VeryHealthyWater.orgVeryHealthyWater.org http://veryhealthywater.org Water is NOT just water? Try Kangen Water (tm)! Mon, 03 Sep 2018 23:55:04 +0000 http://backend.userland.com/rss092 37626254 California Failed to Spend Millions on Water Projects, E.P.A. Says FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California has failed to spend $455 million of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state, while thousands of people rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants, federal regulators said Friday. The state has received more than $1.5 billion for its [...]]]> http://veryhealthywater.org/water-quality/california-failed-to-spend-millions-on-water-projects-epa-says-2 http://veryhealthywater.org/water-quality/california-failed-to-spend-millions-on-water-projects-epa-says-2 963

The Cost of Healthy Water

Water quality is a very important public health issue. And, it costs a lot to ensure public water supplies are contaminant free and considered to be healthy water.  This article with water quality information illustrates the cost of good water quality…

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California has failed to spend $455 million of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state, while thousands of people rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants, federal regulators said Friday.

The state has received more than $1.5 billion for its Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund over the past 15 years, but has failed to spend a large part of it in a timely manner, according to a noncompliance letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the state’s public health department. The amount is the program’s largest unspent sum in the nation, the EPA said.

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The fund gives out loans to public and private water systems for drinking water infrastructure improvements, including treatment facilities, pipelines and other projects. In recent years, California has received an estimated $80 million in federal money annually for the fund. The state provides a 20 percent match and manages the loan repayments which helps replenish the fund.

“It’s really unacceptable,” EPA’s regional administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, said of the unspent funds. “It’s not like there is a lack of projects. It’s a lot of money in this day and age.”

The $455 million includes money that has been committed to projects but has not been spent because the projects are not shovel-ready, said Blumenfeld. But because the money is already committed, other water systems that are in need cannot apply for it, he said.

The EPA also found that California also lacks a good system of financial oversight and accountability for the fund. As a result, the state did not accurately calculate revenue from ongoing loan repayments into the fund, the EPA said, meaning an additional $260 million is available for water projects.

Water Quality Should Be a Priority

In response to the EPA, Department of Public Health director Ron Chapman wrote in a letter, “I acknowledge the seriousness of the notice and will take all steps necessary to address the compliance issues identified in the letter.”

The state has 60 days to come up with an improvement plan — or the EPA may suspend future payments.

By the end of 2012, the EPA said California has disbursed 63 percent of its federal safe drinking water funding, while the national average was 81 percent.

Part of California’s struggle to spend the money, Blumenfeld said, is that the state prefers funding projects from medium and large water systems that are years away from being launched. He said the state should make more money available to smaller communities that are in immediate need — especially those struggling with contaminated drinking water.

Safe Water Quality Free of Contaminants is Important

More than half of California’s population relies on a drinking water supply contaminated by arsenic, nitrates and other contaminants, though most communities blend or treat their water to make it safe, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Nitrate contamination of drinking water is one of the most pervasive problems, especially in California’s agricultural heartland and will intensify in coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released last March.

The study — covering the Salinas Valley and Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties — found that half of the 2.6 million people in those areas live in communities where raw drinking water sources have registered nitrate levels exceeding the standard.

While many of those communities blend or treat their water, drill a new well or provide another alternative source, one in 10 people in the study area rely on untreated groundwater that may exceed the nitrate standards. Most are residents of small, poor agricultural communities.

Water Quality Health Impact

Scientists have linked high levels of nitrates to “blue baby syndrome,” reproductive disorders and cancer. Infants who drink water that exceeds the nitrate standard could become seriously ill and die, according the EPA.

