Corn Waste Finds New Purpose in Water Treatment Studies – April 27, 2021 – Science Times – Corn remains the top agricultural product in the US. However, almost half of the harvest ends up in waste, especially after the kernels have been harvested – but a new study might offer another purpose for these discarded parts.
Millions of Groundwater Wells Could Run Dry – April 27, 2021 – Scientific American – Millions of drinking wells around the world may soon be at risk of running dry. Overpumping, drought and the steady influence of climate change are depleting groundwater resources all over the globe, according to new research. As much as 20% of the world’s groundwater wells may be facing imminent failure, potentially depriving billions of people of fresh water.
Toxic tap water: California needs $4.6 billion to fix failing infrastructure – April 14, 2021 – The Fresno Bee – The State Water Resources Control Board this month released the first-ever drinking water needs assessment, showing that approximately 620 public water systems and 80,000 domestic wells are at-risk of failing to provide a sufficient amount of drinking water that meets basic health standards.
Road Salts and Other Human Sources Are Threatening World’s Freshwater Supplies – University of Maryland – When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt, spreading it liberally over highways, streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety because many thousands of people die or are injured every year due to weather related accidents. But a new study led by Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland warns that introducing salt into the environment—whether it’s for de-icing roads, fertilizing farmland or other purposes—releases toxic chemical cocktails that create a serious and growing global threat to our freshwater supply and human health.
Report sets path toward clean drinking water for all Californians – April 12, 2021 – UCLA Newsroom – A new study (PDF) published by the California State Water Board and supported by UCLA research identifies a risk for failure among a significant portion of the state’s small and medium-sized public water systems. The report is the first comprehensive analysis of how clean water is provided in California, and it estimates how much it would actually cost to deliver safe water to every resident.
Saving Clean Drinking Water…With Math! – April 7, 2021 – USC Veterbi – School of Engineering – USC Viterbi researchers develop innovative new method to analyze how shifts in the earth affect drinking water supply.
Early life exposure to chemical group PFAS increases cardiometabolic risk through adolescence – April 6, 2021 – The Brown Daily Herald – Early exposure to compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances — also referred to as PFAS — can lead to cardiometabolic defects later in life, according to a study led by University researchers. The study was one of four nominated as papers of the month by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science last month.
UI researchers: Thousands of Iowans, including children, are being exposed to unsafe levels of lead in water – April 9, 2021 – Des Moines Register -Thousands of Iowans, especially children, are being exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, a threat that should push Iowa lawmakers to increase testing and lower how much lead the state allows, University of Iowa researchers said Tuesday.
An indication of the severity of the threat: One in five infants in Iowa is born with elevated levels of lead, said Michelle Scherer, a University of Iowa civil and environmental engineering professor, pointing to a 2017 study of blood samples from newborns.
PFAS In Landfills In MN Is Warning Alarm For Waste Management – March 26, 2021 – The National Law Review – We have previously written about the impact to waste management companies from ever-increasing scrutiny over PFAS issues in the media and scientific community, at the government level, and within litigation circles. A very recent notice out of Minnesota that almost every closed landfill in the state of Minnesota has detectable levels of PFAS, with over half of them having PFAS levels exceeding the state’s drinking water guidance values, only reinforces our cautionary words.
MIT Engineers Make Low-Cost Filters From Tree Branches to Purify Drinking Water – March 26, 2021 – Scitechdaily.com – MIT engineers have been investigating sapwood’s natural filtering ability, and have previously fabricated simple filters from peeled cross-sections of sapwood branches, demonstrating that the low-tech design effectively filters bacteria.
In Florida city, a hacker tried to poison the drinking water – February 8, 2021 – AP News – A hacker gained entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become both more computerized and accessible via the internet.
Do Pharmaceuticals In Drinking Water Pose A Health Risk? – January 15, 2021 – ACSH.ORG – Seven human health risk assessments of pharmaceuticals in drinking water in the U.S. and Canada were reviewed. None of these studies reported a potential health risk from exposure to pharmaceuticals in drinking water.
Georgia to test 800 schools for lead in drinking water – December 12, 2020 – AJC.COM – The plan is to test every source of drinking water in 800 schools statewide, with an estimated 40 faucets in each school. Preliminary estimates forecast that the tests will find problematic levels of lead in 2.5% of the 32,000 faucets statewide, requiring retesting.
Much Of California’s Water Wells Are Contaminated With Chromium-6. Could A Costly Fix Be Coming? – December 10, 2020 – Capradio – Testing has found the contaminant in thousands of drinking water wells across California. Water in all but seven counties is contaminated with chromium-6, a chemical that can cause cancer, kidney, and liver problems, and is expensive to remove for already-stressed water systems and ratepayers.
Colorado student, scientist named Time’s ‘Kid of the Year’ – December 5, 2020 – Phys.org – A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist who has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems has been named Time Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year.”
