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Heavy rainfall brings an increased risk of water contamination According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 million US households rely on private water wells for drinking, cooking, and bathing water. If you own a private well you’re responsible for ensuring the water from said well is safe to drink, so it can […]


Corroded pipes release harmful levels of lead into public drinking water. Charges of willful negligence leveled at those in charge. The future health of growing children in doubt. It sounds like we’re talking about the water crisis affecting Flint, Michigan, but these ominous statements also apply to Sebring, Ohio. On 3 December, 2015, the Ohio […]


During a historic drought, hearing that a desalination plant in the heart of California is about to convert 56 million gallons of seawater into drinkable tap water each day seems too good to be true, and perhaps it is. The Poseidon Desalination Plant in Carlsbad aims to supply the San Diego area with potable drinking […]

Sewage Contaminates the Tijuana River

Situated on the border between Mexico and the United States, the Tijuana River watershed is a 1,735-square-mile area comprised of the river itself, swamps, marshes, and the river estuary. It’s also an area historically beset by pollution. During heavy rainfall, sediment, sewage, and pollutants flood the river and exit into the Pacific Ocean, promoting beach […]

Issues with water quality in Flint, Michigan

On October 18, 2015, NPR’s Michael Martin interviewed Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician and researcher who sounded the alarm on lead levels in the Flint, Michigan, water supply. Hanna-Attisha’s research focused on children in the Flint area – the demographic most at risk from lead exposure. She discovered an alarming increase in blood-lead levels occurred […]