The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. ¬†
Selected by an international jury, this year‚Äôs seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South Africa‚Ä¶and Flint, Michigan. ¬†
A Short History of Environmental Heroism
Just after Flint officials notoriously switched the city water source in April 2014 to save money, LeeAnne Walters started to become concerned that the water she and her four children were drinking was harmful.
She was, of course, right, but proving it was a struggle. ¬†State authorities didn‚Äôt want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, …
Let‚Äôs not beat around the bush. ¬†If we ignore for a moment all the important benefits of hydrogen alkaline water and look purely at the issue of filtration, it‚Äôs no secret that there are cheaper ways to filter your water than with a water ionizer. ¬†
At some point, many people consider buying a jug filter. ¬†Pitchers are cheap and easy to use, but how do they really compare? ¬†
Putting You in The Pitcher
Even the most high-end and technically advanced filter pitchers have only a tiny proportion of the capabilities of a water ionizer. ¬†They remove some impurities from your water and make it taste better, but quite …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‚Äėfessed up to releasing carcinogenic chemicals from its premises in Merrimack, New Hampshire, causing private wells in the area to become contaminated though the local groundwater. ¬†
Bottled Water Hand-Out
Following the spill, bottled water was provided to residents with a private well within a one-mile radius of the plant, which meant supplying around 400 properties with bottled water. ¬†
The state gave Saint-Gobain strict deadlines to fix the problem, requiring the 350-year old corporation to conceive, design and install a water treatment solution to clean up the contamination.
A Satisfactory Solution?
Flash forward to March 2018, and state officials have reached ‚Äúa monumental agreement‚ÄĚ¬†to ensure …
Look, don‚Äôt shoot the messenger, but there‚Äôs something else to worry about in America‚Äôs water. ¬†
Bosses at coal-burning power plants country-wide are required to file reports with the Environmental Protection Agency this month, looking into the toxins that are being released into groundwater from vast, unlined “ponds” containing coal ash and debris.
“Coal ash ponds need to be addressed as potential environmental and human health issues.”
~ Avner Vengosh,¬†Professor¬†of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. ¬†Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. ¬†…
The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water. ¬†
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. ¬†After all, it removes contaminants and that‚Äôs the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. ¬†On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water ‚Äď though admittedly free of contaminants …