Millions of Americans still get their drinking water from lead pipes – December 5, 2020 – The Economist – Over a century has passed since the dangers of consuming lead became widely known. Ingesting even small quantities damages young brains and may raise the risk of heart problems. Yet residents of Chicago—and many other cities—still mostly swig from taps fed by lead pipes. About 400,000 lead service lines connect to the mains in the Windy City, linking about four in five of all houses there. One study of nearly 3,000 homes, two years ago, found two-thirds had elevated levels of lead in their water.
Ultrasensitive transistor for herbicide detection in water – December 1, 2020 – Science Daily – A new polymer-based, solid-state transistor can more sensitively detect a weed killer in drinking water than existing hydrogel-based fluorescence sensor chips. The details were published in Chemistry-A European Journal.
Well Water Throughout California Contaminated With ‘Forever Chemicals’ – November 20, 2020 – Capradio.org – In the weeks before the coronavirus began tearing through California, the city of Commerce made an expensive decision: It shut down part of its water supply. Like nearly 150 other public water systems in California, the small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles had detected “forever chemicals” in its well water.
‘Forever chemicals’ found in Chesapeake seafood and Maryland drinking water – November 17, 2020 – Bay Journal – More testing has found so-called “forever chemicals” in a striped bass, blue crab and oyster from the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in drinking water from household taps in Maryland’s Montgomery County.
Chemical injected in town’s drinking water called ‘an environmental injustice’ – November 16, 2020 – Phys.org – Residents of a small town that injected an unapproved chemical into their drinking water for 10 years want the chemical manufacturer and South Carolina health regulators to pay for exposing them to the unauthorized water additive.
1,4-Dioxane: Another forever chemical plagues drinking-water utilities – November 8, 2020 – C&EN ACS – 1,4-Dioxane is an unwanted by-product occurring in small amounts in shampoos, detergents, and cleaning products. It has also contaminated some communities’ drinking water.
Doubts about safety of Flint’s water 6 years after crisis – October 29, 2020 – Phys.Org – The Michigan state website stops short of calling Flint’s water “safe to drink” but says the supply “meets very high standards,” while city officials say the water quality has “stabilized” and shows low lead levels.
New Report Finds Nitrate Pollution In Drinking Water May Cost Wisconsin Up To $80M In Medical Expenses – WPR – Nitrate pollution in drinking water is linked to negative health outcomes that are costing people in Wisconsin anywhere between $23 million and $80 million each year in medical expenses. That’s according to a new report published this week in the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
Online platform launched to report drinking water concerns in Michigan – October 26, 2020 – NBC News – LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has launched an online tool to report drinking water concerns.
After the Blaze: How Wildfires Can Impact Drinking Water – October 16, 2020 – NC State University – Much of the precipitation that falls within a forest is intercepted by the tree canopy and forest floor. But high-intensity wildfires can remove vegetation and reduce the ability of soils to take up water, leading to an increase in runoff that can transport vast quantities of ash, nutrients, sediments, heavy metals and toxins into streams, rivers and downstream reservoirs used for drinking water supplies.
Progress in water treatment earns accolades for engineering researchers – October 15, 2020 – Arizona State University – Sharma is analyzing drinking waters from across the U.S. to understand the occurrence of more hazardous byproducts, particularly those that contain bromide and iodide. She also seeks to determine their sources and how water utilities can mitigate byproduct formation.
It’s 2020 and Somehow These 6 U.S. Cities Don’t Have Clean Drinking Water – October 8, 2020 – Fodors.com – We don’t talk about this enough and we should—water is essential, so if we don’t have it, we die. But, if we have it, and it’s filled with toxic chemicals, we die. We found the six U.S. cities with some of the most contaminated drinking water, and a few resources you can turn to to help.
Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies – September 28, 2020 – Fox News – A city in Texas issued a disaster declaration Saturday after a brain-eating amoeba was found in water supplies, weeks after a 6-year-old boy died after contracting the microbe. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority on Friday night of the potential contamination of its water supply with Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba.
Testing for lead in children declines in NC during coronavirus pandemic – September 27, 2020 – The Fayette Observer – The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in thousands of families skipping or delaying well-child visits to pediatricians, where many children would have been tested for lead poisoning or received vaccinations.
Erin Brockovich says US is now in a water crisis far worse than people realize – September 15, 2020 – The Hill -Amid a global pandemic and protests against police brutality, Erin Brockovich is trying to get America to pay attention to yet another issue: water.
“We are in a water crisis beyond anything you can imagine. Pollution and toxins are everywhere, stemming from the hazardous wastes of industry and agriculture. We’ve got more than 40,000 chemicals on the market today with only a few hundred regulated. We’ve had industrial byproducts discarded into the ground and into our water supply for years. This crisis affects everyone – rich or poor, black or white, Republican or Democrat. Communities everywhere think they are safe when they are not,”
Lawmakers want tougher rules on PFAS – September 14, 2020 – The Fayetteville Observer – Rep. Pricey Harrison would welcome new maximum contaminant levels for certain types of PFAS, but she worries that industries would just switch to another PFAS compound, resulting in a game of whack-a-mole.
