Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Public Data Show Chemicals in Tap Water

Public Data Show Chemicals in Tap Water

WASHINGTON - Drinking water may have a lot more in it than just H20 and fluoride, according to an environmental group's analysis of records in 42 states.A survey by the Environmental Working Group released on Tuesday found 141 unregulated chemicals and an additional 119 for which theEnvironmental Protection Agency' Environmental Protection Agency has set health-based limits. Most common among the chemicals found were disinfection byproducts, nitrates, chloroform, barium, arsenic and copper.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Underground advance of sewer lines

Four years ago, the long arm of Warner Robins began snaking southward through the earth in the form of new sewer lines, until its grip settled onto tiny, unincorporated Bonaire.
Creeping in from the northwest, the lines gradually picked up schools and houses in the now semi-rural community clustered around the intersection of Ga. 96 and Ga. 247.

That likely was inevitable: Bonaire's stingy clay-packed soil won't absorb the byproducts produced by septic tanks, making the promise of a Warner Robins sewer connection a luxury normally unavailable to area residents.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005


Test results showed E. Coli

Test results showed E. Coli
By Tyler B. Reed / Daily News StaffWednesday, November 9, 2005HOLLISTON --

Water samples taken from two locations last Wednesday tested positive for the toxic E. coli bacteria yesterday, town officials announced last night.
Testing on samples taken Friday and Monday showed no E. coli, otherwise known as fecal coliform bacteria, but continued to indicate the presence of total coliform bacteria at various locations.
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a mandatory water boil order yesterday after the test results came back. The order will last until at least Friday, when the next update on testing is expected, Town Administrator Paul LeBeau said last night.
In an announcement to residents on Sunday, the town said results had improved and only one sample tested positive for the coliform bacteria. But the latest tests show bacteria in five locations: the high school, residences on Hollis Street, Tea Party Lane and Mohawk Path and in raw water from well 2.
"It's a backward step," LeBeau said.
Water officials so far have been unable to determine the cause of the problem. One idea floating around, LeBeau said, is the bacteria could have entered the water system after heavy rains last month that flooded streets and parking lots.
The Board of Water Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss that topic. "They want to try to determine what exactly is causing it," LeBeau said.
The Water Department continues to add chlorine to the water system as a safety precaution against the possible presence of E. coli.
The two locations where E. Coli was present last Wednesday are an office on Concord Street and Well 2 on Maple Street.
E. coli is an indicator that water may have been contaminated with animal or human waste. Ingesting microbes from the waste can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches.
LeBeau said the Board of Health was informed about two people experiencing diarrhea, though it had not been determined whether that symptom was a result of bacteria from the water.
Officials are asking residents to boil water for at least a minute before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food. They say it is especially important for young children and the elderly.
According to information provided by LeBeau, eight of 19 samples taken last Wednesday showed the presence of total coliform bacteria, which is an indicator organism. Further rounds of testing on those samples eventually showed that water from two locations in town contained E. coli.
Officials took 20 water samples each on Friday and Monday for further testing. They found no E. coli in those samples.
"That's the good news," LeBeau said.(Tyler B. Reed can be reached at 508-626-4423 or

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Student to return after water scare

Students to return after water scare

Tuesday, 8 November 2005. 11:21 (AEDT)Tuesday, 8 November 2005. 10:21 (ACST)Tuesday, 8 November 2005. 10:21 (AEST)Tuesday, 8 November 2005. 11:21 (ACDT)Tuesday, 8 November 2005. 08:21 (AWST)

The Education Department says it will develop a new system to prevent a repeat of a water quality scare which has temporarily closed Tamworth's Farrer High School.
It has been confirmed an access hole which was not properly secured allowed birds into the water supply at the school and at the nearby Department of Primary Industries research facility.
A departmental advisory says it will develop a new system to physically check the water system on a regular basis and to institute an independent monitoring system.
The system is being flushed and superchlorinated before the water tanks are refilled and the students allowed to return to school.

Friday, January 14, 2005


GE Mobile Water Units Expected to Help More Than 220,000 Indonesians in Banda Aceh

GE Donates Portable Water Filtration Systems and Engineering Support to
Provide Clean
, Potable Water to Asian Tsunami Disaster Victims
GE Mobile Water Units Expected to Help More Than 220,000 Tsunami victims

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Herbal Remedies Found to Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

** Herbal Remedies Found to Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

Some herbal remedies may do more harm than good. Researchers report
that 20 percent of herbal medicine products sampled contained
dangerous levels of heavy metals.

This article is from - Weekly Review December 21, 2004

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Male Fish Growing Eggs Found in Potomac

SHARPSBURG, Md. Dec 21, 2004 — Male fish that are growing eggs have been found in the Potomac River near Sharpsburg, a sign that a little-understood type of pollution is spreading downstream from West Virginia, a federal scientist says.

The so-called intersex abnormality may be caused by pollutants from sewage plants, feedlots and factories that can interfere with animals' hormone systems, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Nine male smallmouth bass taken from the Potomac near Sharpsburg, about 60 miles upstream from Washington, were found to have developed eggs inside their sex organs, said Vicki S. Blazer, a scientist overseeing the research for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Authorities say the problems are likely related to a class of pollutants called endocrine disruptors, which short-circuit animals' natural systems of hormone chemical messages.
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