Warning: House office water tainted with lead

A House office’s water supply has been tainted by high lead levels and may be unsafe, according to a warning blasted out to congressional offices Tuesday night.

In a “dear colleagues” letter, House office buildings superintendent William Weidemeyer told members and staff that the Cannon House Office Building was experiencing lead levels above normal, according to a recent water test.

“This week, the AOC received results within the Cannon House Office Building that indicate lead levels in drinking water sources are slightly above the EPA standard,” the email reads. “Although the cause of the increase remains under investigation, in an abundance of caution all drinking water sources and office-provided water filtration units in the building will be turned off beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016.”

The office will be providing bottled water for drinking.

“We regret this inconvenience and appreciate your continued support as we strive to maintain and improve our facilities,” the letter says. “The AOC considers the health and safety of the congressional community to be of utmost priority.”

Meal Prep Princes Diaries~* Vol. 2

Hi, lil’ chefs! This week’s meal prep included a few simple recipes I’m excited to share with you. These recipes are healthy, simple, diabetic friendly, and require no chopping whatsoever.

The first recipe is a simple salad of my own creation:

Shrimp, Corn, and Cilantro Salad
(makes two servings)


  • 10 jumbo shrimp, fresh or frozen
  • Salad mix of your choice (I love arugula or spinach)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dressing of your choice


  1. If your shrimp is frozen, defrost it in cold water. Defrosting shrimp in warm water is unsafe and can breed bacteria.
  2. Remove shells and tails from raw shrimp.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-sized pan. Toss in all shrimp. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin (or any seasonings of your choosing).
  4. After about 1-2 minutes, flip shrimp to other side. Let cook about 1-2 minutes on other side as well. When shrimp turn from white to pink, they are done.
  5. Fill tupperware with salad mix. In 2 separate containers, portion out 5 shrimp, 1 cup corn, and 1 tablespoon cilantro each.
  6. When ready to eat, combine everything with dressing of your choice!

The second meal uses a slow cooker and a medium sized pan. The first component is the chicken:

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
(makes five servings)

I adapted this recipe from The Healthy Maven.


  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion power
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Mix together all sauce ingredients (everything but the chicken). Place chicken in slow cooker, pour sauce, and toss everything together.
  2. Turn on slow cooker to high and cook for 3 hours.
  3. After 3 hours, turn on oven to broil at 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the slow cooker container (not the part that plugs in - just the container the chicken is in!!!) in the over for 10 minutes to crisp up outside.
  4. That’s it!

While you’re chicken is slow cooking, you can whip up this quick lentil salad. You can either prepare the lentils in a pot or in a rice cooker - I prefer the rice cooker because it’s cooked perfectly every time and you don’t have to watch it like you do a boiling pot of water.

Lentil, Veggie, and Feta Salad


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen lima beans
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese (as much or as little as you want!)


  1. Cook lentils according to directions on bag or in the rice cooker.
  2. While lentils are cooking, add lima beans and 2 tablespoons water to pan.
  3. Cook lima beans on medium heat until water has been absorbed into lima beans (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Add corn and olive oil to pan. Sautée on medium for about 5 minutes.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Make sure you drain the garbanzo beans before combining with the other ingredients! Add lentils once they are cooked.

That’s it! You can eat this salad warm or cold, and change the ratios to suit your tastes.

Meal prep is great for anyone who deals with chronic fatigue or low spoons. Hopefully these recipe can help you keep your energy up with your busy schedule! Happy cooking! <3


Mustafah Abdulaziz: Water Scarcity in Ethiopia and Pakistan (2013)

Image 1: “Bringing the water is not a simple task,” says Mariam Bakaule of the mountaintop village of Jarso in southwest Ethiopia.. “This is the essence of women. Water and woman are synonymous here.”

Image 2: Women of Tharpakar in the southern Sindh Province of Pakistan work together to pull water from a well. Even when one person is done, they all remain at the well to share in the task.

