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Drinking water ban in effect in San Jose neighborhood due to E. coli contamination - October 22, 2014 - KTVU San Francisco - Nearly 18 square miles of the aquifer studied was contaminated with brine co-produced with oil, the article reported, and these shallow aquifers are the only source of drinking water in the area.

In Massachusetts, contaminated drinking water linked to stillbirths - October 6, 2014 - Washington Post - More than half of New England’s 1,050 miles of water pipes sprayed with the contaminant are in Massachusetts, mostly in the Cape Cod region. The poison, tetrachloroethylene or PCE, still widely used in dry cleaning, wasn’t discovered in the water supply until 1979.

DWRF encourages the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to acknowledge the importance of bottled water - September 23, 2014 - TheFactsAboutWater.Org
 - Zero calorie beverages such as water – including bottled water – can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight and promote health. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognized this fact when it noted that, “Sweetened foods and beverages can be replaced with those that have no or are low in added sugars. For example, sweetened beverages can be replaced with water and unsweetened beverages.” (29) We would recommend enhanced messaging in this section and other sections like it on water consumption with the incorporation of language on bottled water for the 2015 Guidelines and related supplemental documents, such as the “My Plate” nutrition guide. Moreover, we suggest the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee specifically acknowledge the importance of bottled water since it is the healthiest option among packaged beverages, which in today’s on-the-go society is the primary way most people consume liquids in their diets.

‘Brain-eating’ amoeba now in Louisiana drinking water - August 29, 2014 - Washington Post
 - News reports about Naegleria fowleri, the “brain-eating” amoeba that lurks in fresh water and enters swimmers’ noses before killing them, often emphasize that the parasite is rare.

Texas Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns - July 23, 2014 - Texas Tribune
 - Several public drinking water systems in Texas have quality issues that have not been adequately addressed, the Environmental Protection Agency told the state in recent correspondence obtained by the Tribune.

Here's how to test and treat your drinking water well for arsenic - June 30, 2014 - Michigan Radio - The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Westchester County for allegedly not treating its water supply against a potentially deadly parasite.

E. coli scare spurs warning to 670,000 in Oregon to boil their water - May 23, 2014 - CNN - The Portland Water Bureau on Friday urged about 670,000 people in its region to boil water they drink, use to prepare food or make ice, or brush their teeth with after three tests came back positive for E. coli bacteria.

States fear losing power to regulate chemicals - April 29, 2014 - Associated Press - Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.

Erin Brockovich Rallies Outside Supreme Court for Camp Lejeune Victims - April 23, 2014 - ABC News - Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and dozens of military veterans rallied outside the Supreme Court today as the justices heard arguments that an electronics company was responsible for contamination at its old plant in Asheville, North Carolina.

Why experts say Chicago parents should worry about the drinking water - March 18, 2014 - Chicago Parent - A growing number of water quality experts agree: Chicago tap water may not be safe, especially for children and pregnant women.

Concerns over chemicals in food packaging misplaced, say scientists - February 19, 2014 - The Guardian - Concerns about synthetic chemicals in packaging and plastic bottles contaminating food and drink are largely misplaced, scientists have said in response to calls for greater monitoring of the long-term effect on human health.

Inside City’s Water Tanks, Layers of Neglect - January 27, 2014 - New York Times - With their quaint barrel-like contours and weathered cedar-plank sides, rooftop water towers are a constant on the New York City skyline. And though they may look like relics of a past age, millions of residents get their drinking water from the tanks every day.

Drinking water concerns haven't dissolved - January 20, 2014 - Charleston Gazette - Cagney Holbrook said she doesn't know what it would take for her to drink and cook with her tap water again. She said months, maybe a year, probably wouldn't be enough time to restore her trust in the water supply.

Increase in miscarriages coincided with high levels of lead in D.C. water, study finds - December 9, 2013 - Washington Post -  Late-term miscarriages and spontaneous abortions occurred at an unusually high rate among Washington women from 2000 through 2003 — during the same time frame that lead levels were dangerously high in the city’s drinking water, a study has found.

CDC: Water at Marine base linked to birth defects - December 6, 2013 - AP - A long-awaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.

The DWRF 2014 Casino Night: Dallas, TX on November 11, 2014  - Back by popular demand is the 2014 DWRF Casino Night Fundraiser! This year, the festivities will be held at at Gilley's, a Dallas institution.