Newark handing out bottled water as lead levels test high
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Residents began picking up bottled water on Monday, days after elevated lead levels were found in homes where city-issued filters had been distributed months ago as part of an...
UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Residents of Chicago's southern suburbs have been warned about higher than normal lead levels in tap water.
Aqua Illinois, which serves University Park as well...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Poland Spring announced Monday a plan to use 100% recycled plastic for all its noncarbonated water containers, a move that comes amid growing concern about plastic...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska legislative committee that's looking for ways to reduce property taxes is considering a half-cent sales tax increase as one way to address the issue.
Legionnaire’s case forces precautions at Manteno home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are using bottled water for drinking and preparing meals after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease at the Manteno veterans' home.
New Mexico concerned about contamination at US air base
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chemicals associated with firefighting foam once used at a U.S. Air Force base in eastern New Mexico have been detected in groundwater on and near the military installation, prompting requests by state officials for more tests and a study to determine the extent of the toxic plume.
Hammond schools to provide bottled water at 7 buildings
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Hammond's school superintendent says bottled water will be provided to students in buildings where elevated lead levels were found in drinking water.
Superintendent Walter Watkins said in an email to staff on Thursday that seven buildings, including six schools, registered lead levels above the recommended Environmental Protection Agency threshold when tested on Aug. 9-13.
Chemours cuts off bottled water for some N Carolina families
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The company that makes a chemical that's been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant will stop providing bottled water to residents whose wells meet the state's health goal.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's largest city on Wednesday renewed longstanding warnings about the city's drinking water, saying the city still isn't maintaining the chemical balance needed to prevent lead and copper pipes from corroding.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said at a news conference that the city continues advising pregnant women and children younger than 5 to drink only filtered or bottled water.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's largest city is renewing warnings about the city's drinking water, saying the city still isn't maintaining the chemical balance needed to prevent lead and copper pipes from corroding.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said at a Wednesday news conference that the city continues advising pregnant women and children younger than 5 to drink only filtered or bottled water.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Health officials have advised families in southwestern Michigan not to allow infants to drink from one city's water system after finding elevated levels of manganese.
DANBURY - Officials reported Wednesday that water service has been restored to the entire city but a boiling advisory remains in effect.
Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted early Wednesday that while service has been restored following a major water main break that impacted thousands of residents on the city’s east side, some precautions remain in effect.
Boughton advised residents to boil water before personal use. Showering with the city water is safe, however.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is defending a decision to cut off free bottled water in Flint, saying tap water now is as "good or better" than in many communities.
Attorneys responded Thursday to a request that the state be ordered to resume water distribution. Federal Judge Judith Levy is holding a hearing Friday.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced an end to free water on April 6. Tests show Flint is far below the federal action level for lead.
Two years after Gov. Rick Snyder issued a full-blown apology for presiding over one of the biggest public health disasters in the state, in which roughly 10,000 kids in Flint were exposed to lead in their drinking water for 18 months, the city is still waiting for a clean bill of health. A majority of the lead pipes have not been replaced and the city's children are still being tested for lead.
Lansing — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office said Tuesday it has canceled an upcoming Flint water crisis response meeting after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue the state for cutting off a years-long supply of free bottled water.
As Flint moves on from its water crisis, residents still lack faith in elected leaders who didn't do enough to prevent lead from poisoning the city's water supply back in 2014. For months now, however, the water has registered normal lead levels and families can drink their water without fear.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Flint-area lawmakers are urging Attorney General Bill Shuette to take immediate legal action to reverse Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to close bottled water distribution sites in the city dealing with a lead-tainted drinking water crisis.
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is planning to lobby Gov. Rick Snyder for an extension of the free bottled water to her city after the Republican governor on Friday ended the program.
Lansing — Michigan will stop providing Flint residents with free bottled water when current supplies run out, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration said Friday, citing nearly two years of test results showing falling lead levels in city tap water.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It's party time in Savannah, but no party tents, coolers, folding chairs or outside drinks other than bottled water will be allowed in a dozen square blocks of downtown during Vice President Mike Pence's weekend visit for the St. Patrick's Day parade that draws huge crowds to Georgia's oldest city.
