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Water News Stories
Sparkling Water on Tap
Rozanno, Italy, and other small towns in the area of Milan, now has a public fountain that pumps cool sparkling water in addition to regular water. This reduces the shipping and use of bottled water, which consume energy and increase greenhouse gas emissions.
Geothermal energy is becoming a stronger candidate for energy production as the prices of natural gas and other fossil fuels are extremely volatile and will continue to climb over time. In addition to direct-use hot water, geothermal heat-pumps, which circulate water through an underground pipe loop to get heated, can be used in any state.
Los Angeles Reduces Usage
Los Angeles now has 15 members of a Water Conservation Team - unofficially known as 'The Water Cops'. After 3 years of drought and many attempts to get people to use less, the city has rolled out some enforcers who issue citations to offenders. $100 fines begin with a second offense. The third time offender will get a $200 fine. This and other efforts, including limited landscaping watering to two days a week, reduced July water usage by 17% compared to July 2008.
Sacramento California Area
There is a severe water crisis in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most prolific farm regions in the world. The fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the ecosystem that serves as the main conduit moving water from north to south. According to news reports, the three-year drought, combined with environmental restrictions on delta water usage to protect a native fish, have forced farmers on the valley's west side to fallow more than a quarter-million acres and left thousands jobless.
The firm Eaux Vives Water Inc. will receive $1,631,600 in repayable funding under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative -- Vitality to increase productivity. This funding will enable the firm to improve its competitiveness by acquiring specialized equipment and adding a new water bottling line.
Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyoming, have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there in recent months. "It starts to finger-point stronger and stronger to the source being somehow related to the gas development, including, but not necessarily conclusively, hydraulic fracturing itself," said an EPA scientist and hydraulic fracturing expert who oversees enforcement for the underground injection control program under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Iowa & Elsewhere
A common agricultural herbicide is contaminating watersheds and drinking water across the nation, including in Iowa, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental watchdog group. Their report shows spikes in atrazine, which was banned by the European Union in 2004, in the water supplies of Midwestern and Southern towns in agricultural areas, where it is widely used on corn, sorghum and sugar cane fields. In the samples from one area, the maximum peak atrazine concentration was 10 parts per billion (ppb), more than three times the EPA standard atrazine level for drinking water.
The study also looked at 12 public water systems in southern Iowa. The highest concentration of atrazine in raw water was found at the Winterset Water Treatment Plant in Madison County, where the maximum concentration was 47.5 ppb.
Atrazine can interfere with the body's hormonal activity and the development of reproductive organs. The NRDC says the U.S. government looks at annual average levels of the chemical in drinking-water systems, but misses spikes likely to occur after rain and springtime application of the herbicide.
WILL OUR FILTERS ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF HERBICIDES, CHEMICALS, HORMONES AND PHARMACEUTICALS IN THE WATER?
The simple answer is YES! We only sell water filters that are highly effective. Cruise around the website for lots of information. The main point is the countertop, undercounter filters have lots of the best material (more than others have) that has been shown to remove those contaminants you might get in municipal water. (Well water filters should be specific.) In the filters in our store, there are canisters with water filter materials that are specific for fluoride and for chloramines, and the 'Standard' filter has sediment filters and material to remove both chemical and organic-based contaminants - which covers the normal range of contaminants. That's what you need!
The new filters we are offering - shown on this page - including Water Filter Pitchers, Filtering Water Bottles and Filtering Straws are a breakthrough in filtration. They too will very effectively remove chemical and organic-based contaminants. These are the most-tested water filters we have ever seen.
What we can't say is that any filter (ours or others) will take out 100% of all of the contaminants. And we are constrained from making claims about health. To illustrate, pharmaceuticals vary in amount and type, and may combine in unknown ways. The combinations will vary over time and place. The main point is to get the best filtration you can by getting filters that use the most of the right filter materials! The filters we sell will do a great job and will do what we say they will do.