You Just THINK You Don’t Use Splenda! Think again!

People like sucralose—the artificial sweetener marketed as Splenda—because the human body can’t break it down and use it. That means the substance has almost no calories and makes it a popular ingredient in everything from cookies to diet sodas.  Unfortunately,  wastewater treatment plants can’t break down Splenda either.   Don’t look now but although flushing the toilet…

When Tap Water Turns Toxic…Hard Lessons From Flint

There is a whole lot of talk about water these days, from one end of the country to the other.  Although the water problems in Flint, Michigan have made national news; problems with water safety seem to be springing up well beyond Flint, Michigan.  Washington, DC notably has the highest death rate for colon cancer…

Bring Back the Outhouse!

News from Scientific American: Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants. The scientists reviewed 10 years of data from wastewater treatment plants worldwide to see how well they removed 42 compounds that are increasingly showing up in the Great Lakes. Six chemicals were…