01
Feb
2013
Drinking Water

Protecting the Watershed: Step #1 for Clean Drinking Water


21
Dec
2012
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Holiday Treasure: The Chemistry of Snowflakes

Whether you are dashing through them or gazing dreamily at them, snowflakes are once again gracing the Northern Hemisphere of the Blue Planet.  As a holiday gift to you, we would like to share The Chemistry of Snowflakes video, masterfully created by the American Chemical Society.... Read More »

30
Nov
2012
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Uncovering Water Main Data in North America

Underground water mains are pipes that supply safe drinking water—the lifeblood of society–to millions of consumers.  Most who benefit from this service seldom consider the vast water delivery network below their feet—until something goes wrong.  Water main breaks may exact considerable social and economic costs, including property damage, risks to public health, increased water utility... Read More »

09
Nov
2012
Drinking Water
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

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... Read More »

02
Nov
2012
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Safe Drinking Water in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Areas of the East coast sustained major damage this week when Hurricane Sandy made a terrifying visit. As residents affected by the Super Storm assess damage and begin to clean up and reconstruct, one critical matter can’t wait: procuring safe drinking water. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that only properly disinfected water should... Read More »

28
Sep
2012
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Can a Seattle Office Building Do without Chlorinated Water?

Can an ultra-green office building meet the “Living Building Challenge” (LBC) and bypass not only the energy grid but municipally treated drinking water?  That is the question being raised as the 50,000 square foot, six story Seattle Bullitt Center office building nears completion.  According to Time magazine (July 2, 2012), the building may be the... Read More »

21
Sep
2012
Emergency Preparedness
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

US Household Emergency Preparedness: A Status Report

New survey data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) demonstrate many US households should increase their level of disaster and emergency preparedness. Improving Americans’ ability to cope in times of crisis can help reduce the strain on emergency service and healthcare systems. Being prepared at the household level also helps instill confidence... Read More »

10
Aug
2012
Drinking Water
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

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... Read More »

08
Jun
2012
Drinking Water
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

A Hint of Human Virus in Your Drinking Water?

Ground water is vulnerable to contamination from activities occurring on and below the earth’s surface. Image courtesy of US EPA website. A new study of small drinking water systems in Wisconsin shows residents of some communities in the state are exposed to viruses, including norovirus, through tap water. Researchers found human viruses in about 24... Read More »

05
Apr
2012
Drinking Water
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Clean Drinking Water: UN Goal Met Five Years Early

A significant global public health milestone has been reached: In the two decades between 1990 and 2010, over two billion people worldwide gained access to clean drinking water sources,i according to the United Nations (press release). This raises to 6.1 billion the number of people on Earth with access to clean drinking water, a full 89 percent of the world’s population.... Read More »