Today is Giving Tuesday: Water organizations

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Today is Giving Tuesday. This day, which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, began in 2012. Huge corporations joined together to give back to charities and individuals, focusing on swinging against the pendulum of consumerism. I’m not here to bash consumerism though–I like capitalism, and I enjoy buying Christmas gifts probably more than I should. I spend hours looking for just that perfect gift to put under the Christmas tree for my loved ones. This isn’t the kind ...

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Irrigation history

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When you water your patio plants, you likely grab your watering can and fill it form a convenient hose nozzle. Or maybe you water them directly from the hose. Whether it’s from house water, a local canal, or even well water, when you need to water your yard, the steps you take are straightforward. However, there’s a huge history of irrigation long-before the hose we know today. I’d like to look at some of those more unique and

It won’t come ...

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World Water Day

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Tomorrow is World Water Day. It’s a day that was initially suggested in 1992 in Rio De Janeiro and officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. Rather than being a stagnant observance, the theme of the World Water Day evolves and shifts depending on the current and future challenges. This year, the theme for the day is “Water and Jobs.” Most our readers’ jobs are specifically dependent on water. Beyond that, most jobs are in some way related ...

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Reducing the chance of lead in your home drinking water

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Initially I had considered not writing about the Flint lead-water crisis. As soon as the media took hold of it, the story of the poisoned drinking water was everywhere–from Facebook to CNN to local news: wherever I turn, I see it. 

But hearing about it so much is not such a bad thing. It’s a clear reminder of how very important safety is when discussing clean drinking water. The problem with Flint, Michigan, is that the damage has already been done. ...

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Cause of Clean Water Act

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When tragedy leads to regulation: The birth of the clean water act

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of the US, better known as the Clean Water Act, was first introduced in 1948– the same year that individuals became aware of the toxicity of pollution. With 20 deaths in the town of Donora, Pennsylvania due to air pollution, people suddenly understood the horrific effect that pollution could cause. 60 years later, The New York Times described The Donora Smog as, ...

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