Water Treatment

This year could be a record-breaker. Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. What contributes to a “record-breaking” year? This year we have seen an abnormally high amount of spring rainfall in many parts of the Mississippi River corridor. This led to record amounts of water carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other harmful nutrients downriver. Once these nutrients are in the river, they then feed algae using up oxygen from the bottom up...

Most of Earth is made up of water. Seawater that is. Seawater this is undrinkable. It’s crazy to think how much water is on Earth, yet, it’s undrinkable for those who need it the most. Sometimes it’s a cruel irony and this situation is just that. People have been trying to remove salt from seawater for more than 65 years. The process to remove this salt is called desalination, and today almost 20,000 facilities across the world are making salt water drinkable to sustain growing population number....

A new study from USC has stated that antibiotic-resistance can now be spread through wastewater treatment plants. The study found that if bacteria in wastewater treatment plants are exposed to just one type of antibiotic, they can actually develop resistance to several drugs. Then ultimately affecting the human body. Many people view the world we live in as a “post-antibiotic world” or wish we lived in a world without antibiotics or other medications. They also feel we as humans are reaching a scary place where we can no...

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