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Causes of Water Pollution

Friday, December 9, 2011 6:40:34 PM America/Chicago

The specific contaminants leading to pollution in water include a wide spectrum of chemicals, pathogens, and physical or sensory changes such as elevated temperature and discoloration. While many of the chemicals and substances that are regulated may be naturally occurring (calcium, sodium, iron, manganese, etc.) the concentration is often the key in determining what is a natural component of water, and what is a contaminant. High concentrations of naturally-occurring substances can have negative impacts on aquatic flora and fauna.

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Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities

Monday, April 4, 2011 6:17:49 PM America/Chicago

Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.

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10 American Cities With the Worst Drinking Water

Monday, January 31, 2011 6:13:52 PM America/Chicago


Unknown to most Americans, a surprising number of U.S. cities have drinking water with unhealthy levels of chemicals and contaminants. In fact, some organizations and state environmental agencies that collect and analyze water data say the level of chemicals in some Americans' drinking water not only exceeds recommended health guideline but the pollutants even exceed the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the national legal authority in these matters.


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Tap water in U.S. cities has probable carcinogen

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:23:43 PM America/Chicago

The chemical was found in 31 of 35 cities tested, according to the study by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group. Its levels were highest in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Riverside, Calif; Madison, Wis.; and San Jose, Calif.

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Drinking water quality in the United States

Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:31:00 PM America/Chicago

Drinking water quality in the United States is a source of concern about pollutants in certain localities. In 2006, 89.3 percent of the nation's community water systems were in compliance with all of more than 90 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.[220 Most of the systems out of compliance are small systems in rural areas and small towns. Drinking water quality in the U.S. is regulated by state and federal laws and codes, which set Maximum Contaminant Levels for some pollutants, determine various operational requirements and require utilities to publish consumer confidence reports.

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U.S. Drinking Water Widely Contaminated

Monday, December 14, 2009 6:08:04 PM America/Chicago

EPA finds 202 unregulated chemicals in 45 states



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Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 5:21:20 PM America/Chicago

Published: December 7, 2009

More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.

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Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells

Friday, September 18, 2009 5:29:00 PM America/Chicago

Published: September 17, 2009

MORRISON, Wis. — All it took was an early thaw for the drinking water here to become unsafe.

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Sedative traces found in NYC water

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:33:50 PM America/Chicago

By Jeff Donn, AP National Writer (USAtoday.com)

 

NEW YORK — Locals say this city makes the world's best bagels from the best water, piped in from rustic reservoirs up to 150 miles north. Yet few know of a secret ingredient in their source water: a dash of pharmaceuticals.

Research studies have turned up minute amounts of more than 15 drugs or their byproducts in several pristine-looking rivers, a reservoir, and aqueducts feeding the country's biggest water system.

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Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants

Thursday, November 27, 2008 5:54:45 PM America/Chicago

Bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication



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Cities rarely release water test results

Friday, October 3, 2008 5:42:29 PM America/Chicago

 

When water providers find pharmaceuticals in drinking water, they rarely tell the public. When researchers make the same discoveries, they usually don't identify the cities involved.

 

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Drugs found in drinking water

Thursday, September 11, 2008 5:46:53 PM America/Chicago

A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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