Some locals are worried the security measures will throttle any enjoyment at the heart of the spirited Irish celebration.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State employees working in the Albany office building that's the tallest in upstate New York are drinking bottled water after a chemical used in mothballs was detected in water samples.
The Office of General Services says trace amounts of naphthalene were found in samples taken from faucets inside the 44-floor Corning Tower, located on the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.
Green summit being held in Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Activists from across New England are meeting in Boston this weekend to learn better ways to protect the environment.
People attending the Mass Green Summit on Saturday will reflect on the lessons of the past year, share stories, and learn about new resources and best practices, both for passing new regulations and for implementing those already adopted.
Turn on the tap: EU acts to improve water, reduce plastic
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water.
Michigan investigation into tannery waste disposal expands
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say the state's investigation into old tannery waste disposal has expanded.
The state Department of Environmental Quality said it's now investigating 75 sites for toxic industrial chemicals that were used by Wolverine World Wide to waterproof shoes.
The department, which is using tips from the public to compile a list of sites, has referred about 26 locations to the shoe manufacturer for further testing, department spokesperson Mel Brown said.
School gets bottled water amid tests for hazardous chemicals
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Officials are shutting off drinking fountains and providing bottled water at a middle school in western Michigan as they test water for possible hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site nearby.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced precautionary measures Thursday at East Rockford Middle School.
Ohio mayor asks Trump for help combating Lake Erie algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Three years after toxic algae in Lake Erie tainted the drinking water for more than 400,000 people, many are still leery about what's coming out of their faucets.
Some have taken to stockpiling bottled water in the summer months when algae blooms blanket the western end in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
Bottled water delivered after treatment plant vandalized
CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — Crow tribal employees helped deliver bottled water to families on the Crow Indian Reservation after someone vandalized the water treatment plant in Crow Agency, causing an estimated $1 million in damages.
Tribal Chairman A.J. Not Afraid declared a state of emergency Wednesday after workers discovered the destruction at the plant, including shots fired at equipment and fire damage.
Lawsuit: Poland Spring Water is committing ‘colossal fraud’
A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains "100 percent natural spring water" that hails from Maine.
The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut claims that parent company Nestle Waters North America is bottling common groundwater that doesn't meet the federal definition of spring water.
National Park Service ends ban on disposable water bottles
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter.
The National Park Service said in a statement it made the decision to "expand hydration options for recreationalists, hikers, and other visitors to national parks."
Surge in bottled-water demand brings more business — and scrutiny — for Nestlé Waters
STAMFORD — Demand for bottled water in the U.S. is turning into a torrent.
Consumption has spiked as Americans have increasingly sought healthier alternatives to carbonated and sugary beverages in an option they see as safe and reliable.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nestle says it plans to spend about $21 billion to buy its own stock in the next three years as the food and beverage giant seeks to boost shareholder value.
The Swiss food and beverage giant also said Tuesday that that after a review of its wide-ranging business, it will mostly focus on high-growth areas, such as coffee, pet care, baby food and bottled water.
Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money
NEW YORK (AP) — Bottled water is starting to seem more like soda, and sometimes taste like it, too.
As bottled water surges in popularity, Coke, Pepsi and other companies are using celebrity endorsements, stylish packaging and fancy filtration processes like "reverse osmosis" to sell people on expanding variations of what comes out of the tap. They're also adding flourishes like bubbles, flavors or sweeteners that can blur the lines between what is water and what is soda.
St. Joseph residents to get bottled water through September
ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — It's likely to be another eight months before St Joseph residents can drink tap water, according to the town's court-appointed financial administrator.
The state has provided bottled water since mid-December, after high lead levels were found in the water at 38 houses — about one-quarter of the homes in the town of about 1,000.
Do-not-use order lifted for Orange County water customers
The final water tests for Orange County are expected to be returned by Saturday afternoon as utility customers endure the second day of a do-not-use order.
The order has been in place since Friday when a water main broke near Chapel Hill, causing severe shortages in the county's water supply. Officials with the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) said on Friday night that water will not be safe for Chapel Hill residents until at least Saturday afternoon.
