In light of increased runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds, farmers across the United States are adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem. ... Read More
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says. So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions. An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year. It was the first study of its kind. ... Read More
Sources of drinking water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals, and in some cases, radioactive materials, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal or human activity.
In 2008 Houston received 82 percent of its treated drinking wat ... Read More
The City of Houston Public Works Drinking Water Operations, which serves 2,700,000 people, ranked #95 out of 100 on a Big City Water Ratings list formulated by the Environmental Working Group, although Houstonâ€™s drinking water, â€œcontinues to meet or exceed all Federal and State standards for safe drinking water,â€ according to the annual Water Quality Report (pdf).
The groupâ€™s data, the focus o ... Read More
A Thanksgiving tradition: a great feast â€” and pipes clogged with used cooking grease - The Washington Post
During the holiday, kitchen pipes are stuffed with more grease, food and fats than any time of the year. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a yearly bonanza for retailers â€” and plumbers.
â€œWhen you work for Roto-Rooter, everybody knows you donâ€™t get the day off,â€ said Paul Abrams, spokesman for the Roto-Rooter plumbing company. â€œItâ€™s the one day you donâ€™t ask off. Black Friday, itâ€™s a ... Read More
Canadian communities are being given Report Cards for the amount of pollution they dump into the Great Lakes.
Finally our society is taking steps into reducing the large amounts of pollution being dumped into our great lakes which contain over 20 percent of the worlds fresh surface water supply.
Great lakes also provide drinking water for 3 out of 4 Ontarians. ... Read More
Groundwater is an essential and vital component of our life support system where it is used for drinking, irrigation, and industrial purposes. Wadi Sayyah is one of the most important wadis in the western part of Saudi Arabia to the northeast of Jeddah city. A total of 42 groundwater samples are collected from hand dug wells in this area and they are analyzed for various physical and chemical par ... Read More
The US Geological Survey (USGS) announced on Monday that it will resume reporting on the amount of water consumed in the production of thermonuclear power to allow water resource managers a chance to evaluate the influence of this type of use on the overall water budget of a watershed.
The use of heat and water budgets to estimate water consumption at individual thermoelectric plants provides ... Read More
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