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Colorado Animas River

For a few days in August, 2015, Colorado’s Animas River turned mustard yellow, the result of an accident while cleaning up the abandoned Gold King Mine. EPA workers misread the strength of a temporary dam, leading to an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater spewing into the river. At one point, the yellow streak […]

As of August 9th, 2015, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx infected at least 100 people and claimed 10 lives, mostly among the elderly. The cause of the outbreak was traced to water-cooling towers infected with Legionnaires’ disease bacteria, or LSB. Several cooling towers tested positive for the disease, including ones at […]

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While the idea of buying water might have been laughable 30 years ago, bottled water sales continue to rise year after year. The bottled water craze brings along a host of problems, both for the environment and for personal health, as most bottles don’t live up to the healthy “straight from the source” image. Plastic […]

Is there a water shortage in the West?

Throughout the Western United States, communities are implementing strict regulations to cope with serious water shortages. While many blame droughts potentially stemming from climate change, some experts believe government policies are to blame. In fact, they say there’s already enough water to fill the needs of every western resident if practical steps are taken to […]

Drought Shaming

With even conservative estimates placing the remaining water in California’s reservoirs at one-year’s worth, the entire state is feeling the effects of drought and the resulting mandated cutbacks in usage ordered by Governor Brown in April. Home consumption has reduced considerably, with last month’s figures in Los Angeles County showing cutbacks exceeding the ideal reduction […]