You Can Have Your Beer And Drink It Too

This post comes by way of The Huffington Post and describes one of the very many ways clean water is important.

As any beer enthusiast knows, you need good water to make good beer. The higher the water quality, the better the beer. Those who work at New Belgium Brewing, based out of Colorado, are also well aware of this fact. This company produces the very popular Fat Tire Amber Ale as well as 15 other quality brews. Jenn Vervier, their Director of Strategic Development and Sustainability, outlines the importance of clean water not just for basic health needs but also for sustainability-minded businesses like New Belgium Brewing.
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The article primarily mentions the importance of the Clean Water Act, which is celebrating its 40th year anniversary. The brewery is specifically concerned about some smaller waterways that are currently not protected by the Act. These mountainous streams contribute to the rivers whose water is used by the brewery to make its beer. Although the main rivers are protected under the CWA, they are still at the mercy of the smaller streams that feed into them.

Environmentally aware businesses like New Belgium are counting on the Obama Administration to help strengthen the power and reach of the CWA, which was weakened by the previous administration. The good news is that the President seems to be a strong proponent of the work being done by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The people have spoken as the EPA received more than 200,000 comments from people who are in support of stronger water pollution restrictions and a healthier Clean Water Act. This is obviously a topic that should receive full support from everyone. After all, we all need clean water. It doesnt get more basic than this.

This story is not surprising as Colorado is a very forward thinking and environmentally conscious part of the country. Hopefully this awareness spreads throughout the rest of the country. Businesses should eventually become aware of what New Belgium has; that clean water equals good business. Any of the costs associated with the EPA and its Clean Water Act will eventually be recouped through a much more sustainable and long lasting business.

One day we might not need agencies like the EPA. We should eventually get to a point where pollution would be unthinkable. We would finally have a full understanding of the idea that we have only one environment that we all live in. Its all connected, so we must do all we can to protect it.

Clean Water Advocacy The Erin Brockovich Way

It is widely known that Erin Brockovich does not back down when confronted with a tough fight.

This is good news for those who care about our clean water sources. A recent Edmonton Journal article (edmontonjournal.com) follows up with Erins current clean water activism. Her latest film appearance is in the documentary called Last Call at the Oasis. It is about the dwindling clean water supplies around the world and the drastic repercussions already being experienced.
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Brockovich is especially concerned with water issues at home in the U.S. There are people in our country that dont get water, and that is a shocker for people. As she alludes to the idea that water shortages and water pollution is falsely assumed to be largely a third world problem, she is becoming just as surprised at others to find out how untrue this is.

The film named after her, in which Julia Roberts won an Oscar for, has certainly aided in her fight to help protect clean drinking water sources and to expose companies that threaten to ruin them for all. She is also currently working on a case of a group of children in New York suffering from unusual neurological symptoms that may be attributed to polluted water.

Perhaps the most important take-away from this article was the fact that she encourages others to take a stand. She realizes that one person can only do so much, and that, she has. Our collective voice for clean water rights can be much more powerful that just one, albeit a very strong one. Grassroots efforts can turn into very large campaigns when people come together.

Hopefully Erin Brockovichs work is showing the people that she comes into contact with just how true that can be.

Residents of Lake Station, Indiana, are facing a proposed 35% rate hike for their city supplied water.

The www.nwitimes.com recently covered this controversial story in which involved residents of Lake Station making quite an appearance at City Hall.
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The major outcry from residents is that their water is not that clean to begin with. If they are to be charged a considerable amount more, the least that they should expect is much better water. Many residents would have also preferred more gradual increases to the rates that they are charged.

It is safe to assume that the major issue here is not really the cost increase of this proposal. According to the article, even those residents who use the most water would only see their rates go up about $10 per month. On the other hand, the main issue here is water quality. It is expect that the city should be able to provide clean water to its residents for a reasonable cost.

One resident brought a dirty water filter to the City Hall meeting to give a good visual example of how bad the situation is. It might be a given that the challenges being made by increasing water pollution are making it difficult for municipal water treatment plants to deliver the cleanest water possible. However, every step should be taken to get to this point.

Hopefully the outcome of this meeting will at least make the average resident of Lake Station aware of the need to acquire a home water filter. Whether or not they are familiar with a great company like Aquasana, they should still seek out the best water filter that they can. Anyone who saw how bad that filtration cartridge looked will want to avoid the water that their city is delivering through their kitchens tap. Ideally they also avoid bottled water, which is neither proven to be healthier and definitely is not cheaper than home water filtration.

Im sure that anyone who comes across this story will think twice before they assume that their tap water is safe enough to drink.

Clean Water Equals Clean Energy In California

Californias wastewater treatment plants are doing their part to create clean energy in addition to their obvious and much needed clean water operations.

This news arrives by way of The Sacramento Bee (sacbee.com). The article mentions how the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) are taking considerable actions to both educate the public and various leaders and to actively help solve current energy problems.
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The mayor of California and the President have both set respective state and national clean energy goals. It is expected that a high percentage of our energy needs can be provided by clean, renewable sources in the coming decades. The end result of this goal should be clear to all by now; we will benefit from considerably less air pollution and we will not be reliant on foreign energy sources.

There are already quite a few clean water agencies in California that are able to completely offset their own energy usage by using the energy that is created when wastewater is treated. This energy comes from the methane, biosolids, and biogas that is stored in the wastewater and other substances that the plants process. Some of these other substances include oil and grease provided by restaurants.

Energy produced from wastewater treatment plants represents an opportunity that is too significant to ignore. For example, the Water Environment Research Foundation has mentioned that biosolids and wastewater contain at least five times the amount of energy that is needed to process them. It is easy to imagine the considerable clean energy potential if this process were scaled to a national and fully cooperative level.

CASAs Gary Darling is very optimistic about the organizations ability to spread the word and ultimately have a large effect on clean energy awareness and production. His Waste to Watts motto will undoubtedly take off as more and more people realize the urgency that is involved with clean energy and clean water.

This is the kind of leadership that must gain some real traction if we are to be able to benefit from a cleaner, more livable future. I believe that our leaders will start to pay attention to movements like this one because they make too much sense. It will be difficult to say no to something that not only improves our environment, but makes money at the same time. This is the kind of win-win situation that can bring much hope to our future world.

Please forgive the title of this post, but I just couldnt help myself. The fact is that people are already drinking treated wastewater and most of them are obviously not aware of it.
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In a recent article from usatoday.com, many cities around the U.S. are considering the use of treated wastewater for public drinking water. Right from the start, I share the same initial feelings with just about anyone who would become aware of this it sounds disgusting.

However, treatment plants are supposed to be able to make this water just as safe, if not safer than our existing water supplies. Even with improved technologies, it is obviously still difficult to forget where this water just came from.

The primary driving force behind this idea comes from the fact that we are experiencing water shortages that only seem to be getting worse. This is no surprise as the general population keeps increasing at fast rates. Locations that are already stressed for water must do something to be able to supply it to future generations.

I, for one, support the more natural and traditionally common use of wastewater use it for irrigation and industrial purposes. Letting nature filter it might be a longer process, but Id bet youd end up with some better water. I realize that this does not solve the current water shortage crisis, but this quicker turnaround for wastewater just does not sound right.

This is just another example of why it makes sense to filter your water one more time at home. A point-of-use home water filter can really make a difference in the quality of water that you end up consuming. Why take any chances with the quality of something as important as drinking water?

Id like to think that we will make some technological breakthroughs that will allow us to bypass the need for drinking this highly polluted water. For example, if water desalinization ever becomes cheap and efficient enough, that would solve our drinking water problems. Lets hope for the best

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