Latest Water utilities News

Drought-hit California cities to get little water from state

Dec. 01, 2022 20:13 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water agencies that serve 27 million people will get just 5% of what they requested from the state to start 2023, water officials announced Thursday. The news of limited water comes as California concludes its driest three-year stretch on...

Denver gets go-ahead from EPA after progress on lead pipes

Dec. 01, 2022 10:52 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in the Denver region, saying the local water utility's approach for reducing lead levels is succeeding and making swift progress. It's a recognition that cities can effectively address...

US agencies sued over fate of rare Rio Grande minnow

Nov. 30, 2022 18:40 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Wednesday accused the U.S. government of not doing enough to ensure the survival of the Rio Grande silvery minnow as drought tightens its grip on one of the longest rivers in the West. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the group...

Gas driller pleads no contest to polluting town's water

Nov. 29, 2022 19:39 PM EST

MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s most active gas driller pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal charges, capping a landmark environmental case against a company that prosecutors say polluted a rural community's drinking water 14 years ago and then tried to evade responsibility. ...

Drying California lake to get $250M in US drought funding

Nov. 28, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Monday it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The future of the Salton Sea, and who is...

Public utility to pipe water to residents of 'Gasland' town

Nov. 22, 2022 17:35 PM EST

SPRINGVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A new water line will deliver something that residents of a rural Pennsylvania community have gone without for the last 14 years — a clean, reliable supply of drinking water — after a public utility on Tuesday released the first details of a plan to mitigate the damage...

House Democrats request review of local water utilities

Nov. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Amid an investigation into the water crisis in Mississippi's capital city, two congressional Democrats are requesting a review of the federal government's efforts to maintain local water utilities. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro on Friday,...

Western US cities to remove decorative grass amid drought

Nov. 17, 2022 21:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in...

Ukraine war's environmental toll to take years to clean up

Nov. 11, 2022 03:01 AM EST

DEMYDIV, Ukraine (AP) — Olga Lehan's home near the Irpin River was flooded when Ukraine destroyed a dam to prevent Russian forces from storming the capital of Kyiv just days into the wa r. Weeks later, the water from her tap turned brown from pollution. “It was not safe to...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 07, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Austin American Statesman. November 6, 2022. Editorial: On Election Day, vote for candidates who respect democracy Texas has more election deniers on the ballot than any other state, according to the FiveThirtyEight website As you cast your ballot for...