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Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:35

The Western Drought Continues

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Chances are you may have heard about the water shortages in California. Residents have been asked to limit their water usage by not washing their cars or not watering their lawns. We won't get into those celebrities who complain about the request, and who continue to maintain a prefectly green lawn at their multi-million dollar mansions. However, the drought is real. Perhaps nowhere is it more visible than at the Hoover Dam and the body of water it holds back, Lake Mead.

Lake Mead is the main water source for Las Vegas, and serves as an accurate representation of just how dire the situation has become. Water levels there are the lowest they've been since 1937. However, there are no plans to enact any water usage restrictions for any of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin at this time. But experts do believe that should the drought continue, there will be restrictions put into effect in 2016.

The bad news doesn't end there. The regional water authority is undergoing two, huge tunneling projects – to the tune of $US 829 million of ratepayer money. One tunnel at the lake bottom that will be completed next spring and the other tunnel as an emergency connection between existing intakes. This is a drastic measure to be sure, but it is meant to ensure that the 2 million residents of southern Nevada can still drink from Lake Mead while it continues to recede further into the desert.

Wouldn't it be great if we could devise a way to transport all of our snow out west?

You can read the complete story at the EcoWatch website.

If you have been following the news, you've probably heard about the contaminated western rivers from the abandoned Colorado mine last week. As the latest npr.org article states, "It's been a week since a toxic flood of heavy metals, arsenic and other materials from the Gold King Mine spilled into the waterway, turning it a vibrant mustard color."

The Threats Connecticut May Face

So what can Connecticut residents learn from this incident? While our state is not known as a "mining" state, Connecticut is full or agriculture and industrial areas, which can pose the same threat.  As we have mentioned in many other blogs, the location of your home should promote annual water testing from homeowners all around. There are no mandatory regulations for Connecticut homeowners, so it's up to residents to get their water tested each and every year.

Contamination can come from businesses such as farms, industrial mills and other businesses who use chemicals, fertilizers and other possible contaminats that pose the potential risk to enter the ground from water run off and threaten the safety and health of drinking water from wells.

Aqua Pump has proudly served Connecticut and residents with their water testing needs for over 40 years. Along with that experience, comes the knowledge of possible threats and issues homeonwers have in each and every town.

For more information or to contact Aqua Pump for a water testing appointment, contact the team at (860) 684-5349.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the massive amounts of salt used on the roads during the winter?? It certainly travels during the thawing months of Spring. Unfortunately, New Jersey may find out the consequences of the salt.  

The fact is, when the snow melts, surface water such as lakes, ponds and rivers receives much of the salt from the roads. Not only will this affect fish and other wildlife, humans may taste the repercucussions also.

As NBC Local states, 

"Many people may already find that their tap water tastes a bit unusual - even salty - and the situation could get worse.

So significant is the runoff of sodium chloride as this punishing winter draws to a close that some water companies have warned customers their tap water could contain elevated sodium levels - a concern for those on a salt-restricted diet."

Why haven't they treated? They go on to say, 

"The company's water quality director, Anthony Matarazzo, said the company did not typically remove the chemicals from its water because "the amount from the runoff is less than the intake found from salt in a regular diet."

For those who are restricted amounts of salt, hospitals using dialysis and other medical issues have been warned. In these instances, changes to water softeners will be needed and applied to offset the influx of salt.

So while New Jersey is already feeling the side effects of winter, Connecticut or other states could also feel the same. For homeowners, its important that you have your water tested especially in issues such as this where our environment has shifted and had major changes such as a hard winter.

For water testing in Connecticut, questions or to learn more, feel free to check out the rest of our website at www.aquapump.com or call us at (860) 684-5349.

 

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