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The plot sickens: Oil lobbyist MDEQ chief disappoints
Heidi Grether says she loves nature. But she also lives in the real world, she says, and that means "we have to think about economic prosperity and jobs."        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water crisis Water treatment Michigan Water resources Environment Water pollution Water supply
Despite desalinating water, floating it in by barge and taking short showers, Catalina islanders are told to cut back even more
This quaint resort town has a reputation for making visitors feel as if they’re an ocean apart from the troubled megalopolis 22 miles to the east. So it figures that the tourists in Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops strolling past Avalon’s restaurants, bars and trinket shops seemed unruffled by the...
888 points by Los Angeles Times | Desalination Water supply Drinking water Water Water crisis Water resources
Senior care 'boarding house' proposed for vacant Bel Air-area dwelling
An unused house in the 800 block of Red Pump Road, north of Bel Air, will be converted into a personal care boarding home to serve as many as 10 senior citizen residents, according to a site plan presented to the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday. Jennifer Holahan and her...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Water Harford County Maryland Water pollution Drinking water Plan Parking space Pump Water supply network
DEQ to target Flint faucets as lead source
The move was announced after a U-M study that suggests home service lines may not be the largest contributor of lead.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Water supply network Valve Drinking water Zinc Water Plumbing Tap water Water quality
US scientists test tiny water purifier powered by light
Stanford University team says device harnesses UV rays and visible light at unprecedented rate to kill bacteria.
2028 points by Al Jazeera English | Solar water disinfection Drinking water Sun Ultraviolet Water crisis Sunlight Water treatment Electromagnetic radiation
Michigan DEQ to target Flint faucets as lead source
The move is in response to a U-M study that suggests home service lines may not be the largest contributor of lead.        
32 points by Detroit Free Press | Water supply network Valve Drinking water Zinc Water Plumbing Tap water Water quality
DEQ rep who told Flint to 'relax' lands new job
Brad Wurfel resigned as DEQ communications director in December and is named as a defendant in several Flint lawsuits        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water crisis Water resources Michigan Water supply Water treatment Water supply network Deficit irrigation
N.Y. governor signs law mandating lead testing in schools
The state's nearly 700 districts will conduct the testing by Oct. 31.       
37 points by USA Today | High school Water supply network State Water Drinking water Lead poisoning Infrastructure New York City
Howes: Politics, red tape bind Flint fixes
This rush to help, greased by public outrage, is clogged by the processes and turf battles all too familiar to taxpayers        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Charles Stewart Mott Drinking water Replacements Stewart Rawlings Mott Water crisis Philanthropy Replacement
Officials confirm 7th Legionnaires’ case in Flint
Health officials have confirmed a seventh case of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County this year        
60 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water crisis Water Flint Michigan Water treatment Water supply Water supply network Genesee County Michigan
Surprise move by rural Nevada utility spawns community's water worries
On the day Shoshone Estates Water Co. dissolved in mid-July, the rural Nevada water utility sent out an ambiguous letter to its roughly 80 customers ...
12 points by Las Vegas Sun | Water industry Public utility Drinking water Natural monopoly Water Infrastructure National Rural Water Association Water supply network
Flint water criminal cases get 2017 court dates
Judge Jennifer J. Manley set preliminary exam dates for DEQ defendants for March 13, and April 3 for DHHS workers        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Water supply Water Tap water Water crisis Water quality Great Lakes Prosecution
Mitch Albom: No power a reminder of those who do without
Losing power here is an anomaly, not a way of life like in other parts of the world        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water crisis Plumbing Water supply network Bottled water Water supply Desalination Water
Dozens of Mich. water systems top Snyder’s lead limit
Nearly 380,000 Michiganians get their water from systems that would fail to meet a proposed new lead-safety standard        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water Drinking water Water supply Water crisis Waterborne diseases Water supply network Water pollution Water quality
July 4 HdG carnival move not her doing, mayor's sister says
Mary Martin tells City Council she loves the event, 'people that know me know I love it'
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Municipality City council Local government in the United States Councillor Mayor Susquehanna River Town council Drinking water
Michigan civil rights panel: Flint water crisis rooted in 'systemic racism'
The Flint drinking water crisis has its root causes in historical and systemic racism, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission said Friday in a hard-hitting report that calls the public health catastrophe " a complete failure of government" and recommends a rewrite of the state's emergency manager...
