Best Buy under fire for allegedly inflating the price of bottled water in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Texas — U.S. retail gaint Best Buy has been berated on social media for alleged price gouging. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton says he has received hundreds of reports about similar incidents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey which has devastated much of southeastern Texas with deadly floodwater. The attorney general warned that offenders who engage in the unethical practice could face fines of up to $20,000 per offense, and up to $250,000 if the victim is 65 or older. Best Buy has since issued a public apology and says several employees made “a big mistake” in offering the packs of water for $42.96. Grit Post reporter, Ken Klippenstein broke… Read More

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50 Million People at Risk of Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater in Pakistan

Islamabad — A new study has revealed that 50 million People in Pakistan’s Indus Valley could be at risk of drinking arsenic contaminated groundwater, far more than previously thought. The study, published in the journal of Science Advances found arsenic levels in groundwater in parts of Pakistan’s Indus Valley to be more than 20 times the safe level of 10 micrograms per liter of water recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Arsenic is a solid substance (metalloid) naturally existing in the Earth’s crust and in crushed rock. Humans come into contact with it because it leaches into groundwater from rocks and sediments. Lead author Dr Joel Podgorski, environmental scientist… Read More

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Hun Sen vows to Protect and Conserve the Environment

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen has vowed to protect and conserve the environment. The vow was made at the second annual National Forum on the Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. The event, which was launched in 2016 has given activitists, NGOs and members of civil society the opportunity to raise their concerns directly with the Prime Minister, who has been lambasted for presiding over years of widespread illegal logging, land grabs and environmental degradation. After comments by the Environment Minister Say Samal, who highlighted the successful deployment of the 300 new rangers promised at last year’s… Read More

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Cape Town Clamps Down on Water Guzzlers

South Africa — The City of Cape Town has installed water management devices at several households to curtail high consumption. The City also cautioned residents to use water sparingly and avoid excessive and wasteful use which could lead to tighter restrictions. Cape Town has tightened water usage restrictions, banning the use of potable water to irrigate gardens, wash cars or top up swimming pools in recent months. Recent rain has pushed dam levels up slightly, but it’s simply not enough. Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500… Read More

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission awards $939 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade contract

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has awarded a $939 million contract for the refurbishment of biosolid digester facilities at the city’s Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant. MWH Constructors, a leading international construction company operating in the water and wastewater industry, and joint venture partner Webcor Builders have been awarded the contract. The Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant was built in 1952 and is San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s largest wastewater treatment facility, treating around 80 percent of San Francisco’s wastewater. The Biosolids Digester Facilities Project aims to replace existing digester facilities with new and improved facilities, as well as improve energy recovery and maximize control of odors. Construction is… Read More

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