CLEAN VALLEY WATER BLOG
A list of resources for those who want to become more informed about the United States' water crisis and learn about the benefits of clean, healthy water filtration.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG's Tap Water Standards
Our Tap Water Database has information from nearly 50,000 local utilities in every state – information about everything their tests found in your community’s drinking water. We don’t just tell you what they found. We tell you what it means: How the chemicals in your tap water can harm your health, how your water compares to other places and how it stacks up against government safety standards. But we went a step further. EWG scientists developed our own no-compromise safety standards based on the most up-to-date independent studies. EWG standards aren’t based on levels of contaminants that are acceptable to politicians and polluters, or how much it would cost water utilities to clean those contaminants out. Instead, EWG standards are simply what the best science says will fully protect everyone’s health. It’s shameful that all Americans can’t be certain that their tap water is safe. Find out what’s in your tap water at www.ewg.org/tapwater
Dirty Water: Danger From the Tap | CNN Digital Documentary
It’s not just Flint, Michigan. Bad water is more widespread than you think. Aging infrastructure is leaving thousands of rural communities vulnerable to contamination with no fix in sight. CNN travels to two of them. Virginia Tech engineering Professor Marc Edwards watched as water flowed from a garden hose in Enterprise, Louisiana. As he moved a jar to catch a sample, the color changed from clear to brown. "When mine comes out, it comes out black," Enterprise resident John Tiser said as he watched Edwards work. Tiser, Enterprise's newly appointed water board president, was giving Edwards a tour around this rural community in central Louisiana, where residents have struggled with water problems. He says his wife drives 20 miles each direction to do laundry in a town with clear water. Concerned about the potential health effects for his family, including his two daughters, he ran for a seat on the local water board. What drives him, Tiser said, is "being sure that they're not consuming anything that 20 years from now is going to wind up hurting them." Years of water system neglect means that the 250-or-so residents there are left with pipes that leak more than 70% of their water into the ground, Tiser said -- all because they can't afford to fix them. "We're basically putting Band-Aids when we need to go to the ER. That's where we're at," he said. Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/28/health/enterprise-louisiana-water/index.html Reporter: Sara Ganim Executive Producer: Margaret Dawson Produced and Edited by Matthew Gannon #dirtywater #CNN #News
Why millions of Americans could be drinking bad water - BBC News
While Flint made headlines two years ago when 12 people died due to high lead levels in the city's water, more than 1,000 water systems across the US have drinking water that fails safety standards for lead. For the BBC's America First? series, the BBC's Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international rankings. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog World In Pictures https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBX37n4R0UGJN-TLiQOm7ZTP Big Hitters https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBUME-LUrFkDwFmiEc3jwMXP Just Good News https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS3XGZxi7cBUsYo_P26cjihXLN-k3w246
Are we running out of clean water? - Balsher Singh Sidhu
Find out how students can share their ideas as TED Talks here: http://bit.ly/2RCMFgM View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/are-we-running-out-of-clean-water-balsher-singh-sidhu Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages. These statistics raise a startling question: is the Earth running out of clean water? Balsher Singh Sidhu takes a closer look at water consumption. Lesson by Balsher Singh Sidhu, directed by Kozmonot Animation Studio. Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you this video would not be possible! Allan Hayes, Vaibhav Mirjolkar, Tony, Michelle, Katie and Josh Pedretti, Erik Biemans, Gaurav Mathur, Hans Peng, Tekin Gültekin, Hector Quintanilla, Penelope Misquitta, Ravi S. Rāmphal, Emma Moyse, Fahad Nasser Chowdhury, Marin Kovachev, Roman Pinchuk, Daniel Huerga, Maria Lerchbaumer, Edgar Campos Barrachina, Dianne Palomar, The Brock, Curtis Light, Ernest Chow, Liana Switzer, Maija Chapman, Pamela Harrison, Mighterbump , Beatriz Inácio, Robert Hargis, Mircea Sîrbu, Irindany Sandoval, William Bravante, Elizabeth Parker, Sai Krishna Koyoda, Samuel Barbas, Maxwell Ingram, Victoria Soler-Roig, Abdulmateen Aderinto, Pavel Maksimov, Barbara Younker, Cyrus Garay, Yvette Mocete, Mike Azarkman, Patricia Alves Panagides, William Biersdorf, Michael Aquilina, Vinamr, FireWolfLasers, Kshitij Shah, Mohammad Said, Teach Me Diné - Navajo Language and Victoria Veretilo.
