Lead crisis in Newark leads to distribution of bottled water…

Lead crisis in Newark leads to distribution of bottled water, after filters fail to safeguard homes with old pipes

…after filters fail to safeguard homes with old pipes

Responding to reports that filters are not protecting residents from elevated lead levels in their drinking water, Newark officials on Sunday said they will distribute bottled water to households with old lead pipes after federal officials urged the city to take action “as soon as possible.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its recommendation to Newark in a letter Friday, in … [more…]

What new EPA lead regulations mean for local drinking water protection

photo: water going down the drain. ‘This rule came really fast’: What new EPA lead regulations mean for local drinking water protection

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency released new guidance and regulations this week for how Ohio public water systems must alert residents and businesses when the water systems are replacing water lines that contain lead.

New regulations require every public water system in Ohio to notify residents or business owners 45 days before making repairs to water lines that contain lead. Water systems are also now required to provide filters to … [more…]

Upper Dublin parents asked to send kids to school with bottled water

photo: tap water. Upper Dublin parents asked to send kids to school with bottled water

HORSHAM, Pa. (WPVI) — Parents are being asked to send their children to school with bottled water, and one state representative is calling for school officials to do more.

"We should not tolerate chemicals in our schools and the Upper Dublin School District needs to do more."

Sharp words from North Wales Republican State Rep. Todd Stephens directed at the Upper Dublin School District. The issue is certain contaminates measured … [more…]

The Hidden Dangers of Counterfeit Water Filters

The Hidden Dangers of Counterfeit Water Filters

Online shopping makes it easier to run errands, saving us time and often money, too. As a savvy shopper, you know that a too-good-to-be-true price on a designer purse, shoes or sunglasses probably means it’s a fake; but did you know other unsuspecting household products you use daily could be counterfeits too?

Counterfeit water filters are rampant online, disguised as certified filters with trademark violations, fraudulent and misleading labels and

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Brain-damaging lead in tap water, hundreds of homes across Chicago

Brain-damaging lead found in tap water in hundreds of homes tested across Chicago, results show

After city testing found high lead levels in the tap water in her Chicago home, Jenny Abrahamian decided to install a whole-house water filtration system and an additional reverse-osmosis filter for her kitchen sink. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Amid renewed national attention to the dangers of lead poisoning, hundreds of Chicagoans have taken the city up on its offer of free testing kits to determine if they are drinking tap water … [more…]