Water News

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.

Virginia public schools will be required to test drinking water for lead – May 22, 2017 – Waterworld – A new law will require public schools in Virginia to test their drinking water sources for lead beginning next month.

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.

Investigations reveal startling scope of lead in drinking water – December 20, 2016 – PBS Newshour  – Flint is not alone in having a lead contamination problem. Two recent news investigation find two startling numbers. A Reuters investigation of lead levels in blood found nearly 3,000 areas in the country with contamination levels higher than those in Flint.

Where have high levels of lead been found in drinking water? This map will show you – November 21, 2016 – PIX11 NEWS – Almost 200 water systems in New York and New Jersey have exceeded the federal action level for lead in drinking water during the past 3 to 4 years, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Flint water crisis prompts lead testing in Massachusetts schools – November 7, 2016 – South Coast Today
– More than 99 Massachusetts school buildings across at least 22 communities have tested positive for elevated lead levels since June, when the state launched a new grant program to help schools test their water.

For Weight Loss, Water Beats Diet Soda – October 20, 2016 – The New York Times
– Researchers put 81 overweight women with Type 2 diabetes on the same weight-control diet, except that half drank diet beverages five times a week after their main meal at lunch, while the other half substituted plain water. The study is in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

Tests show drinking water contamination above EPA advisory level in Gadsden area– September 20, 2016 – WHNT News
– The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that more systems have tested above the EPA threshold for safe drinking water, when it comes to PFC contamination. A news release from the department says two tests from the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board tested above EPA advisory levels.

Lead Tests on New York City Schools’ Water May Have Masked Scope of Risk – August 31, 2016 – New York Times
– According to the city, every water outlet in each school was turned on fully for two hours the night before the samples were taken — a practice known as pre-stagnation flushing that cleans most soluble lead and lead particles from pipes and thus reduces lead levels temporarily.

New Study Shows High Potential for Groundwater to be Corrosive in Half of U.S. States – July 13, 2016 – USGS NEWS – A new U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide shows that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence of being potentially corrosive. The states with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest.

CDC: Flint water crisis “entirely preventable” – June 25, 2016 – CBS News – Analysis of blood samples from young children from Flint, Mich., shows they had much more lead in their blood after the city began using local drinking water in an effort to cut costs, a new U.S. government study reveals.

At least 33 US cities used water testing ‘cheats’ over lead concerns – June 2, 2016 – The Guardian – Guardian investigation reveals testing regimes similar to that of Flint were in place in major cities including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia

Lead in Portland Public Schools’ drinking water – May 31, 2016 – NBC News – Recent tests that showed high levels of lead in water at two Portland schools raised questions about when Portland Public Schools learned about the contamination and why school leaders waited so long to tell parents about the issue.

Elizabeth schools failed to report lead in drinking water to parents for three years – April 4, 2016 – New York’s PIX11 – Elizabeth Public Schools never told parents about drinking water tests in 2013 that turned up positive for lead in 12 school buildings.

Students Reveal How They Broke the Lead Contamination Case in Flint, Mich. – March 1, 2015 – Scientific American – Officials criticized them as bogus “magicians,” but making data transparent caused residents to demand action

Emails Reveal Early Suspicions of a Flint Link to Legionnaires’ Disease – February 4, 2016 – The New York Times – Michigan state officials were aware of an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases and a possible tie to Flint’s troubled water supply at least 10 months before Gov. Rick Snyder informed the public of the situation last month, newly obtained emails show.

Millions of Americans may be drinking poisoned water – January 26, 2016 – msn.com  – Water tests are being manipulated in “every major U.S. city east of the Mississippi,” an anonymous source intimately familiar with lead and copper regulations told The Guardian.

Flint’s drinking water crisis: 5 things to know – January 19, 2016 – USA Today – The state of Michigan downplayed and largely ignored the immediate complaints about the smell, color and taste of the water in 2014. Here’s what you need to know about how the public health crisis has evolved…