Drinking Water

July 24, 2018

EPA’s Inspector General issues final report on Flint Michigan water crisis – cites management weakness as main culprit . . .

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final report this past week dealing with the circumstances in Flint Michigan that lead to the exposure of residents to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. After Flint switched its drinking water supply in April 2014, inadequate water treatment […]
April 25, 2018

Enviros threaten to sue City of Newark and State for lead contaminated drinking water . . .

Environmental groups plan to sue Newark over elevated levels of lead in water By HEATHER KAYS April 24, 2018 at 6:40 PM Newark, NJ–The Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW Caucus) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced plans to sue the city of Newark for elevated levels of lead in the water on Tuesday. […]
April 15, 2018

Feds file major action against NY town for drinking water violations, signaling shift in enforcement priorities.

In what is a clear shift in DOJ/EPA policy involving large enforcement cases under the nation’s Clean Water Act, the Trump Administration has turned its focus to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the risks to public health associated with health-based violations.  Historically, the federal government has focused largely on enforcing against cities discharging raw […]
January 8, 2018

Collaboration With Farmers Key to Source Water Protection

Congress has a unique opportunity this year to encourage and incentivize collaborative efforts between water utilities and upstream farmers.  Reposting below a great article by David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association. Reposted from Journal AWWA Jan. 2018 Open Channel DAVID B. LaFRANCE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER When we sit down for dinner each […]
November 14, 2017

National Academy Issues Timely Report on Clean Water Affordability

The National Academy of Public Administration has released its long-awaited report titled “Developing a New Framework for Community Affordability of Clean Water Services.”  Affordability is a central issue to many communities who increasingly are dealing with higher costs to address aging infrastructure and federal clean water mandates. The Senate Appropriations Committee, in a committee report […]
September 24, 2017

Rural Communities Contemplate the Costs and Benefits of Consolidating Water Systems

For CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division October 2017 When Rural Water Systems Combine Report (pdf version) When Rural Water Systems Combine Consolidation may offer benefits for the nation’s rural water industry, but it’s also triggered debate on its rationale, approaches and community impact Is consolidation in your water system’s future? Who should determine whether it’s the […]
June 19, 2017

Top State Health Official Criminally Charged in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

This past week, Michigan’s Attorney General criminally charged the state’s top health official, and four other officials, with involuntary manslaughter for their roles in the Flint water crisis.  Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly failed to report an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that contributed to the death of […]
April 27, 2017

Pew Research Issues New Study on Flint Water Crisis

Just Google the term “Flint Water Crisis” and you’ll generate 1.6 million hits.  It’s a story that has gripped the Nation since it first unfolded in 2015.  News spread like wildfire over social media and the mainstream news, and government officials who responded too slow quickly became overtaken by the story. Even before the water […]
April 15, 2017

Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal Water Resources

Linking to a new report by Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School, and Jill Jamieson, Jones Lang LaSalle, titled Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources.  The report looks at a host of water infrastructure, including navigation, flood management, hydropower, irrigation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Decades of inadequate funding have resulted […]
January 2, 2017

Community Wins $22M Against Shell Oil for Contaminated Water Supply

A jury awarded $22M to a community near Fresno, California for a chemical contaminant found in its public drinking water wells.  The contaminant, known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane), was an impurity found in a soil fumigant manufactured by Shell used to control soil nematodes.  The contamination effected water wells in an agricultural area serving 108,000 people […]