3 points by Chicago Tribune | Drinking water Water treatment Water crisis Water supply Water supply network Water resources Deficit irrigation Water purification
Civil rights panel: Flint water crisis linked to 'systemic racism'
Report calls for revamp of emergency manager law; training to help state officials recognize unconscious biases        
4553 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water treatment Water crisis Water supply Water supply network Water resources Deficit irrigation Water purification
Genesee County may be stuck with Detroit water
Flint may be forced to stay with Detroit water for two years, and if it stays on Detroit water, so must Genesee County.        
3 points by Detroit Free Press | Genesee County Michigan Flint Michigan Drinking water Water supply network Water Water crisis Swartz Creek Michigan Flint River
Regulators halt Southbridge landfill expansion
A controversial expansion of the Bay State’s largest landfill in Southbridge has been halted by regulators who said the company operating the dump could not prove the project does not pose a public health threat amid complaints over contamination of wells.Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ruled that portions of the expansion of the Southbridge landfill, which is operated by Casella Waste Systems, do not meet the criteria needed for solid waste disposal.
12 points by Boston Herald | Waste management Waste Recycling Soil Massachusetts Drinking water Bottled water Anaerobic digestion
Water shutoffs to resume in Flint before spring
The City of Flint is now having to pay for two water sources -- once to the new KWA and once to the Detroit water system        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Great Lakes Water Water quality Tap water Water supply Drinking water Debut albums Michigan
The Latest: Flint hospital fires back at Michigan over order
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Flint's water crisis (all times local):
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Water supply Legionellosis Water resources Drinking water Water supply network Belief Water crisis Deficit irrigation
The Latest: State orders Flint hospital to fix health risks
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on Flint's water crisis (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Michigan is ordering a Flint hospital to immediately fix conditions the state suspects pose on ongoing public health threat of Legionella bacteria. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the order Monday. It ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Michigan Water supply Drinking water Water supply network Water resources Lansing Michigan Water crisis Deficit irrigation
Flint urging state to reverse water bill credit cutoff
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver plans to urge Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder against ending a state-funded water bill relief program        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water Infrastructure Drinking water Water supply network Environmental engineering Water quality Water pollution Water supply
Snyder plans renewed push for stricter lead water limit
Rick Snyder plans a renewed push on his plan 10 months ago to give Michigan the nation’s toughest water quality standard        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water Public health Lead poisoning Drinking water Occupational safety and health Water supply network Safe Drinking Water Act Water crisis
Area still deals with industrial contamination consequences
VANPORT, Pa. (AP) - A battle is brewing among several entities over financial responsibility for water treatment, and the township municipal authority -- for the time being -- is stuck in the middle footing the bill. That bill -- estimated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to be $5,500 ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Drinking water Water treatment Water supply network Water Waterborne diseases Plumbing Beaver County Pennsylvania Water purification
‘This crisis isn’t over’: Michigan stops paying Flint water credits
Flint residents will soon pay full price for their water, as Michigan ends its water credit program. Despite drinking water lead levels dropping below federal danger limits, the state will distribute filters and bottles for three years as pipes are replaced. Read Full Article at RT.com
355 points by Russia Today | Drinking water Great Lakes Parts-per notation Water Lead poisoning Lead and copper rule Safe Drinking Water Act Water supply network
Judge dismisses more Flint water crisis lawsuits
Judge said plaintiffs failed to comply with a 60-day notice requirement under the Safe Water Drinking Act        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Safe Drinking Water Act Water treatment Water crisis Plaintiff Water Jurisdiction Water supply
Scott Pruitt would be a disaster for Colorado’s air, water and our families’ health
Donald Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt may work to serve his conservative base, but it does not best serve our country. The appointment of Pruitt would create a public health disaster.
