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'World Water Day' - Exploring the nature of water

As Cape Town inches towards ‘Zero Hour’ set for July 15, 2018, the real threat of water scarcity is finally hitting millions of people worldwide. Water is essential to life, and not just to quench our thirst. It is vital to every aspect of our lives.

Removing microplastics from tap water starts at treatment plants

As we have learned, plastic pollution is not just a problem affecting our oceans. We are now ingesting tiny bits of plastic in our tap water. So this problem leaves but one question - Is there a solution?

Phosphate factory reservoir full of toxic wastewater collapses

A tsunami of toxic and highly acidic wastewater was sent gushing across a stretch of the Judean desert over the weekend after a section of a phosphate plant's wastewater reservoir collapsed.

Wastewater may not trigger antibiotic resistance

Copenhagen - Some scientists have been concerned that wastewater, where bacteria and antibiotics mix, could be seeding an increase in antibiotic resistance. A new study puts forward evidence that this is not the case.

Is pharmaceutical waste triggering antibiotic resistance?

Several pharmaceutical companies have been accused by a campaign organization of contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistance among types of pathogenic bacteria, the so-termed "super bugs."

Researchers: Lakes, rivers flooded with artificial sweeteners

Brantford - Artificial sweeteners are found in many foods and beverages worldwide, but did you know that the fish are drinking them as well? In a 2012 study, Canadian researchers discovered artificial sweeteners could be found in lakes, rivers and oceans worldwide.

Treatment of wastewater raises new health concern

A new concern has been expressed about the presence of large numbers of antibiotics in wastewater. Here treatments to "clean up" wastewater may be modifying the antibiotics and, by doing so, triggering a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Algae from waterways could serve as a biofuel

Detroit - Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff cause environmental pollution and potential health concerns. Scientists have a new solution: collecting up the algae to make biofuels.

Using bacteria to clean-up waste

A new method has been devised to use microbes found in pond sediment for cleaning-up waste in rural areas. This is in the form of a “microbe-powered” wastewater treatment system that could help to clean-up large farming operations.

Texas begins recycling wastewater for people to drink

Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, has begun reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant. The purified water is being diverted as drinking water. The move has been initiated to help combat a severe drought.

Antibiotic resistant gene found in Chinese river

An antibiotic resistance gene has been detected in wastewater treatment plants in northern China, according to a new report. The discovery could trigger a rise in antimicrobial resistance and hence a health threat.

Drought forces Texas town to recycle sewage water

Big Spring - The drought in Texas which has left the state parched and desperate for new water sources has one town moving forward with the construction of a water reclamation plant that will turn the city's wastewater into drinking water.

Florida's Citrus Orchards Benefit From Reclaimed Wastewater

Studies confirm that the amount of wastewater generated by cities in Florida has increased more than fivefold since 1950.

Toilet or Trash Can: How Should You Dispose of Your Tissues?

The environmentally conscious may have the same question. Which is the best way to dispose of used tissue or toilet paper; in the garbage or in the toilet? While the answer depends on where you live, here are some facts which can help you figure it out.

Eastern Kentucky county's drinking water in danger?

Could an Eastern Kentucky county's drinking water be in danger of pollution from wastewater from a Virginia underground mine?
 

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Discharge pipe: The new study documents the finding of ammonium  iodide and artificial sweeteners at...
Discharge pipe: The new study documents the finding of ammonium, iodide and artificial sweeteners at high levels flowing into our rivers and streams.
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The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard  NW in the Palisades neighb...
The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard, NW in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The facility is part of the Washington Aqueduct, a National Historic Landmark.
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Wastewater from fracking operation being dumped into pond in Shafter  Kern County  California. Notic...
Wastewater from fracking operation being dumped into pond in Shafter, Kern County, California. Notice the sludge on top of the dirty water?
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Municipal effluent discharged from wastewater treatment works (WwTW) is suspected to be a significan...
Municipal effluent discharged from wastewater treatment works (WwTW) is suspected to be a significant contributor of microplastics (MP) to the environment.
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Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
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