Embattled Delray Beach city manager fires back against allegations, questions safety of city’s drinking water – August 10, 2020 – WPTV – DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Not once, but twice did Delray Beach resident John Stilley read the complaint embattled and suspended City Manager George Gretsas sent to the city. “My family drinks this water, my grandchildren drink this water, and I’m highly concerned about it,” he said. Gretsas claims he “discovered that the safety of the drinking water in Delray Beach has been compromised.”
Erin Brockovich Wants to Know What You’re Drinking – September 2020 Issue – The Atlantic – Twenty years after her moment in the Hollywood spotlight, the famed water-safety activist has not slowed down.
Utilities Want to Use EPA Chemicals Law to Protect Drinking Water – August 10, 2020 – Bloomberg Law -A pair of water associations are teaming up to urge the EPA to use all its regulatory tools to safeguard drinking water as it decides whether to allow new chemicals into U.S. commerce.
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), which represents state, tribal, and territorial water agency officials, recently joined the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, which represents publicly owned metropolitan drinking water suppliers, to routinely flag their concerns about new chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals Pose Risks to Rhode Islanders – July 27, 2020 – Eco RI News – The Rhode Island Department of Health tested for PFAS last year. The agency tested every major drinking-water supply in the state and the water in every school that had its own well. In all, 87 percent of Rhode Islanders had their primary source of water tested. The results showed that PFAS are in a significant portion of the state’s drinking water — they were detected in 44 percent of the locations tested — and that more than 40 percent of the schools tested had levels above the new recommended standard of 20 parts per trillion (ppt). The Environmental Protection Agency originally issued a 70 ppt health advisory level, but since then a growing number of public-health officials and some states are pushing for levels of 20 ppt or lower.
Advocates, State Lawmakers Raise Concern About New York Drinking Water Quality – July 14, 2020 – WAMC.ORG – State legislators, local elected officials, residents from impacted communities, and environmental advocates assembled on Zoom to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health to set stringent standards for three toxic chemicals that have polluted drinking water across the state: PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-dioxane.
Researchers create global arsenic-in-groundwater maps to highlight threats – May 22, 2020 – Phys.org – A pair of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology has created a global map that highlights areas where there are likely dangerous levels of arsenic in groundwater. In their paper published in the journal Science, Joel Podgorski and Michael Berg describe combining data from a variety of sources to train a machine learning algorithm to highlight possible hot spots on a global map. Yan Zheng, with Southern University of Science and Technology has published a Perspective piece outlining the work by the research pair in the same journal issue.
Even One Sugar-Sweetened Beverage a Day May Increase A Woman’s CV Risk – May 21, 2020 – Physician’s Weekly – California Teachers Study shows higher risks of CVD, revascularization, and stroke. In women enrolled in the California Teachers Study, drinking one or more servings per day of a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) was associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), revascularization, and stroke, according to study results presented in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In addition, consumption of fruit drinks and caloric soft drinks was also positively associated with CVD and increased the risk of CVD by 42%.
How much water do we really need to drink? – May 14, 2020 – CNN – Here’s some welcome news: Water can work wonders for your health. The humble liquid comprises about 60% of our body weight and allows our internal organs to perform at their best. Water regulates our body temperature, keeps our joints lubricated and carries nutrients to our cells. Water also provides moisture to skin, ensuring a bright and radiant glow.
Remote community trials technology that makes water ‘out of thin air’ – May 7, 2020 – ABC News Australia – A trial to shore up the supply of drinking water in a remote Central Australian community will soon get underway, involving hydropanels that make water “out of thin air”.
How the EPA has left Americans exposed to lead in drinking water – May 4, 2020 – Northern Public Radio – The toxin has been buried for years. Across the country, lead pipes are still carrying water into millions of homes, more than 30 years after they were banned. They’re tucked underground, out of sight and, for most Americans, out of mind, relics of an earlier time. But these aging conduits are still a risk for tens of millions of people. A new data analysis by APM Reports shows that those pipes may be leaching significantly more lead into Americans’ tap water than government monitoring has revealed.
The pandemic has exposed America’s clean water crisis – April 17, 2020 – Vox – Millions live without access to clean water in the US — and the coronavirus has left them in further turmoil.
Caledonia chlorine producer meeting increased demand from nervous water plant operators – April 9, 2020 – Livingston County News – CALEDONIA – JCI Jones Chemical, a bulk producer of chlorine and bleach products, is leveling off production after a few weeks of water treatment plant operators placing larger and more frequent orders amid concerns of running out of cleaning and disinfection chemicals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s the latest count of suspected bases with toxic “forever chemicals” in the water – April 6, 2020 – Marine Times – Cancer-linked per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS, have been confirmed at 328 sites, according to Pentagon data analyzed by EWG. and are suspected on about 350 more Defense Department installations and sites.
New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination – March 30, 2020 – The Washington Times – INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law.
Detroit water activists urge Gov. Whitmer to provide free water stations during the coronavirus pandemic – March 23, 2020 – Detroit Metro Times – Hand washing is an important practice to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it’s a measure that thousands of Michiganders are unable to do in their own homes.
Blasting ‘forever’ chemicals out of water with a vortex of cold plasma – February 11, 2020 – Phys.org, Drexel University – Researchers from Drexel University have found a way to destroy stubbornly resilient toxic compounds, ominously dubbed “forever chemicals,” that have contaminated the drinking water of millions across the United States.
