Water Inspection

Texas lawmakers to push water infrastructure upgrades to forefront of legislative agenda

(UI) — For the upcoming fiscal year, Texas is anticipated to have a record surplus. Now, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is hoping to direct some of that money toward much-needed renovations to the state's water infrastructure.

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

While the much-needed water has improved conditions in the parched West, experts warn against claiming victory. About 60% of the region remains in some form of drought, continuing a decades-long spiral into water scarcity.

West Virginia lab owner admits to falsifying test results for city’s public water

The co-owner of a West Virginia water laboratory on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to submitting false results for a city’s public drinking water samples that were never tested, prosecutors said.

Pennsylvania passes ‘forever chemicals’ drinking water limit

Pennsylvania has enacted a statewide drinking water limit on two forms of highly toxic chemicals, nicknamed “forever chemicals.” The rule applies to all 3,117 water systems, the Department of Environmental Protection said.

Wyoming’s water infrastructure rated “mediocre” by engineering group

(UI) — The Wyoming section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the first Report Card for Wyoming’s Infrastructure on Tuesday, with the state’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure receiving a grade of “C” and “D+”. According to the report, a C is considered “mediocre” while a D is “poor.”

Gas driller pleads no contest to polluting town’s water

Pennsylvania’s most active gas driller pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal charges, capping a landmark environmental case against a company that prosecutors say polluted a rural community’s drinking water 14 years ago and then tried to evade responsibility.

New York distributes $31.3 million to six municipalities for water infrastructure upgrades

(UC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that six municipalities will receive $31.3 million in financial assistance for critical water infrastructure improvements that are crucial to protecting public health and the environment.

EPA official tours Flint’s upgraded water infrastructure

Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 administrator Debra Shore visited Flint, Michigan, this week to inspect the city’s upgraded water infrastructure.

Ecoremedy receives EPA approval for wastewater treatment technology

Ecoremedy receives an EPA ruling on its gasification technology, and now moves forward with installing the system at a Washington wastewater plant.

Large dairy farm sues state over wastewater permit changes

Farm operators say the monitoring system will cost tens of thousands of dollars initially, plus the fees indefinitely paid to experts to sample, analyze and interpret data from the wells.

PNW 2022 water outlook improves with storms, drought remains

An unexpected snowstorm in the Pacific Northwest could increase the water supply in some areas but droughts continue to persist.

Wisconsin judge to rule on DNR authority to regulate PFAS

A judge was set to rule on whether state regulators can require businesses to clean up PFAS contamination without established limits on the chemicals.

Decisions remain for Pilgram's radioactive water

Holtec International is working to remove radioactive water inside a former nuclear power plant in Massachusetts.

Maine takes step toward phase out of long-lasting chemicals

Lawmakers in Maine have made a move toward banning pesticides that contain long-lasting chemicals.

EPA upholds Trump-era decision not to regulate contaminant

The Environmental Protection Agency said that it will not regulate a drinking water contaminant that has been linked to brain damage in infants.

Lawsuit against EPA claims agency fails to protect Montana rivers from pollution

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against U.S. environmental officials for alleged failure to intervene after the Montana Legislature rolled back longstanding water pollution rules.

Maryland officials order stop on treatment plant unpermitted discharges

Officials in Maryland are ordering the state’s largest wastewater treatment plant to stop unpermitted discharges of water pollution.

Michigan Supreme Court adds 2nd Flint water case to docket

The Michigan Supreme Court is getting more involved in Flint water criminal cases after agreeing to hear arguments about whether a one-person grand jury violates the state constitution.

Tap water returns to Warm Springs but with boil water notice

After several days, water service on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in north central Oregon is resuming, although with an indefinite boil water notice.

Long-running Love Canal suits scheduled for hearing in May

Long-pending lawsuits stemming from toxic waste contamination in Niagara Falls’ notorious Love Canal neighborhood have a new court date in May to determine whether 19 pending lawsuits should be heard.

Chemicals found in well water near landfill

Officials in have found elevated levels of industrial chemicals and arsenic in well water near a Maine town's landfill.

Hawaii says water in Pearl Harbor homes is safe to drink

The Hawaii Department of Health said that the tap water in all residential areas served by the Navy’s Pearl Harbor water system is safe to drink.

Oregon reservation water treatment plant offline due to fire

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in north central Oregon has issued an emergency water conservation notice after an underground fire shut the tribes’ water treatment plant.

Tennessee community fights to save creek from wastewater dumping

A community in Tennessee fights to prevent a utility from dumping wastewater into Lick Creek.

Indiana city plans cleanup of PCBs in tainted soil

The city of Kokomo drafted a plan to clean up contaminated soils that were discovered last year and stopped the expansion of the city's sewage treatment plant.

Water main break in Flint prompts water conservation request

Residents of Flint are asked to cut back on water use due to a water main break.

Wichita man killed on water plant construction site

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Relatives have identified the man killed on the job at the site where a new water plant is under construction in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that the victim was 55-year-old Manuel Esparza of Wichita, a superintendent for UCI Industrial Construction Services. The company ..

Los Angeles sues companies over toxic chemicals in waterways

The city of Los Angeles is suing three companies for waterway contamination.

EPA chief witnesses sewage problems in Alabama’s Black Belt

The administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency said he witnessed “unacceptable” problems with raw sewage fouling properties of residents of Alabama’s Black Belt.

Water contaminations increase Native Hawaiians' distrust in military

After a Navy fuel tank contaminated the water supply for many Pearl Harbor residents, the incident triggered Native Hawaiians' increased distrust in the military.