Here's What's Happened in Water News This Past Week

Here's What's Happened in Water News This Past Week


Brown water in Compton California.

Residents of the South Los Angeles community are outraged at local after numerous reports of "brown water" coming from their taps. Officials have begun testing to find out exactly what is causing this phenomenon. In the meantime, volunteer groups have banded together to distribute bottled water at various church parking lots. Read more at NBC Los Angeles.

North Texas cities fail to test the safety of drinking water.

An investigative team found that of the 76 water utilities they tested, 20 were in violation of federal drinking water standards. These 20 large utilities supply water to 1.7 million North Texas residents. A map produced with data from the EPA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) shows all water violations from 2015-2018. Violations range from excess lead, copper, nitrates, volatile compounds, arsenic and more. To learn more and see the violations map, visit CBS DFW.

And finally, the New York Times finds that bottled alkaline water is just another scam.

 Despite many claims, there is no scientific evidence to back up the marketing behind alkaline water being better for your health. Dr. Tanis Fenton, a registered dietitian, and epidemiologist at Cummings School of Medicine at the University of Calgary explained that alkaline water gets completely neutralized once it hits the very acidic hydrochloric acid found in the stomach. While some claim many health benefits to drinking water with a pH of 8-10, the sciences says that it's just a bunch of "marketing."