Experts criticize EPA Lead and Copper Rule revisions – February 11, 2020 – The Hill – Experts and advocates on Tuesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to combat lead in the water supply, calling for the agency to require that service lines containing lead be replaced. Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped publicize the Flint, Mich., water crisis, said a plan based solely on health protection would eliminate lead from service lines and maximize corrosion control so children are not exposed to it. “We’re never supposed to expose a child to lead,” Hanna-Attisha added during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
What’s in North Carolina Drinking Water? – February 7, 2020 – Duke Today – Faculty report on potential contaminants in the state’s drinking water — and how they are helping us get a handle on the problem
Chemical found in drinking water linked to tooth decay in children – February 6, 2020 – Science Daily – Children with higher concentrations of a certain chemical in their blood are more likely to get cavities, according to a new study. Researchers found that higher concentrations of PFAS were associated with greater tooth decay in children.
Petition asks EPA help on tainted drinking water – January 18, 2020 – The Register-Guard – Oregon regulators have failed for three decades to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near Eastern Oregon’s large dairies and feedlots. Now, eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and take emergency action.
‘Forever chemicals’ in Orange County drinking water to force widespread well closures – January 17, 2020 – The Orange County Register – The Orange County Water District, which serves 2.5 million county residents, expects to see nearly a third of the 200 groundwater wells in its service area shut down by year’s end because of the presence of toxic PFAS, a chemical family linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, low birth weight and other health problems.
Map: 100 Pa. schools found lead in their drinking water. Here’s how they responded. – January 13, 2020 – Pennsylvania Capital Star – Water at more than 100 buildings in 32 school systems across Pennsylvania had unsafe levels of lead in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a list the Pennsylvania Department of Education published in late November.
Lawmakers Unveil $10M Plan To Clean Up Water In Wisconsin – January 8, 2020 – Wisconsin Public Radio – A bipartisan group of lawmakers rolled out more than a dozen new bills Wednesday aimed at improving and promoting water quality in Wisconsin. The lawmakers have worked together for about a year on a water quality task force, which held 14 hearings across the state. The 13 proposals, which will cost a total of roughly $10 million, are the result of hearing testimony from experts, administration officials and Wisconsin residents.
Capitol Watch: Plan to rid water of toxins inches ahead – December 14, 2019 – The Washington Times – New York is inching closer to joining a handful of states trying to make sure that public water supplies don’t contain two industrial chemicals found in some non-stick pots and pans, paint strippers, stain resistant clothing and firefighting foams.
What you need to know about PFAS or ‘forever’ chemicals – November 27, 2019 – ABC News – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the government is working “aggressively” to develop more regulations on a type of chemicals known as PFAS or “forever chemicals.”
27 Virginia Beach schools fail lead level tests in water – November 6, 2019 – NBC News Now – Virginia Beach City Public Schools said water testing at several of its schools came back with lead levels above the state and federal limits. VBCPS said over summer, it focused testing on 33 of its schools that had been constructed during or before 1986. While most results came back below the threshold, 61 drinking and food-prep sources in 27 of those schools came back with lead levels greater than 15ppb, or what the industry refers to as “actionable levels.”
Is Canada’s tap water safe? Thousands of test results show high lead levels across the country – November 4, 2019 – Global News – Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing, a large collection of newly released data and documents reveals.
Microplastics in water: no proof yet they are harmful, says WHO – October 14, 2019 – The Guardian – Microplastics are increasingly found in drinking water, but there is no evidence so far that this poses a risk to humans, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization.
Can you get cancer from tap water? New study says even ‘safe’ drinking water poses risk – September 19, 2019 – USA Today – In a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Heliyon Thursday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 22 carcinogens commonly found in tap water – including arsenic, byproducts of water disinfectants and radionuclides such as uranium and radium – could cumulatively result in over 100,000 cancer cases over the span of a lifetime.
These 90 Army posts have contaminated drinking water – September 11, 2019 – Military Times – As a Pentagon task force looks into unsafe drinking water on its installations, a new list of Army posts has been added to the roster of bases where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been found in ground water as recently as this year.
Legislators note slow progress on state’s water quality management law -September 10, 2019 – NJTV News – Lawmakers expressed disappointment Tuesday with the response to the state’s new water quality management law during a hearing in Trenton that took place as Newark residents are drinking bottled water and homeowners across the state have water safety concerns.
How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all – September 3, 2019 – The Conversation – Since the Flint drinking water crisis erupted five years ago, Americans have realized that many cities and towns struggle to ensure safe water. Currently residents of Newark, New Jersey are drinking bottled water after the city realized lead filters it handed out had failed.
University Park Residents Furious As Concerns About Lead In Water Persist Through Labor Day Weekend – September 2, 2019 – CBS Chicago – Many families in the south suburb still can’t trust their running water. And they have been going without safe, lead-free running water all summer, but never saw this continuing all the way into Labor Day weekend.
