Japan’s Thirsty: The Fight For Clean Water

The world has been on edge for the anticipation of news from the horrible Tsunami wreckage off the coast of Japan. Photos, news clippings and updates have been swirling around the internet for the past week, as the small island itself has already started efforts towards recovery. Recent news has shed light on a growing issue- the melting of major industrial nuclear power plants, and the possibility that they might not be fixed. Full attempts have been made to stop the crisis, but the reality of the situation has become dire: the reactors are seeping radioactive nuclear materials into the majority Japan's resources. Since the horrible March 11 Tsunami that has wiped out all coastal towns, killed thousands of people, and melted nuclear facilities, Japan has taken major steps to end the crisis and start relief aide. However, the destruction and fatal deterioration of the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has only given more problems than solutions. Researchers in full bodies suits attempted to sample and assess theradioactive levels that were found in underground tunnels, but were subsequently drenched in radioactive water, despite wearing "waterproof suits". The water contamination has seeped into vegetables, raw milk and even tap water. The situation is sticky, and the reality is that no one will really know the current status of what's going on. Drastic efforts have been made to measuring, detecting, and analyzing the levels of radioactive materials. These include potable water, ocean water, soil, and materials that have evaporated into the air. High levels of plutonium and iodine have been recorded as the main chemicals leaking into the atmosphere. Experts have been in discussion over the best way to cool the overheated systems in many of the other nuclear facilities, as well as contain the spill at the Fukushima Plant by draining out the radioactive water. A recent news release says, Director of the nuclear safety project for the Union of Concerned Scientists in a press conference Monday stated, "They've just been adding more and more water. That water had to go somewhere — it's flooding all kinds of places where it shouldn't be," said Lochbaum. "It carries radioactivity with it...and there is evaporation of water containing radioactive material." Reports have been issued to residents not to drink the the water due to high levels of iodine. Concern resides in the fact that some other radioactive materials levels doublethe legal amount of radioactive iodine. A water treatment center in Tokyo that supplies a bulk the city's tap water found that some water contained 210 becquerels per litre of iodine 131. Those levels are incredibly dangerous to all human health, especially those of babies and infants. With the growing concern for relief and aide, many companies around the world are looking to Pure Waterdistillers to provide a reliable source of safe drinking water for employees, and employee families. Until the spill can be contained, the leaking will continue, and growing concern rests within the health of Japan. Efforts are in motion to aide this depleted country, and it with great hope that relief will come soon. Alexandra Noonan Cornucopia Corner

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  1. The Japanese are still coping with this and they still have problems accessing to clean water as we speak.