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In this nifty late Fall Occasional you'll hear about goldfish in Korean toilet tanks, the dangers of disrobing at the water plant, and the amount of lead in "lead free" faucets. You'll find out about dry cleaning chemicals, "perc," Levi's jeans, immortal jellyfish, greedheaded investors, and an 80-year-old sexually active swordfish. Learn the number of leaking gasoline storage tanks in Texas and the gallons of water produced by a one-inch rainstorm. On the technical side you'll find out what a collet is and learn which shower filter makes you sing better. Find out what evils Suez, the World Bank, and Haliburton have been up to. Why actor Mark Ruffalo is on the terror watch list, why the Philadelphia water department needs a spokesdog, why Fiji water no longer comes from Fiji, and, as always much, much more.
The Occasional is overseen by Pure Water Gazette editor Hardly Waite.
Water News for November 2010
While you were focused on giving thanks, celebrating Stan Musial's 90th birthday, and being groped at the airport, a lot of important things happened in the world of water. Read on to hear all about it.
Angry villagers stormed a water station in Thailand demanding that sluice gates be opened to relieve their flooded villages.
Very large amounts of dry cleaning chemicals (more than 400 times accepted levels) have been found in the water of Boulder, CO. "Experts believe the chemicals, which are common but potentially dangerous industrial agents, came from a coal gasification plant that operated in the area during the early 1900s."
The immortal jellyfish, Turritopsis Nutricula, is able to revert back to juvenile form once it mates. Marine biologists say the jellyfish numbers are skyrocketing because they need not die.
Levi's has been able to dramatically reduce the water needed to produce each pair of jeans -- 28 percent on average, and as much as 96 percent in some jeans products.
In spite of the phenomenal lack of success of water
privatization schemes worldwide, the World Bank continues to pour big
money into corporate water grabs.
South Korean authorities
announced that in addition
to the mobilization of tens of thousands of policemen to secure the
G20 summit, they planned to place six goldfish in the toilet water
tanks in the meeting complex to ensure water
Haliburton has been issued a subpoena because of its
failure to provide the EPA information necessary to proceed with its
study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing of gas wells on drinking
The eight other major companies involved in "fracking"
have provided the information requested.
A Hollywood, Florida man was arrested after
allegedly breaking into the local water treatment plant, removing his
clothing, then turning off some power switches.
He was charged with tampering with a public water system.
New research indicates that
even new buildings' brass plumbing components can create serious lead-in-water health
problems that could go undetected.
The Pebble Mine project poses a threat to the pristine waters of the Bristol Bay region, and Robert Redford is pissed. See this video.
In Kenya, the poor are charged more for water than the rich, and distribution is sporadic.
As the death toll from cholera continued to grow, USA Today reported, "Haiti's cascading crises come down to lack of clean water."
An 80-year old sawfish named Buzz has been moved to New Orleans to participate in a breeding program. (We do not include a picture of Buzz because he is way too scary.)
The water in Barstow CA is contaminated with perc(perchlorate), the chemical used to make explosives and rocket fuel.
Lockheed Martin has put up $35 million to clean up extensive VOC contamination in Tallevast, FL. It will cost much more. VOC testing showed "levels of contamination at 10,000 times more than the state’s applicable standard amount in certain areas." The contamination is believed to have been left behind by a previous owner of the property, a company that no longer exists.
In Cambodia some 350 people died, crushed during a bridge stampede, at a huge water festival in Phnom Penh.
Very large "eel ladders" have been built in the St. Lawrence River to help young eels navigate past power plants.
A spokesperson for the website foodandwaterwatch.org commented:
"With 1.2 billion people around the world lacking access to safe, clean, affordable water, it is unconscionable that a company as powerful as Suez would choose to use its considerable influence to obscure the facts behind this crisis.
"Of course, given the company's checkered performance in water resource management, their reaction to the film is less than surprising. From Bolivia to Indonesia, Suez has left a trail of sewage overflows, contaminated drinking water, decaying infrastructure, political scandals and other examples of botched management in the wake of its attempt to profit off of local water systems around the globe."
A tax increase was blamed for the bottled water company Fiji Water's closing its operations on Fiji. (Will Fiji Water now be bottled in Brooklyn?)
The Philadelphia Water Department is seeking a spokesdog to spearhead its campaign to educate humans about the water quality consequences of dog droppings.
finally, believe it or not, actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on
the state of Pennsylvania's Homeland Security's terror watch list. Mark, it appears, is a threat to pubic well being because of his film that exposes the degradation of drinking water caused by
gas well fracking.
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