Drinking Water News You Need: Environmentalists Demand Obama Close Clean Water Act Loopholes, Purdue Scientists Create Sun-Powered Water Purification System and What’s Really In Your Water Cooler?

by Mike Yanke on November 1, 2013

For this week’s video, we travel down to the Cayman Islands where Cayman27 clues us in on one very troubling fact:  Office water coolers are not cleaned or maintained nearly as often as they should be.

“I don’t think people forget to clean their water coolers. They are just not aware that it needs to be maintained,” says Tania Johnson of the Department of Environmental Health.

While this may not be the most pressing global water issue we take on with this blog, it is certainly a problem we can help to address – first through the education provided in the video above – and second with this edition’s Water Filtration Product of the Week at the bottom of this post.

In Other Drinking Water News:

Environmentalists Demand Clean Water Act Loopholes ClosedEnvironmentalists Demand Obama Close Clean Water Act Loopholes
Since 2000, more than 34 billion gallons of raw sewage have been dumped into Lake Michigan, creating a witches brew of pollutants, and risking the drinking water of more than 1.6 million Illinois residents.  How is this happening, with a Clean Water Act in place, designed to protect against this very thing?

According to activists with Environment Illinois, this is the result of some major loopholes in the Clean Water Act that does not clarify what US water bodies are under protection.  As a result, one of our Great Lakes is suffering from pollution and runoff from connected streams and wetlands.

In the story above from Progress Illinois, read about a recent press conference hosted by Environment Illinois – complete with troubling water pollution facts printed on Halloween-themed tombstones – where demands were made of the Obama administration to close these loopholes and protect one of our greatest natural resources.

Texas Launches Drought Monitoring Website
Becoming accustomed to strict water usage rules is nothing new for Texas residents, still concerned about a lingering years-long drought.  To help residents still concerned about this drought’s impact, the Texas Water Development Board launched a drought tracker earlier this week.  Learn more about the launch of this resource in the story above or by visiting the Water Data For Texas website.

Sun Powered Water Purification SystemPurdue Scientists Create Sun Powered Purification System
In looking for inspiration when trying to solve the problem of bringing clean drinking water to the world, Purdue scientists simply had to look up.  In the story above, complete with a video, see a revolutionary new sun-powered water purification system that could help to change our world.

Contributions To Water Reuse & Desalination Earn Lifetime Achievement Award
Our congratulations go out to Dr. Jim Birkett, who received a lifetime achievement award this week from the International Desalination Association (IDA) for his more than four decades of work in the water field.  Dr. Birkett’s contributions include twenty-six years of consultation provided to foreign and domestic clients, in the government and industrial fields, and several years on the editorial board for the IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse.

Boil Water Advisory Can’t Stop The Music
A major boil water advisory in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania impacted more than 50,000 residents last week.  While dirty water is scary, it’s simply no match for true love, as you’ll see in this story from WTAE, sharing the tale of a bride and groom that weren’t going to let anything stand in the way of their wedding celebration.

BenderVoice Over Documentary Partnering With charity: water at November 6th Premiere
Iconic voice over actor John DiMaggio (see proof of his iconic nature to the left) and executive producer of the new documentary I Know That Voice, is leading a partnership with charity: water and American Cinematheque at next week’s world premiere of his film.  For those in the Hollywood area, we are quite jealous that you will be able to support both this film and charity: water by attending this rare, open to the public premiere at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater on Wednesday, November 6th.

WaterFilters.NET In The News:

Inc Hire Power Awards 2013

WaterFilters.NET Top Job Creator In Minnesota
This week, we were honored by Inc. with a 2013 Hire Power Award, recognizing us as one of the top job creators in our home state of Minnesota.  Proof that your water filter purchases are not just providing your home and the world with clean water – but you are also helping us to create jobs in our community!

Add to Your Water Wish List: Shower Meter

sprav-shower-meterIf you are looking for an easy way to save money on your water usage costs, look no further than the Sprāv shower meter to the left.  A simple shower clip that provides audio visual cues – complete with an accompanying app! – will provide you the prompts you need to reduce your shower water usage, saving you $50 annually for every minute reduction in your average shower time.

See the write-up on this new product by psfk above or learn more at the Sprāv Kickstarter site.

Sounds like a great gift to pair with a shower filter, to me!

Water Filtration Product of the week: Drinking Water Coolers & Water Cooler Accessories

Reverse Osmosis Water CoolersThe video at the top of this post brings attention to two basic truths:  drinking water coolers have become ubiquitous in offices – and far too often – these water coolers are not maintained as often as they should be.

If your office is looking to add or upgrade a water cooler, I am happy to let you know that we do offer several options to choose from on our site, including countertop water coolers and reverse osmosis coolers.  And if you are already set with your cooler, but are looking for an easy way to clean and maintain, I am even happier to let you know that we also carry the water cooler cleaners you may have just realized that you need.

If you are looking to add or upgrade a water cooler in your office, or are looking for accessories and cleaners, I encourage you to reach out to our customer service department at 1-888-801-7873 so they can help find the right products for your needs.

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