277 points by The Denver Post | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Environmentalism Clean Water Act Drinking water Environmental protection Water law Protection
EPA slams state drinking water program
Federal regulators have strongly criticized the state Department of Environmental Protection for failures in the administration of its safe drinking water program.
115 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Drinking water United States Environmental Protection Agency Water Safe Drinking Water Act Public water system Water supply network Federal government of the United States Boiling
Water emergency affects UNC-Chapel Hill campus
And the UNC-Notre Dame game has been rescheduled.       
825 points by USA Today | Drinking water Water Water supply network Infrastructure
Flint water lawsuit dismissed by judge
Allowing the class-action case to proceed would bypass procedures of the Safe Drinking Water Act, judge said        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Lawsuit Water United States Water supply network Appeal Legal terms Jurisdiction
Air Force commits to five year plan to clear contaminated Widefield aquifer
An Air Force official revealed to the county commissioners on Thursday that the service has a five-year plan to mitigate water contamination that recently had southern El Paso County residents searching for clean water sources after wells in Security, Widefield and Fountain were tainted by perfluorinated compounds from toxic firefighting foam.
11 points by The Denver Post | Water El Paso County Colorado Peterson Air Force Base United States Air Force United States Environmental Protection Agency Groundwater Drinking water Water treatment
NYC finds elevated lead levels in water at school for gifted kids
Lead in drinking water may threaten students and staffers at a NYC school for gifted kids, as well as a number of other public schools.
348 points by Daily News | High school Manhattan New York City Secondary school College Middle school Water Drinking water
EPA orders 3-month testing at Flint water plant
Under a revised order, federal regulators are insisting that Flint’s treatment plant test-run raw Lake Huron water for three months before it’s delivered to residents. Failure to test water was blamed for a lead-contamination crisis. Read Full Article at RT.com
124 points by Russia Today | Drinking water United States Environmental Protection Agency Water purification Waterborne diseases Water supply network Barack Obama Michigan Desalination
EPA: Flint must test new water source for 3 months
A federal requirement for testing Flint's new water source comes as the city still wrestles with lead-tainted tap water.        
52 points by Detroit Free Press | Flint Michigan Drinking water Genesee County Michigan Great Lakes United States Environmental Protection Agency Michigan Water supply network Water
EPA orders 3-month test for new Flint water
Flint will have to treat and test KWA water for at least three months before providing it to residents, the EPA ordered        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Water Tap water United States Environmental Protection Agency Water quality Water supply network Water supply Water pollution
EPA orders Flint to outline fixes before water switch
DETROIT (AP) - Federal officials have outlined new steps Flint must take before switching its drinking water source again in the wake of its lead-contamination crisis. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday updated an order issued in January. It calls for Flint to build a three-mile interconnection so it ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Environmental Protection Agency Drinking water Federal government of the United States Water purification Waterborne diseases Environmentalism Flint Michigan Genesee County Michigan
Cleveland schools find dangerous lead levels in water from 60 buildings; will replace 580 outlets
The school district tested more than 5,000 water samples in dozens of schools and found dangerous levels of lead in 580. 119 were from drinking water sources. All are being replaced. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Water testing in the Cleveland Municipal School District has uncovered dangerously high levels of lead in samples taken from drinking fountains, sinks and other water sources in 60 older school buildings, the district reported today. The school district voluntarily tested more than 5,000 water samples in 69 schools, starting over the summer, and found 582 were above the Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards. These included 79 drinking fountains and 40 faucets in common areas. Some of the water samples were shockingly toxic. A bathroom sink at Wilbur Wright Elementary School on the city's West Side, which houses Pre-K to eighth-grade students, tested at 4,480 parts per billion. Water from a drinking fountain at Tremont Montessori School had lead levels of 1,560 parts per billion. The EPA's drinking water "action level" is 15 parts per billion. (You can find the district's full reports for each building here or enter your school name to find results in the box below). The school district will remove and replace all the fixtures and fittings on the 582 outlets that had results above the EPA standard, said Patrick Zohn, the school district's chief operating officer. Children haven't been exposed to the water this school year. All the tested schools were provided water cooler stations in the fall and any buildings with high results will continue to receive outside water until the repairs are made and a final test confirms no further issues. "We're taking a cautious, conservative approach," Zohn said. The district is expected to notify parents today. Exposure to lead in small children, and particularly infants, can lead to IQ deficits and lifelong health, learning and behavior problems. There is no safe level of lead exposure. The heavy metal is toxic at any level and has no use in the body. Most children with lead poisoning