Monthly Archives: November 2017

Zee News, “Drinking water from packaged bottles may be giving you cancer”

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New Delhi: The promise of safe water in sealed packaged bottles may be not what it is made out to be. As more and more urban Indians turn to packaged drinking water, they may also be putting themselves at a greater health risk. A study by Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru has found that most of these bottles have carcinogenic elements which can prove to be deadly.

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The Washington Post, “The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of waste a day – and that figure is growing”

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Since early 2016, I have traveled to six major cities around the world (Jakarta, Tokyo, Lagos, New York, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam) to investigate how they manage — or mismanage — their waste. There are some remarkable differences. And a question emerges: Is this just garbage, or is it a resource?

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago, according to World Bank researchers. If nothing is done, that figure will grow to 11 million tons by the end of the century, the researchers estimate.

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Los Angeles Times, “Santa Rosa residents warned of possible sinkholes and landslides in burn areas amid upcoming rain”

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Santa Rosa officials warned residents Sunday of the potential for sinkholes and landslides in burn areas where plastic pipes melted during the devastating wine country fires, causing cavities underground.

In the city’s Fountaingrove neighborhood, where the Tubbs fire leveled 1,400 homes, officials identified 23 areas where pipes were burned, said city spokeswoman Adriane Mertens. In some cases, the pipes were destroyed for up to a few hundred feet.

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Gainesville Times, “Rudi Kiefer: Beware risks of pipes freezing in winter”

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Water comes in three different forms, or phases: liquid, solid or gas. Trouble tends to arise right at the point where one phase changes to another.  Freezing, turning liquid water into ice, comes with expansion. Ice occupies 9 percent more volume than the equivalent amount of liquid water. This can do serious damage to home plumbing. Copper pipes are vulnerable to freezing temperatures, but PVC tends to burst, too, when ice forms in it. Outside faucets are the most exposed.

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WSBTV: “Broken water main crumbles road, leaves school without water”

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PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Crews are working to repair a water main break that shut down a road.  Channel 2’s Audrey Washington saw crews with construction equipment at the scene digging into the ground to repair the water main Wednesday. The 10-inch PVC water main broke, sending water gushing along Dabbs Bridge Road, just south of Ponderosa Trail, forcing the complete shutdown of the area Wednesday morning.

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Mcalester News, “PVC patch, pump fire cause for McAlster water struggles”

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Jarred Ruegamer said he hasn’t seen anything like it.

The lead operator at the McAlester Water Treatment Plant told the McAlester News-Capital on Tuesday that the major pipeline break — and the stemming series of unfortunate events — that left thousands with low pressure or no water for four days left crews scrambling to fix it. “Early (Friday) morning, we had already lost our water,” Ruegamer said. “We weren’t prepared for this. We only had so much storage at the plant to fill up.” Ruegamer said dozens of people worked on little to no sleep most of the weekend to help restore water to the city, but several things along the way complicated the process.

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Huffington Post, “‘Our Throats Were Burning’: A West Virginia City Battled A Massive Plastic Fire For 8 Days”

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. ― A massive fire at a plastics recycling warehouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia, that rampaged for more than eight days is finally out.

What remains of the International Import Export warehouse is 10 acres of hulking twisted metal, reminiscent of a war zone. Thick layers of ash, brick and metal hover more than head-high for several hundred yards along a semi-rural road just outside the city limits.

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