Recent Water Quality Articles

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Get Down With Rainwater Collection

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 04, 2014

Right now, the wet stuff is pouring outside; it's raining so hard that it looks a lot like someone is sitting on a cloud and upending bathtubs over the side, watching the water cascade...

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10 Disturbing Water Scarcity Facts

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 25, 2014

Friday, 21 March marked World Water Day, a consciousness-raising global event to make people aware of ongoing water scarcity, particularly in the Global South. While many of us in places...

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How Much Water do You Use?

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 11, 2014

The planet's covered in blue stuff, but the old saying still goes: "water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink." Globally, water needs are outstripping supply, even as potable...

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Citizen Science: How Radioactive is the Ocean?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 11, 2014

As the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi has been plagued with problems, including the release of radiation into the Pacific Ocean, many scientists from around the world have grown...

Rivers are one of our most precious, and most fragile, natural resources.   Photo: Penywise/Morguefile

The Lowdown on 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 14, 2014

West Virginia has made headlines across the country this week with a major chemical spell that leaked 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the water supply, forcing officials to issue...

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Water-Saving Tips for Drought Times

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 06, 2014

I grew up in a house that relied solely on a 1,000 gallon tank of rainwater for our water supply. Once we ran out, that was it, and running out was a serious concern some summers, especially...

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Hot Water for Handwashing: Not So Great After All

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 16, 2013

If you're like me, you probably learned from a young age that when you wash your hands, you need to turn the tap to hot, lather up, and rinse your hands. Ideally, you should be running...

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Get the Dish on Recycling Graywater

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 25, 2013

If you've been putting serious thought into how to make your home more efficient when it comes to water use, you've probably thought about a graywater recycling system, which captures...