Water bottler to open $78M plant in near Byhalia, hiring 38
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A water bottling company will open a $78 million facility in Marshall County next year, hiring 38 workers.
Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, California, is buying a 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park from Panattoni Development Co. Niagara makes private-label bottled waters, tea and sports drinks for retailers.
Bottled water is everywhere, in offices, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants.
But is bottled water any better or safer than tap water? According to the Mayo Clinic, tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety. So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference.
PepsiCo Foundation grant supports food bank centers in Flint
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The PepsiCo Foundation is giving a $570,000 grant in support of two new Food Bank Community Help Centers in Flint.
The centers opened last month and provide bottled water, fresh foods and produce and physical and mental health services to Flint residents dealing with the city's lead water crisis.
Bottled water, other drinks needed for SC fire responders
EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — The Easley Fire Department is asking residents to donate water and other drinks to help the people fighting a fire on Pinnacle Mountain.
Capt. Matthew Littleton of the fire department says responders need bottled water and Gatorade- and Powerade-type drinks. Since officials are asking people to stay away from the fire, they don't want the items brought directly to the responders.
Michigan, Flint ordered to make home water deliveries
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered delivery of bottled water to lead-tainted homes in Flint, Michigan, unless residents opt out or officials verify that a water filter has been properly installed.
Water is distributed for free at many sites in Flint. Residents who can't get to a distribution site can call a community group for help, but U.S. District Judge David Lawson said it's still not enough.
Flint mayor to speak at Tougaloo’s convocation
TOUGALOO, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Flint, Michigan, is the featured speaker for Tougaloo College's 147th Founders' Convocation.
Dr. Karen Weaver, a graduate of Tougaloo, will address the audience Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Historic Woodworth Chapel on the college's campus.
Weaver graduated from Tougaloo with a bachelor's in psychology and later obtained a Master's degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.
REDDING — Students and staff at Redding Elementary School will have to drink and cook with bottled water for another month until school officials are sure the water is drinkable.
The school’s certified water operator noticed cloudiness in the water during daily tests about two weeks ago, said Peggy Sullivan, director of finance and operations for Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. Officials are still trying to determine what caused the problem, she said.
Water outage at Oklahoma state prisons after 3 pumps fail
LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) — State prison officials say three of six water pumps that supply water to two state prisons in Lexington have failed, causing an outage.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Saturday that the pumps provide water to the Lexington Correctional Center and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.
The Harp center is rationing water and weekend visits at the Lexington center have been canceled.
Lead found in drinking water at University of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Three residence halls at the University of Oregon have tested positive for lead in the drinking water and fourth hall likely also has tainted water.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2cLJcK8 ) that UO officials have asked students moving into the affected halls in coming weeks not to drink or cook with any of the tap water faucets and instead to use school-provided bottled water. The announcement affects about 210 students.
Tiny Culver logs thousands of volunteer hours for water
CULVER, Kan. (AP) — After dealing with dirty tap water for years, residents of a tiny town in north-central Kansas now have a new water treatment system thanks to some state and federal grants and thousands of hours of volunteer labor.
CULVER — For those who didn’t have a filtration system, taking a bath in Culver was like frolicking in dirty water, and it didn’t taste good out of the tap.
While tests revealed there was no health issue, just a lot of manganese and iron in Culver’s two city wells, many folks in the town of 120 bought bottled water to drink, said Carolyn Winebrenner, Culver’s mayor from 2011 to 2015.
Federal declaration ending over Flint water; work remains
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A federal emergency declaration over Flint's lead-tainted water crisis is ending, but officials say work will continue to fix the drinking water system and provide services to city residents.
The declaration ends Sunday, after which the state will bear the full cost of bottled water, filters and other water supplies.
Federal resources, health programs and monitoring efforts also will continue.
Lead Levels Slightly Elevated in Water from Morris Elementary School Faucets
LENOX >> Recent water quality testing in the town's municipal buildings and schools have revealed slightly elevated levels of lead at four faucets — seldom used for drinking — in Morris Elementary School.
The tests, a year ahead of the state-required schedule and expanded beyond the normal requirements, have prompted a precautionary shutdown of the drinking water supply at the school until the source of the lead contamination is identified and repaired,...