From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major issue plaguing cities and towns all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to everyone is an ongoing public health struggle.
Keep up with drinking water-related developments in the Great Lakes area.
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- Brain-damaging Lead Found in Tap Water From Most Illinois Communities During the Past 6 Years – Chicago Tribune
More than 8 of every 10 Illinoisans live in a community where brain-damaging lead was found in the tap water of at least one home during the past six years, a new Chicago Tribune analysis found.
The alarming results are from a limited number of samples collected under federal regulations by the state’s 1,768 water utilities. Only a few dozen homes are monitored by each utility, but when combined the tests provide snapshots of a widespread threat to public health that for decades has been largely ignored.
On Sunday, City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) crews were dispatched to repair a water main break in east Bloomington. Water service was shut off for 9 addresses; all other addresses in the area placed under a boil water advisory. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requires all public water systems to issue a boil water advisory when the pressure drops below 20 psi in the water main.
- Study: Drought Puts More Hoosiers With Private Wells At Risk From Arsenic – Indiana Public Media
Indiana residents are already at greater risk for unsafe levels of arsenic in private drinking water wells than people in some other states — and a new study shows drought can make the problem worse. Arsenic naturally occurs in the ground, but long-term exposure to the metal in drinking water can increase your risk for all kinds of health problems — including bladder, lung, prostate, and skin cancers.
- Elevated Levels Of Manganese Found In Mound Water Supply – CBS Minnesota
Drinking water in Mound, Minnesota, may have unsafe levels of manganese. The city recently tested the water supply and found elevated levels of manganese in two wells. Both had levels that ranged from 470 to 750 parts per billion, which is higher than the health guidance of 300 parts per billion.
New York State has granted 21 Long Island water providers additional time to meet new drinking water standards, while an environmental group is calling on the state to deny further delays in implementing the requirements. Water providers said they are working within state guidelines and that extensions are needed in some cases to get expensive new treatment systems in place.
The state Department of Health in August adopted maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals: 1,4-dioxane, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, and perfluorooctanoic acid.
- Federal Judge Blocks Further Oil And Gas Extraction on Ohio’s Only National Forest – Good News Network
A federal judge blocked new oil and gas leasing and fracking in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, a popular destination for outdoor recreation and the only National Forest located in the vast state.
The ruling rebuked the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for failing to consider threats to public health, endangered species, and watersheds before opening more than 40,000 acres of the forest to fracking last year.
Plastic permeates Pennsylvania’s waterways, according to a study released Wednesday by PennEnvironment’s Research & Policy Center. The environmental organization conducted a survey to study the presence of microplastics — pieces of plastic debris less than 5 millimeters long, often too tiny to be caught by water-filtration systems — in the state’s rivers, creeks, and streams.
Turns out, microplastics are everywhere.
- The State of Wisconsin Issues an Interim Area-Wide Drinking Water Advisory for the Town of Campbell – News 8000
The state of Wisconsin is stepping in to help the Town of Campbell, where close to 200 wells are contaminated with dangerous man-made chemicals. Under the interim area-wide drinking water advisory, the DNR will continue to provide water to any family on French Island if they are not already getting bottled water from the City of La Crosse.
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