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Many of Oregon's dams in dangerous condition

Aug. 24, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — People in blazers and strapped-on booties waded through the dark intake tunnel of a dam, flashlights in hand, stirring rust-colored silt into the water. Spiders and large black crickets scurried across the wet walls. And water trickled from seepage holes — vulnerable breakage...

City paid for neglect after leaving water system vulnerable

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Eight years after shrinking its staff, Fort Lauderdale still doesn't have the workers it needs to be sure a water line failure doesn't leave the city dry the way it did last month. A contractor's mistake July 18 ruptured a pipe feeding the city's primary water treatment plant,...

Arizona, Nevada cuts to Colorado River water negligible

Aug. 16, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Arizona and Nevada will face their first-ever cuts in Colorado River water next year, but the changes aren't expected to be overly burdensome for either state. The water is delivered through Lake Mead, one of the largest manmade reservoirs in the country that straddles the...

Maine CDC: Legionella bacteria eliminated from water source

Aug. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says tests indicate chlorine eliminated the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease from the Orono-Veazie Water District. Chlorine was added after the CDC discovered the presence of the bacteria last month while investigating...

People, companies forced to save water in parched India city

Aug. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

CHENNAI, India (AP) — For retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan and his wife, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in the three-story home where they live and rent out units to others. For months, their neighbors...

Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

Aug. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed and the...

Unclear when irrigation tunnel will be fixed after collapse

Aug. 12, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than 100,000 acres of farmland in Nebraska and Wyoming remain dry after an irrigation tunnel collapsed last month, and it's not clear when the tunnel will resume handling water. Officials have been working to repair the tunnel that's 100 feet (30 meters) below ground since it...

Hawaii water utility not yet planning Puna service repairs

Aug. 12, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii water utility has no current plans to restore service to two areas damaged by the Kilauea volcano, officials said. The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply is not considering restoration of water service to Kapoho and the area around Pohoiki, The Hawaii Herald-Tribune...

Mountain Home Water Department warns of utility scams

Aug. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A telephone scam where the victim is threatened with a shutoff of water service unless they share their credit card information is apparently targeting the City of Mountain Home Water Department's customers. Water Department Director Alma Clark said her office had recently...

Arkansas cities, counties embracing solar power

Aug. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — "Do you like money?" "Are you interested in saving a lot of it?" That's Rick Vance's simple pitch to towns, counties, agencies and schools freed by a new law to partner with third-party companies in solar energy projects. Vance is regional director for Entegrity Energy Partners LLC...