Spring 2010 – Post your “WATER” topical homework here every week:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citation, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per week on your topic.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).


    66 Responses to “Water”

    1. none of my comments are posting, or if they are, I can’t find them, can anyone help me with this?

    2. I tried to submit this and it says it worked but I can’t find it so this is my second try.
      Here is a current article about the recent desalination Mar. 23, 2010 unanimously endorsed agreement by the Santa Cruz City council for desal. plant. “Decision gave green light for design and planning but does not commit city to construct plant.”










    3. duncan888 Says:

      There’s more-
      Hi Water People,
      The Environmental Working Group has a great National Drinking Water Database that is enormously useful.
      I hope you appreciate it.



    4. The Portland International Airport (Oregon) installed a Living Machine to clean and recycle water as part of their new office building project.

      Go to link below and click blue “Take a tour” box
      At top right click “Living Machine”

      1. duncan888 Says:

        Hi Michelle,
        That’s a nice little site they have there. The Living Machine sure seems like a pretty novel approach to dealing with waste water. On some level I have difficulty wrapping my mind around the idea that “quality water” can be obtained from grey & black waste water. It reminds me of eating a hot-dog, I like the taste but I simply don’t want to know the history of the thing or what happened in the factory!

        There’s the added value of green vegetation inside the structure which has instant appeal to me in a visceral context, since it connects us to “Mother Nature” & we get to view as spectators the grand design of systems that are larger than ourselves. Pretty cool stuff.

        It was either in the blog of Dimitri Orlov or Cradle to Cradle, that there was mention that in our Western society, we must be one of the few groups of people that defecate into our drinking water. In that context it does seem like a pretty bizarre design which must have originated somewhere in the distant past as a cultural touchstone that water is endlessly supplied to the masses.

      2. duncan888 Says:

        Here’s the link to Dimitri Orlov’s blog-
        He’s a very clever, smart guy & excellent writer.


        The following is one of his most popular pieces of writing & I found it fascinating to read:



      1. duncan888 Says:

        That’s a pretty website. It sort of reminds me of the Sierra Club in content. Nice to know there’s people out there that have those bases more or less covered.

        What specifically did you find most interesting about that website?


    5. I found a couple of helpful links, the first is a water pollution guide which outlines different types,and causes, and gives some tips for prevention and some different treatment options. http://www.water-pollution.org.uk/
      and the other link give good home water treatment info, listing many different types of filters, softeners, conditioners and treatment chemicals and the pros and cons of each. http://www.water-treatment.org.uk/

      1. duncan888 Says:

        Thanks for the useful information. There’s a non-profit located in Washington D.C. named The Environmental Working Group that does very similar work.

        If you’re not familiar with them, you may wish to check them out.

        I hope you find their website useful.
        The one area I found most useful from them is the twelve fruits & vegetables that have the highest/most toxic pesticide residues on them.



    6. This article ‘The Hidden Dangers of Water’ speaks of the many contaminants that affect the waterways of the U.S. and how we are affected by this. It also talks more specifically of Aluminum salts, a common chemical that is widely used in water purification, and the findings that it has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.

    7. fernandotodde Says:

      This is a list of interesting water facts- very cool

    8. fernandotodde Says:

      This article is about the potential dangers of using soft water. Not that great, but still interesting to take a look at.


    9. fernandotodde Says:

      I think this will be useful. It’s a survey about the water quality in the Salinas valley as well as the Monterey Bay. The study is a little old..

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