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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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Why You Should Be Concerned About Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) in Your Water

Haloacetic acids are byproducts that occur during the chlorination of water – a procedure used by water treatment plants, such as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). These byproducts form when the chlorine used to disinfect water reacts with organic matter. The most common haloacetic acids in drinking water are monochloracetric acid (MCA), dichloracetric acid
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The New Clean Water Act Ruling Could Impact Your Drinking Water

The recent amendments to the Clean Water Act that have come into effect under the President’s administration narrow the definition of what constitutes as “waters of the United States.” Practically, this removes federal protection from many water sources and means that states have less authority when authorizing projects such as pipelines and other energy projects
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EPA Releases Fact Sheets Regarding Perchlorate in Drinking Water

The EPA has released two fact sheets that may indicate that a federal drinking water standard for perchlorate isn’t necessary. In the first fact sheet, Reductions of Perchlorate in Drinking Water, they found that compared to data released in 2001-2005, levels of perchlorate appear to be declining. They theorize that this is due to drinking
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Bayer to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Lawsuits

A recent legal settlement has left Bayer responsible for $10 billion to settle several cancer lawsuits and liabilities across the country. Bayer bought Monsanto a couple of years ago with the goal of benefiting financially from the sale of the wildly popular weed killer called Roundup. It has taken just a little over two years
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The EPA Eases Enforcement

The Trump administration has recently announced that it will ease the enforcement of environmental regulations for companies. This decision came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which some facilities report has adversely affected their ability to comply with the rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memo that laid out its
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The Growing Problem of Toxic Algae Invading Lakes

Harmful algae invading local lakes in Maryland can pose several health threats to animals and people if consumed. This contaminated water can find its way into your drinking water, which is why Hague Quality Water of Maryland offers effective water treatment solutions to help you protect yourself and your family. Let’s take a look at
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Toxic Byproducts from Disinfecting Water

Modern farming practices and industrial waste can affect the quality of local drinking water—including what comes out of your tap. Public water facilities must follow federal regulations to keep drinking water free of harmful agents that cause illness and other adverse effects. The many methods of disinfection keep waterborne diseases at bay for water consumers.
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