CBS Sunday Morning
Exposing the Flint water crisis
It's the age-old question: Is the glass half empty, or half full? For the people of Flint Michigan, it's far from being a settled issue. Some three years after the city's water crisis first made headlines, many people still don't believe their tap water is safe. Correspondent Martha Teichner talks with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the whistleblower who alerted Flint residents to the dangers posed by the very water they drank, and to activists who discuss the legacy of the Flint water crisis: A loss of trust. Subscribe to the "CBS Sunday Morning" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20gXwJT Get more of "CBS Sunday Morning" HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlMmAz Follow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/23XunIh Like "CBS Sunday Morning" on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1UUe0pY Follow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1RquoQb Follow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1O3jk4x Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B --- "CBS Sunday Morning" features stories on the arts, music, nature, entertainment, sports, history, science, Americana and highlights unique human accomplishments and achievements. Check local listings for CBS Sunday Morning broadcast times.
U.S. Drinking Water Widely Contaminated with 'Forever Chemicals': Report
The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. “Forever” chemicals — synthetic industrial substances that build up in our bodies and are harmful to human health — are perfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, and are used in numerous industrial processes and are woven into packaging, among other products that people come into direct contact with. The chemicals were found in just about every major U.S. city, with especially high levels in major metropolitan areas, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said in a new report. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm QUICKTAKE ON SOCIAL: Follow QuickTake on Twitter: twitter.com/quicktake Like QuickTake on Facebook: facebook.com/quicktake Follow QuickTake on Instagram: instagram.com/quicktake Subscribe to our newsletter: https://bit.ly/2FJ0oQZ Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org QuickTake by Bloomberg is a global news network delivering up-to-the-minute analysis on the biggest news, trends and ideas for a new generation of leaders.
The Cleanest Drinking Water In The U.S. Could Become Poisonous (HBO)
The EPA rolled back Obama-era rules on how to handle and store toxic waste residues from burning coal on Tuesday. And now, drinking water across the country could be at risk of being contaminated by the byproduct of burning coal for power: toxic coal ash. The rollback gives authority back to state and industry officials to oversee how coal ash is stored and allows states in some cases to stop monitoring groundwater. But the groundwater contamination in Memphis, Tennesse shows why doing that may be a bad idea. Home to what some consider the best drinking water in the country, Memphis is also home to a retired coal power plant and a new gas plant. Next to the coal plant sits a coal ash pit, where waste is stored. All three are overseen by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). People long suspected that all this industrial activity could be contaminating the city’s but there was no way to know for certain. In 2017 the TVA was forced to comply with the Obama administration’s coal ash rule, which required companies to monitor the groundwater around their coal ash pits - and the results helped avoid a potential drinking water disaster for the city. Using a cityscape scene of Memphis etched onto plexiglas, VICE News illuminates the story as it unfolded and shows what could be at stake for roughly 600 more coal plants in the USA. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo #VICENews
The Big Empty: Rural America's Drinking Water Crisis
O’Brien, Texas is just one of thousands of small communities in the United States that struggle to find the resources to ensure that the water coming out of the tap is safe to drink. The recent budget proposal by the Trump administration will only make matters worse. Watch this documentary short produced by Tom Rosenberg and Earth Institute fellow Madison Condon details one shrinking town’s drinking water crisis.