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Environmental groups and the Tallahassee utility are bumping heads over the safety of the water. Florida A&M's, Esi Yamoah, tells how local residents can respond to the reports: You may have heard the term "chromium 6" from the movie, Erin Brockovich; Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, has again risen as an issue after a national watchdog study has show high levels of the substance in drinking water across the country.

According to the National Toxicology Program (NTP), chromium 6 is a naturally occurring element found basically everywhere – From rocks to volcanic dust. Chromium 6 can seep into underground steel pipes.

But what happens when chromium 6 is in your tap water? High levels of chromium 6, could cause intestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the maximum standard for chromium as well as chromium 6 is 100 parts per billion.

The Environmental Working Group a non- profit organization informs about the environment and public health. They have detected a high level of chromium 6 in over half of the United States. According to the tests Tallahassee ranks 6th.

Water Quality manager, Jamie Shakar, located in Tallahassee disputes about EWG’s studies. Shakar says that Tallahassee’s water is safe. According to Shakar, Tallahassee’s water averages to 1 parts per billion. Which are lower than the EPA’s requirements.

Being from Tallahassee what do you do? Well the first thing you can do is become more educated about your environment in your community. Second, if you want to go and buy a water filter or boil your water. It is important to always know what us in your drinking water.

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Bottled water has been on attack from environmentalists for as long as it has existed. And for good cause, bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. However, capping the bottled water quandary is a little trickier.
 
The average French person consumes 40 gallons of bottled water per year. How can we curb that usage and reduce the amount of plastic waste, especially when some prefer sparkling water? 
 
Eau de Paris, a public water supply company in France, thinks it may have the answer: Installing a sparkling water drinking fountain in a park in eastern Paris! (Sounds like something from a fairy tale, doesn’t it?) The water is chilled and injected with carbon dioxide before it reaches  parched patrons' lips. If the fountain receives good reactions from the public, Eau de Paris plans to install more fountains. No need to carry around those bottles, when you can satisfy your thirst with a few drinks from the fountain!

 
Do you think sparkling water fountains will help the problem of bottled water in France? Could it work in the United Sates?
 
Read the full report here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/world/europe/22paris.html

John

I’ve recently spotted an atypical case that may top all the water cooler bully squabbles of the past.
A man in Oxford, England sued AND won a bid to appeal against his former company for discriminating against his right to discuss man-made climate change. Tim Nicholson, a former engineer for Grainer plc – a realty company in the United Kingdom – has taken his former employer to court for “unfair dismissal under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations Act of 2003,” according to BBC News. This Act covers religious as well as philosophical beliefs. But why was he fired in the first place?

Before Nicholson pressed charges, he was the head of sustainability at Grainger. He wanted to set up a “carbon management system” for his company, in an attempt to measure its carbon footprint. However, Grainger refused to grant Nicholson the proper information to make an investigation on the company this past March. He was then released on some suspect “structural” and “operational” grounds.  Was Grainger covering something up? With looming climate bills to be passed to make companies clean up their day-to-day proceedings, there’s no telling what “the UK’s largest listed residential landlord with approximately £2.3bn of assets and £3.0bn of assets under management” might be trying to do. On a site search on Grainger’s page, Nicholson’s name is nowhere to be found.

So, what does this mean for other companies?  Well, James Delingpole of The Telegraph is rooting for this guy. He and others think this case marks a trend where other lifestyle choices like veganism, feminism, and humanism might garner the legal benefits of religious choices. Justice Michael Burton of the British High Court’s ruling goes even further to explain why this prediction may become reality someday.

Photo by kearnsy.com.au

 

I drink tons of water daily. In fact, I drink 36 oz. by noon.  But a few days ago I was surfing the Internet and I found a truly disturbing yet captivating category of You Tube videos that made me want to rethink my habit: tap water catching on fire.

I would say it’s a “don’t try this at home” kind of stunt, but the videos are not supposed to be stunts, as turning on the faucet isn’t exactly the sort of thing I’d expect just Johnny Knoxville to do….it’s something that we all do.

The clips usually start in the kitchen of a cozy looking home and quickly turn into something that could double as a fire safety public service announcement. The water runs and a hand holding a lighter inches closer to the running water. First the streaming water gets illuminated and glows the color of the flame and then it explodes into a mini fireball. It’s a pretty cool sight, until you remember that we drink, bathe, and cook with tap water.

Apparently homes that come with this “feature” are getting water that has been exposed to natural gas. It’s happening in places where people drink well water and natural gas drilling is taking place nearby.

In Detroit I take for granted the five nearby fresh water lakes, but I was still creeped out enough that I downloaded a copy of my area’s most recent drinking water report. Thankfully it checked out fine and I can continue my hydration habit.

After you check out the videos why not check your water report too.