Newsburgh, New York Struggles With Serious Water Contamination

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Newsburgh, New York Struggles With Serious Water Contamination


Residents of Newburgh, New York, have been struggling with poverty and crime for years, but as of last year they’ve been faced with a new challenge: their tap water may have exposed them to...

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Chicago’s Water Supply Has High Levels of Lead

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Chicago’s Water Supply Has High Levels of Lead


The brain-damaging metal lead, continues to pose threats to public water systems and their users throughout the United States. This last summer, thousands of Chicago residents received notice that their homes have been connected...

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L.A. River Poor Water Quality Affects Public Use

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L.A. River Poor Water Quality Affects Public Use


It has been reported by the LA Times that the Los Angeles River and its recreation sites popular to the public, are contaminated with high levels of harmful bacteria. An environmental group called Heal...

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Nitrate Contamination in Drinking Water

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Nitrate Contamination in Drinking Water


According to the Water Research Center, nitrogen is essential for all living things as it is a component of protein. Nitrogen exists in nature and can change its form depending on the environment and...

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18 Million Americans Exposed to Lead Contamination Violations in 2015

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18 Million Americans Exposed to Lead Contamination Violations in 2015


A shocking report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) showed that in 2015, 18 million Americans received drinking water from systems that exceeded safe levels of lead. (pbs.org) ‘The research indicates more than...

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Texas Residents Struggle to Find Quality Water

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Texas Residents Struggle to Find Quality Water


According to cbslocal.com, there has been an increase in boil-water notices throughout the U.S., particularly in Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stated that Fourteen Texas cities with populations exceeding 100,000 have undergone...

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Florida Protects Its Waters

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Florida Protects Its Waters


Under the Clean Water Act, The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is supposed to revise its limits on toxic chemicals that can be released into surface waters. This hasn’t been done since the...

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Illinois Public Water Systems Contaminated With Lead

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Illinois Public Water Systems Contaminated With Lead


Residents of Galesburg, Illinois, have been alarmed that much of the city’s tap water has been exceeding federal lead standards since 2004. According to the Chicago Tribune, Knox County city currently stands out for repeatedly...

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Massachusetts Takes Action For Safe Drinking Water in Schools

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Massachusetts Takes Action For Safe Drinking Water in Schools


Lead contamination is the new concern throughout America’s school districts, since the crisis in Flint, Mich., where water was found with high concentrations of the toxic metallic element. “Children are particularly vulnerable to lead...

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Flint Still Under Construction, and Residents in Despair

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Flint Still Under Construction, and Residents in Despair


The 100,000 residents of Flint, Mich., are still using bottled water for bathing and washing dishes because their tap water is still unsafe to use. Some improvement has been made, says researchers who released...

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China’s Contaminated Drinking Water

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China’s Contaminated Drinking Water


New statistics show that in Beijing, China, more than 80% of the water from underground wells used by farms, factories and households across the populated plains of China is unfit for drinking or bathing...

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U.S. Schools Still Struggle With Lead Contamination

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U.S. Schools Still Struggle With Lead Contamination


Particularly the old schools of Jersey City’s school district were found to have lead in their drinking water. The ancient plumbing and buildings were part of the issue, as well as the fact that...

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Only 9 U.S. States Are Safe From Lead

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Only 9 U.S. States Are Safe From Lead


The Environmental Protection Agency recently reported that only nine U.S. states have safe levels of lead in their water supply. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and...

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Lead Found In 50 States’ Water Systems

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Lead Found In 50 States’ Water Systems


USA TODAY announced that an investigation across 50 states found almost 2,000 water systems have had high levels of lead contamination for the past four years. The news article also stated a staggering fact...

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Lead In New Jersey Schools

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Lead In New Jersey Schools


Last month in New Jersey, officials shut off water fountains to 30 different school buildings after finding elevated levels of lead in the drinking water. Annual testing found concentration levels of lead to be...

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Public Health Emergency in Hoosick Falls, NY

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Public Health Emergency in Hoosick Falls, NY


Hoosick Falls, N.Y., is a small village of about 3,500 people, whose water was recently found with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical linked in some studies to an increased risk...

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10 Million Americans Exposed to Lead in Water

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10 Million Americans Exposed to Lead in Water


Here’s a clearly illustrated explanation (by VOX) of how lead can get into water and what effects it has on the body. VOX sums it up pretty well. Water doesn’t originally have much lead...

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Lead Exposure From Drinking Water

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Lead Exposure From Drinking Water


Does my drinking water at home contain lead? This is a good question to ask yourself, if you aren’t sure of the answer. Up to 20% of Americans’ lead exposure comes from drinking water...

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Benefits to Filtering Your Water

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Benefits to Filtering Your Water


Here’s some helpful information from, “Ask Well: Your health questions answered by Times journalists and experts.” Should you filter your water? The short answer is yes. While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and...

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Fukushima releases once-radioactive water

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Fukushima releases once-radioactive water


“Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which operates the plant in eastern Japan, discharged 850 tons of formerly contaminated water it had extracted from the ground near the plant into the sea, saying a filtration process...

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