Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Photo: A homeless camp set up along the Sacramento River near downtown Sacramento. (Source: Water Education Foundation)

Western Water In-Depth: The Connection Between Homelessness And Water Is Gaining Attention Under California Human Right To Water Law And Water Quality Concerns

Each day, people living on the streets and camping along waterways across California face the same struggle – finding clean drinking water and a place to wash and go to … [more…]

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…]

At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them

photo: lead levels - At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them

More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water.

The most recently available testing , from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s well below the level, 15 ppb, that the federal government currently regards as dangerous for public health.

No amount of lead in water … [more…]

Guest Editorial: California needs clean water

Guest Editorial: California needs clean water

Photo: A young man sips some water as civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, left, speaks in support a clean water measure before the legislature, during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Monday June 10, 2019. The California legislative leaders have agreed to $130 million a year to make improvements in communities where people still can’t drink the water from their taps. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

This editorial is from Bloomberg Opinion:

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Fourteen Drugs Found in New York City’s Drinking Water

Fourteen Drugs Found in New York City’s Drinking Water

Water samples taken from three upstate watersheds by New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed 14 different drugs, and unspecified types personal care products in New York City’s drinking water.

The water samples were extracted between March and December of last year and analyzed for 72 compounds, including antibiotics and prescription drugs. DEP officials deny any risk, but Dr. Olga Naidenko, a scientist with a Washington, D.C. watchdog … [more…]