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Quench Weekly Water Top 10 – June 15

The Quench Weekly Water Top 10 recaps the week’s top stories on drinking water issues. Come back each week for the latest news!

  • “Erin Brockovich” Town to Receive In-Home Water Filtration – 200 residents of Hinkley, Ca. will be provided permanent in-home water filtration by Pacific Gas & Electric to mitigate the effects of hexavalent chromium pollution in the ground water that occured from 1952 through 1966.


  • National Parks Watch: Zion Bans Plastic Water Bottles – Add Zion National Park in Utah to the list of natural treasures that no longer permits the sale of plastic water bottles.


  • And the Winner Is:  Fremont, Nebraska! – The American Water Works Association declared Freemont, Ne. water to be the “best of the best” at its annual taste test this week.


  • The Shirt Off Your Back – Sportswear manufacturer Under Armour now markets a “Green Collection” of ultra-light-weight clothing made from recycled plastic water bottles.


  • Want to Catch a Movie in Maryland this Weekend? – The Reel Water Film Festival takes place in Germantown, Md. this Saturday. More than 60 films focused on the global water crisis will be screened.


  • Under the Sea –  A clean-up of marine debris 5 miles off the coast of Maine yielded 557 pounds of garbage, including a full case of unopened plastic water bottles!


  • What’s Lurking in Your Municipal Water? – The US Geological Survey Toxic Substance Hydrology Program released a National Survey of Susceptible Streams and Aquifers that indicates the presence of antibiotics, prescription drugs, detergent, DEET, caffeine, and fluoxethene in water sources in 30 states.


  • Sierra Club Sets Baseline for Water Purity in Fracking Target Areas – The Sierra Club has offered to test well water purity in Hamilton, Saline, Wayne and White Counties in southern Illinois before fracking begins in those areas.


  • “The Days of Easy Water are Over . . .” – says author Charles Fishman in his book “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.” Fishman suggests that we need to rethink our relationship with water to ensure plentiful, clean supplies in the future.


  • Massachusetts Bottle Deposit Law Expansion – The assault on plastic water bottles in New England continues as Massachusetts legislators consider expanding the state’s bottle deposit law to include plastic water bottles and other beverages.