How the Newark water crisis unfolded – August 15, 2019 – CNN -Residents and officials in Newark, New Jersey, are trying to determine exactly when lead began leaching into the water supply. It’s a vital question, since lead contamination in water can damage a child’s health. Even low levels of lead have been linked to serious, irreversible damage to developing brains. For this reason, experts say that there is no safe level of lead in drinking water.
Active pharmaceutical ingredients can persist in the environment – July 24, 2019 – Phys.Org – Homeowners who rely on private wells as their drinking water source can be vulnerable to bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants that have known human health risks. Because they are not connected to a public drinking water supply, the homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their own drinking water is safe.
Here’s an updated map of military sites where DoD found cancer-causing chemicals in the drinking water – July 14, 2019 – Military Times – An environmental advocacy group has identified 58 more military sites where levels of harmful chemicals used in firefighting foam have been detected in groundwater or drinking water sources, from Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson, Alaska to Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Chesapeake states grapple with ‘forever chemical’ contaminating drinking water – July 15, 2019 – Bay Journal – Not long ago, Nathan Volpi began wondering about the safety of the tap water that he, his wife and two young children had been drinking for years.
U.S. Drinking Water Supply Is Mostly Safe, But That’s Not Good Enough – May 29, 1019 – MSUToday, Michigan State University – Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge.
New Hampshire sues 3M, DuPont, other chemical companies – May 29, 2019 – The Wichita Eagle – New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water.
Report: 20+ contaminants threaten NY drinking water – May 28, 2019 – News10 ABC – ALBANY, N.Y. (NEXSTAR) – A report from the New York Public Interest Research Group Fund is raising questions about drinking water in New York State.
Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS – April 24, 2019 – Vermont Public Radio – Scientists are ramping up research on the possible health effects of a large group of common but little-understood chemicals used in water-resistant clothing, stain-resistant furniture, nonstick cookware and many other consumer products.
Chemical spilled into creek just one of eight Cleveland Water EPA violations – April 24, 2019 – News 5 Cleveland – An exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation has found what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is calling a “history of non-compliance” that could pose an “unacceptable risk” to health and “reliable delivery of safe drinking water.”
New York City to pass water tank reforms – April 7, 2019 – City & State NY – In a striking rebuke of city health officials, the New York City Council plans to pass seven new laws tightening oversight and regulation of thousands of rooftop drinking water tanks, citing evidence of contamination, widespread neglect, and lax oversight by agency officials, city legislators told City & State.
One in five residents get contaminated tap water. NJ is ordering companies to clean it up – March 25, 2019 – NorthJersey.com, USA Today – Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has ordered five companies responsible for widespread pollution of drinking water systems to spend millions of dollars to assess the extent of contamination and eventually clean up the pollution.
U.S. schools “failing to protect their kids” from lead in drinking water – March 22, 2019 – CBS News – U.S. schools are not doing enough to protect students from drinking water contaminated with lead, according to a new report out from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report found “a pattern of widespread contamination of drinking water” at schools nationwide.
Elevated lead levels at thousands of Md. schools prompts bill for better water quality – March 7, 2019 – WTOP -Children go to school to learn — not to face brain-harming levels of lead exposure. State lawmakers are working this year to expand upon legislation passed two years ago that shined a light on elevated lead levels in the drinking water at thousands of Maryland schools.
Study links water contamination to poor infant health – February 19, 2019 – Yale Daily News – Using Flint, Michigan as a test case, a recent Yale research study establishes a link between contaminated water supplies and poor infant health at birth, especially in infants born to economically disadvantaged families.
The Risks of Water Insecurity – February 15, 2019 – Scientific American – “Water insecurity,” shorthand for problems with the quantity, quality or reliability of water, can be found in almost every corner of the U.S., from Alaska to Florida.
Acting Head Of EPA Pressured To Look Into Threats Against Long Island Drinking Water – February 4, 2019 – CBS New York – There was a push Monday for the feds to reverse course and issue drinking water standards to protect public health. Many Long Island residents fear toxic chemicals are seeping into the fragile water supply, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported. Experts say the drinking water is threatened by the unregulated and highly toxic man-made chemical 1,4-dioxane. It is found in detergents, manufacturing solvents and firefighting foam.
Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America – January 18, 2019 – The Wall Street Journal – One in seven Americans drink from private wells, which are being polluted by contaminants from manure and fertilizer
Elevated Nitrate Levels Found in Millions of Americans’ Drinking Water – January 17, 2019 – Yale Environment 360 – Public water systems serving more than 5.6 million Americans contain concentrations of nitrate at levels found to cause health problems, including cancer and birth defects, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health. Systems serving Hispanic populations tended to have the highest levels of nitrate in drinking water.
Florida officials delayed telling residents about tainted water, emails show – January 4, 2019 – Tampa Bay Times – OCALA — Linda Lawson thought little of drinking the water from the decades-old well in her backyard, less than half a mile down the road from the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. That changed when her daughter-in-law answered to state workers knocking on her door one afternoon. They came to test the water, a worker said.
