December 8, 2009

Tuesday’s Water News: Study Finds Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water

Posted in California, DC, National, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin at 10:31 pm by bradhannon

According to a New York Times analysis of federal data, more than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years. Since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.

Headlines
EPA has unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities and has pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools. As part of the new approach, EPA officials said the agency would pay particular attention to chronic violators.

Residents in the Shephard Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. have been advised to boil their tap water or drink bottled water for at least the next two days after a drop in water pressure Monday afternoon.  The pressure drop affected about 750 single-family homes and apartment buildings.

Stimulus Spotlight
An additional $1,550,000 in federal stimulus funds was recently given to Brooklyn, New York for improvements to a water pollution control plant.

New York Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito has written to New York’s U.S. senators requesting future economic stimulus funding or any other appropriate federal funding to help Oneida County meet a state order to significantly rehab its sewage treatment infrastructure.

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