Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

FILE PHOTO: Workers walk outside a desalination plant, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

OSLO (Reuters) – Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday.

Desalination plants pump out 142 million cubic meters (5 billion cubic feet) of salty brine every day, 50 percent more than previous estimates,

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NOAA and partners team up to prevent future Great Lakes drinking water crisis

NOAA and partners team up to prevent future Great Lakes drinking water crisis

Video of Preventing a Great Lakes Drinking Water Crisis

A new video SMART BUOYS: Preventing a Great Lakes Drinking Water Crisis released by Ocean Conservancy describes how NOAA forecast models provide advance warnings to Lake Erie drinking water plant managers to avoid shutdowns due to poor water quality.

An inter-agency team of public and private sector partners, working with the Cleveland Water Department, are addressing drinking water safety for oxygen … [more…]

At some Detroit schools, toxins in water reached excessive levels

photo: hydration stations in Detroit schools. At some Detroit schools, toxins in water reached excessive levels

DPSCD has been using water stations and bottled water while the district determines a permanent means to deliver safe, clean water to students. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)

As Detroit’s school district develops plans to make drinking water safe inside its buildings, a review of testing data shows one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal law while another exceeded the regulated

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Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

Graphic from animation: contaminants entering water supply. Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

Click the link below to view the USA TODAY motion graphic showing how lead can get into your drinking water, and the full story. Ramon Padilla, Karl Gelles and Shannon Green, USA TODAY

The Detroit school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 out of 24 schools that were recently tested.

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Michigan moves toward toughest USA lead-in-drinking-water rule

photo: vintage green public drinking fountain. Michigan moves toward the toughest lead in drinking water rule in the nation

Photo: Michigan could have the toughest lead in drinking water regulations in the nation.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is moving forward with proposed changes to the lead and copper rule. If approved, Michigan would hold the toughest regulations on lead in drinking water in the nation. Among the policy revisions is a motion to lower the acceptable lead level in a community’s tap water. If the law passes, … [more…]