Using projections of water-quality trends based on hundreds of water analyses made during a 40-day period following the release of approximately 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014, North Carolina State University soil scientists conclude that the river water is suitable for use as irrigation water on crops and as drinking water for livestock. Researchers caution, however, that flooding, drought conditions or other episodic events in or around the river could change the conditions measurably.
Ph.D. students Suzanne O’Connell and Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture as they spent a month exploring study abroad options with the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Agriculture.
CALS scientists use an innovative the field lab site to demonstrate how new decentralized technologies can be used to produce non-potable waters — those that aren’t used for drinking, cooking, showering or bathing — at the point where the water is initially used, whether it be in an individual home, a small business or small communities.
Why do Americans continue to flush their toilets with drinking water? It’s a question that an N.C. State University team of soil scientists contemplates every day as they work to show that small-scale wastewater reuse can be a way to ensure a safe and plentiful water supply in the face of projected nationwide water shortfalls.