“The European commission believes the new measures will reduce potential health risks associated with drinking water from 4% to below 1%.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/01/eu-measure-demands-rise-in-public-fountains-to-cut-bottle-waste

Now you can have 99 gulps before getting sick rather than 24, water companies are planning to market this as “99 slake“.

Dietary Fibre

“How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery, but the atmosphere is one obvious source, with fibres shed by the everyday wear and tear of clothes and carpets. … This research only scratches the surface, but it seems to be a very itchy one.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals

And each scratch releases another 50,000 plastic microfibres for us to inhale.


“The drifters, which were released in May, are equipped with satellite trackers which provide hourly positions and allow scientists to study ocean currents in great detail. Although the study is in its early stages, interesting patterns of how water flows around the Northern Isles are already being observed.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tracking-the-ocean-1bda.aspx)

The Scottish Government feels this is a win:win for the itinerant community and environmental science.


“The industry has received scrutiny for how it disposes of undrinkable water produced during oil drilling. … In many instances, that water is provided to agriculture to grow crops.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/us-usa-drought-california-oil-idUKKBN0MT05K20150402)

Another example of industry generously oiling the wheels, weeds and weevils.


“Items including a washing machine, tumble drier, a WWII mine and a curling stone have been removed from Scottish waters over the past ten years. … 800 tonnes of litter is the equivalent of two full Olympic swimming pools.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/800-tonnes-of-litter-removed-from-seas-17c0.aspx)

The children’s swimming certification process may be setting too harsh targets for ‘retrieving an underwater object’.

Help keep books out of the waste stream with http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ or http://www.betterworldbooks.co.uk/


“A team at the University of Sheffield has shown that ‘tampon tests’ can be used to track down which houses sewage is coming from at river locations where a problem has been identified.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/31/tampon-tests-could-be-used-to-track-sewage-in-rivers)

This will help plug the enforcement loophole of unsanitary crime.


“Among the greatest achievements for water quality in the past 25 years is that countries have stopped dumping large quantities of untreated urban and industrial waste water into rivers.” (http://www.nature.com/news/europe-sounds-alarm-over-freshwater-pollution-1.17021)

It’s all too easy to blame a typo for the risk of shitting down the river network.

Floating Coating

“Worldwide, more water evaporates from reservoirs than is consumed, and the losses are especially acute in hot, dry regions. The idea of a coating to slow evaporation has been floated for decades.” (http://www.nature.com/news/slick-idea-proposed-to-stretch-water-supplies-1.17012)

Research will show if a thin layer of coconut oil is more effective than a floating idea.

Frozen Wasteland

“Human excrement is a bigger problem than the oxygen bottles, torn tents, broken ladders, and cans or wrappers teams left behind. … Human waste piling up over decades … posed a health hazard to people dependent on water from rivers fed by the region’s melting glaciers.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/04/us-nepal-everest-idUKKBN0M00A220150304)

A bigger problem than yellow snow.


“Microbeads and fragments that fish eat typically pass through their bodies and are excreted. But [microplastic] fibres are becoming enmeshed in gastrointestinal tracts of some fish. … There is also a chance that fibres are in drinking water piped from the lakes. … Two dozen varieties of German beer contained microplastics.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/09/great-lakes-plastic-microfibre-pollution-us)

A pint of your finest plastener lager, or Lego Brecks, if you please.