Latest Drinking water quality News

Agency trims SE Michigan water advisory to 13 communities

Aug. 13, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

BURTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities posted a boil-water advisory Saturday for more than 900,000 people in southeastern Michigan but then eased it hours later to 13 communities. The Great Lakes Water Authority reported a break on a critical pipe in St. Clair County, which...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Photo altered to include judge who...

Pipeline developer pleads no contest in pollution cases

Aug. 05, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The developer of a major pipeline system that connects the Marcellus Shale gas field in western Pennsylvania to an export terminal near Philadelphia pleaded no contest Friday to criminal charges that it systematically polluted waterways and residential water wells across...

California not counting methane leaks from idle wells

Aug. 02, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

California claims to know how much climate-warming gas is going into the air from within its borders. It's the law: California limits climate pollution and each year the limits get stricter. The state has also been a major oil and gas producer for more than a century, and...

Audit: California too slow to fix contaminated water systems

Jul. 26, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The water that comes out of the tap for more than 900,000 Californians is unsafe to drink and the state isn't acting fast enough to help clean it up, state auditors said in a report released Tuesday. Thousands of water systems supply the state's 39 million...

Oregon hikes Port of Morrow water pollution fine to $2.1M

Jun. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has increased the Port of Morrow’s groundwater contamination fine to $2.1 million following additional wastewater violations. The agency added $800,000 to the Port’s original $1.3 million fine Friday for...

Texas city residents could drink tap water again on Saturday

Jun. 17, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa who have been without safe tap water this week amid scorching temperatures may be able to drink safely straight from the faucet as early as Saturday afternoon, city officials said Friday. Samples from the Odessa area...

Residents improvise as Texas city rushes to turn water on

Jun. 16, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa improvised emergency water supplies after a water system outage left them high and dry for days amid scorching heat, even as utility crews scrambled Wednesday to restore normal service. The city said taps in 165,000 homes and businesses lost...

Several thousands of gallons of oily material in Flint River

Jun. 15, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Several thousands of gallons of an oil-based, dark black material with a petroleum smell spilled into the Flint River in Flint, authorities said Wednesday. The spilled appeared to be 5 miles (8 kilometers) miles long, Jill Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Michigan's...

EPA: 'Forever chemicals' pose risk even at very low levels

Jun. 15, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds found in drinking water are more dangerous than previously thought and pose health risks even at levels so low they cannot currently be detected. The two compounds,...