Latest Drinking water quality News

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, shows the Woodland Reservoir in Syracuse, N.Y. New York state's Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted standards on Thursday, July 30, 2020, that set a maximum level for how much of the hard-to-remove industrial pollutant, 1,4-Dioxane, can be in drinking water. The chemical is often found in baby products, shampoos, body washes and lotions. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Groups hope NY rules get pollutants out of drinking water

Jul. 30, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Clean water activists hope that water suppliers will remove an industrial pollutant under new water standards adopted Thursday in New York. The state's Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted standards that set a maximum level for how much of the hard-to-remove chemical...

Maine finds high level of "forever chemical" on dairy farm

Jul. 24, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture officials said Friday that a farm in the central part of the state has a high level of a long-lasting pollutant, but the state's retail milk supply remains safe to drink. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the levels of...

Sununu signs bill setting PFAS limits in drinking water

Jul. 23, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

New Hampshire’s governor signed into law a bill Thursday that sets some of nation’s toughest drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals and provides tens of millions of dollars for cleanup cost. The bill includes standards put forth last year by the state Department of Environmental...

Trump administration agreement gives more help to US uranium

Jul. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two U.S. government agencies agreed Thursday to keep state regulators primarily in charge of regulating groundwater pollution from uranium mining in the latest move by President Donald Trump's administration to prop up the ailing industry. The agreement signed in Wyoming, the top...

California Resources Corp files for Chapter 11 protection

Jul. 16, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — One of the state’s major oil companies said it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of an agreement with creditors to restructure $5 billion in debt. Citing “unprecedented market conditions,” California Resources Corp. President and CEO...

Southern California city water leak affects thousands

Jul. 14, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of residents of the Southern California city of Redlands were urged to conserve water Tuesday due to huge leak in the distribution system. The leak was spilling about 5 million gallons (19 million liters) a day, causing low water pressure, a city statement said. The...

New Hampshire House passes tough drinking water standards

Jun. 30, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

The New Hampshire House passed a bill Tuesday that would put into law some of country's toughest drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals and provides tens of millions of dollars to help communities in the state meet the rules. The House voted 210 to 116 on the standards put forth last year by the...

Nevada mulls EPA reversal of Obama era drinking water rules

Jun. 28, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Trump administration has decided a chemical with a notorious legacy in Nevada will not be regulated in drinking water, but state officials say the reversal of the Obama-era policy shouldn’t result in any decline in drinking water standards across the state. The U.S....

Georgia county hires group to test water wells for coal ash

Jun. 22, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

JULIETTE, Ga. (AP) — A county in Georgia has announced it’s hiring an independent firm to investigate possible coal ash contamination of residential water wells. An environmental consulting group will test wells of residents near Georgia Power Co.’s Plant Scherer in Juliette due to ongoing...

Plugging abandoned North Dakota oil wells to begin mid-July

Jun. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators have approved a new program to plug North Dakota's abandoned oil wells. Work is set to begin July 16 under the program approved by the Industrial Commission on Friday. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state plans to use $66 million in federal coronavirus aid to plug...