Contamination
Jan. 24, 2018, Chatham, Ont. – A Chatham, Ont.,couple whose family has been without clean well water since wind turbine construction began more than six months ago is coming forward with test results that indicate a drastic increase in Kettle Point Black Shale particles. The Chatham Voice reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 4, 2018, San Francisco, CA – A grocery co-operative in San Francisco is selling so-called “raw water” – unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water – bottled and marketed by a small company called Live Water. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total dissolved solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye.
Nov. 23, 2017, Mead, Nebraska – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the use of a new ultraviolet water treatment system at an extraction well on the former Nebraska Ordnance Plant site. The Ashland Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – Two hundred people from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo are giving toenail, urine and saliva samples to the Health Effects Monitoring Program to measure how much arsenic, if any, is in their bodies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – The Canadian prairies top a newly developed index of places where wildfires could create freshwater supply risks, according to a University of Alberta-led study. The Red Deer Advocate reports. | READ MORE
Brunswick, ME – Navy officials touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting. The Portland Press-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – More than half of the 60 school districts in British Columbia had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017, according to new water testing ordered by the provincial government. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Ristigouche-Sud-Est, Que. – A town in Quebec says it will be driven into bankruptcy if it loses a $1-million lawsuit launched by an oil company in response to a bylaw the town passed prohibiting drilling oil within two kilometres of a well or surface water. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Houston, TX – Lurking within the flood waters in Houston, Texas, could be a toxic soup from untold sources, including the dozen or more EPA Superfund sites in Harris County. Forbes magazine reports. | READ MORE
Moncton – Fears that glyphosate, which the New Brunswick forest industry uses to kill maple, oak and other hardwood growth, might be dangerous to water are unwarranted, says a toxicologist from the University of Guelph. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The price to clean up the former brewery lands for a new Ottawa hospital – which includes dealing with metals and inorganics in the ground water – appears to be higher than previously known, according to a report commissioned by the federal government. Ottawa Business Journal reports. | READ MORE
State College, PA – A recent Pennsylvania State University study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products provides insight into the transport of emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and ground water, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Colorado Springs, CO – A U.S. Air Force study has confirmed that toxic chemicals in firefighting foam used at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base leached into surrounding ground water. The Durango Herald reports. | READ MORE
Ancaster, Ont. – Arsenic levels in water at an iconic spring near Ancaster, Ont., are what they have always been but a new standard may cause the local conservation authority to shut it down. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
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