People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference

photo: Gitanjali Rao

Twelve-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Lone Tree. Photo courtesy Eliza Donley Nolte

Meet six remarkable Colorado tweens and teens who are making a positive impact in their community.

A Push for Safer Water

Gitanjali Rao, 12, Lone Tree

“I heard about the Flint water crisis, and it was appalling to me,” says 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao (pictured above). While the rest of us were wishing for better, this eighth grader took action, … [more…]

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

poster art: Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

Activities & books about that teach our children about water conservation and the water cycle!

March 22nd is World Water Day.

It’s a day for all of us to remember that water is an important resource in our life and clean water is a limited resource for many around the world.

Everyone can make a difference in preserving this natural resource, even the youngest among us!

In fact, our kids … [more…]

DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds

DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds

The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

D.C. Water isn’t doing all that could be done to reduce lead levels in the District’s drinking water, according to an audit by the city’s Office of Inspector General.

While “The District has made considerable improvements since 2001 when the District suffered a crisis of elevated lead levels in the drinking water,” the audit … [more…]

Lead-Tainted Water In Schools: Connecticut Gets Failing Grade

photo: school drinking fountain. Lead-Tainted Water In Schools: Connecticut Gets Failing Grade

Photo: Connecticut received a letter grade of “F” in the “Get the Lead Out” report from public policy researchers. (Shutterstock)

Most U.S. states fail to protect school kids from lead five years after the Flint water crisis, a new report shows.

CONNECTICUT — More than half of U.S. states are doing a terrible job keeping dangerous levels of lead out of school drinking supplies, according to a new report. Connecticut … [more…]