Milwaukee Receives Green Infrastructure Grant

The EPA is continuing to scatter green infrastructure grants throughout the Great Lakes.   Racine saw a $250k grant and Buffalo received a $500k grant. A big number dropped close to home as well with Milwaukee taking in a $1,000,000 grant.   These are all giant steps...

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Manure causes boil alert

Residents in Rochester, NY had a gross and disgusting headline this past week:  Manure Causes Boil Alert. Don't feel too bad for them.  According to the USGS, 23% of wells were considered contaminated as of 2009. It's 2014.  There are technologies that deal with this....

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Free Water Conservation Tools

It's the EPA's Fix a Leak Week again.  We're lucky in the Midwest, as expensive as our water seems, it is a steal compared the rest of the country.  Still, the EPA estimates that upwards of one trillion gallons of water are wasted annually. For context, many...

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Seattle looking at bottled water ban?

Looks like the Seahawks v. 49ers feud has spilled over a bit.

Looks like Seattle is doing what it can to one-up San Francisco on bottled water bans. http://forcechange.com/104537/ban-plastic-water-bottles-in-major-city/

We applaud the environmentally-conscious and 100% agree that plastic bottle waste is extensive, totaling upwards of 13% of our annual landfill waste. What we tend to question is not the merit of the concept of reducing bottled water waste, but “tap-is-never-bad” beliefs of our friends at organizations like banthebottle.net.

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San Francisco’s Board Passes Bottled Water Ban

We'd written about this a little ways back, but San Francisco has moved forward towards banning the sale of bottled water on city property with the vote passing the Board of Supervisors. California has long set trends on regulatory guidelines for the rest of the...

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ALS’ Evening of Hope

We've been honored to have the opportunity to work with the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter over the past few years. For the first time ever, they've opened their auction up to pre-event bidding. All of their items are listed here. Water Doctors has donated a...

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San Francisco Proposes Bottled Water Ban

Without a doubt, we're not huge fans of the sheer waste of bottled water and, let's be candid, a lot of bottled water is not good.  Much of it is merely filtered and many of the bigger brands are adding back in sodium...not a bad way to keep us drinking bottle water....

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Brain-eating amoeba?

Have you heard about this problem in Louisiana?  Usually scientific names sound scarier than the pathogen's common name, but naegleria absolutely sounds better than anytime that we're using "brain-eating" or "zombie" to describe a pathogen. It does sort of underscore...

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Water Disinfection: Then and Now

Our friends at Water and Health wrote a quick post a few days back about a The Chlorine Revolution, a book detailing the beginning days of water disinfection.  The craziest part is that it really hasn't changed that much over the past 100 years. We complain about...

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Chlorine Taste and Smell in Drinking Water

We kind of have a love-hate relationship with chlorine around here.   It's one of the oldest technologies still being utilized.  It all but stopped a typhoid outbreak in its tracks.  But that was over a century ago.  It is phenomenal at oxidizing just about anything...

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Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

There are 170,000+ public water systems.  They are regulated to watch almost 100 0f the harmful substances generally present in drinking water.  This covers bacteria, viruses, traces of certain metals and there are some regulations on the volatile organic compounds in...

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Water Hardness and Scale

We're in our fourth decade of running free water tests during days, nights and weekends.  We've seen thousands upon thousands of water softeners installed on all sorts of different types of water chemistry. It's pretty clear that the data is in. Water in Wisconsin is...

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