Entries by Circle of Blue

Australia: Many rainwater tanks contaminated

MELBOURNE – HIGH levels of lead, zinc, cadmium and other heavy metals have been found in rainwater tanks across Melbourne, research shows. One-third of tanks assessed in the study had lead levels above Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, including one tank with lead 35 times above recommended safe levels of 0.01mg/L. Read More here. Source : […]

CDC reports third-world conditions in Alaska

Alaskan villagers without running water have high rates of lung and skin infections, according to a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Remote Alaska includes about 170 Eskimo villages, mostly along coasts and rivers and reachable only by boat, snowmobile or airplane. Although most have electricity and heat, many […]

Rainwater tanks seen as a solution in Uganda

UGANDA – The residents of Nakyenyi Village in Lwengo Sub-County Masaka District finally appear to have found a solution to their age-long problem of lack of clean, safe water. It has always been a general problem in this region locally known as Kajjumba. A local development association has joined with a UK-based organization to build […]

Ugandan springs contaminated with sewage, chemicals

UGANDA – According to engineer Sotti Bomukama, the Director at the Directorate of Water Development in the Ministry of Water and Environment, water samples from nine spring wells in Kampala were tested and out of those, only two had water with acceptable coliform (feces) levels, which means that most water that people use is contaminated. […]

“We all go ‘Lord of the Flies’ in a week”

In an interview on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan, author of The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilization, predicts an alarming number of huge droughts worldwide. Stewart’s own prediction of what civilization’s reaction to such a situation would be: “Without water, we all go Lord […]

EPA says US pipes are crumbling

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency says utilities will need to invest more than $277 billion over the next two decades on repairs and improvements to drinking water systems. Water industry engineers put the figure drastically higher, at about $480 billion. Water utilities, largely managed by city governments, have never faced improvements of this […]

Chinese province loses its water to Olympics

The Lohasian features a Reuters video on the continuing criticism of China’s environmental record, which has been under increased scrutiny with the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The latest story making international news is Beijing’s siphoning off water at the expense of a neigboring province to ensure that the Olympics will be green and tourists will be […]