Well water users warned, Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Well water users warned after Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Air Force Academy firefighters training a quarter century ago released a torrent of toxic perfluorinated chemicals that seeped into groundwater and flowed into Monument Creek, a 15,000-page Air Force report released Friday shows.

A series of tests by Air Force researchers showed groundwater had 1,000 times the level of perfluorinated compounds considered safe by state and federal regulators. Records on the training that used firefighting foam loaded with the chemicals … [more…]

Study: People Who Only Drink Bottled Water Ingest 90,000 Microplastic Particles Per Year

Study: People Who Only Drink Bottled Water Ingest 90,000 Microplastic Particles Per Year

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Studies show humans consume tens of thousands of tiny, little pieces of plastic each year known as microplastics. But if you’re drinking water primarily from plastic water bottles, that number increases significantly.

A new study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal found Americans ingest between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year through what they breathe in, drink or eat depending on age or … [more…]

The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit

The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit

Gratitude blue bottle love glass water bottles. (Kayden Radhe / Blue Bottle Love)

Whether you’re worried about plastic pollution or the amount of dough you blow on bottled water, there’s definitely a reusable bottle perfect for you.

But with a market flooded with options, what should you consider? The key questions include how and where you will you use it. Is it for home, commuting, indoor cycling classes? Flying or … [more…]

U.S. drinking water supply mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge.

For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS. And many farm workers in California’s Central … [more…]

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Plastic has become an incredibly harmful convenience, now threatening environmental and human health alike, and in more ways than one. With Earth Day being tomorrow [April 2018], there is no better time to analyze the impact bottled water has had on our planet. There’s the issue of bulk plastics in our landfills, where it will remain indefinitely since most plastic does not biodegrade, and microplastics — microscopic pieces of degraded … [more…]