‘Not a problem you can run away from’: Communities confront the threat of unregulated chemicals in their drinking water – January 2, 2019 – The Washington Post – PARCHMENT, Mich. — The day this small town told its residents to stop drinking the water, Jennifer and Justin Koehler decided to sell their white clapboard house and move their two children elsewhere. Sara and Matt Dean, who had relocated several years earlier from Chicago, started worrying about the health of their young son and the baby arriving soon.
Cornell expertise helps deliver clean, safe water to NYC – November 27, 2018 – Cornell Chronicle – Millions of times each day, New Yorkers turn on the faucet, relying on water supplied from about 125 miles away in the Catskill Mountains. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is charged with getting clean water from the mountains to the city, and it taps Cornell expertise to help keep the city’s award-winning water pristine – and affordable.
Treatment for lead in drinking water is evolving. Will the U.S. EPA catch up? – November 21, 2018 – Chemical & Engineering News – Tap water from Green Bay, Wis., never exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead action level until 2011, when concentrations of the brain-damaging metal suddenly spiked to over 25 ppb. EPA requires drinking water utilities to take steps to cut lead when amounts rise above 15 ppb.
SC says injecting chemical into drinking water was safe. Researcher skeptical – November 15, 2018 – The State – COLUMBIA –Despite criticism from a nationally known scientist, S.C. regulators say the chemical injected into a small town’s drinking water without federal approval likely did not make anyone ill during the 10 years it was used.
Study examines costs, benefits of clean water measures – November 15, 2018 – Cornell Chronicle – The U.S. has invested $140 per person per year – or more than $1.9 trillion – since 1960 to decrease pollution in rivers, lakes and other surface waters. According to a pair of new studies, this investment in clean water is working, but questions remain about whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
‘What did we do?’ Families anxious about chemicals found in tap water – August 16, 2018 – CNN – It’s been about three weeks since Tammy Cooper last drank water from her tap. That’s when she saw a warning on Facebook for residents of her small Western Michigan town to stop drinking the water.
CDC taps Virginia Tech researchers to study antibiotic resistance in water – November 7, 2018 – Becker’s Hospital Review – The CDC awarded two contracts to faculty at Blacksburg, Va.-based Virginia Tech Nov. 5, to study the effects of antibiotic resistance in recycled water and plumbing.
Amy Pruden, PhD, and Marc Edwards, PhD, both professors in the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, will conduct their research over the next year.
Lead found at Boise’s Fairmont Jr. High; officials now checking 27 other schools – October 17, 2018 – KIVI – BOISE – Water tested at Fairmont Junior High School in Boise has registered positive for elevated levels of lead, according to the Boise School District.
Desalination process could yield fresh water from Permian’s produced water – October 15, 2018 – Midland Reporter- Telegram – Oil and gas producers, awash in water produced alongside crude oil, continue seeking ways to better manage the supply. The amount of water produced with the crude “is so high you can’t possibly use it all for future development,” said Sue Snyder, chief operating officer of Enviro Water Minerals.
US drinking water supply is at risk from deteriorating pipes – September 22, 2018 – Washington Examiner – As prospects fade for bipartisan infrastructure legislation, a new report highlights the dire consequences to public health and safety that will result from continued deterioration of the nation’s underground water networks.
Beset by over 300,000 water main breaks each year, America’s underground water pipes are showing the effects of age and chronic corrosion. “The signs of distress surface daily as water mains break causing floods and service disruptions,” the study notes. “The loss of service is more than an inconvenience, causing significant economic and social disruptions.”
More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids’ Beverage in U.S. – September 13, 2018 – HealthDay – U.S. kids are drinking far more water than sodas and fruit drinks, health officials say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids’ total beverage consumption.
Lead Found in Thousands of NYC School Water Fixtures – September 12, 2018 – NYC Patch – More than 12,000 water fixtures in New York City schools were recently found to have elevated levels of lead — and more than 1,100 have not been completely fixed, the Department of Education said Tuesday.
Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit – September 4, 2018 – FOX News/AP – DETROIT – Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures.
As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies – September 3, 2018 – NPR – The vague warning jolted citizens in and around Salem, Oregon to attention on May 29. “Civil Emergency in this area until 1128PM,” read the text message alert. “Prepare for action.” It was a ham-handed message — one that left some wondering if an attack was imminent. In fact, the danger officials wanted to warn them about wasn’t coming from the sky. It was coming from their taps.
New tests identify contaminated drinking water in minutes, not weeks – August 30, 2018 Rex Merrifield, Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine – Speedy, affordable water tests that can be used in on location and even run continuously will help scientists identify disease-causing bacteria in under an hour and potentially reduce the spread of common illnesses such as diarrhoea, which kills an estimated 842,000 people every year.
Detroit to shut drinking water to all schools after lead found – August 29, 2018 – Reuters – Detroit authorities on Wednesday ordered drinking water shut off at all 110 city public schools pending further testing after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in water at more than a dozen buildings.
NC science panel: Health goal for GenX in drinking water is right – August 20, 2018 – The Fayetteville Observer/AP – RALEIGH — A state science panel said Monday that state health officials were right to set a health target for a little-studied industrial chemical found in drinking water at a level 500 times lower than the manufacturer proposed.