Image 5: After reaching the dry riverbed, women must spend time scratching the dirt until brackish water appears, scoop it into their containers and carry the 20 kilograms back up the mountain.

Image 6: One of the effects of the flooding was salinity in the ground, which affected the ability for the agricultural region to support itself. Here, sheep graze on small shrubs that continue to grow.

Image 7: A grandmother comforts her great-grand child as he suffers from diarrhea, caused by the unsafe drinking water in the town of Thatta. Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality worldwide.

Women and young girls are responsible for the collection of water, four times a day, often at distances requiring them to trek across mountains in the morning dark and twilight.

Avoiding the next Flint: Testing school water

First lady Michelle Obama and other health advocates have been urging kids to drink more water as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks — but for decades, the federal government has done almost nothing to ensure that school tap water is free from harmful pollutants.

In the wake of the contamination crisis in Flint, Mich, members of Congress and health groups are now looking to use a spending bill and an obscure provision of a 2010 child nutrition law to get schools to test their water for high levels of lead, cadmium and other dangerous contaminants – and to make Congress pay for it.

“There is no lobby for water for kids,” says Christina Hecht, a senior policy adviser at the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division’s Nutrition Policy Institute, who has flagged her concerns about the lack of school water oversight on Capitol Hill.

National data on how many schools have elevated levels of lead in the water because of aging pipelines does not exist, despite being a concern for thousands of schools. But health experts believe Flint is the tip of the iceberg. Just last week, Detroit, Newark, N.J., and Granville, Ohio, made headlines for school water contamination; last month, it was communities in Oregon and Maine. Major urban districts, from Seattle to Los Angeles and Baltimore to Boston, have gone through their own scandals, usually grappling with unsafe water only after they were forced to do so by outraged parents.

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Imagine if you had to walk two miles to get drinking water for your family every day. That’s what many of these children in Zambia have to do three times a day. They have dreams of going to school. 


More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. It’s tragic that 1,600 children die every day (READ IT AGAIN, 1600 CHILDREN DIE EVERY DAY) from diarrhea because they lack something as simple as clean water.

Scarce, dirty water also locks people into poverty. Clean water not only gives life, it makes it possible for kids to attend school, for families to provide adequate nutrition, and for communities to prosper.

Risky water systems pose health threat to one-third of people on First Nation reserves
Despite an election promise by Justin Trudeau to eliminate boil-water advisories on reserves within five years, data suggest the federal government will fall short of the objective without significant changes in its approach to rectifying problem

One-third of First Nations people living on reserves use drinking water systems that threaten their health, an investigation by The Globe and Mail has found.

Roughly 57,000 people living on 101 reserves across Canada obtain water from treatment plants and pipe networks the government deem to be “high risk,” an analysis of federal data shows. Although these systems are not necessarily producing unsafe water today – some are, some aren’t – the government fears they could fail under adverse conditions, such as a sudden deterioration in source-water quality. Another 95,000 are served by “medium risk” systems located on 167 reserves.

Combined, that amounts to roughly one-third of the approximately 462,000 people living on reserves – or about 30 communities the size of Walkerton, Ont.

In 2000, bacterial contamination in Walkerton’s water system sickened more than 2,300 people and killed seven. Although the Walkerton tragedy prompted wide-ranging regulatory changes across Canada, this hasn’t resulted in safe water for many reserves. Indeed, many First Nations water systems remain in shambolic condition.

During his election campaign last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate boil-water advisories on reserves within five years. (Data from this summer show 158 drinking-water advisories were in place in 114 First Nations.) To understand the scope of this undertaking, The Globe pored over federal data and interviewed First Nations water operators and indigenous leaders, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada officials and third-party experts.

