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Growing up in the small rural town of Orocovis in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, my Mom did not have access running water or electricity. The village, nestled in the lush mountain side in the middle of the island, relied on the fresh mountain river that ran through the valley for water – for drinking, cooking and bathing.
In the August 28, 2017 issue of the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Methods Update Rule that modifies the testing procedures and methods approved for analysis and sampling under the Clean Water Act. In this update, the EPA included an additional approval for Colilert-18 for fecal coliforms in wastewater.
It’s summer. It’s hot. But before you go ahead and run under the sprinkler to cool off, think about this – a typical lawn sprinkler uses about 24 gallons per minute. If I’ve done my math right (go ahead and check), a 15-minute cool down can use about 360 gallons of water. Summertime usually means a significant increase in water use and while there may or may not be water restrictions in your area, it’s always a good idea to conserve water wherever possible.
Swim Guide, the most helpful beach information service on the web, today announced its newest sponsor: IDEXX Laboratories, the global leader in water microbiology testing. We are excited to count IDEXX as part of a community that supports swimmable water. Swim Guide is a program of Swim Drink Fish Canada. In addition, Swim Drink Fish Canada is using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray System for its in-house recreational water quality monitoring in Toronto Harbour to test for E.coli.
People have heard of “water quality testing,” to be sure, but they often don’t know what it entails. So it’s a natural question: what do they really test for at my favorite watershed?