August 14, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Is Pipe Break to Blame for E. coli in Water Supply?

Posted in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas at 12:26 pm by bengann

A water boiling advisory has been issued in two more Massachusetts towns after E. coli bacteria was found in the public water supply. Tests show that the contamination is not from the towns’ water source, but that it entered the system some other way, possibly through a water main break.

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A break in a water main has prompted the city of San Marcos, Texas to issue a boil water notice. A statement from the city of 35,000 says the boil water notice is in effect until at least midday Friday as testing continues.  

If you live on Campbell Boulevard in Amherst, New York you are probably sick of water main breaks. Records show the Erie County Water Authority has come out and made repairs 80 times on the Boulevard in recent years.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, a proposed settlement with the Palm Beach County Health Department and the state Department of  Environmental Protection calls for the city to  pay the agencies about $445,000 after problems at a water treatment plant led to a fecal bacteria outbreak last year. That settlement includes about $386,000 in penalties. 

In Sacramento, a state water quality control board has lodged millions of dollars in fines against two municipal treatment plants in Colusa County for violating wastewater discharge limits.

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