Environmental Group Says Almost All Kansas Tap Water Is Too Contaminated

Environmental Group Says Almost All Kansas Tap Water Is Too Contaminated

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WICHITA, Kansas — The water coming out of your tap might meet legal standards, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to drink — at least according to the Environmental Working Group, an environmental advocacy nonprofit.

EWG found that nearly all of the 870 water utilities in Kansas tested for at least one contaminate above what it considers safe, though most water

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Researchers create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

Researchers create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

IMAGE: North Carolina State University researchers have developed the first portable technology that can test for cyanotoxins in water. To test for cyanotoxins, users place a drop of water on a customized chip, then insert it into a reader device which connects to a smartphone. These images are screenshots of the smartphone app of the cyanotoxin sensor. Left: Welcome page. Right: Data analysis page. Credit: Qingshan Wei, NC State University[more…]

Salem water sees decrease in toxins, Wilsonville sees increase

Salem tap water could be safe for everyone after another day, said city officials Friday. There’s no guarantee, because toxin levels can wax and wane, but water treatment staff are seeing a trend line in the right direction. The city needs two days of clean test results before a water advisory that caused some residents panic can be lifted.

Salem water sees decrease in toxins, while Wilsonville sees increase

Meanwhile, Wilsonville notified residents Friday afternoon officials there might have to … [more…]

Two Factors Increasing the Risk of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)

Two Factors Increasing the Risk of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)

A Result of Human Activities and Climatic Change

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are an emerging public health issue that can contaminate the environment, drinking water, recreational water, and food. Exposure to HAB toxins through water, food, or air may cause a range of mild to severe symptoms in both humans and animals. HAB-associated exposures can result in symptoms that affect the skin, stomach and intestines, lungs, and nervous system. HABS

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