News, Articles and Interviews

How Not to Dispose of Your Unused Pharmaceuticals

October 26, 2013

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products and a whole host of other compounds — classified as ‘emerging contaminants,’  — are increasingly being detected in surface water and they’re causing problems. Emerging Contaminants Found in Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Require Careful Disposal Recently, I was filling a prescription at a local pharmacy and I brought some unused prescription drugs […]

US Water Conservation: How’s Your State Doing?

June 20, 2013

Many states have laws and policies that make water conservation plans more or less effective. How’s your state doing? Find out in this Alliance for Water Efficiency report. State Water Conservation Policies Can Help or Hinder Water Conservation Efforts When you think about water conservation, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s low-flow toilets or xeriscaping? […]

Emerging Contaminants, Water and a Whole Lot of Questions

January 4, 2012

Emerging contaminants are pollutants that pose a real or perceived threat to human health or that lack a published health standard. Some are endocrine disruptors or can cause cancer. Over 80,000 Known Chemicals on the Market; EPA-Required Full Toxicity Testing for Only 200; Just Five Are Regulated Miss those chemistry experiments in high school? Well then it’s time […]

Triclosan: What the EPA and FDA Think You Should Know

November 2, 2011

Triclosan is the antibacterial part of antibacterial hand soap. It is used in many personal care products to stop the growth of bacteria, fungus and mildew, as well as to deodorize. It is in just about everything (including 75 percent of people tested for it) and it has been listed as a possible endocrine disruptor. Triclosan […]

FIJI Water and Parent Company Still Rolling in the Water

August 29, 2011

FIJI Water’s parent company faces problems with the 125,000-acre Paramount Farms almond and pistachio orchards in California’s San Joaquin Valley. FIJI Water versus Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District So far, 2011 has been a tough year for scandal-prone California agribusiness giant and holding company, Roll International, which might be part of the reason for the […]

Beef: The “King” of the Big Water Footprints

August 1, 2011

When a prince talks farming you listen. This is nothing new for the GRACE FoodPrint folks, but as the “water guy,” that’s all I could think about shortly after reading Chris Hunt’s roundup (or “knowledge dump”) of the speakers and themes from May’s Future of Food conference. The “Prince” in question is sadly not his […]

Power and Water Collide

June 22, 2011

A report from the union of Concerned Scientists details the collisions between power production and water use throughout the United States. The power industry has a water addiction and it’s in denial about it The unmistakable fact is that power plants are responsible for 41 percent of all water withdrawals in the United States, slightly less than the combined […]

Interview: Matt Malina of NYC H2O

April 21, 2011

Water educator Matt Malina loves New York City’s water system so much he created NYC H2O, a series of educational tours and lectures about the city’s infrastructure. Matt Malina of NYC H2O loves water! Water educator and math tutor Matt Malina, who grew up in New York City’s East Village, loves his city’s water system […]

FIJI Water and its Parent Company Leave Locals High and Dry

December 20, 2010

FIJI Water shut down operations on Fiji Island over a kerfuffle with the government involving a stiffer water withdrawal tax. The the next day the company agreed to the higher tax and reopened the water bottling plant. FIJI Water versus Fijian Government The popular face of excessive bottled water use, FIJI Water, recently shut down […]