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Killer Amoeba Returns to New Orleans Area Tap Water - July 24, 2015 - NBC News
 - A deadly waterborne amoeba that can get into the brain and kill has been found again in tap water in the New Orleans area, state health officials said Thursday.

Bottled Water Ban Brings Unintended Consequences to UVM - June 2, 2015 - NBC News - The University of Vermont saw an increase in consumption of sugary beverages and no decrease in plastic entering the waste stream.

National EPA Guidelines On Safe Algae Toxin Levels In Drinking Water - May 27, 2015 - WILX - The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the first nationwide guidelines that focus on toxins called microcystin, produced by blue-green algae.

Another cancer-causing chemical found in New Brighton water - April 30, 2015 - NBC News, St.Paul, MN - The Minnesota Department of Health recently detected the presence of 1, 4-Dioxane in the New Brighton water supply, a community already dealing with a legacy of water contamination.

Drinking-Water Panel Calls for Stricter Standard on Potential Carcinogen - April 7, 2015 - NJ Spotlight - An advisory panel on Monday urged the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to set a tougher standard for the presence of a potentially carcinogenic chemical in drinking water than the level previously recommended by the agency.

Does your water taste like salt? Here's why - March 12, 2015 - NJ.com - The New Jersey American Water company sent out a notice Wednesday alerting residents that road salt runoff has made its way into the surface water supply.

Many along Texas border still live without clean, safe water - March 8, 2015 - The Texas Tribune - Along the Texas-Mexico border, nearly 90,000 people are believed to still live without running water.

Scituate Reservoir Tests Positive for PEDs - January 29, 2015 - EcoRI.Com - A water test performed last March at the Scituate Reservoir — the drinking-water supply for 60 percent of Rhode Islanders — revealed excessive levels of a synthetic steroid found in performance-enhancing drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Flint seeks consultant to for water quality concerns - January 16, 2015 - The Detroit News - The city of Flint has requested an evaluation of its efforts to improve water quality amid concerns that it contains potentially harmful levels of a disinfection byproduct.

California taking up 'safe' drinking water plan - December 17, 2014 - The Desert Sun - The draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California acknowledges that contaminated water sources, the high costs of treatment, and the large numbers of small water systems "will continue to challenge progress in addressing the Human Right to Water."

Safer drinking water: Ohio takes first steps in removing toxins from Lake Erie - November 29, 2014 - The Guardian - Legislation would ban farmers from spreading manure on top of frozen or saturated fields, which has been linked to the spread of algae blooms.

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.

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.