05
Apr
2012
Drinking Water

Clean Drinking Water: UN Goal Met Five Years Early


30
Mar
2012
Drinking Water
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Drink Water: Sage Advice in Two Little Words

Drink water: It’s a common refrain, but do you know why those two little words combine to produce such good advice? According to The Health Benefits of Water, after oxygen, water is the human body’s most important need. It’s simple and healthful, so make it a habit: drink water! Water serves many critical purposes in the... Read More »

22
Mar
2012
Drinking Water
by Wesley Laine

Haiti: Water for the Artibonite Valley

The Artibonite department is one of the most important regions of Haiti. For centuries, its thousands of acres of luxuriant vegetation carried the weight of the nation’s national production of rice, which once totaled 210,000 metric tons annually. As the most important and appreciated element of the country’s diet, the rice market single handedly supported... Read More »

16
Mar
2012
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Pain at the Pipe – Part 2: Consequences of Failing to Repair and Replace Our Buried Water Piping Infrastructure

People repair and replace many things throughout their lives including shoes, clothing, automobile tires, household appliances and the like and sometimes even hips, knees, lungs, and kidneys. Generally, the longer the useful life, the greater the reliability, and the more something is out of sight, the less prepared people become when major renovation or replacement... Read More »

09
Mar
2012
Drinking Water
by Fred Reiff, PE

Pain at the Pipe – Part 1: Why the US Should Respond to Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs

There is a complex, buried system of more than a million miles of pipe under our feet.  Through these pipes, clean drinking water flows to points of use, servicing millions of homes, businesses and institutions.  Unfortunately, this hidden but essential asset has reached its sunset years in many cities and towns.  In some places, such... Read More »

10
Feb
2012
Treatment
by Linda Golodner

Drinking Water and Chlorine Odor

How would you describe your tap water? A rich bouquet of earthy flavors? Sulfurous with a hint of chlorine? Or simply divine? The aesthetic properties of your tap water depend upon your local natural water supply source, how your water is treated, and how it is delivered to you. In the case of private well... Read More »

02
Dec
2011
Drinking Water
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Biofilms: The Good and the Bad

It’s easy to appreciate the need to disinfect germs on surfaces, but have you ever wondered how germs exist on surfaces in the first place? Enter the biofilm. In recent years, scientists have increased their understanding of these dense colonies of bacteria that produce an extracellular material that binds a community of different microorganisms together... Read More »

22
Sep
2011
Wastewater
by Linda Golodner

Reducing Pharmaceuticals in the Water Supply

Today’s pharmaceuticals play a major role in helping consumers keep chronic conditions under control, manage pain, promote healing or fight disease. According to a 2010 report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on the use of medicine in the United States, almost 4 billion prescriptions were filled in 2010. However, an estimated one-third of... Read More »

25
Aug
2011
Wastewater
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

World Water Week: Planning for Safe Water in an Urbanizing World

Stockholm is the gathering place this week for experts considering the significant challenges of providing safe drinking water in an increasingly urbanizing world. According to the World Water Week website, by 2050 more people will live in cities than are currently living in the entire world (6.8 billion people). The World Bank states that urban... Read More »

18
Jul
2011
Drinking Water
by Linda Golodner

How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it easier for consumers to find out whether their drinking water meets Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standards.  On May 16, 2011, EPA announced an update to ECHO , the Enforcement and Compliance History Online, an electronic tool maintained by the EPA Office of Ground and... Read More »