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- A Look Back at the Counter Culture that Sparked Earth Day (4/26/2017) - Founded in 1970, Earth Day has become a passionate and momentous date around the country. Although hard to imagine now, prior to 1970, factories and refineries were legally allowed to discharge thousands of tons of toxic wastewater into the nearest natural waterway. In fact, this was not only encouraged, it was considered a good business practice. According to the Earth Day Network, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the architect behind Earth Day became inspired to challenge this norm after witnessing the devastating effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Recognizing the powerful anti-war movement, especially strong throughout the [...]
- Researchers Discover Effective Wastewater Treatment Technique Using Fruit Peels (4/26/2017) - More than 3.8 million tons of citrus peels go to waste each year. Besides being used to make a refreshing Sangria or grated into a zest and delicately placed into a flavorful key lime pie, citrus peels are primarily looked at it with annoyance. Until now. Earlier this month, a group of Spanish researchers developed a process to treat wastewater containing heavy metals and organic compounds, using a new absorbent material made from the peels of fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. According to a report by WaterOnline, the researchers used a technique known as “controlled pressure drop treatment” to [...]
- Daytona Beach Capped on Water Supply, Turns to DPR (4/26/2017) - According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the city is promoting the concept of reuse through a collaborative “demonstration project to explore what it would take and how much it would cost to treat a portion of the city’s wastewater stream to the higher standard drinking water, instead of discharging it to the Halifax River.” In an interview with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Hardy Smith, Daytona’s government relations administrator reminded readers why the City is looking at reuse. “Daytona Beach is about capped out on the amount of water it’s allowed to withdraw from city wells under the permit from the [...]
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