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…]

Kids Risk Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water in Schools

photo: lead in public schools drinking fountains

Children across the U.S. acquire and education through public school — they also receive lead exposure, according to new research.

At least 22 states failed to protect students from water contamination, according to a study conducted by the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

Worse, only two of the 32 tested states received a B rating. Not one state made an A. Schools in states … [more…]

Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

A lead main service line is exposed in Flint, Michigan. (Photo: Rachel Woolf / AP file photo)

Flint officials have reached a legal agreement to adhere to deadlines to track down all the remaining lead pipes with data analysis, the plaintiffs in a legal settlement said Tuesday.

The plaintiffs in the Concerned Pastors For Social Action group settlement case announced that Flint officials have agreed to the "statistical model" created … [more…]

Pittsburgh water agency to spend $50M to replace lead pipes

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water treatment plant in Aspinwall. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh’s beleaguered water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents and take other steps to address the city’s lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators. It comes a week after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office filed criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and … [more…]

Toxic legacy: Wash U researchers look for ways to keep lead out of drinking water

Toxic legacy: Wash U researchers look for ways to keep lead out of drinking water

Washington University graduate student Anushka Mishrra tests water samples for chlorine on Nov. 21, 2018, as part of a lead-corrosion study. SHAHLA FARZAN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Dan Giammar collects something most people want to get rid of: lead pipes.

“This is just a great piece of lead pipe,” said Giammar, turning the smooth cylinder in his hands.

The Washington University professor of environmental engineering is testing ways to … [more…]