The PR job is a good one, to be fair. When it comes to bottled water, people are prepared to throw a lot of money at it, regardless of the environmental price and the sky-high cost to their pocket.
Bottled water costs more than tap water. A lot more. In fact, a new report from The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some people are paying an astonishing 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they are for the water that comes out of the tap.
But here’s the next shocker: frequently the water that you buy in a bottle is…erm…tap water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 22, 2018 12:00 pm
In early February, the 18th annual Great American Water Taste Test took place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Over two days, water samples from around the country were blind-tasted by a panel of judges, tasked with finding a winner. What are they looking for? Taste, smell and clarity are the watchwords according to The National Rural Water Association, the main sponsor of the event.
Water Good Winner!
After some serious sipping, the gold medal was awarded to Arcadia Water Utility of Wisconsin, which beat off some stiff competition from the City of Salisbury, MD Paleo Water and the Southeast Water Users District, ND, …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 7, 2017 12:00 pm
There has never been running water here. Some of the dwindling number of residents, all of whom live in poverty, recall that there were wells up until around 30 years ago, where locals could draw water. Those wells are now dry or contaminated. People who live here have to make a seven-mile journey to buy water or depend on donations made to the local Baptist church.
Welcome to Sandbranch, just 14 miles southeast of Dallas, the fifth wealthiest city in America.
There hasn’t been any investment here for a long time. The community doesn’t have trash collections, proper sewerage or street lighting – yet most of the residents don’t want move, or lack the …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 21, 2017 7:00 am
In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an 11-year study into the long term cognitive and neurobehavioral effects of lead exposure in children.
What Does Lead Do?
The children had been exposed to lead during their childhood, in some cases relatively low levels. 132 test subjects were re-examined in 1988 and the following neurobehavioral traits were identified as being related to lead exposure during childhood:
Poorer hand/eye co-ordination
Slower reaction times
“No Safe Level of Lead”
Although some lead can be excreted by the body, children are more susceptible to long term effects from lead exposure, as their …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 9, 2017 12:00 pm
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Its perpetually black depths are commonly referred to as the most remote place on the entire planet. Extraordinary creatures survive in the dark with water pressure of eight tons per square inch. But something else has been discovered in this inaccessible ocean trench. Astonishing levels of man-made pollution, along with plastic bags and soda cans.
Plastics on the Menu
We’re steadily choking our planet with plastic, according to recent research. Up to 13 million tons of plastic finds it way into our oceans every single year, where it can then be ingested by wildlife. Of course, lovers …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 26, 2017 12:00 pm
The third annual Imagine a Day Without Water took place on the 12th October. Schools and workplaces participated with utilities and water organizations to look at how much we depend on water.
The True Value of Water
The recent hurricanes that have seen thousands of people having their access to clean, safe water cut off, highlight just how vital water is to our health and well being.
Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Imagine a Day Without Water 2017 is the third annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 19, 2017 12:00 pm
We recently looked at the plastics that we unknowingly drink when we crack open a fresh bottle of water or turn on the tap. America is the world leader in plastic fiber contamination, with a horrifying 94% of nationwide samples testing positive. India and Lebanon are the closest runners-up; but for now, the dubious honor of topping the plastic fiber contamination table belongs to us.
Plastic is Not Fantastic
Plastic fibers are expelled into the air and into our water supply all the time. The problem is that our current methods of treating drinking water are inadequate. That’s not a new fact; horror stories about the problems with America’s water infrastructure are …
Yet another unpalatable fact about America’s drinking water emerged upon publication of a report into the presence of microscopic plastic fibers in an astonishing 94 percent of samples tested.
It’s not just America that is swallowing untold quantities of plastics from industry, homes and manufacturing; around 80 percent of samples worldwide tested positive. If it’s in our water, then it’s in our food. If it’s our food, then our bodies are awash with plastic fibers of unknown origin.
It gets worse. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade. Instead, it just gets smaller and smaller until it’s a tiny particle measured by nanometer (one nanometer is one-billionth of a …