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Two Tennessee Valley Counties Water Has Been Declared Unsafe To Drink

People in Lawrence County, AL and Morgan County, AL can no longer drink water from their taps after The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority told the residents in the area to not drink the water due to it being contaminated with levels of PFOS and PFOA higher than what the new EPA guidelines allow. This tap-water drinking ban affects about 97,500 people who live in these counties, but fortunately, Decatur, AL, the largest city in the affected region, remains unaffected due to them having their water supplied by Decatur Utilities. Here are some articles about the water crisis in the area:







I’m not sure if there are any donation drives going on right now, but please spread the word around! The more people who know about this the better!

(Just tagging a few people who can hopefully help get the word out fast: @ughsocialjustice @heads-of-hewdraw @takashi0 @heartofdixiecups @the-yellowhammer-state @changethecircumstances @dormitoryfish @ptb8751)

Photo of the Week: people from Bolivia, India, Jordan, Malawi, Myanmar, the Niger and the United States of America hold glasses of water. For millions around the globe, water access has improved, but in 2015 663 million people are still using unsafe drinking water. Check out our eye-opening portrait series to see how water usage varies across continents: http://uni.cf/1KAdTcl  © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1971/Gilbertson VII

Click here to support Safe Water for Flint by Tia Carley
Toledo, Ohio knows what it's like to have a water crisis. Unsafe drinking water hits close to home for us. Our water crisis lasted a few days. Flint's has been going on for two years. Children with lead poisoning, rashes from showering, expensive bottled water. These are things no one should ha...

No one should have to worry about whether or not their water is safe for drinking or bathing with. Unfortunately, for residents of Flint, MI unsafe drinking water is not just a worry, it is a reality.  A generation of children in Flint have been exposed to lead, 10 people have died from legionnaire’s disease, and the government’s reaction has been unacceptable.

If you would like to help make sure that water and other necessities (like baby wipes, infant formula, hand sanitizer, and mouthwash) are getting to the people who need them, you can donated to this gofundme.  We’re working with local activists to make sure that the supplies are getting to people who might be scared to go to the red cross because they don’t have ID and are undocumented.  

@somepplcallmejoce, @radically-disabled, (@pragula was there in spirit) and I went up to Flint on Saturday and dropped off 23 boxes of baby wipes and 100 gallons of water to St Mary’s Church and met with activists at St Michael’s who are involved in canvassing efforts and we’re really looking forward to continuing to work with them.

If you’ve been thinking about how to help Flint, want to make sure resources are going to the most vulnerable, consider donating to our gofundme!  I know it looks like we have a lot of money right now, but most of what we have is going towards bringing a semi truck of water up to Flint on Saturday.  We’d really like to be able to keep bringing water and supplies up to flint beyond this weekend.



Series: #WaterIs a family affair - Access and usage across continents

For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2015, 663 million people are using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo’s Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use.

For the first time since starting my blogs, I’ll be doing a shared series across the two. You can follow the posts from Africa on Portraits of Africa, and within the Middle East on Portraits of Middle East. There are also many more portraits outside of the areas I’m posting, check out the full series through the link!

Learn more about UNICEF’s work in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Trudeau Government Pledges $4 Million to End Unsafe Water Advisories on 14 Reserves
Liberals hope funding will make a dent in 132 unsafe water advisories on 89 reserves.

The federal government has announced $4 million to expand a pilot program that ended unsafe drinking water advisories on three First Nations by training young Indigenous people to operate water treatment plants in their communities.

With an initial investment under the Conservative government of only $385,000 per year plus one-time expenses for equipment, the program first developed by First Nation chiefs is a cheap solution to a problem that has plagued Indigenous reserves across the country for decades. While Canada is home to seven percent of the world’s renewable fresh water, many First Nations can’t drink the water that comes out of their taps.

The funding through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will expand the Safe Water Project to 14 additional Ontario reserves, adding to the four reserves where it is already in place. With the funding, the government is hoping to make a dent in the 132 unsafe drinking water advisories in place right now on 89 First Nations, excluding British Columbia.