How chemicals can make their way into an area’s groundwater supply – August 21, 2018 – ClickOrlando.com – Florida had the 2nd highest amount residents affected by contamination in 2015. When the groundwater supply in two Brevard County cities tested positive for cancer-causing chemicals, residents demanded answers. Primarily about how the chemicals found their way into the water supply at all, and how their presence would affect living in the area.
CMS found lead in water at 27 schools. Dozens more are untested. Should you worry? – August 13, 2018 – Charlotte Observer – This is bound to set off alarms in homes across the county: When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ran lead tests on drinking fountains and sinks at 58 schools last fall, 27 had unacceptably high levels of the dangerous element that can be found in older plumbing.
White House called toxins contamination ‘PR nightmare’ – August 13, 2018 – AP News – HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household.
Deadly toxins in water supply a ‘wake up call’ for US authorities – August 7, 2018 – Newsweek – The swimmers and kayakers of Oregon are no strangers to algae. In recent years, warnings of infestations in ponds and lakes have become routine. When an early-summer algal bloom developed on Detroit Lake near Salem this May, state and city officials knew exactly what tests to run and advisories to issue.
Drugged waters – how modern medicine is turning into an environmental curse – August 6, 2018 – United Nations Environment – As the world’s population expands and we become wealthier, drugs and chemical-based care products become more prevalent. While pharmaceuticals are essential for human health and well-being, less is known on the effects they have on the freshwater sources on which we depend for our existence, and their impact on human health and biota.
Lead contamination in schools’ drinking water worse than previously thought – August 6, 2018 – MultiBriefs – Lead contamination in U.S. schools is more pervasive than previously thought, new water testing results from 20 states say. The data was published in an interactive map by Environment America and U.S. PIRG in June.
Is there a new water crisis in Michigan? – July 31, 2018 – CNN – On Sunday, Michigan’s lieutenant governor called a state of emergency for Kalamazoo County due to water contaminated with chemicals at more 20 times the threshold set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. It’s yet another site on a growing list of those around the state contaminated with the chemicals PFAS or PFOA.
Off your mental game? You could be mildly dehydrated. – July 30, 2018 – NPR – “We find that when people are mildly dehydrated they really don’t do as well on tasks that require complex processing or on tasks that require a lot of their attention,” says Mindy Millard-Stafford, director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology. She published an analysis of the evidence this month, based on 33 studies.
Watchdog says lack of EPA oversight helped cause ‘catastrophic’ Flint water crisis – July 22, 2018 – CNN – A report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General strongly criticizes the local, state and federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis in 2015 and 2016.
Water shouldn’t make Americans sick – it will cost $105 billion to ensure it doesn’t. – July 19, 2018 – The Hill – The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation’s drinking water infrastructure a D grade. There are 240,000 water main breaks across the country each year, and 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost each year to leaking pipes. An estimated $105 billion is needed to upgrade our country’s drinking water and wastewater systems. We also need to protect and restore our rivers. Nationally, rivers provide more than two-thirds of our drinking water supplies. Healthy rivers, wetlands and floodplains are natural infrastructure, vital to our safety and economy.
Study: Water softeners partly to blame for Minn.’s salty lakes, streams – July 15, 2018 – MPR News – Most efforts to reduce chloride levels in Minnesota lakes and rivers have focused on salt used to keep roads and highways clear of ice. But a new study from the University of Minnesota found that home water softeners are sending a significant amount of salt into the environment.
North metro Denver groundwater contaminated with PFCs is flowing into a drinking-water system that supplies 50,000 residents – July 13, 2018 – The Denver Post – Drinking-water well tests in north metro Denver have detected perfluorinated chemicals contamination at levels up to 32 times higher than a federal health advisory limit, forcing utility officials to dilute the tainted supply before it reaches people.
This is exactly how much water you need to drink in a day. – June 26, 2018 – MSN Lifestyle, Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan – Real talk on that whole eight glasses a day thing. Although you may prefer wine, water makes up roughly 60 percent of your body, where it seriously pulls its weight: It helps transport nutrients to your cells, moves waste out of your body, and plays an important role in respiration and energy metabolism, according to the National Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Medicine.
Does your school have lead in its drinking water? – Interactive map: San Diego County schools that had lead in their drinking water – July 5, 2018 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – Eleven schools in San Diego County had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water last year, according to new data from the California State Water Resources Control Board, and more test results are expected soon as schools adhere to new legislation.
OSU-Cascades prof gets $2 million grant for water research – July 2, 2018 – KTVZ – BEND, Ore. – A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades will lead a team working on turning salt water into drinking water as part of a $21 million national effort.
Chemicals found in local water prompt new alerts to customers. – June 19, 2018 – Dayton Daily News – Potentially dangerous chemical compounds detected for the first time in area drinking water prompted Dayton and Montgomery County to notify their customers. The discovery also prompted a warning from an independent expert.
