As Newark Deals With Water Crisis, Another Look at Lead Levels in Chicago

As Newark Deals With Water Crisis, Another Look at Lead Levels in Chicago

Elevated lead levels in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, have made national news, causing growing concern over water safety in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot has suspended the city’s water meter installation program after samples showed higher lead levels in homes where a water meter had been recently added. Research has shown that lead levels can increase for many months, even years, if water service lines are impacted by road construction … [more…]

California’s water agencies lose millions of gallons underground due to leaky pipes

photo: California water agencies lose millions of gallons due to leaky pipes

Photo: Water continues to flow into a sinkhole from the broken water main on Sunset Boulevard near UCLA,Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Michael Owen Baker / Staff Photographer)

As 20 million gallons of drinking water rushed down Sunset Boulevard and flooded the UCLA campus this summer, drought-conscious residents threw up their hands.

How are three-minute showers going to make a difference, they asked, when the city’s pipes are bursting?

Turns out … [more…]

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster

For centuries, the people of London and other big cities got their cooking and washing water from rivers or wells, limiting their consumption to pretty much what they could carry. They dumped their waste into brick-lined cesspits that would be emptied by the night soil men, who sold it as fertilizer or … [more…]

$321 million to improve Hudson water quality — Riverkeeper

Water quality in the Hudson River and its tributaries will benefit from a $320.8 million investment announced by Gov. Cuomo this week. Made possible by the landmark commitments to improving water infrastructure by New York State lawmakers, 36 projects will be funded in the Hudson River watershed, with the help of $53.3 million in state grants. (In addition to these wastewater projects, many drinking water infrastructure projects were funded, but … [more…]

Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling

Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling

The top image shows a thin and stiff biofilm formed from untreated water, and the bottom image shows a thick and soft biofilm that formed as a result of polyphosphate treatment. Credit: Helen Nguyen

Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip

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