are exposed to the toxin at home by ingesting fine particles of deteriorated lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil. Far fewer are exposed by drinking water. Cleveland's water supply is regularly tested for lead and has consistently been found safe. Dr. Bruce Lanphear, former director of Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Environmental Health Center, cautioned against dismissing the danger to students, though. School water fountains "can be an important minor source of lead intake for dozens, or even hundreds of children," said Lanphear, professor of children's environmental health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lead levels in water as low as 5 parts per billion can be cause for concern, Lanphear said. Marc Edwards, a civil engineer at Virginia Tech and part of the team that helped uncover the Flint lead water crisis, agreed, noting that the EPA's 25-year-old action level for drinking water is outdated and not based on what's healthy. Both Lanphear and Edwards said the school district's actions -- providing bottled water, taking unsafe taps out of service and replacing problem fixtures -- are the best way to protect children. Decision to act No federal or state law requires schools using a public water supply to test water for lead or other contaminants. It was the crisis in Flint, Michigan, last year that prompted Cleveland school district officials to examine their testing records, said Zohn. In Flint, a switch to a more corrosive water source -- the Flint River -- caused a spike in the amount of lead leached from old pipes in the city, leading to lead poisoning in many children. "You didn't need the gift of prescience to know that someone would eventually say here 'Well, what's the school district doing?'" said Zohn. That's what happened in Chicago, where an inquiry from the Chicago Tribune last spring led city schools to begin testing their water. (Results of those tests are here). Cleveland schools had tested water most recently in 2000, when more than 100 school buildings had issues.   Over the summer, the school district hired Getco Environmental Consultants to begin testing every water source for lead in 65 school buildings constructed before 2002. Another four schools built after 2002 were tested to rule out problems in the district's newer structures. A total of 5,124 samples were taken from drinking fountains, outdoor hoses, bathroom and kitchen sinks, slop and lab sinks, and other sources beginning in July. Of these, about 1,200 had levels of lead above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion. One sample, taken from a bathroom sink in an administrative building, tested at 79,400 parts per billion. Many of the first results were particularly high because outlets hadn't been used in the schools for a month when samples were taken, giving the water more time to sit and accumulate the toxin. A second round of testing using the same EPA-recommended method confirmed high lead levels in 582 of the 1,200 initially high water samples, including 119 drinking water sources. That's about 9 percent of the drinking water sources tested, which include drinking fountains and any sink where a student or faculty member might fill a cup to drink. None of the four newer buildings tested -- Euclid Park, James A. Garfield, George Washington Carver and Mound Elementary schools -- had any problems. The school district also tested water samples gathered after water had been flushed from each of the outlets for 30 seconds to determine if the lead was more likely coming from the fixtures or the plumbing leading to them. They'll use that information when replacing the 582 water outlets that tested over the EPA level, said Robert Kasler, the school district's trades director. The school district will also replace the non-working and out-of-service water sources, which numbered about 40. Work ongoing, no firm cost estimate School officials do not yet know how much it will cost to fix the district's water issues. Cleveland has spent $140,000 for water stations in the 69 schools where testing took place this year, and has budgeted $50,000 for this purpose through the end of the semester. Some schools will still need the service while water outlets are replaced, adding to the cost. Water testing to date has cost about $390,000 and is not complete. The district does not yet have an estimate for the total cost of replacing the water outlets.  A state law passed in June provides up to $15,000 per building to school districts for replacing lead pipes and fixtures as well as reimbursement for some costs of water testing. Cleveland has applied for this funding, Zohn said. After each outlet is replaced, Getco consultants will again test for lead to be sure the problem is resolved. But for the school district water sources that initially tested near the EPA limit but did not trigger follow-up testing, the plan is less clear. Over time, many become hazards as the fixtures continue to age. School officials said they do not know how or whether they will monitor these potentially hazardous water sources in the future but will "probably" follow up. "We're just kind of focused on getting through this right now," said Zohn. "We can certainly do a survey of the data and include that in follow-up discussions." Plain Dealer researcher Jo Ellen Corrigan contributed to this report. Find out if your school's waters sources tested positive for lead: // try{f_cbload("d22e0000adc79a9fbaae4be8b3be","https:");}catch(v_e){;} // ]]> Click here to load this Caspio Cloud Database Cloud Database by Caspio
420 points by The Plain Dealer | Drinking water Water resources High school Lead poisoning Water crisis Water supply Water Fountain
Michigan fights court order to deliver water to Flint residents
Stephen FellerFLINT, Mich., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The state of Michigan is fighting a court order to deliver water to Flint residents, who haven't had clean tap water in two years, because it's too hard.
