Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Focus on lead risks

Washington will increase screening, response efforts

Seattle Times

Responding to new concerns about lead in drinking-water sources, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directed health officials to help step up screening for and response to potential problems. Officials will review lead policies and practices for schools, rental properties and child-care providers. They’ll prioritize the removal of lead from water systems and work to improve the efficiency of blood-lead level testing, particularly for children at highest risk of harm.


Oregon's impressive snowpack takes a hit

Associated Press

Wildly fluctuating April weather sent Oregon's snowpack up, down, and now, in some areas, melted out. It's still too early to project possible water trouble this summer — the return of cool weather could help retain snow or even increase the snowpack a bit — but as the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Portland put it, "What a difference three weeks can make."


Researchers look to the sky for water solution

CBC News

Simon Fraser University researchers have created a machine they say pulls water out of air, hoping the technology can one day help solve the world's water crisis. The prototype of the the Hybrid Atmospheric Water Generator — which is slightly larger than a college fridge — takes the humidity from the atmosphere and turns it into clean drinking water.

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