Water Quality
Chatham-Kent, Ont. – A resident in Ontario's former Chatham Township whose well has been contaminated with pump-clogging sediment since turbine construction began around his property is now dealing with gases bubbling up his well casing when he turns his pump on. The Chatham Voice reports. | READ MORE
Iowa – University of Iowa researchers have found that a state-funded program for testing private wells suffers from “severe underutilization." In recent years counties have left unspent as much as 55 per cent of the total funding allocated each year for counties to test residents’ wells for certain kinds of contaminants. Iowa Public Radio reports. | READ MORE
Urbana-Champaign, IL – A new study has identified microplastic fibres, along with a variety of medicines and household contaminants, in two fractured limestone aquifer systems in Illinois.
Bacterial water contamination is a serious issue that has ramifications for human health. The importance of a health-unit water test cannot be overstated as it can identify potential for illness due to bacteria present in water.
University Park, PA – Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists at Penn State University.
Houston, TX – Scientists from Rice University in Texas are developing technology to remove contaminants from water – but only as many as necessary. Technologynetworks.com reports. | READ MORE
Waterloo, Ont. – Progress on new artificial intelligence technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health, suggest researchers at the University of Waterloo.
Hyannis, MA – Scientists working on a research project on Cape Cod to study contaminants in drinking water updated the community recently in Hyannis. The project aims to understand how the contaminants, or PFASs, impact the public through well water, determine where they are coming from and find ways to limit exposure. CapeCod.com reports. | READ MORE
Washington State – Wells in northeastern Washington State often have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water, indicates a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Hangzhou, China – A team of chemists from Zhejiang University have designed a membrane that filters salt out of water much more efficiently than the ones currently in use. Their method is based on a 66-year-old math paper by mathematician Alan Turing. Forbes reports. | READ MORE
Blacksburg, VA – Road salts commonly used in the winter to melt ice and keep roads clear are not being effectively absorbed by mitigation measures, allowing the salt to reach ground water and wells, says a Virginia Tech expert.
Dec. 5, 2017, Cambridge, MA – Environmental experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Rhode Island are teaming up to learn more about chemicals that have contaminated water at sites across the United States.
Aarhus, Denmark – Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has a clear effect on the nitrogen status of the ground water, according to 70 years of Danish measurement data. EurekaAlert reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – A new Canadian paper investigates the recycling of phosphorus, between sediment at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water.
Twelve thousand years ago, Earth was a frigid place.
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