Water

3:57am

Fri January 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:48 pm

Al Jones of the West Virginia Department of General Services tests water as he flushes faucets and opens a rest room at the State Capitol in Charleston, W. Va., on Jan. 13, four days after a chemical spill into the Elk River. It wasn't until Jan. 21 that state officials were told by Freedom Industries that a second contaminant had also entered the river.
Steve Helber AP

The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.

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7:45am

Fri December 6, 2013
Water

A Little Hydro Plant, But A 'Big Dog' In Colorado Water Rights

The Shoshone Generating Station, just off I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Contruction started 1904 and it opened in 1909.
Maeve Conran KGNU

A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players. But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over 100 years old.

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5:00am

Fri November 29, 2013
Health

Drinking Toilet Water? Be Backflow Aware, Check Your Cross Connections

cwpatterson11 Flickr - Creative Commons

Feel like a nice cool glass of ice water? Before you take a sip, you might want to take a quick tour of your home. How’s the fill valve in your toilet? Do you have a vacuum breaker on your outside spigots? What about your boiler?

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9:11am

Fri November 15, 2013
Colorado Flood

A Post-Flood Race To Re-Channel Left Hand Creek

Post-flood, the now nearly dry Left Hand Creek bed shows the effects of the ammount of water that poured through.
Jim Hill KUNC

In Colorado, farmers are scrambling to recover from September’s flooding. The waters decimated miles of roadway, cut off entire towns and moved rivers. Now there’s a race against time to put these rivers back in their original place before planting season begins.

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8:23am

Wed October 23, 2013
Water

City Demands, 'Buy And Dry' Put A Target On Agricultural Water

Carver Ranch in Mesa County was bought in the 1970s by Ute Water District for its water rights.
Maeve Conran KGNU

Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource.

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