March 1, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Calls Grow for Greater Testing of Pennsylvania Water Supply

Posted in Illinois, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington at 10:28 pm by bengann

Top Story
In Pennsylvania, environmental and gas-industry advocates have called on state and federal regulators to step up testing of the state’s supplies of public water after a New York Times article reported that radioactive wastewater from drilling is sometimes sent to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water. The EPA is in the process of a national study on hydraulic fracturing that is scheduled to be completed in 2012, which is examining ways to improve the ability to measure, identify, and treat radioisotopes and other contaminants in drilling wastewater.

Other Headlines
The city of Columbia, Missouri wants to reimburse property owners for removing illegal connections that send rain water into the sewer system and contribute to overflows from manhole covers.

Numerous residents in Crawford County, Ohio had several inches of sewer water in their basements yesterday after heavy rains caused the sewer system to overflow. The antiquated sewer system is being blamed for the backup of sewer water into residents’ homes.

A water main break in Ferndale, Washington left about 25 homes and several businesses without water for about half the day on Tuesday.

Aging infrastructure was to blame for a water main break overnight in Niagara Falls, New York which flooded a street.

Water and Sewer Rate News
Charlotte, North Carolina
Elmhurst, Illinois
Geneva, Illinois
Morton, Pennsylvania

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