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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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will make more than $70.6 million in water infrastructure loans to local governments and sanitary districts for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2023.
In Indiana, much of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Some water utilities in Central Indiana have water restrictions in place, limiting how often people can water their grass. However, WRTV Investigates uncovered most utilities will not reveal who is guzzling the most water.
What started as a drinking water concern for agricultural workers facing eviction could turn into an economic boom for a small rural town in West Michigan that also happens to be home to one of the country’s largest fruit processors.
Water testing at locations in Eastpointe with “known lead service lines” revealed unsatisfactory levels of lead in the drinking water, officials report.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that 99% of the Benton Harbor’s water service lines have been inspected and replaced with new copper lines if lead or galvanized pipe was found, promising an end to the city’s water crisis.
Many Northwestern Water & Sewer District customers were notified recently about elevated levels of disinfection byproducts in their tap water known as total trihalomethanes, or TTHMs.
- Defiance College partnership receives funding for water quality research – The Crescent-News
These funds, awarded through the Department of Education, will support a collaborative research program focused on water quality issues in northwest Ohio.
- Wolf admin announces $236M for water infrastructure projects – Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Fifteen Pennsylvania counties will share in a $236 million windfall that will provide funding — through grants and loans — for 23 water quality projects statewide, the Gov. Tom Wolf administration said Wednesday.
- Wisconsin Advocates Push to Ensure $700 Million in Water Infrastructure Improvements Go to Those Who Need It Most – Inside Climate News
In the state with the most lead pipes per capita, new criteria for funding prioritizes projects in low-income communities and those that remove lead service lines.