Tag Archive: Water

New information about lakes with blue-green algae bloom notices has been posted today, July 3, on the DEC Blue-Green Algal Bloom Notices webpage.

This week, 6 waterbodies were added to the notification list, and blooms were reported in several locations in the state. This information is provided from about 130 waterbodies sampled in the last two to three weeks by DEC monitoring programs, volunteers and public reports.

Because waterbodies may have blue-green algae blooms that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating rafts, scums and discolored water – If you see it, avoid it and report it!

Know the symptoms of blue-green algae exposure

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • skin or throat irritation
  • allergic reactions or breathing difficulties

These symptoms may be mistaken for common gastrointestinal distress, for example, food poisoning, heat exposure, or other illness. Regardless of the cause of the illness, these symptoms may require medical attention. If you have been exposed to blue green algae blooms and experience any of the symptoms, seek medical assistance. More information about these symptoms can be found on the Department of Health Blue-green Algae web page.

Report your symptoms

The New York State Department of Health is collecting information to evaluate the frequency and intensity of illness and other problems from blue green algae exposure. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should send an email summarizing these symptoms and the location of the bloom to harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov and your local health department.

Report a suspected bloom

If you suspect you have seen a blue-green algae bloom, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a blue-green algae bloom, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

This the fountain in the courtyard outside the side door of my office building. I like how the water looks like a bowl.

Water Headlines

1) What’s in Your Bottle?
During this week of May 4-10 we are celebrating National Drinking Water Week. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we have easy access to safe water in our homes – something that more than 1 billion people in the world can’t rely on. Every day, committed professionals who work for more than 52,000 community water systems provide water to 286 million consumers throughout the country. And during this time of escalating prices of everything from milk to gasoline, we should remember that tap water is a great value. The U.S. Conference of Mayors just released a study showing that, on a cost per ounce basis, municipal water is 1,000 to 4,000 times more affordable than bottled water. So, this week, fill your own bottle with safe, affordable water from your tap. Also, learn more about your water system, including how you can help to protect your drinking water source from contamination. Visit EPA’s web site at http://www.epa.gov/safewater for more information about the national drinking water program.

New WaterSense Fact

Installing high-efficiency faucets or faucet aerators could reduce a household’s faucet water by more than 500 gallons annually, can have a payback period as little as one year and could save between 2,850 and 8,500 gallons and as much as $50 over the lifetime of the product! In the future you’ll be able to look for WaterSense labeled faucets and faucet accessories like aerators. WaterSense labeled products perform as well as or better than other products in the marketplace and perform at least 20 percent more efficiently than their less efficient counterparts. Check USEPA Website for more information.

WaterSense Factoid

WaterSense Factoid

Have you ever questioned which saves more energy – turning off your faucet or turning off your lights? Let WaterSense shed some light on the subject! Running your faucet for 5 minutes is equivalent to running a 60 watt light bulb for 14 hours!

Water Efficiency Factoid

Did you know that bathroom sink faucets account for more than 15 percent of indoor household water use-more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the United States each year?
In the near future, bathroom sink faucets will be eligible for the WaterSense label. On February 8, 2007 the WaterSense program released the draft specification for bathroom sink faucets. The draft specification will be open for review and comment through March 23, 2007. EPA will accept written comments and hold a public meeting via a telephone conference call on March 1 to discuss stakeholder comments. Following the comment period, EPA will make any necessary revisions to the certification criteria, publish the final specification, and allow manufacturers to begin to certify and label their products. Please review the fact sheet on high-efficiency bathroom sink faucets at EPA for more information on how we can reduce water use in the home.

Water Efficiency Factoid

Replacing a pre-1994 toilet with a new high-efficiency model can reduce water used for toilets by at least 60 percent and save about 14 percent of total indoor water use. Savings for a typical household would be more than 10,000 gallons per year-enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!

More information about WaterSense: EPA

Have a Water Efficient Holiday!

Preparing for and cleaning up after a holiday meal can use much more water than an everyday meal. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than 2 gallons of water every minute your tap is running. That’s a lot when you’re cooking a big meal for extended family members and friends! A few simple and easy steps can help save water and energy. If you own a dishwasher, scrape dirty dishes rather than pre-rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of wash water, clean your dishes and put them aside. Then, rinse them all together at the end. Either of these simple practices could save 10 gallons. If every household reduced 10 gallons on Thanksgiving Day alone, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water. That’s enough for 1 million households with dishwashers to wash their dishes for a year. For more information saving tips visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

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