Nebraska Environmental Trust awards grant to NU/Nebraska Water Center to research nitrate mitigation – June 18, 2018 – Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska – The Nebraska Environmental Trust recently awarded $85,000 to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to fund a new research project, “Novel approaches for controlling nitrate leaching and protecting Nebraska groundwater,” conducted by the Nebraska Water Center, part of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. This is the first year of award with a potential for second-year funding totaling $79,306.
Michigan Enacts Toughest Lead Rules in U.S. After Flint Crisis – June 15th, 2018 – Associated Press – Michigan on Thursday began enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint’s supply.
EPA Sets June PFAS Event in New Hampshire – June 14, 2018 – WAMC Northeast Public Radio – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire. Following a summit in Washington D.C. in May, the EPA has scheduled a two-day event in Exeter, New Hampshire to hear from people affected by PFAS chemicals.
Oregon Health Authority to Require Testing for Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water – June 5, 2018 – Statesman Journal – The Oregon Health Authority will soon require routine testing of water sources for toxins like those discovered in Salem’s drinking water.
Washington State to Test Drinking Water for PFAS Contamination Linked to Firefighting Foam – May 21, 2018 – The Seattle Times – The Washington Department of Health plans to test several hundred water systems in the state for trace contamination of more than a dozen chemicals found in some firefighting foams.
Boil Water Notice Issued in Fort Lauderdale following Water Main Break – CBS Miami – Folks in and around Downtown Fort Lauderdale are dealing with the effects of a water main break.
EPA Gives $1.9 Million to Researcher to Find Lead in Water – April 25, 2018 – CNN – The EPA has awarded the Virginia Tech researcher who first identified lead in water systems in Flint, Michigan, and Washington, DC, with a $1.9 million grant to study other American cities where lead-tainted water is suspected — but where residents are struggling to get help from their governments.
Florida Bill Allows Sewage Dumping in Drinking Water Aquifers – March 12, 2018 – Miami New Times – Miamians get nearly all of their drinking water from the Biscayne Aquifer, a clean source of natural H2O that stretches underground from the southern tip of the state north to Palm Beach County.
Why are Texas’ smaller utilities not cleaning up drinking water? – January 22, 2018 – The Texas Tribune – Dozens of small and rural utilities in the state have for years provided water that contains illegal levels of radiation, lead and arsenic. Lack of resources is largely to blame — but there’s more to it than that.
EPA News Release: EPA Seeks Input from State Partners on Lead and Copper Rule – December 14, 2017 – EPA – WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent letters to state partners on forthcoming proposed regulatory revisions to the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). These changes are intended to not only improve the protection of public health, but the effective implementation of the rule as well.
West Michigan school gets bottled water amid tests for hazardous chemicals – October 17, 2017 – ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) (10/12/2017) – Officials are shutting off drinking fountains and providing bottled water at a middle school in western Michigan as they test water for possible hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site nearby.
Energy drinks ‘health risk’ claim prompts reaction from CBA – September 27, 2017 – FOODBEV Media – The Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) has defended the industry’s record on advertising sports drinks and energy drinks to children, after the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) labelled them “potential risks for the health of children”.
Test Results Show Cleveland Water Could Bring Health Problems to Residents – September 12, 2017 – KRMG – The water in Cleveland, Oklahoma, could pose a major health risk for those drinking it.
Experts Warn of Hurricane Harvey Drinking Water Health Risks – August 30, 2017 – W&WD – Rescue efforts continued as Tropical Storm Harvey battered southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Health officials are warning residents of the health dangers they could face as floodwaters rise and drinking water supplies are compromised in the wake of the hurricane-turned-tropical storm.
HALF of America’s black and Hispanic citizens are dehydrated because they don’t have access to chemical-free water, Harvard study reveals – August 11, 2017 -Mail Online- Black and Hispanic adults in the US have higher rates of dehydration than whites due to a lack of access to safe, clean tap water, researchers say.
Officials find evidence of E. coli at hydration station at U.S. Open – June 16, 2017 – ESPN.com News – Health officials said evidence of E. coli bacteria was found at a hydration station at the Erin Hills golf course, site of the U.S. Open in Erin, Wisconsin.
Fecal microbes found in 60 percent of sampled Kewaunee County wells – June 15, 2017 – HNG News, The Star – Tests show waste from Kewaunee County’s 97,000 head of cattle contaminates majority of wells.
What You Should Know About Drinking Water (but Probably Don’t) – June 1, 2017 – NBC News, Better – Everything you need to know about the most essential part of your daily diet.
Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics – March 17, 2017 – The Guardian – Billions of people have gained access to clean and safe drinking water since 1990, but data show that huge inequalities remain
Unsafe Levels of Lead Found in Nearly 10 Percent of Drinking Water Faucets Tested in City Schools – February 6, 2017 – Spectrum News NY 1 – Unsafe levels of lead have been found in the drinking water from nearly 10 percent of the faucets tested in city schools. Nearly every school tested had at least one faucet with tainted water, the result of old pipes and plumbing fixtures. NY1’s Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
America’s Lead Crisis Continues: Steps to protect your family – January 24, 2017 – KTBS News – Flint, Mich.; Chicago Ill.; St. Joseph, La. Growing concerns about the quality of our drinking water has a lot of people on edge.