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  • Sam Houston Tollway fully reopens after Harvey flooding, damage

    10/09/2017 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    KHOU ^ | September 11, 2017 | KHOU.com staff
    HOUSTON -- Good news for drivers heading into Monday morning: Sam Houston Tollway's main lanes are now fully open in both directions. That means tens of thousands of commuters can now get back to their regular routes. But with the good news comes some bad news: Harris County Tolls will start up again Tuesday at 4 a.m. on all toll roads except for the section of Sam Houston Tollway between Highway 59 and Highway 290. Tolls will be waived because some feeder roads are still closed. Fort Bend County Tolls resume Monday. The toll way opening is a few days...
  • Wow | River gauges/pics show the Mighty Mississippi River going dry!(trunc)

    09/30/2017 11:55:40 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 33 replies
    youtube.com ^ | September 29, 2017 | MrMBB333 video blogger on Youtube
    Video at the link. Full title: Wow | River gauges/pics show the Mighty Mississippi River going dry! - NEW Tropical Storms The vlogger received photos from some truckers who pass by the Mississippi River frequently. They said it's lower than they've ever seen it before. The vlogger accesses NOAA water level information that indicates water levels too low (or absent) in some stretches of the river to permit shipping.
  • Danish Company To Create 52 New Jobs In Roswell (Georgia)

    09/22/2017 11:38:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patch ^ | September 21, 2017 | Kristal Dixon
    ROSWELL, GA -- The Georgia Department of Economic Development on Thursday announced that Kamstrup, a leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions, will create 52 jobs in the company’s new North American headquarters in Roswell. Headquartered in Skanderborg, Denmark, Kamstrup manufacturers high-tech solutions provider of water, district heat and electricity intelligent metering solutions for commercial and residential use. The company employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. “Georgia has become a magnet for international companies who are looking to expand their reach in North America,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited that Kamstrup has chosen Georgia -...
  • Gatorade Banned and Fined $300k for Bad-Mouthing Water

    09/21/2017 8:36:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Ruth Brown
    Gatorade has been banned from insulting its main competitor — water — and fined $300,000 after it slandered nature’s sports drink in a video game, California’s Attorney General announced Thursday. AG Xavier Becerra sued the neon-colored beverage company over its cellphone game “Bolt!” in which players guide track star Usain Bolt around to collect coins and bottles of Gatorade but must avoid water — which slows the Olympian down.
  • Denmark makes deal on water with California

    09/20/2017 10:17:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 20 September 2017 20:15 CEST+02:00
    Denmark has signed an agreement to provide water purification technology to the thirsty coastal US state of California, in a deal that could bring millions into the Danish economy. The west coast state will spend millions of dollars over the coming years on improving water quality and reducing waste. The deal signed with the Danish Ministry for Food and the Environment will provide the opportunity for Danish business to be involved in that development, the ministry said in a press statement. Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, who signed the agreement, said the Californian market was ideal for Danish water technology. Although...
  • Palo Verde Irrigation District sues Metropolitan Water District over Colorado River water

    09/15/2017 7:59:44 AM PDT · by ptsal · 18 replies
    JFleck at Instain ^ | Sept. 05, 2017 | J. Fleck
    One of California’s largest Colorado River farm water districts is suing the state’s largest municipal water agency, charging that efforts to move farm water to cities are threatening the viability of agriculture in one of the oldest farming valleys on the river. The Palo Verde Irrigation District, in a suit filed last month in Riverside County Superior Court, is charging the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California with “thinly veiled attempts” to turn agricultural land it owns in the Blythe Valley into “water farms” by placing water consumption limits and fallowing requirements on the land in order that water from...
  • Plastic contaminates 94% of U.S. tap water, research finds, the most of any country studied

    09/06/2017 6:15:56 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 72 replies
    Kiro 7 ^ | September 6th 2017 | Shelby Lin Erdman
    Microscopic pieces of plastic have infiltrated tap water systems around the world, according to new research on worldwide water systems. According to Orb Media, a non-profit data journalism newsroom in Washington, 83 percent of the tap water sampled globally was contained with microscopic plastic particles. The U.S. had the highest contamination rate at 94 percent, and water sampled from Europe to India and in parts of the Middle East had plastic contamination above 70 percent, according to the Orb study. Sites sampled in the U.S. included “Congress buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters and Trump Towers,” the Guardian reported....
  • California lawmakers pass bill on storm water fees

    09/06/2017 12:27:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 8/31/17 | ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians could see their water bills increase under a measure passed by lawmakers Thursday. The legislative bill approved by the state Assembly would let local governments charge residents for storm water management systems without voter approval. Supporters of the measure say it will help cities and counties prevent flooding and save water. Opponents say it violates Californians' right to vote on taxes.
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • How Turkey's controversial dam project will put a 12,000-year-old Kurdish village underwater

    09/02/2017 5:35:58 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    The Observers ^ | 9/1/2017 | Mehmet Arif, John Crofoot, Erdem G.
    On the banks of the river Tigris, in southeastern Turkey, sits Hasankeyf, a small village that is 12,000 years old. However, very soon, that history will come to an end. The Turkish government built a dam 60km downstream and soon Hasankeyf will be underwater. After years of fighting for their village, residents capitulated. They say they feel hopeless and humiliated, especially after the government starting using dynamite to destroy nearby cliffs over the past few weeks. Turkish authorities have also started to transport eight of the village’s key monuments to "New Hasankeyf". They say they want to preserve these artifacts...
  • Best Buy Sorry for Price Gouging Water During Hurricane Harvey

