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

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

What’s in a name? Three Intricacies of Organism Names in NGS Data

  There’s no universal method for cataloging organisms or for converting sequencing data to taxonomic data, so careful examination of methodology, as well as the results, is needed when analyzing DNA-associated data. Three of the intricacies are discussed below: Candidatus The formal naming of organisms is determined by a set of rules called the International… Read More

Colorado River

Over-allocated: The story of the Colorado River

The Colorado River rises high into the Rocky Mountains and cuts a 2,300 kilometre course southwest to the Gulf of California. It passes through five U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and two Mexican (Baja California and Sonora) states. Its watershed extends even further, expanding to include New Mexico and Wyoming. The Colorado and… Read More

Gut bugs affect overall health, and serve as individual microbial fingerprints

The microbial population of our gastrointestinal tracts is a hot topic these days, with researchers regularly making new discoveries as to how the state of the bugs in our bellies affects our overall physical and mental health. Studies over the past 20 years have shown links between gut health and areas including the immune system,… Read More