306 points by UPI | Drinking water Water supply network Water crisis Water Tap water Water supply Water quality Desalination
State: Flint water delivery ‘unnecessary’ burden
The judge’s order of home delivery of four cases of water per resident weekly would cost the state $10.5 million a month        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Michigan Water supply Water crisis Appeal Water resources Deficit irrigation Water
Michigan tries to block court-ordered water bottle delivery to Flint
Michigan officials are fighting a federal court order to deliver water to the residents of Flint to ease the damage of lead contamination. The state argues the bottle distribution would be unnecessary to ensure residents have safe drinking water. Read Full Article at RT.com
4288 points by Russia Today | Lawsuit Jurisdiction Drinking water Detroit Appeal U.S. state Michigan Water
Flint water delivery ‘unnecessary’ burden
The judge’s order of home delivery of four cases of water per resident weekly would cost the state $10.5 million a month        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Michigan Water supply Water crisis Appeal Water resources Deficit irrigation Lansing Michigan
State: Flint water delivery order ‘unnecessary’ burden
The judge’s order of home delivery of four cases of water per resident weekly would cost the state $10.5 million a month        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Michigan Water supply Water crisis Appeal Water resources Deficit irrigation Lansing Michigan
Flint water delivery 'unnecessary' burden
The judge ordered home delivery of four cases of water per resident each week unless they have a proper filter        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Water supply Water crisis Michigan Water resources Injunction Federal government of the United States Lawsuit
State fights order to deliver bottled water in Flint
The state plans to appeal a federal court order and today filed a request for an immediate stay.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water supply Water crisis Water quality Water resources Tap water
Flint must top the president-elect’s agenda
The interminable failure of government to marshal all available resources, brainpower, imagination, and resolution of spirit, to finally solve Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water problem, stands as a giant scarlet letter branded on the breast of Ame        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Water crisis Water supply network Water resources Water treatment Waterborne diseases Desalination Water quality
Cancer-causing ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical in most U.S. tap water
The cancer-causing chemical that Julia Roberts' “Erin Brockovich” character battled is in most of our tap water.
1115 points by Daily News | Academy Award for Best Actress Drinking water United States Environmental Protection Agency Erin Brockovich Public water system Hexavalent chromium Water quality Water supply
Editorial: House should move Flint relief bills
The House should give the Flint relief package the same overwhelming support that the Senate did        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United States Congress United States Environmental Protection Agency Water supply network Infrastructure Water resources United States Drinking water United States Senate
Millions in U.S. exposed to chromium-6 in tap water, new report says
Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- More than two-thirds of Americans are exposed to chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical, in their tap water, according to a national review.
13 points by UPI | United Press International California William Randolph Hearst International News Service News World Communications United States Drinking water United States Environmental Protection Agency
Erin Brockovich chemical detected in Port Huron water
Port Huron City Engineer Lennie Naeyaert said it's nothing to worry about.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Water Drinking water Public water system United States Environmental Protection Agency Cancer St. Clair River Water supply network Water crisis