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Portland State study links outdoor recreation with water quality concerns
People who camp, hike, fish or participate in other forms of outdoor recreation generally have a higher level of concern about water quality than those who don't, according to a recent study co-authored by Portland State University professor Melissa Haeffner. (2018-04-03)

First-ever UN University diploma offered to grads of online water-management course
In an effort to help raise the quality of water management expertise worldwide, the United Nations University has authorized for the first time in its 26-year history a diploma to be granted to global graduates of a unique new online training program called the (2003-11-30)

Fuzzy logic water quality
A fuzzy logic approach to analyzing water quality could help reduce the number of people in the developing world forced to drink polluted and diseased water for survival, according to a report in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management from Inderscience publishers. (2008-04-17)

Drinking recycled water?
The Australian Government National Water Commission funded a study to establish an approach to assess the quality of water treated using managed aquifer recharge. Researchers at Australia's CSIRO Land and Water set out to determine if the en product would meet standard drinking water guidelines. (2011-01-06)

China's inland surface water quality significantly improves
A new study shows that China's inland surface water quality improved significantly from 2003-2017, coinciding with major efforts beginning in 2001 to reduce water pollution in the country. (2020-01-03)

Water quality was issue in ancient Rome, says University of Toronto scholar
Can the great technological feats of the early Romans still inform urban planning today? University of Toronto Professor Christer Bruun of classics says they can in the area of water conservation. (2001-12-11)

Fresh-cut produce washing practices can minimize food-borne illness risks
Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture recently examined the safety and quality of (2007-12-06)

Improvements in water quality could reduce ecological impact of climate change on rivers
Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers, finds a new study by Cardiff University's Water Research Institute and the University of Vermont. (2019-06-03)

23 years of water quality data from crop-livestock systems
Researchers summarize runoff water quantity and quality data from native tallgrass prairie and crop-livestock systems in Oklahoma between 1977 and 1999. (2020-06-09)

The secret of Dutch tapwater unveiled in new textbook
The public drinking water supply in the Netherlands is one of the best in the world. For this reason there is a lot of international interest in the Dutch (2007-02-27)

Biological sand filters, a practical approach to combat poverty and inequality
Microbiologically contaminated water plagues approximately 1.1 billion people in rural and peri-urban populations in developing countries. Roughly 2.2 million people without safe access to drinking water die each year from the consumption of unsafe water, and most of them are children under 5 years of age. (2008-09-24)

Cranfield senses something in the water
Leading members of the water industry will meet at Cranfield, England to discuss the future of waste water treatment and the latest technologies. (2000-07-04)

WSU geologist uses satellite imagery to study surface water quality within Ohio River watershed
A Wright State University research scientist is using satellite imagery to evaluate water quality within the streams and rivers of the Ohio River watershed. (2005-01-06)

Study: Involving the public in water policies is key to successful municipal water systems
Informing residents about local water issues and involving them in local water policies are the keys to building healthy and resilient city water systems, according to a Portland State University study. (2018-02-19)

Will future population growth be limited by freshwater availability?
The global human population is growing faster than the water supply. Investigators recently analyzed various models and trends to assess both optimistic and pessimistic projections of future water use and shortages. (2015-03-16)

UBC researchers test 3-D-printed water quality sensor
Researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have designed a tiny device -- built using a 3-D printer -- that can monitor drinking water quality in real time and help protect against waterborne illness. (2017-07-19)

New England Water Is Improving But Problems Remain, Says New USGS Report
Water quality has improved significantly in New England over the past 50 years because of advances in the treatment of municipal and industrial wastes. However, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are still experiencing some problems with the quality of ground and surface water and the water in the Gulf of Maine. (1999-04-30)

Slow-moving ground water slows down water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay
Ground water supplies about half of the water and nitrogen to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is therefore an important pathway for nitrogen to reach the bay, according to a recent USGS study. The relatively slow movement of nutrient-rich ground water to streams and into the Bay will impact the (2004-02-18)

Interventions to improve water qulaity for preventing diarrhea
Researchers from Emory University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the World Health Organization have carried out an updated Cochrane review to assess the effectiveness of interventions to improve water quality for preventing diarrhea. (2015-10-21)

Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly
Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2017-08-10)

Using ultrasound to control toxic algal blooms
University of Adelaide researchers are investigating the use of ultrasound as an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to controlling blue-green algae in our fresh water supplies. (2010-07-06)

