Tag Archives: water storage

Contaminants in polyethylene rainwater storage tanks

Thamires de Oliveira Moura, Franciele, Palmeira Campos, Iara Brandão, Yvonilde Dantas Pinto Medeiros. Inorganic and organic contaminants in drinking water stored in polyethylene cisterns Food Chemistry, Volume 273, 1 February 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.03.104

This work evaluated the presence of contaminants in stored rainwater in 36 polyethylene tanks installed in two rural communities of the semiarid of Bahia, Brazil. Carbonyl compounds were analyzed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-UV), BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylenes) by gas chromatoghaphy (GC-FID), and trace elements by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Seven carbonyl compounds were quantified including acrolein (<3–115 µg L−1), which is considered a potent mutagenic agent, above the potability limit in 75% of the cases. Trace elements such as copper, zinc, barium, aluminum and lead, more frequently found, were also quantified, and lead (<0,56–99 µg L−1) was above the tolerable limit for drinking water of 10 μg L−1 in 73% of the cases. The results show that the stored water in polyethylene cisterns in the Brazilian semiarid region does not present satisfactory conditions for human consumption.

Oroville Dam Spillway Repaired? or Not?

“The California Department of Water Resources acknowledged this week that many cracks have appeared in the new concrete of the Oroville Dam spillway, which cost over $500 million to repair.” click here

California Snow is Melting: Save Our Precious Water!

“Oroville Dam’s spillway was forced to reopen at maximum flow as over 50,000 cubic feet per second of water careened into the lake and weather scientists warned of an impending 7 to 10-day heatwave that could cause flooding from an accelerated snowmelt.” click here

Bacterial Diversity During Reservoir Thermal Stratification

Zhang HH, Chen SN, Huang TL, Ma WX, Xu JL, Sun X. Vertical Distribution of Bacterial Community Diversity and Water Quality during the Reservoir Thermal Stratification. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015 Jun 17;12(6):6933-45. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120606933.

Reservoir thermal stratification drives the water temperature and dissolved oxygen gradient, however, the characteristic of vertical water microbial community during thermal stratification is so far poorly understood. In this work, water bacterial community diversity was determined using the Illumina Miseq sequencing technique. The results showed that epilimnion, metalimnion and hypolimnion were formed steadily in the JINPEN drinking water reservoir. Water temperature decreased steadily from the surface (23.11 °C) to the bottom (9.17 °C). Total nitrogen ranged from 1.07 to 2.06 mg/L and nitrate nitrogen ranged from 0.8 to 1.84 mg/L. The dissolved oxygen concentration decreased sharply below 50 m, and reached zero at 65 m. The Miseq sequencing revealed a total of 4127 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) with 97% similarity, which were affiliated with 15 phyla including Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, Armatimonadetes, Bacteroidetes, Caldiserica, Chlamydiae, Chlorobi, Chloroflexi, Cyanobacteria, Firmicutes, Gemmatimonadetes, Nitrospirae, Planctomycetes, Proteobacteria, and Verrucomicrobia. The highest Shannon diversity was 4.41 in 45 m, and the highest Chao 1 diversity was 506 in 5 m. Rhodobacter dominated in 55 m (23.24%) and 65 m (12.58%). Prosthecobacter dominated from 0.5 to 50 m. The heat map profile and redundancy analysis (RDA) indicated significant difference in vertical water bacterial community composition in the reservoir. Meanwhile, water quality properties including dissolved oxygen, conductivity, nitrate nitrogen and total nitrogen have a dramatic influence on vertical distribution of bacterial communities.

Goodland (Indiana) water tower collapses

The town’s 50-year-old water tower collapsed Nov. 8, 2011. Of course, the typical response is to go to government for help. But this simply reinforces the fact that a healthy, robust economy is a pre-requisite to a sustainable water system…..not government handouts….click here for news article.

$1 Billion price tag for Palm Beach County (FL) reservoir

This will be an expensive water project…..since it is Palm Beach County, I suspect there is a large alottment in this estimate for the slush fund that will be need to grease the palms necessary to get this project completed, given their reputation for past practices….. Click here….


Thailand water reservoir levels now higher than 2011…

With the rainy season starting in May, the current high water levels in the country’s water storage reservoirs have many worried about future flooding…..click here…..