Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Athens (Ohio) must fluoridate under state law….

Many states require water utilities larger than a certain size to add fluoride to their treated drinking water. In Ohio, water systems serving more than 5,000 persons must fluoridate. Click here for more….

A “one size fits all” State law such as this is now outdated and is no longer necessary….in fact it will result in or contribute to dental fluorosis for a portion of the population….Such addition of fluoride should no longer be required by state laws….but a local decision based on local circumstances.

Water projects benefit the “roof of the world” (China)

“More than 250,000 farmers and herders in northwest China’s Qinghai Province have benefited from a water project that was aimed at providing clean drinking water and improving irrigation for the locals.”

On the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, known as “the Roof of the World”, Qinghai is where the Yangtze River and Yellow River originate….click here for news….

Wu et al 2011: Increase in diarrheal disease associated with arsenic mitigation in banglasdesh


Shallow wells are more likely to become contaminated with microorganisms than deep wells. Disinfection is usually needed to prevent diarrheal disease. 

Wu, J., A. van Geen, K.M., Ahmed, Y.A. Alam, P.J. Culligan, V. Escamilla, J. Feightery, A.S. Ferguson, P. Knappett, B.J. Mailloux, L.D. McKay, M.L. Serre, P.K. Streatfield, M. Yunus, and M. Emch. Increase in diarrheal disease associated with arsenic mitigation in bangladesh. PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e29593. Epub 2011 Dec 28.

BACKGROUND: Millions of households throughout Bangladesh have been exposed to high levels of arsenic (As) causing various deadly diseases by drinking groundwater from shallow tubewells for the past 30 years. Well testing has been the most effective form of mitigation because it has induced massive switching from tubewells that are high (>50 µg/L) in As to neighboring wells that are low in As. A recent study has shown, however, that shallow low-As wells are more likely to be contaminated with the fecal indicator E. coli than shallow high-As wells, suggesting that well switching might lead to an increase in diarrheal disease.

METHODS: Approximately 60,000 episodes of childhood diarrhea were collected monthly by community health workers between 2000 and 2006 in 142 villages of Matlab, Bangladesh. In this cross-sectional study, associations between childhood diarrhea and As levels in tubewell water were evaluated using logistic regression models.

RESULTS: Adjusting for wealth, population density, and flood control by multivariate logistic regression, the model indicates an 11% (95% confidence intervals (CIs) of 4-19%) increase in the likelihood of diarrhea in children drinking from shallow wells with 10-50 µg/L As compared to shallow wells with >50 µg/L As. The same model indicates a 26% (95%CI: 9-42%) increase in diarrhea for children drinking from shallow wells with ≤10 µg/L As compared to shallow wells with >50 µg/L As.

CONCLUSION: Children drinking water from shallow low As wells had a higher prevalence of diarrhea than children drinking water from high As wells. This suggests that the health benefits of reducing As exposure may to some extent be countered by an increase in childhood diarrhea.

Click here for the full paper (free).


NAS Report: Reuse of Municipal Wastewater

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a political advocacy organization….in this case it’s advocating wastewater reuse as a municipal water source. These reports are typically funded by a government agency, usually USEPA, and so generally reflect the agenda of the funding agency. No new science here….just opinions of a certain group of experts in the field, who are usually picked for their support of the funding agency….click here for the press release.  Click here or image below for the full report.