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The Negative Effects of Copper in Your Drinking Water

Copper can be found naturally in rocks, soil, sediment, and water. While copper is a natural substance and is safely used to make things like copper pipes and electrical wiring, the effects copper in your drinking water can be very hazardous. Short-term exposure to high levels and long-term exposure to elevated levels can both do
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The Dangers of Algal Blooms in Drinking Water

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) released a Recreational Water Contact Health Advisory for Triadelphia Reservoir two months ago due to an increase in blue-green algae growth. Algal blooms in drinking water or recreational water can lead to serious health effects, and you should avoid coming into physical contact with the Triadelphia Reservoir until the
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Water Quality: What Not to Do

Water Quality: What Not to Do The ongoing threats to drinking water quality in Maryland have been a concern for many years. With issues such as improper industrial wastewater disposal, sewage leaks, and unfiltered stormwater merging with municipal water sources, many are left wondering what they can do to help keep the state’s water reserves
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Maryland Receives $20M for Water Improvement Projects from the EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a $20,170,000 award to the state of Maryland to complete numerous drinking water improvement projects to help Maryland residents. The state is matching the award with $4M in additional funds to provide funding to communities participating in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program. What is
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Nitrate Pollution Found in Maryland’s Drinking Water

An alarming new study by The Center for Progressive Reform found that more than a third of Wicomico and Worcester counties’ residents may have been or are currently being exposed to hazardous nitrate levels in their drinking water. Beyond that concerning statistic, one in every 25 private drinking wells in the counties was found to
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Poultry Farm Pollution and Its Effects on Drinking Water

Chicken is a relatively inexpensive and nutritious protein that millions of people enjoy in Maryland. Due to the ever-increasing demand for poultry products, more farms are operating across the state, and their impact is increasing, as well. Runoff from poultry farms releases toxins into the soil, reducing water quality and polluting rivers. If you live
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The EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Report (And What It Means for Your Water)

If you have hazardous chemicals in your community, you deserve to know. U.S. facilities must report the management of chemicals that could pose a health risk to people and the environment. The information that these facilities submit enters the Toxics Release Inventory, and it is available to the public. If you’re still unsure about what
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Why You Should Be Concerned About Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) in Your Water

Haloacetic acids are byproducts that occur during the chlorination of water – a procedure used by water treatment plants, such as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). These byproducts form when the chlorine used to disinfect water reacts with organic matter. The most common haloacetic acids in drinking water are monochloracetric acid (MCA), dichloracetric acid
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The New Clean Water Act Ruling Could Impact Your Drinking Water

The recent amendments to the Clean Water Act that have come into effect under the President’s administration narrow the definition of what constitutes as “waters of the United States.” Practically, this removes federal protection from many water sources and means that states have less authority when authorizing projects such as pipelines and other energy projects
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EPA Releases Fact Sheets Regarding Perchlorate in Drinking Water

The EPA has released two fact sheets that may indicate that a federal drinking water standard for perchlorate isn’t necessary. In the first fact sheet, Reductions of Perchlorate in Drinking Water, they found that compared to data released in 2001-2005, levels of perchlorate appear to be declining. They theorize that this is due to drinking
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