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Full Show: Harvey’s Effect On Drinking Water, And Dealing With The Storm’s Psychological Challenges (Oct. 5, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn how Houston's drinking water supply managed to come through Harvey clean. We discuss the mental health challenges many survivors will face in the short- and long-term future And we learn about a new art exhibit that focuses heavily on patterns and repetition.

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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Posted on · Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

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Political Roundup, and Lead in School Drinking Water: Wednesday’s Show (March 8, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss everything from President Trump’s allegations of wiretapping, to Homeland Security executing the president’s second executive order temporarily banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, to the Texas Legislature’s first hearing on the so-called Bathroom […]

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Discussing Houston’s Drinking Water Quality and Supply

Posted on · The local think tank Center for Houston’s Future is hosting its annual Summer Salon series called Water Water Everywhere, featuring discussions on issues related to water. The first talk addressed drinking water and water supply. The second talk, coming in July, will center on dealing with recent flooding. And the final talk in August addresses hurricane protection and response. […]

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Is it Still Necessary to Add Fluoride to Our Drinking Water?

Posted on · In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the first decrease in half a century of the amount of fluoride it recommends in our drinking water. HHS says the recommendation is intended to prevent staining of tooth enamel that can happen with too much exposure to fluoride, which in the right amount […]

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Extreme Heat, Texas Black Expo and Fluoride: Tuesday’s Show (June 9, 2015)

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]

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Does Fracking Really Contaminate Drinking Water?

Posted on · Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been a boom for Texas oil and gas companies. The process of pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to break up shale allows oil and gas to flow to the surface.  There are some who question fracking’s impact on the environment and surrounding communities. One of the […]

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How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, the […]

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Water Quality, Recording Laws, and The Men of Moores: Houston Matters for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, […]