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Quench Weekly Water Top Ten – June 8

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

  • Today – June 8 – is World Oceans Day! – The United Nations has designated today for the global community to celebrate and take action to save our oceans.  What are you doing to help?


  • Don’t Mess with Texas! – Three more National Parks have taken a stand against plastic water bottles, so if your visiting the Alamo this summer, Remember to leave your plastic at home.


  • Harvard Reports that Drinking More Water Can Prevent Diabetes in Women – The Harvard School of Public Health has released a study showing that women who drink water instead of a sugary beverage can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 7-8 percent.


  • Tulsa City Leaders Scratch Chicken Waste from the Watershed – Tulsa has won its legal battle to rid the water supply of phosphorus-laden chicken litter.


  • How We’ll  Deal With Dirty Fracking Water in the Future – The Scientific American details the complex filtration process waste water from natural gas fracking will require to keep our watersheds clean.


  • Future Environmentalist Wins Essay Contest – Fifth grader Maggie Tharp wins the Farmington CT Rotary Club’s Essay Contest with a thoughtful treatise on ways every kid can help improve the environment, including eliminating plastic water bottles.


  • Keep Your Head Above Water – Just in time for beach season, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has issued  it’s guide to finding the cleanest swimming beaches, and identifying the polluted ones to avoid.


  • “Water: Illusions of Purity” Exhibit Opens Today at Noyes Museum of Richard Stockton College – Artist Kate Dodd specializes in art installations that involve water, in this case the plastic bottles, bags and other refuse that sully it.


  • Possible Breakthrough in Autism Research: Could It Be Something in the Water? – Researchers at the University of Idaho have discovered a link between leached pyschiatric medicines (like Prozac and Effexor) in public drinking water and incidence of autism.


  • And This Weeks’ Water Purity Award Goes to – The City of Tampa, where the drinking water continues to meet or exceed every health standard developed by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Weekly Water Top Ten – September 9

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

  • Water Wars In South Florida – Slowly advancing up the coast of south Florida a wall of underground saltwater threatens the drinking water of 4.5 million people.


  • Leading A Horse To Water – Android debuts an application that finds the nearest water fountain to you — iFountain, anyone?


  • Fracking In Photos – This nifty photo gallery lets you see what the highly-publicized, highly controversial extraction method looks like up close.


  • Industrial Detergent Spill Working Its Way North – Roughly ten thousand gallons of industrial suds hasn’t hurt the drinking water. Unfortunately,  we can’t say the same for the fish.


  • Drought-Stricken Texans Find Water Elsewhere – Following the driest year in the state’s history water supplies dwindle to just twenty-three months’ worth.


  • Kentucky American Water presents WaterFest – Participants can take water treatment plant tours, participate in demonstrations and learn all about water service, water conservation and watershed protection during this one-day festival.


  • Week-Long Boil Water Advisory Continues – In the wake of Hurricane Irene, the boil water advisory of 157 Connecticut water systems continues.


  • Arsenic in Maine Well-Water 310 Times Higher Than Federal Safety Standards – An estimated thirty-one percent of private wells in Augusta are affected while many residents still remain unaware.


  • Tourist Attraction Saves $1.25 Million Annually With Irrigation – By recycling one million gallons of wastewater that the city dumps every day, Galveston attraction Moody Gardens has found a way to save money by stopping waste.


  • Schuylkill River Almost Back To Normal – More than a week after millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled from a burst main in Reading into the Schuylkill River, readings are almost back to normal. Still, water utility managers continue adding extra chlorine to their water, just in case.

The Quench Weekly Water Top 10 – May 13

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

  • Connecticut Towns Join List Of Cities Banning Bottled Water – Bridgeport and Easton will no longer be spending municipal funds on bottled water, investing instead in public water systems. The state of Connecticut has cut spending on bottled water by $450,000 since 2007.
  • Texas State House Passes Disclosure Law On Fracking – With passage in the Texas Senate, this would be the nation’s first law requiring the drilling industry to disclose fluids used in hydraulic fracking.” These chemicals are usually kept secret, and many groups believe the process threatens groundwater.
  • Source Of Radioactive Iodine In Philly Water Still Unknown – A multi-agency investigation is underway to determine the cause of Iodine-131 that has been found in the water at least 9 times since 2007. Local residents are frustrated that it took the Japanese nuclear disaster to expose the issue. Continue reading

The Quench Weekly Water Top 10 – March 24

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