Older filters, fresher water
Scientists in Australia have discovered that the older the water filter the better when it comes to reducing the off-putting earthy taste of some tap water. Writing in the Inderscience publication International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, the team explains how bacteria that grow on particles in a sand filter effectively extract the compounds that produce the taste. (2007-11-22)

Clean or boiled tap water is as good as saline at cleaning acute wounds
Using drinkable tap water to clean wounds does not increase infection rates, according to the findings of a Cochrane Review. There is, however, no evidence that it reduces infection rates or increases healing rate over leaving the wound alone. (2008-01-22)

Private drinking water supplies pose challenges to public health
An estimated 3 to 4 million people -- about one in every eight Canadians -- drink water from private supplies. Infrequent testing and maintenance puts consumers of these water supplies at greater risk of contamination than public systems, states an article in CMAJ. (2010-03-15)

Drugs in wastewater contaminate drinking water
Both prescription and illegal drugs that are abused have been found in Canadian surface waters. New research shows that wastewater discharges flowing downstream have the potential to contaminate sources of drinking water with these drugs at relatively low concentrations. (2015-07-20)

Economic analysis provides watershed moment for environmental groups
Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality. (2018-10-12)

Report examines impact of forest management practices on water supplies
A new report from the National Research Council, (2008-07-10)

Researchers create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water
North Carolina State University researchers have developed the first portable technology that can test for cyanotoxins in water. The device can be used to detect four common types of cyanotoxins, including two for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized recreational water quality criteria. (2019-06-25)

The underwater jungles of the sea give clearer water
When you take a swim in the sea and entangle your toes in underwater plants you can stay calm, they are doing good. They contribute to clearer, more swim-friendly, water. The positive effects of underwater plants on water quality is as strong as the negative effect of eutrophication, shows a new study. (2017-08-30)

Research grant funds studies of climate change and reef ecosystems
Research will explore environmental conditions in the Florida Keys and South Florida. Focusing primarily on coral bleaching and disease prevalence. Under study will be the relationship between water quality and coral resilience to climate change. (2006-12-04)

Cleaning Up the Mississippi River
Professor R. Eugene Turner reconstructed a 100-year record chronicling water quality trends in the lower Mississippi River by compiling water quality data collected from 1901 to 2019. The Mississippi River is the largest river in North America with about 30 million people living within its watershed. He tracked pH levels and concentrations of bacteria, oxygen, lead and sulphate in this new study. (2021-02-08)

Real-time monitoring could reduce First Nations water advisories by one third, study finds
University of Guelph researchers have found that drinking water advisories in First Nations communities caused by equipment malfunction, inadequate disinfection and high microbial counts could be reduced by introducing real-time monitoring systems. (2018-04-03)

Less water, same Texas cotton
In Texas, the Southern High Plains uses water from an aquifer to water cotton fields. However, the aquifer is running low. Scientists from the area are working to find the best irrigation method for cotton that uses the least water. (2018-05-16)

Notre Dame researcher is studying role small dams play in pollution control
A new Notre Dame study notes that there is a crucial need to gain a better understanding of what small dams mean for our water quality before they crumble and disappear. (2013-03-28)

Cities face dramatic increase in water treatment spending when watersheds are developed
A new global study has found that one in three large cities spend 50 percent more on water treatment costs as a result of damage to the ecological quality of their watersheds. (2016-07-25)

No silver bullet for helping the Great Barrier Reef
Using a combination of advanced satellite imaging and over 20 years of coral monitoring across the Reef, a team of researchers from Dalhousie University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE), the University of Adelaide and Lancaster University in the UK has found that chronic exposure to poor water quality is limiting the recovery rates of corals across wide swaths of the Great Barrier Reef. (2019-03-11)

Study finds room for improvement in South Korea's polluted river basin
A new Portland State University study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea's Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul. (2018-07-12)

To avert crisis, Illinois should enact law regulating water withdrawal
Whether or not a drought materializes this summer, Illinois needs a water law to regulate the withdrawal of water from streams before there is a crisis leading to rationing and poor water quality, a University of Illinois engineer recommends. (2000-07-02)

Satellite and reanalysis data can substitute field observations over Asian water tower
Satellite data sets are found reliable to reproduce the total column water vapor characteristics over the Tibetan Plateau. (2019-11-12)

Portland State research shows link between home styles and high water use
Affluent neighborhoods with lawns -- and occasionally swimming pools -- use up to 10 times more water than neighborhoods with higher density housing with less landscaping, according to a Portland State University study. (2017-05-03)

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