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Tackle Ice and Snow While Protecting Your Drinking Water

When snow and ice are on the ground, every homeowner wants to remove them as quickly as possible without doing damage to their sidewalk or driveway. However, did you realize that you could be doing damage to your drinking water supply and pipes? Using salt on roads, walkways and driveways can do serious harm to
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Lead Poisoning in Maryland Is at an All-Time Low

A new report released in October by the Maryland Department of the Environment found that rates of lead poisoning in Maryland for babies and young children reached a historic low in 2019. Rigorous testing, stricter enforcement and an uptick in proactive treatment of low-level poisoning have contributed to this impressive achievement. By working together with
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How Climate Change Can Affect Your Drinking Water

Climate change is a pressing issue facing the entire world, and while some of the impacts, like an increase in global temperature, are well-known, others you might be surprised to learn. Recent studies by numerous scientific bodies and municipalities including the state of Maryland have found that climate change can affect your drinking water in
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The Negative Effects of Copper in Your Drinking Water

Copper can be found naturally in rocks, soil, sediment, and water. While copper is a natural substance and is safely used to make things like copper pipes and electrical wiring, the effects copper in your drinking water can be very hazardous. Short-term exposure to high levels and long-term exposure to elevated levels can both do
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The Dangers of Algal Blooms in Drinking Water

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) released a Recreational Water Contact Health Advisory for Triadelphia Reservoir two months ago due to an increase in blue-green algae growth. Algal blooms in drinking water or recreational water can lead to serious health effects, and you should avoid coming into physical contact with the Triadelphia Reservoir until the
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Water Quality: What Not to Do

Water Quality: What Not to Do The ongoing threats to drinking water quality in Maryland have been a concern for many years. With issues such as improper industrial wastewater disposal, sewage leaks, and unfiltered stormwater merging with municipal water sources, many are left wondering what they can do to help keep the state’s water reserves
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Maryland Receives $20M for Water Improvement Projects from the EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a $20,170,000 award to the state of Maryland to complete numerous drinking water improvement projects to help Maryland residents. The state is matching the award with $4M in additional funds to provide funding to communities participating in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program. What is
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Nitrate Pollution Found in Maryland’s Drinking Water

An alarming new study by The Center for Progressive Reform found that more than a third of Wicomico and Worcester counties’ residents may have been or are currently being exposed to hazardous nitrate levels in their drinking water. Beyond that concerning statistic, one in every 25 private drinking wells in the counties was found to
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Poultry Farm Pollution and Its Effects on Drinking Water

Chicken is a relatively inexpensive and nutritious protein that millions of people enjoy in Maryland. Due to the ever-increasing demand for poultry products, more farms are operating across the state, and their impact is increasing, as well. Runoff from poultry farms releases toxins into the soil, reducing water quality and polluting rivers. If you live
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The EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Report (And What It Means for Your Water)

If you have hazardous chemicals in your community, you deserve to know. U.S. facilities must report the management of chemicals that could pose a health risk to people and the environment. The information that these facilities submit enters the Toxics Release Inventory, and it is available to the public. If you’re still unsure about what
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