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  • Oil Well Operators in Hart County, Ky., Sentenced for Violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act

    Two oil well operators in Hart County, and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc., were sentenced today in United States District Court by Senior Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., for continued violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Charles L. Stinson, 75, of Horse Cave, Kentucky, and Ralph Dowell, 75, of Edmonton, ...

  • Household well owners can take free online lesson about nitrate in drinking water

    A free, short online lesson about nitrate in drinking water — and what to do about it — is available to household water well owners on the National Ground Water Association’s website, www.WellOwner.org. The lesson was developed with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ...

  • EPA adds areas of long island to the superfund list; volatile organic compounds found in 11 major drinking water wells

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its decision to add areas of Hicksville, New Cassel, Westbury, Hempstead and Salisbury in Nassau County, New York to the Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Ground water throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Magothy aquifer, Nassau ...

  • EPA orders Lapwai School District maintenance shop to cleanup threat to nearby drinking water wells

    The Lapwai School District in Lapwai, ID, must clean up an inactive drywell contaminated with solvents (TCE & PCE) to protect nearby public drinking water wells. The cleanup will be conducted under a legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The drywell lies under an asphalt parking lot at the Lapwai School District (District) bus maintenance facility (204 District ...

  • Occurrence of arsenic a reminder of the importance of testing well water

    The occurrence of arsenic in some well water in Pennsylvania is a reminder that private well owners should test their water regularly, the National Ground Water Association said today. “NGWA recommends that private well owners test their water annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern, the latter of which could include arsenic for some Pennsylvanians,” said NGWA ...

  • Testing the water is important for household well owners

    The National Ground Water Association recommends household well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria, nitrate, and any contaminants of local concern. More frequent testing should be considered if: There is a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well cap, inundation by floodwaters, or a new contamination ...

  • 5 Reasons to Test Your Well Water

    A lot of us know that we should test our water when we notice a problem with it. Three of the most common problems are when the water gives off a bad smell, is discolored or leaves behind stains. However do you realize that some problems you may be facing such as gastrointestinal upsets, dry skin, or even hardness may be a sign that there is something wrong with your water? Most dangerous ...

  • Abandoned water wells can present risks

    Household water well owners should act to address any improperly abandoned wells on their property as they can present threats to both people and animals, the National Ground Water Association said today. “Abandoned wells can be a physical danger to people and animals who may fall into them, but an even greater threat may be the pathway that an abandoned well provides for surface ...

  • Regular water testing important for household water well owners

    Started by the National Ground Water Association, the 16th annual National Groundwater Awareness Week takes place March 9-15, 2014. According to NGWA, this is a good time for owners of household water wells, as managers of their own personal drinking water system, to test the water. At a minimum, private well owners should ...

  • Studies find methane in Pennsylvania drinking water

    New research in Pennsylvania demonstrates that it's hard to nail down how often natural gas drilling is contaminating drinking water: One study found high levels of methane in some water wells within a half-mile of gas wells, while another found some serious methane pollution occurring naturally, far away from drilling. The findings represent a middle ground between critics of the drilling ...


    By Associated Press

  • Water well owners should check water periodically for bacteria, nitrate

    Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test their water to make sure no health risk exists, the National Ground Water Association recommended today. While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not ...

  • Drinking water watched by Queensland’s seventh sense

    CSIRO and a local water authority in Queensland, SEQWater, have joined forces to monitor the Lake Wivenhoe catchment, which spans an area about the size of the city of Brisbane, and supplies water to the region’s 1.5 million residents. Approximately 120 nodes, using CSIRO's FLECK™ smart wireless sensor network technology, are monitoring environmental conditions on Lake Wivenhoe and in the ...

  • EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday. A new health advisory is on target to be finalized sometime next spring, said Peter Grevatt, director of the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Federal government failing to protect drinking water - Report

    More than a decade after deadly gaps in drinking water management killed seven people in Walkerton, Ont., the federal government is still failing to ensure all Canadians have access to safe drinking water, according to a new report from Ecojustice. Waterproof 3, the environmental organization's third drinking water report ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • California Proposes Hexavalent Chromium Drinking Water Standard

    Last month, the Los Angeles Times published a report about California’s proposed drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium. It would be the nation’s first drinking water standard for a material that gained national attention after the release of the Erin Brockovich movie. According to the article, “At 10 parts per billion, the standard is 500 times ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Toxic Drinking Water at Marine Base Camp Lejeune

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - Two of the three drinking water systems that served family housing at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were contaminated with chemicals from dry cleaning and industrial operations for 28 years, a federal government analysis reveals. The 246 square mile base is located near Jacksonville, North Carolina. One system, the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system, ...

  • Drinking water of 41m Americans contaminated with pharmaceuticals

    An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine. 'People think that if ...

  • Measurement of lime levels in drinking water & wastewater

    As lime is a product derived from the Earth, it is fitting that many of its uses also benefit the Earth. In fact, the second leading use of lime is in environmental applications, including drinking water and wastewater. OPTIFLEX is widely used to indicate lime levels in storage silos. It usually replaces non-reliable ultrasonic or electromechanical systems that are expensive to maintain. Lime ...


  • Using the rays of the sun to convert sea- to drinking water

    Many of the world's remote areas with water shortages also have three things in abundance: Sun, wind and sea. How renewable energies can be harnessed more effectively in the future to transform salty seawater and brackish water into drinking water is the subject of a current study issued by an EU initiative dubbed 'ProDes'. Worldwide, more and more people are obtaining their drinking water ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA seeks advice on perchlorate in drinking water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking advice from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) before making a final determination on whether to issue a national regulation for perchlorate in drinking water. The agency also is issuing an interim health advisory of 15 parts per billion (ppb) to assist state and local officials in addressing local contamination of perchlorate in drinking ...

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