rain, snow and the force of gravity, our Earth accumulates groundwater, a precious underground resource that helps satisfy our requirements for fresh water.  Groundwater originates from rain and melted snow, which trickle down


Don’t Let the Stomach Bug Ruin Your Sports Tournament

The family trip to see our children play in a sports tournament has become almost as American as apple pie. Yet recent news reports demonstrate the fun of these events can be destroyed by the infamous norovirus (aka stomach bug). A recent youth football tournament in Las Vegas, for example, was marred by a visit


On Germaphobia

“Let kids be kids.” “Everything spreads germs. Stop being germaphobes and let your kids have fun.”  These were some of the comments from a lively exchange on the Moms Against Cooties Facebook page following a May 22 post on “How to Keep Kids Healthy and Prevent Illness at the Water Park.”  Is the Water Quality


How can a Parent Help Maintain the Fun and Decrease the Risks Associated with Water Parks?

Interactive spray fountains, splash parks and splash pads are popular summertime venues where kids can cool off and have fun in “zero-depth” or very shallow water.  Many urban areas feature these venues; families discover they can beat the heat inexpensively without leaving the city.  They are also found in amusement parks and as part of


Where Have All the (Public Water) Fountains Gone?

This lovely stone water fountain, located in Union Station, Washington, D.C., is inoperable. The once ubiquitous public water fountain has become as scarce as the public phone in some communities. Cell phones have put public telephones on the cultural “endangered list.” Are bottled water and refillable water bottles doing the same to the water fountain?


Protecting the Watershed: Step #1 for Clean Drinking Water

In the US, as in many other developed countries of the world, we have done such a good job of ensuring a healthful drinking water supply that many of us fail to appreciate this ever-present benefit. Every day the men and women “upstream” of our taps apply technologies that transform raw water into palatable, pathogen-free


How’s My Waterway? Getting Water Quality Information for Waterways in Your Neck of the Woods

Have you ever wondered about the water quality of the streams or lakes in your community?  Given ongoing discussions of environmental pollution, it is natural for people to question the health of their local waterways.  Is the lake safe for swimming? How about fishing? Can I toss a stick into the creek and give my


Philadelphia Water Main Break: Just a Taste of What’s to Come?

The Water Quality and Health Council has been sending out warnings about a serious and potentially deadly problem facing the US population posed by our aging piped water infrastructure (see our “Pain at the Pipe” Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts).  We are not alone in issuing this warning.  In May, the American Water


Innovative “Solar Bottle Bulb” Lighting the Darkness with the Help of Bleach Disinfectant

Recycle a clean, clear plastic, one-liter beverage bottle by filling it with water and three tablespoons of chlorine bleach, secure the bottle in a hole in a metal roof, and you have all the technology needed to illuminate the dark interiors of thousands of homes of the world’s poorest people. In an ingenious use of


Is Your Well Drinking Water all Well and Good?

Mrs. Joan Betty Bernard (me mum), paraphrasing Senator Adelai Stevenson, told me over and over,  “Americans demand simple answers to complex questions“(as you would expect his actual quote was significantly more erudite).  Their statements are as true today as they were 50 years ago. Is private well water safe to drink?  Well, that depends on