On March 27, 2012, members of the Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Coalition announced their decision to try and appeal the Oregon Water Resources Department’s (OWRD) approval of permit applications that move Nestle one key step closer to bottling Oregon’s water.
Drinking water treatment plants have to monitor the turbidity of their filters carefully to better understand if a breakdown in performance is looming. However, with levels of turbidity exceptionally low in membrane or high-performance conventional filtration facilities, it can be difficult for professionals to know when a small uptick in turbidity is worth further investigation.
Americans may be blissfully unaware, but they most certainly have bisphenol-A (BPA) in their bloodstreams. In fact, nine out of ten Americans do, according to a 2009 government study. The chemical is a compound used to make the plastic that lines the inside of food and beverage containers including bottled water. Unfortunately, it does not bind to the containers for long and seeps into the body, affecting various organs and causing numerous health ailments. What’s more, studies have found BPA in breast milk and amniotic fluid in the umbilical cord, so pregnant women who drink water from plastic containers are harming their unborn children.
In the United States, many consumers take water for granted. People have regular access to clean drinking water, and many employers install jug water coolers in the workplace to keep employees hydrated. However, with water a forgotten luxury in the minds of many Americans, it often gets wasted on a daily basis.
Walking around the United States today may uncover some slight changes in how people carry themselves. Of course, the latest fashion trends come and go, shoes change with the weather and mobile devices keep advancing, but one item more and more people are bringing with them, is reusable water bottles. It’s obvious the American people are attempting to be more sustainable by virtue, and the trend looks like it is here to stay. Recently, National Parks like the Grand Canyon, Saguaro and Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands national park systems have banned the sale of plastic bottles on site.
Recently, Saguaro National Park banned the sale of disposable bottled water and soda in vending machines on the premises, The Tucson Citizen reports. The park system joins a growing list of national preserves and universities making it a point to eliminate the sale of plastic bottles on site.
There is a war against bottled water in the United States. The disposable plastic beverage is getting booted from a number of colleges across the country – including Ivy League education systems and the giant University of Vermont.
To date, approximately 90 schools in the United States have banned the sale or restricted the use of disposable plastic water bottles on campus. Among these 90 schools are systems like Brown University, Seattle University, Harvard University, the University of Vermont and now Emerson College joins the growing list.
The American citizens will finally have clearly outlined system to monitor water infrastructure. Recently, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) teamed up to develop a new sustainability framework for evaluating and rating the community, environment and economic benefits of water infrastructure projects.