Water. Turn on the faucet and it’s always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water? In this special report narrated by Joe Morton, NOVA investigates what happened in Flint, Michigan, when local officials changed the city’s water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. As the water pipes corroded, lead leached into the system, exposing the community—including thousands of children—to dangerous levels of poison. NOVA uncovers the science behind this manmade disaster— from the intricacies of water chemistry to the biology of lead poisoning to the misuse of science itself. NOVA follows ordinary citizens and independent scientists who exposed the danger lurking in Flint’s water and confronted those who turned a blind eye. And discover the disturbing truth that reaches far beyond Flint—water systems across the country are similarly vulnerable. How can we protect ourselves from poisoned water?
[Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome]
Think Roman! For concrete that is!
Starting June 15, a free online course by the University of Southampton and FutureLearn will explore the magnificent harbor construction skills of Roman engineering by looking at Portus. Portus, and the earlier Caesarea, are a testament to the endurance of marine hardening concrete.
Why is this of interest to wastewater people? Because of the ingredients in Roman concrete and the possibility of being both environmentally sustainable and remediating coal ash piles.
The Romans were masters of ‘watersense’! The movement of water from A to B was engineered to perfection – and here we are, in the 21st. Century, building on the shoulders of giants.
As we all gear up for Summer, at last!, for many of us that means enjoying a vacation and letting someone else clean the bathroom and do the laundry. And for the hospitality industry this is the time to be looking at ways to cut costs for power and water consumption – enter the EPAWaterSense H2Otel Challenge!
Romans and bathing – the concept of water and recreation! It’s a given, if you think about Roman history, the image that might come to mind is of their splendid baths.
Is access to clean, safe water a fundamental human right here in the US? Or is the concept of environmental justice just an illusion for far too many?
Today sees the public release of EPA’s EJSCREEN, a powerful environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. You can access the tool by visiting https://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen
You can also watch a webinar with an overview and demonstration of the tool on EPA’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_3LcYpALAQ.
Rome wasn’t built in a day! Neither was the good health and water infrastructure we have grown accustomed to here in the US. And for that we should thank the largely unsung heroes of our local and state public health departments.
We are proud to be members of NEHA, National Environmental Health Association and to be presenting 4 sessions at the July 13-15 AEC.
Every day brings new challenges, the reemergence of old enemies and the increased awareness of new. To quote a CDC official, “there’s always a new bug on the horizon”.
WasteWater Education has a saying, we aren’t in the wastewater business, we’re in the safe drinking water business – the two go hand in hand, just like the public and environmental health departments all across the USA.