Everybody Panic!

image from Dr. Jan Michels, Alfred Wegener Institute and Dr. Olga Lévai, Leica Microsytems GmbH, Germany (via Smithsonian site)By the sound of it, you would think that raw sewage was dumped into the local water supply. Whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” The MDC reports that some darling microorganisms were found in the water supply for Hartford and other nearby towns. The news media have been passing along the message that we should boil our drinking water for one minute because of this; however, these critters have not been found to do any harm. Copepods and rotifers — while not the most delightful in appearance — are not even reported as a threat for the elderly or those with medical conditions.

If there’s no problem, then what’s the problem?