    08/30/2017 11:22:12 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 318 replies
    TMZ ^ | 6-30=2017
    One of the Best Buy stores in Houston offered Hurricane Harvey victims bottled water ... for a price, a very high one and now the company's apologizing. The store was caught selling 12-packs of Smartwater for $29.98 and 24-packs of Dasani for a whopping $42.96. A photo of the display went viral this week, amid allegations of price gouging in the wake of the Harvey. Best Buy now admits, "This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday. As a company we are focused on helping, not hurting affected people. We’re sorry...
  • Ultra-thin carbon nanotubes can separate salt from seawater

    08/29/2017 7:24:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    the hindu ^ | 8/28/2017
    Scientists, including those from Northeastern University in the U.S., developed carbon nanotube pores that can exclude salt from seawater. The team found that water permeability in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with diameters of 0.8 nanometre significantly exceeds that of wider carbon nanotubes. The nanotubes, hollow structures made of carbon atoms in a unique arrangement, are more than 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. The super smooth inner surface of the nanotube is responsible for their remarkably high water permeability, while the tiny pore size blocks larger salt ions. “We found that carbon nanotubes with diameters smaller than a nanometre bear...
  • Anheuser-Busch Cans Water to Send to Victims of Harvey

    08/28/2017 1:48:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    KTLA ^ | August 28, 2017,
    Over 100,000 cans of water will soon be arriving in Texas for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The much-needed water is being donated by Anheuser-Busch, which periodically halts beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia factory to produce canned drinking water for emergencies, according to the company. The water should arrive in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday. About 50,000 cans have already arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in anticipation of the heavy rainfall the area may receive as the tropical storm moves east. ... The donation is being made in response to the American Red Cross’ call for emergency drinking water.
  • Adding lithium to tap water could prevent thousands of dementia cases, new study suggests

    08/27/2017 7:48:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 78 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 23 August 2017 • 5:34pm | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Scientists at the University of Copenhagen compared dementia rates to the natural quantities of lithium in water for more than 800,000 people in Denmark, from areas occupied by nearly half of the population. They found that in places where lithium was highest, the dementia rate fell by 17 per cent compared to those with the lowest levels. Although researchers warn that the link could be due to other environmental factors, they say that it is worth investigating whether adding lithium to tap water could be a cheap way of protecting large numbers of people from dementia. Lithium is a metallic...
  • Man Caught on Tape Allegedly Poisoning Couple's Water Jugs

    08/10/2017 10:42:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Authorities in the San Diego area are looking for a man who allegedly poured liquid plant food onto an unopened water jug. The jugs, delivered by Sparkletts, were sitting on the couple's front porch when their home surveillance camera captured the trespasser, saving them from potential harm. ... Tina Gagne said the incident occurred just after midnight Tuesday. Gagne and her wife said they did not recognize the man and don't know why he would have targeted their home.
  • French court rules government must supply water to migrants

    07/31/2017 7:27:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 31 July 2017 13:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s highest administrative court on Monday rejected the government’s appeal against an order to provide water and sanitation facilities for hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in the northern port of Calais. In a written decision seen by AFP, the Council of State said the state’s failure to provide for the migrants’ basic needs “exposed them to inhuman and degrading treatment, dealing a serious and clearly illegal blow to a basic right.” […] The court upheld a June 26 order by a court in the northern city of Lille for the state to supply the migrants with running water, toilets and...
  • Israeli water desalination unit makes a worldwide hit

    07/11/2017 3:35:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/17
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday witnessed the demonstration of sea water purification technology pioneered by Israel at a water desalination unit on Olga Beach in Haifa. Gal-Mobile is an independent, integrated water purification vehicle, designed to produce high-quality drinking water. It can be useful in natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, military use in difficult terrain and rural areas to provide drinkable water, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office said. “It can purify up to 20,000 litres per day of sea water and 80,000 litres per day of brackish/muddy or contaminated river water and...
  • In Flint,Michigan People Are Sick From Drinking & Showering In Their Water–Its A National Disgrace

    07/09/2017 4:50:09 PM PDT · by davikkm · 51 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    The media is keeping quiet about the devastation in Flint, Michigan. It is only being reported by a few news outlets. The stories of suffering from Flint residents seem to be unbelievable in a country like America, given its level of resources. President Trump has spoken about rebuilding our Nation’s infrastructure, and now I realize how much this is needed. Every citizen in this Country has a right to drink and bathe in clean water. No child should be threatened with lead poison by worn out pipes. One senior citizen reports she has lived in Flint since 1963 and now...
  • Trump’s WOTUS Repeal Has Yet to Help Modesto Farmer Who Faces $2.8 Million Fine for Plowing

    07/02/2017 3:29:15 PM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/01/2017 | Susan Crabtree
    John Duarte, a fourth-generation California farmer, was disappointed this week when President Trump's repeal of the Waters of the United States rule didn't translate into immediate legal relief from an Obama administration's environmental case against him. Duarte says he has spent $2 million and five years fighting charges that he violated provisions of the Clean Water Act by plowing too deeply on watery areas of a 450-acre parcel of land he purchased to grow winter wheat for at least one year. ========== "I'm still trying to figure out how a plowing method that doesn't not move soil," Duarte said, referring...
  • Study: Solar panels a looming toxic 'crisis'

    07/01/2017 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/30/2017 | Alicia Powe
    The solar-energy industry has been touted for years as the environmentally safe alternative. After all, solar panels merely absorb the sun’s energy and transfer it to consumers. No oily pipelines, no obstructions to the nation’s waterways. But it appears all is not well for fans of the industry. Discarded solar panels, piling up around the world, are detrimental to the environment, according to a new study by Environmental Progress. And carcinogenic. And teratogenic. While environmentalist have warned for decades of the hazard of nuclear power, solar panels produce 300 times more toxic waste per unity of energy than nuclear power...