Latest Drinking water quality News

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

Tests show PFAS contamination in 500 French Island wells

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — More than 500 wells on French Island have been contaminated with some level of PFAS chemicals, according to final results of state testing. The La Crosse Tribune reported Friday that 538 wells on the island just west of La Crosse showed some...

Officials push for national PFAS drinking water standard

Jun. 09, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Setting a national drinking water standard for what have been referred to as “forever chemicals” will be important in addressing contamination at military bases and communities throughout the U.S., witnesses said Wednesday during a congressional hearing. ...

Tucson to stop using water plant due to contamination risk

Jun. 08, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Increasing contamination of groundwater around Tucson International Airport is prompting the city to indefinitely suspend use of a treatment plant that draws from wells in the area, officials announced Tuesday. Though Tucson plans to shut down the...

Security forces fire on Afghan protesters in NE, killing 3

Jun. 08, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces opened fire Tuesday on dozens of demonstrators in northeastern Afghanistan demanding clean tap water and electricity, killing three and injuring 42 others, protesters and provincial authorities said. Some 200 people rallied in...

PFAS chemicals found in a third of water samples, state says

Jun. 04, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said the results of a statewide sampling program does not indicate widespread contamination of drinking water supplies by a class of highly toxic chemicals used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food...

Colorado orders 87 oil and gas wells shut pending cleanup

May. 28, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado state authorities have ordered a Denver-based oil and gas firm to shut down 87 wells along the Front Range and clean up 29 of those locations after a series of spills and releases. The Colorado Sun reports that the Colorado Oil and Gas...

Bill on thresholds for chemicals in drinking water advances

May. 20, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate approved legislation Thursday directing Delaware health and environmental officials to establish maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for certain manmade chemical compounds that have been associated with cancer and other health problems. ...

New Mexico official takes aim at oil, gas bond requirements

May. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas wells, pipelines and related infrastructure fall far short of what would be needed to offset closure and cleanup costs, according to the findings of an independent study released Thursday. ...

Regulators sign off on treatment plan for contamination

May. 19, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental regulators have signed off on a plan to treat groundwater contamination caused by a fire training facility in Marinette, but warn it will not entirely eliminate the pollution. The contamination is linked to Tyco Fire...