Latest Water utilities News

Special session renews hopes for those seeking state money

Jul. 11, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Bemidji has a problem: firefighter training that used so-called “forever chemicals” has left the city’s water supply so contaminated that it needs a new water treatment facility to make water safer for its 15,000 residents. City officials are seeking...

Town's water system trouble extends to Indiana prison

Jul. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

CARLISLE, Ind. (AP) — Some 2,000 inmates were being provided with bottled water at a southwestern Indiana prison after a boil order was issued for the town water system that services the facility, a prison official said Tuesday. Water was available for showers and toilets at the Wabash Valley Correctional...

Drought affects parts of Oregon, Bend urges conservation

Jul. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week declared a drought emergency in seven counties. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor’s July 1 emergency drought declaration covers regions where agriculture relies on scant water: Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson in central Oregon, Douglas...

This May 31, 2020 image shows a group of kayakers making their way down the Rio Grande between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers has decided to stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

Jun. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

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...

'Glamping' resort proposed near Zion National Park

Jun. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sprawling network of camping resorts soon could begin unfolding in the Kolob highlands on Zion National Park’s northern boundary, potentially resulting in an influx of overnight use in a remote and scenic part of southern Utah. Late last year, Ian Crowe, a St. George real...

Warm Springs advised to boil water after mainline break

Jun. 25, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) — Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. The notice was issued after a mainline break where the water pipes cross Shitike Creek, according to the public utilities branch of...

Southern half of New Hampshire in moderate drought

Jun. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The southern half of New Hampshire is experiencing moderate drought conditions, prompting the state Department of Environmental Services to tell people with private wells to start conserving water. “Due to COVID-19, people are at home more often, which means a higher than usual...

Michigan collects 30K gallons of `forever chemical' liquids

Jun. 20, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 30,000 gallons (113,562 liters) of liquids containing so-called “forever chemicals" have been collected under a Michigan disposal program, officials said. The amount, which was collected in less than a year, contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or...

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...