Category: Misc

Do You Know What’s in Your Water?

You wouldn’t take pain killers or prescription medications you don’t need so why are you still drinking tap water? A new study has found that our nation’s water supply is contaminated with prescription drugs, over-the-counter pain killers, antihistamines and more. These drugs have already begun to have an effect on our ecosystem and since they… Read more »

Why Does My Des Moines Water Smell Bad?

You may have noticed that your water smelled and tasted a little odd yesterday. This is because recent runoff caused by the warmer weather has affected the water in Des Moines, Iowa and the surrounding areas. The Des Moines Water Works says that due to the warmer weather, all of the extra runoff that has… Read more »

What are the risks of lead in drinking water?

The dangerously high levels of lead found in drinking water has brought the city of Flint, Mich. international attention in the recent weeks. A number of children tested positive for lead poisoning, and the number continues to rise. The problem began when city officials changed its water supply source. The new water caused lead to… Read more »

Understanding Nitrates

What Is Nitrate? Nitrate is an inorganic compound that occurs under a variety of conditions in the environment, both naturally and synthetically. In drinking water, the federal standard for nitrate is 10 ml per liter (10 mg/l). Though there is no direct health affect of nitrate exposure to older children and adults, infants are prone… Read more »

Detroit Schools Test Positive for High Levels of Lead and Copper

Detroit’s City school district is shutting off the water to all schools in the district. 16 of the 24 schools recently tested in the district came back positive for elevated levels of copper and lead in the drinking water. Testing began on buildings in June, and officials are testing all 106 school buildings. The district… Read more »