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Test Your Knowledge: Drinking Water & Lead

Drinking water and lead is not a new topic of discussion for us. Recently, we’ve looked at the issue of lead toxicity in municipal drinking water systems. We’ve touched on several recent cases that garnered a lot of media attention, including Flint, Michigan, Montreal, Quebec and Newark, New Jersey. Now that we’ve seen some of the cities where this problem is happening, let’s consider… Read More

The Effects of Lead in Drinking Water, and a Few Recent Examples

Exposure to lead has long been understood to have serious impacts on human health. Ingesting lead can have a wide range of effects including: learning problems, increased blood pressure, kidney disorders, stunted growth and developmental delays. Lead can enter the human bloodstream a number of ways; inhaling small particles of lead-based paint or drinking water… Read More

Milestones in Water Treatment

For as long as humans have existed, water has been a central force in the development of civilization. Across the planet we can see the proof that many diverse groups arrived at essentially the same conclusion: water in its natural state might pose a health risk but steps could be taken to lower these risks…. Read More

Drinking Water Woes Grow in India

There’s been some alarming news coming out of India lately. According to India’s news network, NDTV, 21 cities will run out of drinking water by 2020. Those cities, including the capital New Delhi, are home to more than 100 million people. In fact, one of the cities on the list has already run out of… Read More

Takeaways from AWWA’s ACE19

Last month I attended the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver. There was a lot to learn with so many technical presentations, workshops, and trade show booths, so I figured I would highlight some of my key takeaways from the conference.   1. Top Trend Given the size of the conference,… Read More

World Water Consumption, Pricing and Distribution – Illustrated

Quite often in the water industry, ideas get expressed through numbers. Percentage daily usage, microbial counts, evaporation loss rates, temperature variances…you get the idea. It’s easier to understand complex data when it’s represented graphically. With that in mind, here are some interesting water statistics that demonstrate just how much water we’re using and how. World… Read More

Smart dogs sniff out leaky pipes

  Using a highly unique solution to a common and sometimes vexing problem, a cocker spaniel and a springer spaniel in Britain are finding leaks in drinking water pipes by using their sensitive noses to sniff out the chlorine in the water. Snipe, a two-year-old cocker spaniel, received months of training from his handlers, who… Read More

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