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Can Drinking "Raw" Water Make You Sick?

As 2017 came to a close and 2018 began, a growing health fad was reported throughout the news and social media: Americans paying top-dollar to drink bottled “raw” water from a spring. Whether for purported health benefits or a misguided effort to get off the “drinking water grid,” as chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, I felt it imperative to address the very real risks of drinking untreated water.

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Flu Can Be Spread Simply By Breathing

As the seasonal flu spreads across the country, a new study demonstrates that flu can be transmitted from person to person by simple breathing. Researchers have concluded that inhaling the exhaled breath of an infected individual may be all it takes to spread the flu virus. Coughing and sneezing are not required. This finding lends new urgency to the advice to stay home when you have the flu.

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The Importance of Salt Domes to Louisiana's Economy

You may not know it but Louisiana salt domes are essential to the state’s oil and gas and chemical industries. Although the Bayou Corne sinkhole has created some new concerns and regulations regarding salt domes, they have been used in the state for more than 60 years. Salt domes have been proven safe, secure, and economically and environmentally sound. For more information, see the Salt Dome Handout provided by STS.

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