26
Jul
2010
Public Health

Waterborne Diseases Cost US $500 Million a Year


13
Jul
2010
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

British student invents new way of purifying water without electricity

A British student has invented a new device that will convert contaminated water into safe drinking water. Oxfordshire-based student James Bartlett designed an inexpensive and simple chlorination unit that functions without electricity and can be manufactured for less than $3. The chlorination unit, named BlueDrop, works by harnessing the Venturi effect, which is used in carburetors to pull gasoline into an... Read More »

18
Jun
2010
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

E. coli outbreak in Missouri drinking water

At least 15 people in Jackson, Missouri have been infected with E. coli bacteria after drinking water at a local fitness center. E. coli is a strain of the bacteria that causes infections in an estimated 70,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public Health officials from Cape Girardeau County tested a drinking fountain and a... Read More »

17
Jun
2010
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Campylobacter Bacteria Found in Utah Drinking Water

Last month, the City of Saratoga Springs, Utah, issued a boil water order for the northern half of the city after Campylobacter bacteria were discovered in the city’s drinking water system. At least 15 people became ill with confirmed Campylobacteriosis, and the Utah County Health Department received additional reports of illness including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps consistent with Campylobacter infection.... Read More »

21
May
2010
Outbreaks
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Anniversary of Walkerton Tragedy is Strong Reminder

Last Sunday marked the 10 year anniversary of the E. coli outbreak that was caused by contamination of the water supply in Walkerton, Ontario. In May of 2000, more than half of the town’s 5,000 residents became severely sick and seven people died as a result of bacteria laden water. The drinking water supply became tainted when... Read More »

30
Mar
2010
Drinking Water
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Chlorine in Tap Water Is Safe to Drink

There has been a lot of press recently touting new water filters for faucets, showers, and entire home systems. As a marketing tactic to increase sales of these products, advertisers have been overplaying an unsubstantiated risk associated with drinking water chlorination. They overlook the benefits of chlorine as an inexpensive and highly effective disinfectant and... Read More »

26
Mar
2010
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Soldier Assisting in Relief Effort Gets Rare Bacterial Disease

Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010 that devastated Haiti and resulted in more than 230,000 deaths, thousands of volunteers and military personnel have traveled to the distressed country to assist in the relief effort. The desperate and unhealthy living conditions make the relief effort that much more challenging for the volunteers and military in Haiti.... Read More »

12
Mar
2010
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Salmonella in Drinking Water Results in Alamosa Lawsuit

A group of 29 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit March 1 against the city of Alamosa, Colorado claimingsalmonella bacteria in the water supply had sickened and even killed some members of their families. An investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment concluded that salmonella from animal feces contaminated the drinking water supply in March 2008 for an entire week before being... Read More »