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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- Sludge containing forever chemicals spread on Illinois farmland – Chicago Tribune
Sewage sludge is contaminating thousands of acres of northeast Illinois farmland with toxic “forever chemicals,” a Chicago Tribune investigation found.
- Holmes: IEPA allocates $4 million to Aurora to replace lead service lines – Illinois Senate Democrats
The city of Aurora will soon receive $4 million in funding to replace lead water service lines in parts of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, according to State Sen. Linda Holmes.
A precautionary Boil Advisory is in effect for Princeton, Indiana residents.
United Technologies Automotive was in the town of Andrews in Huntington County for 18 years. During that time, the town claims a local factory dumped chemicals that wound up in their groundwater. Thirty years later, the chemicals still taint the water below Andrews.
Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom has been identified by state regulators as the source of a spill of a known carcinogen into the Huron River, as state officials warn the public not to swim or drink from the river until further notice.
- New test results show increase in lead level in Flint drinking water – Michigan Radio
The latest round of testing for the city of Flint’s drinking water shows a rise in lead levels.
The Crow River drains thousands of square miles of Western Minnesota’s crop fields, doubling the nutrient load in the Mississippi River when the two meet Dayton, Minnesota.
A few years ago, Chisago County, Minnesota, farmer Max Gustafson needed a way to stop his cattle from wandering into a nearby wetland and polluting it in the process.
A group of engineers says New York state’s water supply systems need some upgrades.
- Fairborn suing 3M, BASF, 30 other businesses over water contamination concerns over PFAS chemical issues – Dayton Daily News
The city of Fairborn is suing 32 businesses, including several corporations which manufacture chemicals, over potential contamination of its water sources.
A water boil advisory has been issued for some in the Toledo area from June 31 to August 3 at 5:00 p.m.
- Federal Water Tap, August 1: EPA Shows Interest in Fireworks Contamination of Drinking Water Sources – Circle of Blue
The EPA will fund research into drinking water contamination following fireworks shows.
- Water in Renfrew meets all health requirements and is safe to drink – 96.1 Renfrew Today
The Town of Renfrew and the Ontario Clean Water Agency are monitoring the color of the drinking water.
- Dirty, Musty Tap Water Complaints In Some Montco, Bucks Co. Towns – Lower Moreland, PA Patch
Some residents in eastern Montgomery County and lower Bucks County recently complained their tap water was musty and tasted bad.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently published its 2021 Annual Drinking Water Report.
- More counties are asking voters whether Wisconsin should establish a right to clean water – Wisconsin Public Radio
Bayfield County is the latest to approve putting a clean water referendum before voters during the November general election after supervisors approved a resolution on Tuesday.
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