Many of the residents whose water is contaminated pay for their own bottled water for drinking and cooking, in addition to paying for the contaminated water.  […]

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Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How to Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety, Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives Boca Raton, Fl (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 -- Today's Bawell report titled “ Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How To Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety , & Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives” covers the growing bottled water contamination issues. One bottled water issue that the report [...]]]> http://veryhealthywater.org/bottled-water/bottled-water-contamination-lack-of-regulation-how-to-contact-congress-to-improve-bottled-water-safety-bottled-alkaline-water-alternatives-2 http://veryhealthywater.org/bottled-water/bottled-water-contamination-lack-of-regulation-how-to-contact-congress-to-improve-bottled-water-safety-bottled-alkaline-water-alternatives-2 955

Bottled Alkaline Water Contamination Issues

This article illustrates concerns you should know about if you consume water from plastic bottles…

Boca Raton, Fl (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 — Today’s Bawell report titled “Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How To Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety, & Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives” covers the growing bottled water contamination issues. One bottled water issue that the report discusses is the recent water contamination warning that was published by the Massachusetts Government on their website in the Health and Human Services Departments & Divisions section.

The Bawell report quotes the Massachusetts warning titled “State Officials Issue Consumer Advisory on Contaminated Bottled Water” which stated, “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that people who have purchased 3 gallon or 5 gallon water bottles since November 1, 2012 open and check for possible gasoline odors before using the water” (Mass.gov).

Bottled water contamination can happen in many different ways, the Bawell water ionizer report explains. In the case of the Massachusetts bottled water contamination warning, some 3 and 5 gallon water bottles became contaminated when super storm Sandy hit the northeast US. Some residents were transporting gasoline in used large water bottles, then turned the emptied containers back into the bottled water company to be used for water again.

The report that Bawell published today quoted the Mass.gov warning, “DPH announced today that test results on a sample taken from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled drinking water showed the presence of chemical contamination. An Essex County child became ill February 1 and was treated at a local emergency department after consuming water from a 5 gallon Poland Spring water bottle” (Mass.gov).

Bawell’s report states that the problem is not just one that affects the USA’s bottled water supply. The Guardian.co.uk website published an article titled “One in five French bottled waters contain drugs or pesticides….researchers analyzed 47 widely available brands, and discovered 10 were contaminated”(Guardian.co.uk). […]

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Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How to Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety, & Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives Boca Raton, Fl (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 -- Today's Bawell report titled “ Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How To Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety , & Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives” covers the growing bottled water contamination issues. One bottled water issue that the report [...]]]> http://veryhealthywater.org/bottled-water/bottled-water-contamination-lack-of-regulation-how-to-contact-congress-to-improve-bottled-water-safety-bottled-alkaline-water-alternatives http://veryhealthywater.org/bottled-water/bottled-water-contamination-lack-of-regulation-how-to-contact-congress-to-improve-bottled-water-safety-bottled-alkaline-water-alternatives 822

Boca Raton, Fl (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 — Today’s Bawell report titled “Bottled Water Contamination / Lack of Regulation, How To Contact Congress to Improve Bottled Water Safety, & Bottled Alkaline Water Alternatives” covers the growing bottled water contamination issues. One bottled water issue that the report discusses is the recent water contamination warning that was published by the Massachusetts Government on their website in the Health and Human Services Departments & Divisions section.

The Bawell report quotes the Massachusetts warning titled “State Officials Issue Consumer Advisory on Contaminated Bottled Water” which stated, “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that people who have purchased 3 gallon or 5 gallon water bottles since November 1, 2012 open and check for possible gasoline odors before using the water” (Mass.gov).

Bottled water contamination can happen in many different ways, the Bawell water ionizer report explains. In the case of the Massachusetts bottled water contamination warning, some 3 and 5 gallon water bottles became contaminated when super storm Sandy hit the northeast US. Some residents were transporting gasoline in used large water bottles, then turned the emptied containers back into the bottled water company to be used for water again.

The report that Bawell published today quoted the Mass.gov warning, “DPH announced today that test results on a sample taken from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled drinking water showed the presence of chemical contamination. An Essex County child became ill February 1 and was treated at a local emergency department after consuming water from a 5 gallon Poland Spring water bottle” (Mass.gov).

Bawell’s report states that the problem is not just one that affects the USA’s bottled water supply. The Guardian.co.uk website published an article titled “One in five French bottled waters contain drugs or pesticides….researchers analyzed 47 widely available brands, and discovered 10 were contaminated”(Guardian.co.uk). […]

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