Drinking Water News: Well Water Tests Show Lead In Virginia, Clean Water Act Gains Friends & Foes, Fluoridation To Be Put Up To Vote and Low-Cost Desalination Technique Within Reach

by Mike Yanke on June 11, 2014


WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

The need to test private well water supplies reared its head again this week.  Per the video above from WSLS in Virginia, more than 20% of well water samples tested came back positive for lead.  More issues with well water can be seen if we travel north to Nebraska, where storm water has led to contamination issues in Lincoln.

If you are using a private well, we highly encourage you to test – or submit your well water for testing – at least twice yearly (think spring and fall, when runoff and storm issues tend to peak.)  On our site, we happily offer water test kits, while on this blog, we are happy to offer more information about proper well water maintenance.  Of course, we’ll also be the first to share when new well water quality apps, including one being developed by Penn State, are available to the public.

In the meantime, we encourage you to test, maintain, and always feel free to call us at 1-888-801-PURE (7873) if you need any help or have any questions.

In Other Drinking Water News:

Clean Water in ArizonaClean Water Act Continues To Gain Friends & Foes
In the early 70s, the Clean Water Act was enacted by Congress to help protect and improve the massive water pollution problems plaguing our nation.  More than forty years later, reaction to this legislation remains divided, as we see in stories published on a near weekly basis.

In favor of the Clean Water Act this week comes this editorial from Steve Pawlowski in a special contribution to the Arizona Republic.  Within his article he credits the Clean Water Act as ‘the only law that protects surface water quality in Arizona.’  (Sadly, Pawlowski, the water sentinels program coordinator for the Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter, died shortly after writing this article in late May.)

Another take on the Clean Water Act, however, claims that some of its newest regulations are bad for small businesses.   Jeremy Quittner, reporting for Inc., quotes House Small Business Committee Chairman Chairman Sam Graves (R., Mo.,) who states that proposed changes would force small businesses (including farms, home builders and construction firms) to secure permits for such innocuous initiatives as clearing debris or building fences.

As with any type of legislation, opinion will always be divided, and what we can hope most for is that new regulations will continue to be proposed that strengthen this act in a way that is fair for all those impacted.  We would love to hear your thoughts on the Clean Water Act and encourage you to share feedback below.

The Good & Bad of Clean Water Legislation
Just as there is weekly debate on the Clean Water Act, there seems to be weekly coverage on lawsuits involving clean water refractions with both good and bad outcomes.

The first story this week is on the ‘good’ side of the ledger.  ABC News reports that BP remains most liable for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf, rather than the companies that manufactured the oil drilling equipment, as BP had desperately argued.  While BP certainly has deep enough pockets to handle any fine, it is still comforting to see some attempt at accountability.

On the bad side of the ledger, however, is the story from Tulsa World sharing a Supreme Court decision against a group of North Carolina homeowners.  The homeowners were attempting to bring a suit against electronics manufacturer CTS. Corp. who contaminated their drinking water years earlier.  Unfortunately, because the contamination wasn’t discovered until years later, the state deadline to bring any legal action had passed.  In its decision, the Supreme Court upheld the strict state law, dealing a considerable setback to each family impacted. Read more about this decision in the story linked above.

Great Lakes Brewing Supports Clean Water ActBeer v. Government: Whose Side Do You Take In Clean Water Battle?
In 1969, fueled by rampant pollution, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio set on fire.  The Clean Water Act, established in 1972, gave the EPA power to regulate navigable waters to help bring a stop to this issue.  Today, companies that depend on water from lakes and rivers in Ohio – like Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing – support the new ‘Waters of the United States’ proposal that would expand the power of the EPA to protect tributaries and headwaters of bigger water bodies from pollution.  But not all are convinced.

Holmes County GOP Rep. Bob Gibbs, call the EPA’s proposal a government “power grab” over private property that will that spark confusion, litigation and red-tape. According to Gibbs, the anything-goes attitudes that led to the Cuyahoga River’s legendary pollution are long-gone. ‘Years of cleanup returned wildlife to the river and soil tests have found its sediment is getting cleaner.’  In other words, everything is fine now.

So what side of this debate do you fall under?

Fluoride Up For Vote In The Ozarks
Moving to another hotly debated drinking water topic, KSPR in Springfield, MO will be putting the practice of water fluoridation to a vote.  Supporters of fluoridation cite this chemical’s ability to stave off tooth decay, while opponents state that fluoride’s benefits do not negate potential impacts on health and definite impacts on flavor.  As with both debates above, please feel free to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

Jaime Mateus Helps Develop Better Reverse Osmosis MembraneNext Generation of Water Treatment Poised to Lower Desalination Costs
An in-development reverse osmosis membrane looks poised to lower desalination costs, promising benefits for industries ranging from oil and gas to pharmaceuticals, but more importantly, promising the ability to more effectively produce clean drinking water.

Jaime Mateus (pictured), Purdue University professor and CEO of Anfiro, the company developing the membrane, comments,

“In current membranes, water goes through a long, curvy path like a sponge to come out the other side, leaving the salt and any impurities behind. But it requires a lot of pressure because the path creates resistance to the flow of water.  The membrane we’re developing selectively allows the passage of water, which goes through a straight tube so that it doesn’t require as much pressure.  And because our membrane is so much more permeable, the overall price will be less than the $400 to $1,200 current membranes can cost.”  Read more about this exciting development above. 11 Year Old Wins Google Doodle With Water Purification System Drawing

11-Year Old Wins Google Doodle Contest With Drawing of Water Purification System
11-year old Audrey Zhang won the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition with a drawing of a water purification system titled “Back to Mother Nature,” writes Mashable.  The doodle, pictured to the left, has earned Zhang a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school  Our congratulations go out to Zhang and we look forward to seeing what else she develops in the future!

Water Filtration Product of the Week:  Bath Filters

Rainshow'r Bath Water Filter BallShower filters have been all the rage lately, but what about those who – like Winston Churchill – prefer to sit?  Fortunately, bath filters and dechlorinators are here to provide the same high quality water for those that would rather relax as they bathe.

From the bath dechlorinator from Rainshow’r pictured, to commercial grade spa filtration systems, we offer several solutions that will help virtually eliminate the negative effects of bathing in water that is either too heavily chlorinated or sulfurous.   See our full selection of bath filters here.

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