Drinking Water

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Drinking Water — Where It Comes From

Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […]

March 6th

EPA: Watersense Shower Heads Save 2900 Gallons Per Year

Back in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “WaterSense” as a label for high-efficiency plumbing products that not only use less water, but work as well as “conventional” fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads. That means that shower heads labeled with “WaterSense” have been tested for both spray force and water coverage and […]

October 21st

Sustainablog Takes the 4 Liter Challenge (w/ Video)

Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […]

October 20th

West Virginia Water Woes – How You Can Help

The West Virginia water woes continue, with more chemicals being discovered in the already contaminated Elk River.  At least ten thousand gallons of MCHM leaked into the river upstream of Charleston’s drinking supply.  No one knows the safe limit for MCHM, since the EPA grandfathered the chemical in when the Clean Water Act was created. […]

February 3rd

An Aquifer Under the Sea?

Australian researchers have found evidence of aquifers under the sea. 120,000 cubic miles of fresh and low-salinity water might be stored and available for human use. “The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we’ve extracted from the Earth’s sub-surface in the past century since 1900,” said lead author […]

December 9th

National Drinking Water Database

With Missouri recently posting its drinking water quality reports online, where does that leave the rest of the U.S. states? Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiled a national drinking water database and has it online.

June 12th