Category Archive: Water

What do you know about Tap Water?

Snoop Dogg’s Half-Baked New Ad

Snoop Dogg, the washed-up 90s rapper known for his marijuana habit, has a new gig: Doing ads for SodaStream, a company that provides a home carbonation device for water and other beverages. Snoop released a video advertisement for SodaStream arguing that people should switch to a carbonation machine so they can stop drinking soda or seltzer out of plastic bottles. “I don’t need to start a nature relief fund to help save the planet from plastic waste. I simply enjoy fresh, sparkling water,” the rapper says. That’s one way to look at it. Another way might be: Enjoy some lead and fecal bacteria with...

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This annual campaign is a call to action for individuals, organizations, state and local officials to bring awareness to lead poisoning prevention and reduce childhood exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates anywhere between 6 to 10 million homes still have water that passes through lead pipes. Children six years old or younger are at considerable risk of long-term damage if exposed to lead. Even from low levels of exposure, children can experience behavioral and learning issues, hearing problems, slowed growth, or even a decreased IQ level. But lead doesn’t only affect children. If exposed to lead, pregnant women...

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New Report: Lead Levels in Tap Water High Enough to Harm Infants and Children

A new study in conjunction with Virginia Tech reveals various levels of lead in tap water across the United States. 97 households were tested just outside of New Orleans and 688 others across the country. Nearly 80 percent of homes had at least some levels of lead detected in their tap water, with 40 percent exceeding the recommended limit by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Though it may come as a shock, lead in tap water continues to be an issue throughout the U.S. Even with lead pipes outlawed in 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that anywhere between 6...

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Poll: 21 Percent of Americans “Very Worried” About Drinking Water Quality

All people deserve access to clean, safe drinking water. But recently released polling by Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s World Risk Poll revealed that more than 50 percent of surveyed adults in 142 countries and territories believe they will be seriously harmed by consuming their local tap water. This isn’t isolated to the Third World: 20 percent of those surveyed in the United States said they knew someone in the past two years who experienced adverse effects from their local drinking water, with 21 percent saying they were “very worried” it would happen to them. According to the World Risk Poll, 28 percent of global respondents feel their governments...

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