#waterroundup for May 25th, 2018

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If you haven’t heard, the EPA held a big event about water quality earlier this week, so we took a look at exactly what that meant, and what it means now that water is political.

Perspective | Would firing Scott Pruitt save the EPA?

May 22, 2018 So many different scandals have engulfed Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that multiple publications have created trackers to help readers sort them out. Pruitt’s excessive spending and his fraternization with lobbyists and controversial figures may eventually force him to step down.

The EPA hearing was definitely the big water news of the week, so the Washington Post put together some interesting opinions on just what effect the agency’s current head is having, and how that could affect water quality.

From Pittsburgh to Flint, the Dire Consequences of Giving Private Companies Responsibility for Ailing Public Water Systems

But by this past January, it appeared Veolia had largely avoided responsibility for the lead crisis that occurred during its oversight of the Pittsburgh water system. After more than a year of closed-door arbitration over the charges, Veolia and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a joint statement concluding that neither party “admits or concedes any allegations or claims made.”

The Intercept took a deep look at impact that handing control of water infrastructure over to private companies has had. Sneak peak: it’s not good. They trace crises like Flint’s directly to these private companies.

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Water isn’t just a major issue here, but also around the world too. Cape Town is facing a critical point in water security, so they’re beginning to resort to new measures to make up the shortfall.

Nutritionists give their verdict on ‘health trend’ of drinking salt water

Health trends frequently come and go, and some are more scientifically sound than others. In February, an epidemiologist debunked the turmeric “health fad” that had become a widespread sensation, dismissing it as “nonsense”. Another trend that has recently come under the limelight is “sole”, which involves drinking a blend of water and natural salt.

Another week, another water trend. This time, people are flocking to salt water for its purported health benefits, but does it really do you anything good?

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