Water bottle waste and its impact on our environment

  • 15th September 2017

Plastic waste can be found in our oceans, landfills and bodies Water bottle waste and its impact on our environment is often discussed yet rarely understood. In our day to day life, we as Americans put expediency above everything, our health, the environment, and even money. As revealed by drive-thrus and plastic waste. America is one of the top 5 waste generating developed countries in the world with 35 Billion water bottles being thrown away every year, however; only 5% of the plastic we use is ever recovered. Most of our plastic waste ends up in our oceans, landfills and even our bodies, 93% of Americans over the age of 6 test positive for BPA (a common chemical found in plastic that can have lasting…

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Health and Weight Loss Benefits of Filtered Water

  • 7th September 2017

Reduces caloric intake The first way filtered water aids in weight loss is by reducing thirst. Many times thirst is mistaken for hunger, drinking a glass of filtered water before every meal is a quick and easy way to reduce caloric intake, which leads to weight loss. Filtered water also relieves bloating by speeding up digestion and eliminating dehydration. Endless health benefits The health benefits of filtered water are manifold, however, lack of water can lead to fatigue, high blood pressure, premature aging, bladder and/or kidney problems and weight gain. In  addition to reducing caloric intake and relieving bloating, filtered water also speeds up your metabolism and makes you less hungry. Plastic bottles are wasteful and harbor bacteria While plastic bottles may be cheap and…

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How Excessive Flooding Effects Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • 23rd August 2017

90% of natural disasters are flood related Today we will be taking a closer look at how excessive flooding effects wastewater treatment plants. After wildfires, flooding is the most widespread natural disaster in the United States; in fact, they consist of 90% of the natural disasters announced by our President. Flooding not only impacts our drinking water, it can also cause damage to our assets, personnel and loss of power. Flooding causes environmental disaster Another factor to consider is many wastewater treatment plants take preventative measures, such as; creating an emergency response plan, elevating electrical equipment and having emergency generators on hand, to increase their flood resilience (ability to withstand flooding).  These measures minimize damage, and aid them in a rapid recovery.  However, even with…

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Cancer-causing Agent Found in Houston Drinking Water

  • 19th April 2017

  A cancer-causing agent has been found in Houston drinking water. Chromium 6, a chemical known to cause cancer in humans is present at levels far in excess of those considered safe by states such as California where the goal is 0.02 parts per billion.  By comparison unfiltered tap water in Houston averaged a whopping 6.7 parts per billion when tested by KPRC, Channel 2, back in November.  And the levels can be even higher in surrounding communities, often reach ten times higher than Houston’s.   While small amounts of Chromium 6 (Cr6+) occur naturally, industries often greatly increase the amount entering our ground water.  Not only does Chromium 6 cause cancer, particularly stomach cancer but even small amounts have been shown to cause problems…

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Lead in Houston Drinking Water

  • 9th March 2017

Is your office water safe?  A March 3, 2017 front-page story in the Houston Chronicle indicated that it might not be as safe as you think.  In fact there is lead in Houston drinking water.  And sometimes at levels which are unsafe for consumption.    The article focused on lead in area schools but readers should remember that the same factors that can cause elevated and sometimes-dangerous levels of lead in a school can, and likely are, present in area business locations. What are the health risks of lead exposure and contamination from Houston drinking water? While the greatest risks are associated with children’s health, according to WebMD and the World Health Organization, excessive amounts of lead in adults can lead to high blood pressure,…

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