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That Chemical Erin Brockovich Fought? You're Likely Drinking It

Environmental Working Group releases analysis of EPA data

(Newser) - If chromium-6 rings a bell for some odd reason, that reason is likely Erin Brockovich, who famously helped secure a massive settlement for the Hinkley, Calif., residents who had been exposed to dangerous levels of the heavy metal. And there's a chance you have been exposed, too, according to... More »

World's First Water Bar Isn't Quite What You Think

Minneapolis' Water Bar will serve tap water for free

(Newser) - You could sit at home and drink your own tap water, or you could visit Minneapolis' Water Bar and drink tap water in the company of others. Shanai Matteson hopes you'll choose the latter option. Yes, Minneapolis will soon be home to what UPI calls the world's first... More »

Black Water Flows in 'Corrupt' Texas Town

Crystal City residents shocked by 'black sludge'

(Newser) - A Texas town where nearly every top official was arrested earlier this month has a new problem: Its tap water just turned black and smelly, CNN reports. Residents of Crystal City—a municipality of 7,500 near the Mexican border—saw the liquid emerge from taps on Wednesday. "It... More »

Toxic Water Actually 'So Routine' in Ohio

Pollution, invasive species, and climate change have all been blamed

(Newser) - Tap water has been declared safe to drink and bathe in again in Toledo, Ohio, but scientists warn that toxic algae blooms could be here to stay. Fertilizer from farms and cattle feedlots are partly to blame for the thick layer of algae choking Lake Erie, the most developed of... More »

What Kind of Bottled Water Is Healthier, Again?

A New Jersey mom gets the skinny on water products

(Newser) - Back when Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast, one new mom faced a decision: what kind of bottled water to buy after the nearby water purification plant was flooded? Wanting to keep her newborn healthy, Chanie Kirschner reviewed the EPA's website to get the lowdown on water, she writes... More »

New Craze: $2.50 NYC Tap Water

East Village boutique hopes to spark 'water connoisseurs'

(Newser) - For anyone who has ever watched a cowpie float down a stream in Upstate New York, this idea is either long overdue or just the latest stab at capitalizing on New York City's thirst for clean drinking water: A couple of East Village entrepreneurs are now hawking none other... More »

Americans Ditch Coffee Over Cash Fears: Poll

Workers opting for bagged lunches, reusable water bottles

(Newser) - Faced with an economy they fear is worsening, Americans are making the ultimate sacrifice: They’re no longer buying their morning joe, a Harris poll finds. Some 21% of respondents said coffee doesn’t fit their budgets, Fox News reports. They’re making other changes to their eating habits, too:... More »

Radiation Spikes in Tokyo Tap Water

Don't use water for infant formula, officials advise

(Newser) - Radiation in Tokyo tap water has spiked to twice the level considered safe for infants, sparking a new round of fears in Japan over the nation's crippled nuclear reactors. Rising smoke, meanwhile, prompted a new evacuation of workers trying to plug leaks in the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, reports AP . Infants... More »

Bottled Water: Bad News for Your Teeth?

The lack of fluoride can contribute to tooth decay, dentists warn

(Newser) - As if bottled water didn’t have a bad enough rap already , it turns out it can also contribute to tooth decay. Many dentists and pediatricians are concerned that children who only drink bottled water may experience more cavities, thanks to the fact that most bottled water does not contain... More »

Boston Area Gets Clean Water Back

2+ days after water main break, state lifts order to boil tap water

(Newser) - After almost 3 days without a safe water supply, 2 million residents of eastern Massachusetts once again have clean tap water, the Boston Herald reports. After a huge water main ruptured Saturday, the state imposed a boil water order for Boston and 29 other communities. Stores quickly sold out of... More »

Water Main Break Leaves 2 Million Parched

Massachusetts governor declares state of emergency

(Newser) - Tap water in most of eastern Massachusetts is unsafe to drink following a water main break yesterday in a suburb west of Boston. Some 2 million residents must boil water for at least 1 minute before drinking it, making baby formula, or brushing their teeth, a situation one official described... More »

Tear Up Your Lawn

Why do we devote so much water to a superficial end?

(Newser) - Matthew Fleischer has always hated lawns as wasteful and useless. But his hate is at a fevered pitch after reading about how the desire for lush green grass in literally draining states dry. America’s lawns and golf courses require about 200 gallons of water per citizen per day. We... More »

CDC Soft-Pedaled Signs of DC Lead Poisoning

(Newser) - A CDC report withheld evidence linking water contamination to lead poisoning in Washington, DC, children, reports Salon. The 2004 study said city water caused only slightly increased blood lead levels, but thousands of blood tests were missing from the influential report, which may have skewed results. And just 3 years... More »

Calif. Town to Cut H2O to Water Hogs

Customers limited to 150-gallon-a-day ration

(Newser) - A California town is threatening to cut off water to any customer who fails to stick to a mandated 150-gallon-a-day ration, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "People don't understand how bad this is going to get," said an official from the oceanside town of Bolinas, who fears the... More »

In Mix-Up, Wine Flows From Italian Taps

Wine meant to flow from town fountain in yearly festival

(Newser) - The highlight of an annual Italian wine festival is the flow of wine through a city fountain—but this year, a mix-up diverted the drink to faucets in nearby homes, the BBC reports. Tourists come for miles to see the festival, but this year, all they saw shooting from the... More »

Diabetes Linked to Arsenic in Tap Water

Study suggests millions may face serious risk from their tap

(Newser) - Arsenic in the drinking water of millions of Americans may be contributing to the diabetes epidemic, Bloomberg reports. Researchers found that people with high levels of arsenic in their urine were nearly four times more likely to have type 2 diabetes. Higher rates of diabetes occurred even with trace amounts... More »

Marketing Coup: Just Add Water

Consumers swallow claims of higher quality hook, line, and sinker

(Newser) - A commodity that's widely available practically free is also on sale for thousands of times the actual cost, repackaged as a luxury item. It's transported around the country and even across the world, generating untold volumes of CO2. It's water, of course. The Washington Post looks at a marketing effort... More »

Em-Bottled SF Mayor Urges Restaurants to Tap City's Water

Newsom continues anti-plastic campaign

(Newser) - San Francisco’s mayor called on restaurants yesterday to quit selling bottled water and favor the tap, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Gavin Newsom, a former restaurateur, says the plastic containers pile up in landfills and hurt the environment. The request—which isn’t a requirement—follows Newsom’s ban... More »

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