05
Nov
2010
Drinking Water

EPA Seeking Input from the Public on Drinking Water Strategy


20
Oct
2010
Treatment
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Water Treatment Companies Scam Senior Citizens on Filters

There is an ongoing investigation in the state of Florida to examine the practices of certain water treatment companies and the techniques used to sell water filtering equipment.  The state Attorney General’s office has been combating these companies for years using sting operations and hidden cameras to catch these scam artists in the act of selling... Read More »

13
Sep
2010
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

In Haiti and Pakistan, the Ground and Water are Stagnant but the Waterborne Diseases are on a Rampage?

World Water Week just ended and, this year, Mother Nature is proving to be one of the most powerful obstacles to clean water. This year, two natural disasters have resulted in two human tragedies a half a world apart. The origin of one disaster was in the ground; the other in the sky. But the distressing... Read More »

26
Jul
2010
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Waterborne Diseases Cost US $500 Million a Year

According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalizations from three common and preventable waterborne diseases – Legionnaire’s disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis – could cost the U.S an estimated $539 million dollars each year. These figures represent only a fraction of all waterborne disease costs. They underscore the large and hidden... Read More »

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 »