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Sewage to be tested to determine prevalence of virus

Jul. 24, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A water district in Maine is collecting sewage samples for testing to determine the prevalence of the coronavirus based on what's being flushed down the toilet. The Greater Augusta Utility District began collecting samples of sewage this week at its wastewater treatment plant. Those...

Worsening drought forces state of emergency in Puerto Rico

Jun. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic. Starting July 2, nearly 140,000 clients, including some in the capital of San Juan, will be without water for 24 hours...

Puerto Rico hit with water rationing amid severe drought

Jun. 19, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government announced water rationing measures on Friday as 26% of the U.S. territory faces a severe drought amid the pandemic. The island’s utilities company said water will be shut off for eight hours a day starting Saturday in several neighborhoods...

FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. The Trump administration on Thursday, June 18, 2020, rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns. The contaminant is perchlorate, a component in rocket fuel, ammunition and other explosives, including fireworks. The Associated Press found one high-profile example of that on Thursday, reviewing a 2016 U.S. Geological Survey report that links high levels of perchlorate contamination in the water at Mount Rushmore national memorial with past years of fireworks displays there. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US drops planned limit for toxin that damages infant brains

Jun. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Thursday rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns, opting to override Obama administration findings that the neurotoxin was contaminating the drinking water of millions of Americans. The...