caption Erin Brockovich never drinks water straight from the tap. source AquaTru Erin Brockovich is a former legal clerk and clean-water advocate who was made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning portrayal of her in the 2000 film that shares her name. Brockovich helped citizens of Hinkley, California fight California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) after unsafe levels of the carcinogen Chromium 6 were found in their water. Brockovich told Business Insider that she’s “funny” about her own drinking water. She offered a few tips for how to determine if your tap water is safe to drink and what to do when it’s not. If tap water looks like the color of “light pee,” Erin Brockovich refuses to drink it. The self-billed “water gal” made a name for herself fighting California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in 1996, when Chromium-6 leeched into tap water in the Mojave Desert. … [Read more...] about Erin Brockovich is warning about an emerging drinking-water crisis in the US. Here’s how she recommends you protect yourself.
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Disinfection of public drinking water is one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century. In 1900, outbreaks of cholera and typhoid, both caused by waterborne bacteria, were common in American cities. In 1908, Jersey City, N.J., became the first U.S. city to routinely disinfect community water. Other cities and towns quickly followed, and by 1920, the typhoid rate in the United States had dropped by 66 percent.But that battle isn’t over. Around the world, more than 2 billion people lack reliable access to safe water (SN: 8/18/18, p. 14), and half a million people die each year from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, according to the World Health Organization.And in the United States, challenges remain. The management failures that caused the 2014 lead contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., were a wake-up call (SN: 3/19/16, p. 8), but Flint is hardly alone. Systems in other big cities are also falling short. In October, officials in Newark, N.J., scrambled to … [Read more...] about Do you know how your drinking water is treated?
Susan Whitall The Detroit News Published 8:18 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 The confluence of events was ironic, to say the least. In the same week in April that the state of Michigan announced it was cutting off delivery of bottled water to residents of Flint, state officials approved Nestle’s request to pump even more water from its well in northern Michigan, to sell as bottled water. According to Gov. Rick Snyder, Flint no longer needed the cases of purified water after tests revealed that the lead in its tap water was within federal guidelines for safe drinking water. Detroit journalist and author Anna Clark was watching closely. Her book on the Flint water crisis: “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy,” came out in July. “It just seems tone deaf to cancel water shipments to Flint with no notice, then approve this permit that was deeply unpopular with people across the state,” Clark said. “You’re effectively … [Read more...] about Book on Flint water crisis to be featured at fall luncheon
By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher Published 2:02 pm PDT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 Photo: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A federal watchdog concluded the EPA was too slow, passive in responding to Flint’s complaints. A federal watchdog concluded the EPA was too slow, passive in responding to Flint’s complaints. Photo: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as the lead-in-the water crisis in Flint, Mich. In a 74-page report released Thursday, the EPA’s inspector … [Read more...] about Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight
WASHINGTON -- A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. The EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) says in a 74-page report that the agency must take steps now to be able to react more quickly in times of public health emergencies. Flint's tap water became contaminated with lead in 2014 after officials switched from the Detroit system to the Flint River to save money. The City of Flint didn't implement proper water treatment procedures to stop the corrosive water from breaking down aging lead pipes, exposing many residents to the potent neurotoxin in their drinking water. Some children were found to have elevated lead levels in their blood, leading to long-term health concerns. The EPA says there is no safe level of lead. Flint water crisis blamed for lower fertility rates, increased fetal death rates The OIG … [Read more...] about Watchdog report urges EPA to heighten oversight in wake of Flint water crisis