WHY CARE ABOUT WATER?
There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was when the dinosaurs roamed. And just less than one percent of the planet's water is available to meet the daily drinking water, sanitation and food needs of nearly 7 billion people and millions of other species. Learn more about water in all its forms and how you can make a difference. - National Geographic
"The waterborne bacterial infection kills 1 in 10 patients who contract it. And fighting outbreaks is a multi-front battle.
Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.
While the waterborne bacterial disease is relatively rare ― with 6,238 cases nationwide so far this year ― there has been a 13.6 percent increase in cases since this time last year. That’s nearly double the increase of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the same time period." -Lauren Weber | Huffington Post
CLAYCOMO, MO (KCTV) - A case of Legionnaires Disease has been confirmed in the Kansas City metro area and the Clay County Public Health Center is still investigating.
Family members told KCTV5 the woman has been in a medically induced coma for two weeks and underwent surgery Tuesday at Liberty Hospital. - KCTV5.com
"The so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” has been less happy in recent days.
Disneyland last week shut down two water-cooling towers after some visitors to the Anaheim, Calif., theme park contracted Legionnaires’ disease.
A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday." - Fox News
"DENVER (CBS4) – Crews are working to repair a water main break that flooded streets and buildings in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood on Wednesday.
It’s the second time this year the area’s dealt with an overflow of water from the same broken pipe, which was installed in 1889." - CBS
"CLEVELAND-- Aging infrastructure is likely to blame for a sinkhole on Cleveland's east side that swallowed a city vehicle on Thursday." - FOX 8 News Cleveland - Jen Steer
"City officials have issued a boil water advisory for parts of downtown Atlanta and South Fulton County. Atlanta Watershed Management said residents in these areas should boil water before using it to cook, drink, or brush teeth. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute." -Tiffany McCall, WXIA
"The City of Midland reports a water main break on Oakridge between Briarwood and Ridgewood. Officials say the water is expected to be off for 4 to 6 hours while they make repairs." by NBC25/FOX66 Newsroom
"The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will be issuing a proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule, which protects the water supply for 117 million Americans." -National Resources Defense Council
"The Kansas City water department was established in 1873, and some pipes laid under the City Market the following year are still in use today. Indeed, the city audit shows that the vast majority of ghost water haunts the area south of the Missouri River, where the oldest pipes, valves and meters are located."
"Billions of gallons of water leak from KC water pipes, costing ratepayers" - The Kansas City Star
"Former Flint resident Ariana Hawk talks about not getting additional food assistance money going to Flint families with children during the Flint water crisis who qualify for food assistance benefits since she moved out of the city in 2016." Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press