Water Quality
Twelve thousand years ago, Earth was a frigid place.
Forest, WI – An artesian well, set back just a few feet from the road in the town of Forest in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County offers a continuous flow of water from a stainless steel spigot. The Fond du Lac Reporter details the history of the artesian well. | READ MORE
Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water recently released a report on lead in drinking water with an eye to updating the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Comments were taken from the public until March 15.
Calgary – University of Calgary researchers say there’s enough evidence to suggest a direct link between the use of antibiotics in animals and antibiotic resistance and that antibiotic resistance can be passed on from waste leaching into lakes and rivers that supply drinking water.
New York – Researchers at the Columbia Water Center are analyzing trends in drinking water quality violations across many decades as part of America’s Water, a National Science Foundation-funded project. Columbia Water Center reports. | READ MORE
South Asia – Sixty per cent of the ground water in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, a research article in the journal Nature Geoscience says. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Technology is being introduced every year in every sector in all corners of the world – and ground water is no exception. Here is a roundup of some of the newest emerging technologies that are making it easier to extract and measure ground water quality and quantity at the source and on its way to the consumer.
Edmonton – A University of Alberta chemistry professor is developing easy-to-use devices that could drastically improve the health and safety of communities in rural and remote regions of the world. The Edmonton Sun reports. | READ MORE
On occasion water well drillers are asked to install an observation well alongside a pumping well. The reason for this is to obtain water levels in a well that are not influenced by having a pump in the well.
Newark, DE – Researchers at the University of Delaware have completed a study of submarine ground water discharge that explores the factors that affect the size of the ocean's mixing zone, the rate at which ground water flows through this zone, and the chemical reactions that take place there. The University of Delaware Daily reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Arsenic is linked for the first time in Canada with a significantly increased risk of type II diabetes and prediabetes, according a study based on biomonitoring data, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports. | READ MORE
Water well drillers familiar with the contaminated water outbreak situation in Walkerton, Ont., will remember that issues with improper sampling for bacteria in the water supply were part of the problem.  
July 17, 2015, Manitou, MB – The federal and provincial governments will provide $1,432,214 for improvements to Manitoba's South Central District Water Co-op.
July 14, 2015, San Mateo, CA – The California Water Service Company is seeking the state’s approval to investigate the efficacy of drilling for brackish ground water and possibly dipping in to the San Francisco Bay’s floor near San Mateo. Should officials find a fruitful aquifer, the utility will consider constructing a desalinization treatment plant there. The Daily Journal reports. | READ MORE
July 8, 2015, Reston, VA – The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the United States, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
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