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GOP Governor Finally Admits His Hand-Picked Emergency Manager Poisoned Children (VIDEO)

GOP Governor Finally Admits His Hand-Picked Emergency Manager Poisoned Children (VIDEO)

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For the past year the people of Flint, Michigan have been demanding something be done about the city’s poop-colored water, which they have been told by state and local officials for months is “probably drinkable.” Or not. After a year of ignoring the fact that the water running through the taps in Flint is the color of chocolate, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has suddenly acknowledged that there…

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Bottled Water PSA

Unless you are a disaster relief victim or your tap water is unsafe because of nearby fracking, there is no excuse for pre-bottled water! The recent massive use of water bottles is a HUGE contributor to global ocean pollution–there are literally beaches with plastic sand and a Texas-sized trash vortex in the Pacific Ocean.

Get a reusable water bottle and fill it up at taps and fountains. If you MUST use bottled water:

A) do Not buy Nestle. they’re evil. google it.

B) keep your plastic and take it to the nearest recycling facility. if you throw it away with your garbage, it will end up in the ocean.

Please, save money and save the oceans. Don’t buy bottled water.

Does The EPA Bear Responsibility For Flint?
Advocates say the water crisis in Flint, Michigan speaks to bigger problems at the EPA.

A blame game has erupted over the lead-ridden drinking water in Flint, Michigan. For weeks, residents, politicians, and observers across the country have been asking: Who is responsible for this public health catastrophe?

Politically, blame is polarized. Progressives have taken aim at Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who they say failed to recognize through his state environmental agency that Flint’s water was unsafe. Meanwhile, some conservatives have targeted the Democratic emergency manager of Flint, who they say was ultimately responsible for switching the city’s water supply to the highly suspect Flint River.

Via @culturestrike
Flint has been systematically immersed in toxins and disease in their tap water since the unelected government unilaterally switched the mostly black city to an unsafe water supply. Some communities face another layer of crisis as the toxic water table intersects with daunting barriers of culture, class, language, and legal status.

According to Remezcla and local news reports, “as many as 1,000 undocumented immigrants are afraid to head to water distribution centers because they don’t want to be deported.” While undocumented immigrants are often wary of interaction with authorities, a new wave of political terror is converging with public health catastrophe, with Obama’s latest deportation drive against Central American asylum seekers—including many women and children—whose pleas for relief have been rejected by the immigration authorities. For these households, the noxious, contaminated swill running from their taps is one of many hazards they contend with as they try to carve out a small sanctuary for themselves in a strange land. As relief starts to trickle into Flint, the authorities continue to put up barriers to aid—reflecting a familiar pattern of officials regarding the poor with mistrust even in times of crisis.

Says an undocumented woman named Lucia, “I’m not here legally. And I’m always scared that they’ll arrest me, and then deport me. I got close to see what they were giving out, and it was water. And the first thing they asked me for was my license.” And now that she knows what it takes to get water at a distribution center, she’s not likely to go back.

Art by @juliosalgado83. Write up by Michelle Chen.

#art4 #art4change #artivism #artivist #activist #politicalart #humanrights #socialjustice #racialjustice #blacklivesmatter #immigration #FlintWaterCrisis #migration #youth #children #woc

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Meet The Young African Entrepreneur Who Fixes What First-World Countries Have Left Behind

In Uganda, 1 out of 3 wells is broken. Why does this happen when so many organizations come in to help with water irrigation? It’s because of the problems that occur once they leave. When these systems break down, the community has no knowledge of how to fix them and is forced to return to gathering water from unsafe reserves. Diana Keesiga is on a mission to change this trend.

This entire campaign is part of The Adventure Project, an organization which “partner(s) with local organizations tackling poverty in exceptional ways, empowering people to be the change in their own communities…” Diana’s vision definitely fits that mold. For her ‘United For Clean Water In Uganda‘ campaign, she is training entrepreneurs to work and repair wells…23 wells to be exact.

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