Latest Drinking water quality News

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,...

West Texas city's water taps go dry after main break

Jun. 14, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas city’s water system lost pressure after a break in a major water main, leaving tens of thousands of customers with dry taps Tuesday. Odessa's water system's 165,000 customers’ water taps lost pressure or went completely dry after the 24-inch...

Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

Jun. 08, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a record-setting Midwestern rainstorm that damaged thousands of homes and businesses, Stefanie Johnson’s farmhouse in Blandinsville, Illinois, didn’t have safe drinking water for nearly two months. Flood water poured into her well, turning the water a...

5 years into GenX probe, new NC gov't action plan unveiled

Jun. 07, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Five years after the state's initial investigation of GenX turning up in the Cape Fear River, Gov. Roy Cooper and his environmental chief unveiled a three-pronged strategy Tuesday to address further efforts to reduce and remedy a broad category of “forever chemicals”...

NC bill seeks "forever chemical" standards, reimbursements

Jun. 02, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state regulators would set maximum acceptable levels of “forever chemicals” — like those discharged for decades into the Cape Fear River — for drinking water in legislation considered Thursday by a state House committee. The measure also...

Harris calls water security a foreign policy priority

Jun. 01, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday the U.S. is safer if people in other countries have sufficient water to drink, grow food and safely dispose of sewage, emphasizing that water access is a foreign policy priority. Harris said making sure that every...