Water Pollution: Is the Head of the EPA Helping or Hurting?

Something’s not making sense here. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been working for decades to put regulations in place that help to assure we have access to clean, safe drinking water. Now, it looks like the current head of that Agency is starting to chip away at those regulations. Here’s the gist of what he’s done already:

A Hollywood scriptwriter couldn’t make this up. One day after new data revealed widespread toxic water contamination near coal ash disposal sites, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the very 2015 EPA safeguards that had required this data to be tracked and released in the first place. Clean water is a basic human right that should never be treated as collateral damage on a corporate balance sheet, but that is exactly what is happening.

This proposal clears the way for polluters, and polluter-funded politicians, to write weak standards for groundwater monitoring and coal ash cleanups, and attacks several core health and environmental protections included in the standard that was enacted in 2015. This comes as the first round of water testing, carried out under the new EPA standard, revealed some shocking results. As the New Republic reported:

“At more than 70 sites across the country, toxins like arsenic, mercury, and radium are leaching into groundwater from pond-like storage pits filled with the sludgy leftovers of coal burning. That’s the most alarming takeaway from reports that the coal industry was required to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency this month, part of the first-ever federal regulations of the waste product known as coal ash … So far, the reports have shown coal ash leaking into groundwater at storage sites in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Georgia, Montana, Washington, Michigan and Florida.”

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Don’t Forget About Livestock Water Needs in Winter

livestock-640While livestock may need less water in the winter, good, clean, uncontaminated water is still a basic need. If you own livestock, then the link below to a recent article is a must-read. 

The essence of the article, published in the Ohio State University’s OSU Extension Beef Cattle Letter, is that you need to have the water you are providing to your livestock tested by a professional lab to ensure that it is safe to drink. Some of the parameters it mentions to test for are Total dissolved solids or salinity, pH (acid or alkaline value), Nitrates, Sulfates, and Hardness.

It turns out that livestock needs to drink 7 pounds of water for every pound of dry matter they consume. During winter months, the cold weather leads to an increase in feed intake in order to generate body heat. If there isn’t a sufficient amount of water to drink, feed intake is less, resulting in decreased body condition, poor fetal growth, and lactation levels.

The bottom line is that you need to pay attention to the water you are providing to your livestock during the winter months to ensure they remain healthy.

Our ‘Bang-for-the-Buck’ Water Tests are perfect for testing water fed to livestock. You can read more about these tests at https://drinkingwaterspecialists.com/bang-buck-water-tests/

You can read the whole article, published by The Columbus Dispatch, Don’t forget about livestock water needs in winter