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2011-11-22 10:42:26

Abnormal levels of caffeine in water indicate human contamination Researchers led by Prof. Sébastien Sauvé of the University of Montreal's Department of Chemistry have discovered that traces of caffeine are a useful indicator of the contamination of our water by sewers. "E coli bacteria is commonly used to evaluate and regulate the levels of fecal pollution of our water from storm water discharge, but because storm sewers systems collect surface runoff, non-human...

2010-02-02 05:00:00

Consumers Union Urges FDA to Set Performance Standards for Greens YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports' latest tests of packaged leafy greens found bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination, in some cases, at rather high levels. The story appears in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports and is also available free online at www.ConsumerReports.org. Consumers Union today also issued a report urging the U.S. Food and Drug...

2009-09-23 07:11:15

Unexpected research findings show resource managers and researchers may have to rethink how they determine if water will make people sick. Bacteria commonly used to indicate health risks in recreational waters might not be so reliable after all. Pathogenic E. coli were pervasive in stream-water samples with low concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria. This is one of the unexpected findings from recent research that may affect how researchers and resource managers rely on indicator...

2008-12-03 14:00:00

'Do Not Use' Advisory Remains in Effect for Shadyside Village Residents PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today reminded residents of Shadyside Village in West Franklin Township, Armstrong County, not to use their water for drinking, cooking or bathing as the agency continues investigating a bacterial contamination in the water supply. "At this time, we have not pinpointed the source of the contamination, but the high level...

2008-09-30 18:00:54

By STEVE PATTERSON Leaking sewers and septic tanks probably spread bacteria into a creek draining runoff from all three Beaches cities into the Intracoastal Waterway, a state-ordered report says. Hopkins Creek, which meets the Intracoastal in Neptune Beach, had too much fecal coliform bacteria 58 percent of the time during dozens of tests since 1985, according to a draft report for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. "It's a pretty thing to look at," said Roger Bennett, a...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By ERIK ROBINSON James Kardouni, a state environmental scientist, dumps nontoxic dye into Burnt Bridge Creek on Wednesday. By tracking the flow of the dye, he hopes to learn where shade trees might be planted and pinpoint sources of pollution. James Kardouni poured a jug of red fluorescent dye into Burnt Bridge Creek at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday. Kardouni, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Ecology, expected it would take about 20 hours for the greatly dissipated cloud to...

2008-09-05 21:00:07

By Julia Scott PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- The sun-dappled waters of Pillar Point Harbor look bright and beautiful on a hot afternoon, but the bacteria that lies below the surface is as much of a mystery as where it's coming from. County Environmental Health officials have known for years that the inner harbor's waters contain dangerously high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. It accumulates on Capistrano Beach, leading the county to post a permanent warning sign to keep visitors away....

2008-08-17 12:00:19

By Brenda Duran LONG BEACH - Officials will continue to keep nearly four miles of beach closed following test results that showed elevated bacteria levels after a sewage spill earlier this week. On Tuesday, a sewage spill of more than 20,000 gallons was caused by a broken sewer line near Watts that flowed down the Los Angeles River from Compton Creek and affected the beach from Alamitos Avenue to 72nd Place, according to the city. Helene Calvet, the city's health officer, said...

2008-07-23 12:00:45

By Karen Troianello Your mother told you and now we're reminding you: Wash your hands. OK, maybe you are washing your hands, but obviously someone else isn't. A recent research project at the University of Washington found "high levels of fecal coliform bacteria" on some keyboards in two much-used campus library computer labs. A group of from the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences conducted rudimentary swabs of keyboards, looking for microbial contaminants....

2008-07-01 15:00:25

By Sarah J. Boggan, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Jul. 1--Water samples from Queen Creek Wash continue to show excessive levels of E. coli and high fecal coliform more than a month after sewer backups pumped thousands of gallons into the wash and a nearby neighborhood. Two sewage spills, May 17 and 18, from the Johnson Utilities Pecan Water Reclamation Plant in Pinal County discharged more than 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Queen Creek Wash and the adjacent Pecan Creek neighborhood,...