Flood water can be dangerous to your health. In New York, residents are asked to wear “protective gear”.
Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body.
ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform.
“Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if you are coming into contact with flood water.”
via Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater – ABC News.
A potentially explosive and radioactive sinkhole near Assumption Parish, Louisiana has led local authorities to order a mass evacuation.
After the now 400 feet deep hole was discovered on August 3, the mayor of the town ordered between 100 and 150 households to vacate their homes. The same day, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a declaration of emergency.
Bubbling water in the sinkhole and in nearby areas, where there has been oil and gas exploration in the past, led authorities to believe that it might have caused the release of radioactive material. While state tests did not detect radiation, a nearby road, Highway 70, was ordered shut after officials discovered the sinkhole caused a 36 inch natural gas pipeline to bend, heightening concerns that explosions might occur. To make the situation even more combustible, the hole neighbors a well containing more than a million gallons of liquid butane, a highly flammable vapor.
via Huge sinkhole causes mass evacuation in Louisiana — RT.
The nation’s food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere.
via Groundwater depletion in semiarid regions of Texas and California threatens US food security.
This is just another example of big agribusiness defeating their own raison-d’etre and compromising our food supply.
EPA and HHS now recommend the level of fluoride in drinking water to be set “at the lowest end of the current optimal range”—that is, no more than 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the current recommended range which goes as high as 1.2 milligrams.
via New Scientific Data Forces Government to Reverse Its Stance on Fluoride in the Water Supply | The Alliance for Natural Health USA.
Municipalities will be wise to revisit their water fluoridation policies in light of new studies that address safety and efficacy of fluoride in drinking water to allegedly reduce tooth decay. While topical application of fluoride directly to the tooth enamel may prevent cavities, it has been shown that ingesting fluoride has the opposite effect, damages teeth and all major organ systems. Surely, cities can find an alternate means to dispose of the by-products of aluminum production? If the answer is no, they are not trying hard enough.
City Sued over Plan to Turn Sewage into Snow
It seems that there is a long way to go to reclaim grey water, that is, water that is not potable, i.e. that cannot be used for drinking water. This article highlights some of the political fallout of using grey water for uses other than drinking, and pits indigenous water rights against resort developers, while environmental issues are caught in the middle. There are myriad lessons to be learned from this example.
Water Leak Leaves Resident with $40,000 Bill
This story illustrates the extent to which a homeowner could benefit from green initiatives around the home. Fixing water leaks can save a lot of money.