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USGS report shows serious drinking water contamination in Montana - April 3, 2014 - Water Technology - 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.

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.

Unregulated contaminants common in drinking water - December 5, 2013 - Enviro. Health News - Twenty-one contaminants were detected – mostly in low concentrations of parts per trillion – in treated drinking water from at least nine of the utilities. Eighteen of the chemicals are not regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act so utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them.

Lake Erie Algae a Threat to Drinking Water - October 15, 2013 - The Weather Channel

 - Toxins from blobs of algae on western Lake Erie are infiltrating water treatment plants along the shoreline, forcing cities to spend a lot more money to make sure their drinking water is safe.

Louisiana emphasizes drinking water safe despite finding brain-eating amoeba - September 20, 2013 - CBS News

 - A brain-eating amoeba in the water supply of a New Orleans area parish has sent scared residents into a bottled-water buying frenzy.

A Quest for Even Safer Drinking Water - August 27, 2013 - New York Times

 - Millions of individual cases of waterborne diseases occur annually and related hospitalization costs approach $1 billion each year

Lawsuit: Westchester County Failing To Comply With Safe Water Drinking Act - August 6, 2013 - CBS News New York - The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Westchester County for allegedly not treating its water supply against a potentially deadly parasite.

Public Water System Manager Found Guilty of Tampering with Drinking Water Samples After Trial - July 9, 2013 - National Law Review - A Massachusetts Public Water System manager has been found guilty of tampering with drinking water samples and making false statements.

U.S. infrastructure will need $384B over next 20 years -- EPA - June 4, 2013 - Water World - EPA's fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed over the next 20 years for thousands of miles of pipes and thousands of treatment plants, storage tanks and water distribution systems, which are all vital to public health and the economy. The national total of $384 billion includes the needs of 73,400 water systems across the country, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems.

Manure contaminates wells and causes neighborhood children to get sick - May 21, 2013 - Water Technology - The spread of manure on a nearby field in Marcellus, N.Y. ended up contaminating wells and sickened neighborhood children, according to The Post-Standard.

The DWRF 2013 Casino Night: Nashville, TN on November 12  - Back by popular demand is the 2013 DWRF Casino Night Fundraiser! This year, the festivities will be held at the fabulous BB King’s Blues Club in downtown Nashville.