21
May
2010
Outbreaks

Anniversary of Walkerton Tragedy is Strong Reminder


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 »

24
Feb
2010
Emergency Preparedness
by Water Quality & Health Council

Storing water is a good idea in case of emergency

As the winter progresses one is reminded to always be prepared in case of emergency. Snowstorms, power outages, broken water pipes, and spring floods can all present challenges to basic living conditions. It is important to always be prepared for emergencies that may create a need for you and your family to remain in your home for... Read More »

19
Feb
2010
Wastewater
by Water Quality & Health Council

Storm water runoff into dry wells risks contaminating public water system

The U. S. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program is investigating nine U.S. aquifer systems to examine the pathways and processes by which contaminants reach public water supply wells through underground storm water disposal. Scientists are studying the processes below the land surface that control whether contaminants introduced in storm water are delayed, transformed or mobilized.... Read More »

10
Feb
2010
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Volunteers Help Produce Safe Drinking Water for Haitians

Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010 that devastated Haiti and resulted in more than 230,000 deaths, thousands of volunteers have traveled to that country to assist in the relief effort. Virtually all reports, whether they originate from the media, the Haitian government, organizations and agencies such as the Red Cross, WHO/PAHO, UNICEF, CDC, and OXFAM point... Read More »

22
Jan
2010
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

Legionella Control in Institutional Water Systems

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Miami-Dade health officials that three tourists, all of whom stayed at the luxury EPIC Hotel, had contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Investigators initially attributed the outbreak to low levels of chlorine in the hotel’s drinking water, which presumably allowed Legionella to contaminate the water supply; however, the chlorine levels... Read More »