Drinking Water News You Need: Fundamental Water Problems & Solutions, The Myth Behind Clean Fracking Water & The Truth Behind Clean Wastewater and Another Perfect Puppy Gift

by Mike Yanke on October 11, 2013


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In our home state of Minnesota, the Mississippi River watershsed is home to more than 1.8 million people and 500 species of wildlife.  The Mississippi provides much of our drinking water, feeds nearly two hundred lakes and is home to fish that can feed our residents.  When the Mississippi is hurting, it’s kind of a big deal.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly the current state of affairs, as shared in the video above from Fox 9 Twin Cities.  Over the last several years, factors ranging from stream bank erosion to infrastructure development have taxed this river’s water quality effectively killing dozens of dependent lakes and streams.

Within the story around this video are several potential water quality solutions, from cleaning pet waste to minimizing use of fertilizer, that we can all take to help reverse this trend.  I encourage you to check-out this list, and to keep reading to see some other water quality solutions being deployed on a larger scale below.

In Other Drinking Water News:

New York's Kensico River ReservoirLarge Scale Ultraviolet Water Purification In Play In New York
Already home to some of the world’s cleanest drinking water, New York City has stepped it up to another level by opening the world’s largest municipal ultraviolet water purification system.  Measuring 270,000 square feet and costing $1.5 billion, the system and surrounding facility will use UV light to kill off cryptosporidium and giardia, two microorganisms that can cause gastrointestinal illness.  Read more about this system and about ultraviolet water purification in the story from Motherboard above.

California Governor Makes Vow Towards Clean Drinking Water
To help bring relief to more than 21 million residents that rely on contaminated groundwater, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law six bills from the Clean Water for Californians package.  These bills, including the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fund Cleanup and Drinking Water Devices, are six steps in the right direction towards clean and modernized water treatment for one our nation’s largest populations.

Clean Fracking Water Is A Tough Promise To Keep
As the debate over the risk vs. reward over fracking (ie injecting highly pressured water and chemicals into shale and rock formations to release trapped fuel) continues, there have been some admirable efforts to develop technology that will make this water reusable.  The problem, unfortunately, is that this water is proving far too hard to clean, per Bill Chameides, dean at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  In his article above, he shares why clean fracking water may be just a myth, and shares problems that even those with the best intentions are experiencing when trying to put clean fracking water plans into action.

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living Wastewater Treatment Facility Wastewater Treatment Can Be A Beautiful Thing
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living, a wastewater treatment facility in Rhinebeck, New York, may just be one of the most beautiful and important buildings ever constructed.  The article above shares stunning photos of this facility, and some fascinating details about its inner workings, from geothermal power to chemical-free wastewater treatment.

Can Water Pollution Transform Into Eco-Friendly Fertilizer?
This week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced a new technology designed to extract nutrients from wastewater to use as a base for a more eco-friendly fertilizer.  “This advanced nutrient recovery technology not only reduces nutrient load but helps protect precious area waterways that are part of the Mississippi River basin,” said Kennedy.  As with any proposal that has clean water at its heart, we will be excitedly watching the developments of this technology closely.

SweetWater BrewingSweetWater Brewing Raises $145K For Waterkeeper® Alliance
Our congratulations go out to Atlanta, Georgia’s SweetWater Brewing that this year raised $145K for clean water focused organization, Waterkeeper Alliance.  Since 2006, SweetWater has supported clean water efforts, and to date has raised nearly $700K for this cause.  I encourage you to learn more about both SweetWater Brewing and its work with the WaterKeeper Alliance, and of course, to donate if you are able.

WaterFilters.NET In The News

WaterFilters.NET CEO Jamin ArvigWaterFilters.NET CEO Shares How We’ve Grown Our Business
This year, WaterFilters.NET became a five-time honoree on the Inc. 5000.  So just how did we do that?  In an interview with SweetProcess blog, our CEO Jamin Arvig shares how systemization rooted in a strong corporate and service-oriented culture was the catalyst for our phenomenal level of growth.

Add To Your Water Wish List

Bowser BeerBowser Beer
In my post yesterday, I shared why a shower filter is the perfect Christmas gift for a dog.  That was before I saw Bowser Beer.  Made with USDA beef and chicken, and containing no alcohol, carbonation or hops, Bowser Beer could just be one of the few clever stand-outs in a seemingly never-ending wave of ridiculous doggie gifts.  Clark the Clean Water Dog will still be getting a shower filter, but that’s not to say he can’t get a fun gift, too.

Trojan UV Max IHS12-D4 Integrated Home UV Water Filtration System

Water Filtration Product of the Week: UltraViolet Water Filters

The same type of UltraViolet water purification technology launched in New York City is available on a much smaller scale.  UltraViolet water filters, including the Trojan UV Max to the left, are ideal for any drinking water supplies where bacteria, viruses, mold and algae are a clear and present risk.

Note that these are large ticket items and represent a significant investment in clean drinking water.  Also note that these filters are designed for those facing more specific water quality challenges, and may not be necessary for your needs.  If you feel as though bacteria, viruses and mold may be a risk in your drinking water, I would encourage you to give our customer service team a call at 1-888-801-7873 so they can help find the right products for your needs.

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Mike Yanke

Mike Yanke

Mike Yanke is the Content Manager at WaterFilters.NET, and leads development of the content found on this blog, in addition to much of the marketing strategy for the organization. Mike's posts focus on how clean drinking water touches our live holistically, whether in the news we read, our interests and hobbies or how we care for everyone that lives in our home. As such, much of the content Mike develops features round-ups of water focused news, home brewing tips and profiles of those living under his roof, including his well-hydrated pet, Clark the Clean Water Dog. Mike has been a Certified Water Specialist, recognized by the Water Quality Association, since 2014.

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Julie October 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

While New York City has been known to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the world, even with their new water purification system, they are nowhere near the cleanest, not even in the country. There is a new website formed by a couple of twins, who have done some research, and independent water quality testing, and have proven that out of the 10 major metropolis cities in the US, New York is 6th in terms of the cleanest drinking water.

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Mike Yanke Mike Yanke October 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi Julie -

This is good information, thank you.

If you could share the site you are referring to with our readers – it would be great!

Thanks,
Mike

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