Latest Water quality News

Utah city distributing bottled water due to contamination

Feb. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A Salt Lake City suburb is distributing bottled water to residents of approximately 600 homes in an area where tests show the city's tap water is contaminated with lead and copper. Sandy officials on Saturday said on Facebook that residents of the affected area shouldn't drink tap water...

Flooding from storm runoff damages forest recreational sites

Feb. 16, 2019 11:44 AM EST

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino National Forest officials say recent flooding from storm runoff in the Sedona area of north-central Arizona damaged and closed campgrounds and day-use areas along creeks in the Red Rock Ranger District. Forest officials say rapidly flowing water spread debris, knocked over...

Boil-water advisory ends in Dayton, Ohio

Feb. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Boil-water advisories have ended for the Dayton, Ohio, area. City authorities said late Friday morning that water samples were clear of bacteria, and Montgomery County followed later in the day after concluding water was safe to drink without boiling first. Some 100,000 people began...

EPA hits chemical maker for not notifying on new compounds

Feb. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A chemical maker's North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said this week. The Chemours Co. also failed to provide information...

Nevada closes school for at-risk teens after owners' arrests

Feb. 15, 2019 3:14 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials have shut down a boarding school for at-risk teens after its owners were accused of forcing students to drink tainted tap water. State health department spokeswoman Chrystal Main said Friday that Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley has closed. A telephone message to the...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Feb. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system...

State says school for at-risk teens to close after arrests

Feb. 14, 2019 7:33 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A boarding school for at-risk teens will close following the arrests of the owners on child endangerment charges alleging that they served tainted water to students, authorities said Thursday. "At this time the facility ... (is) assisting the kids currently in attendance to find other...

Broken pipe puts much of a city under boil-water advisory

Feb. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A water line broke in one of Ohio's largest cities Thursday, forcing some 100,000 customers to boil their water, closing schools and disrupting diners' Valentine's Day plans. Crews located the leak early Thursday under the Great Miami River and were working to repair it. There was no...

Seattle metal recycler fined $98K for polluting Duwamish

Feb. 14, 2019 4:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metal recycling company has been fined $98,000 for discharging pollutants into the Duwamish River. The Washington Department of Ecology said Wednesday it fined Seattle Iron and Metals Corp. for violations in 2017 and 2018. Officials say the company, which recovers metal from cars,...

Chemicals contaminating US water supplies focus of EPA plan

Feb. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...