Archives: What’s in My Water

Akron’s tap water yellowish but safe

Manganese in reservoir causes discoloration; city addressing problem By Bob Downing Beacon Journal Published on Friday, Jul 25, 2008 Akron“s drinking water is discolored, but city officials say the problem is nothing to worry about. The water has “”a straw-colored tint,”” … Continue reading

Meds-in-water back in spotlight with new data

By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP September 11, 2008 NEW YORK — Recent tests of drinking water supplies, prompted by an Associated Press (AP) report in March that 41 million Americans receive drinking water tainted by trace levels of pharmaceuticals, reveal that … Continue reading

EPA top water official: Meds-in-water worth review

By JEFF DONN, AP September 18, 2008 WASHINGTON — The federal government”s top water quality official has acknowledged that critics who question whether the existing regulatory mechanism can handle complex chemical compounds found in drinking water supplies are correct to … Continue reading

Bottle chemical BPA linked to heart disease, diabetes

By Susan Wheeler 9/19/2008 4:01:32 PM WASHINGTON — A new scientific report associates the plastic ingredient bisphenol A (BPA) with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities. At the same time, the US Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

Hospital meds compound contaminant problem

9/23/08 NEW YORK — Pharmaceuticals being flushed by the health services industry are contributing to the problem of trace amounts of drug compounds making their way into drinking water sources, according to an Associated Press (AP) report in the San Francisco Chronicle . This … Continue reading

Top 11 Compounds in Tap Water

New Scientist provides a list of the top 11 compounds found in a tap water analysis of 19 US water utilities conducted by researchers at the Southern Nevada Water Authority. According to the EPA, there is no cause for alarm … Continue reading

Study Shows Drinking Water Contaminated with Estrogen

Plastic packaging is not without its downsides, and if you thought mineral water was “clean”, it may be time to think again. According to Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann from the Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am … Continue reading

Disinfectants Create Toxic By-Products in Water

Although perhaps the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the disinfection of water, a recent study now shows that the chemicals used to purify the water we drink and use in swimming pools react with organic material in the … Continue reading

Study Raises Concerns about Private Well Water Quality

More than 20 percent of private domestic wells sampled nationwide contain at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). About 43 million people – or 15 percent of the Nation”s … Continue reading

Ground Water Contamination

Washington, DC – Members of Congress received information today from the Water Quality Association about methods to help ensure safe well water, as a new study revealed the extent of contamination in the nation”s ground water. WQA attended a congressional briefing … Continue reading