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State lifts boil-water advisory in California city of Poway

Dec. 8, 2019 11:30 AM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California city of Poway has lifted a week-long boil-water advisory after tests determined the water is safe to drink. Residents and businesses reported discolored tap water starting Nov. 30 after a storm drain backed up into a water treatment facility’s reservoir...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

Lyon County: Threatened well site checked; no problems found

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) — Lyon County officials say investigators found no sign of tampering or contamination after a threat was made regarding a water well in the Dayton area. Officials said the the Sheriff's Office and the Nevada National Guard were called in after the county Utilities Department on Tuesday...

Chemicals in Maryland tap water causes concern

Dec. 4, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Tap water at the majority of Maryland utilities, or public water systems, had levels of contaminants that exceeded health guidelines established by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on environmental health issues. According to EWG’s 2019 update, predominant chemicals included...

Southern California city finds cause of discolored tap water

Dec. 3, 2019 11:05 AM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California city of Poway has figured out the cause of discolored tap water that triggered a boil-water advisory. The city of 50,000 says on its website that it’s believed a storm drain backed up into a water treatment facility’s reservoir during rain last...

Ohio governor announces plan for toxic chemical testing

Dec. 3, 2019 1:59 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is announcing how the state will test for potentially harmful chemicals in the state's drinking water. The manmade chemicals known as PFAS have been turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. The chemicals are used in products ranging from carpeting,...

Water boil advisory lifted after E. coli contamination

Nov. 27, 2019 5:46 PM EST

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District near Spokane says most of its customers no longer need to boil their water after a water sample from a fire hydrant tested positive for E. coli. The sewer and water district said Wednesday it had isolated the area where the contamination...

Michigan homes with tainted wells to get municipal water

Nov. 26, 2019 10:20 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A state grant will help connect 14 rural homes in northern Michigan to a municipal water system after their wells were found to be contaminated with potentially toxic chemicals. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Tuesday it had awarded the grant...

Mississippi city to soon get new water supply

Nov. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EST

SALTILLO, Miss. (AP) — Customers in a northeast Mississippi city will be drinking Tombigbee River water beginning Dec. 2. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Saltillo (sal-TIL'-oh) water customers were informed by letter in recent days that the city was ready to make the switch. The city has...

Long-term fix found for Wyoming, Nebraska irrigation tunnel

Nov. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Local officials say they’ve found a long-term fix for a tunnel failure that left a large area of Wyoming and Nebraska farmland without irrigation water. Goshen Irrigation District officials say crews will stabilize the irrigation tunnel with ribbing supports and grouting....