DailyDirt: Potent Potable Water

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Water that’s safe to drink is a necessity for civilization that most Americans take for granted. When drought or natural disasters cut off safe drinking supplies, that’s when we suddenly realize how precious potable water really is. Water is almost everywhere on our little planet, but it’s not always safe to drink — and the supplies of safe drinking water may be at risk of contamination from a variety of industrial processes. Here are just a few more links on our drinking water supplies.

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JoeCool (profile) says:

Re: Shade Balls

Black is very good at blocking light, hence the black color. Plastic is also a poor conductor of heat, so much of the heat is only on the surface of the ball exposed to the sun, and not in the water. And if it makes the water a little hotter, who cares as long as it’s not boiling. It’s not like anyone will be swimming/fishing/drinking this water directly.

Anonymous Coward says:

In one of the most extreme examples of “water safety” overkill, Oregon state officials drained an entire lake (tens of milllions of gallons worth of water) just because some drunk guy was seen taking a piss on the bank — an act that’s apparently only acceptable when done by non-human creatures of the watershed, from fish to birds to bears.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304128931/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-to-flush-38m-gallons-of-water

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