bottled water http://michiganradio.org en Six schools in Rockford will remain closed Friday over E. coli contamination concerns http://michiganradio.org/post/six-schools-rockford-will-remain-closed-friday-over-e-coli-contamination-concerns <p>Around 2,500 students in the Rockford Public Schools district are home today because of E. coli bacteria in the city’s water system. Complications over the holiday weekend led to elevated levels of the bacteria that could be a risk to human health. A boil water advisory is in effect until further notice.</p><p>Rockford schools superintendent Mike Shibler says six schools on the Rockford water system will have to be closed tomorrow too for the safety of the students who attend.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:31:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14286 at http://michiganradio.org Six schools in Rockford will remain closed Friday over E. coli contamination concerns Kent County health officials tell Rockford residents to boil water, sponge bathe kids http://michiganradio.org/post/kent-county-health-officials-tell-rockford-residents-boil-water-sponge-bathe-kids <p><strong>Update 9/5/13:</strong> Rockford Public Schools <a href="http://www.rockfordschools.org/Resources/PDF/RPS/Water%20Issue%20Message.pdf">have closed six schools today </a>because of the water advisory. Superintendent Mike Shibler wrote in a letter to parents he made that decision based on the recommendation of the Kent County Health Department. Schools could be closed tomorrow too if the problem with the water system isn't resolved.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:30:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14275 at http://michiganradio.org Kent County health officials tell Rockford residents to boil water, sponge bathe kids In green initiative, Detroit Zoo looks to dump bottled water http://michiganradio.org/post/green-initiative-detroit-zoo-looks-dump-bottled-water <p>The Detroit Zoo is trying to “wean its visitors off the bottle”—off bottled water, that is.</p><p>The zoo<a href="http://www.detroitzoo.org/press-releases-2013/changes-on-tap-for-bottled-water-sales-at-detroit-zoo"> plans to phase out sales of bottled water</a> over the next 2-3 years.</p><p>Sarah Pope, the zoo’s manager of environmental services, says bottled water creates lots of plastic waste and other environmental costs. In fact, it’s the number one contributor to the zoo’s plastic waste.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:42:33 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13972 at http://michiganradio.org In green initiative, Detroit Zoo looks to dump bottled water