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5 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle Instead of Single-Use Plastic Bottles

November 14, 2017

1. Plastic Water Bottles Cost Too Much According to Natural Resources Defense Council you could be “spending 10,000 times more per gallon” when paying for bottled water than if you simply drank from the tap. Unfiltered tap water should be tested for contaminants before consuming, considering findings of Chromium 6 by The Environmental Working Group,…

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Could Giardia Be Lurking In Your Tap Water?

October 30, 2017

Giardia, cryptosporidium, and cyclospora are cysts that you certainly do not want in your drinking water. The adverse health affects that may be caused by Giardia alone may affect up to 200 million people per year. These 3 cysts can cause unpleasant health effects including weight loss and abdominal pain. An excerpt from the Centers for…

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Are Microplastics Contaminating Your Water?

October 3, 2017

Typically when plastic ends up in a landfill, if the plastic is no longer exposed to sunlight, it could be a very long time before any decomposition occurs with buried plastic. Alternately plastic exposed to direct sunlight can decompose more rapidly which creates a problem with plastic pollution in oceans, lakes, and plastic thrown on…

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EPA Finds Fracking May Impact Drinking Water Sources

July 11, 2017

Hydraulic fracking can impact drinking water resources under “some circumstances,” according to a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” is a technique used to increase oil or gas production from underground rock formations. A fluid, commonly made of water, chemicals and sand, is injected…

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Tainted Water Issue Extends Beyond Flint

June 9, 2017

Media exposure surrounding the Flint, Mich., water crisis may have put the spotlight back on contaminated drinking water. But it’s certainly not the only place where it’s happening. In fact, only nine U.S. states — Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee — have reported safe levels of lead in…

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3 Ways Water Can Impact Coffee Quality

May 26, 2017

You could easily spend hours browsing the many types of coffee online, at the grocery store, or in your local coffee shop. Each one has a different origin, is made from a different type of bean (arabica, robusta or a blend), and features a different roast (light, medium, medium dark, or dark). But whether you…

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3 Reasons to Take Water Pollution Seriously

May 19, 2017

Water is essential to life. You can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The water you drink each day comes from a variety of sources, including rivers, lakes, aquifers and coastal waters. Unfortunately, these sources aren’t unlimited and the supply…

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How to Find Your Local Water Contaminant Reports

April 18, 2017

Knowing what is in your tap water, and who supplies your local water, is vital information to protect your family and yourself from potential illness caused by exposure, or ingestion of harmful contaminants. Thankfully resources are available to help inform you about what is in your water. The Water Quality Association has a list of…

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Madison Residents Experience Increased Salt Levels in Drinking Water

March 31, 2017

Testing has shown a dramatic increase in the sodium and chloride (components of salt) levels in Well 14, a major source of water for Madison’s near west side. The 56-year- old well contributes more than 750 million gallons into the distribution system each year. Since 2000, the well’s chloride levels alone have doubled, according to…

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Four More Charged Over Tainted Water in Flint

February 21, 2017

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges against four more officials in December of 2016, that exposed Flint, Mich., residents to high levels of lead.   The list of those charged included two of Flint’s former emergency managers, Jerry Ambrose and Darnell Earley, and two city plant officials, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, according…

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Corpus Christi Lifts Water Ban After Nearly Four Days

January 30, 2017

City officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, issued a water ban on Dec. 14, 2016, that lasted nearly four days, due to possible chemical contamination. The water ban has since been lifted, after the 28 drinking water samples reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency tested negative for Indulin AA-86, which was the chemical believed to have entered…

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What Cigarette Ingredients Are Found in Tap Water?

January 17, 2017

Water is the elixir of life, necessary to survive, and is essential to our very existence. Seldom when we think of water would we think of a cigarette in comparison. Cigarettes are known killers and the common perception of a cigarette would seem to fall on the opposite end of the heath spectrum if compared…

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