PROVIDENCE — Margaret Lengerich, an industrial engineer from Chile who always wanted to start a company, has won the top prize in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition.
Lengerich moved here in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree at Brown University. In Brown’s innovation management and entrepreneurship program, Lengerich learned about a technology invented by a Brown scientist that helps remove arsenic and other toxic chemicals from drinking water.
After the EPA changed regulations on the acceptable amount of arsenic levels from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion, Arvin wells fell out of compliance. Residents are told to avoid drinking it, using it to cook and wash dishes with and even bathe in. In the short term, families are forced to buy bottled water or fill up atwater stations like Watermill Express.
Following recent warnings about the amount of arsenic in apple juice and rice, a proposed class action lawsuit is being filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country’s top selling wines have high levels of the element: up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for drinking water, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.
Higher Arsenic Levels in Infants Fed Baby Formula. Both the water and the powdered formula contributed to the infants’ exposure to arsenic. In breast-fed infants urinary arsenic levels were 7.5 times lower than in formula-fed infants.
New legislation pushes for point-of-use water filters to eliminate arsenic in drinking water. In the Coachella Valley, California, 24 water systems were found to have levels between 12 to 91 parts per billion, putting the health and safety of the community at extreme risk.
California’s public drinking water systems violated safety levels for contaminants more than 1,000 times during the 2012-2013 fiscal year says a report that cites high levels in some water systems of arsenic, nitrates and other pollutants.
The report, ordered by the state Senate’s Environmental Quality committee, is part of a broader effort to improve compliance with drinking water regulations, prompted by criticism of the state’s oversight and a court settlement.
The rocks that underlie this province can result in natural chemistry that might make people sick. For example, West said, some regions have arsenic at rates much higher than Canadian drinking water standards. Arsenic has been linked to some types of cancers.
This has been an issue in areas of Greenwood recently, another area that depends on well water, where higher than acceptable levels of arsenic were found after a well test last summer.
Often, West said, residents are unaware of high concentrations of arsenic, uranium, nitrates and other chemicals in their water. Only eight per cent of Nova Scotians test their water.
HM Solution es un emprendimiento que desarrolló un innovador sistema de tratamiento de agua capaz de remover elementos tóxicos que pueden ser perjudiciales para la salud de las personas. Su propuesta tecnológica elimina el arsénico del agua a un costo 10 veces menor que otras soluciones, lo cual hace que este sistema sea mucho mas accesible y rentable a la hora de eliminar este tóxico; otorgándoles un gigantesco potencial no solo como negocio sino por su inminente impacto social.