After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water

photo: Tubbs wildfire destroyed homes, may release chemical contaminants

Photo: The ruins of houses destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew / Getty Images file

At least 65 percent of the public water supply in the Western U.S. comes from fire-prone areas, and wildfires can taint water with toxins and parasites.

Gerald and Serene Buhrz were among the lucky ones.

When they fled their home at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 8, … [more…]

Study: Flint’s lead-poisoned water had ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths

photo: Flint resident LaFonzo Williams

Flint resident LaFonzo Williams, 19, prays on Jan. 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich., amid more than 150 Flint and Detroit residents before heading into the state Capitol to protest Gov. Rick Snyder, asking for his resignation and arrest in relation to Flint’s water crisis. (Jake May/Flint via Associated Press)

The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in … [more…]

Navajo Nation: Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn’t Stink

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That's Doesn't Stink

At Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education in St. Michaels, Ariz., the tap water sometimes runs yellow, brown and black. On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education. Dameon David, 8, is waking up from a nap in his classroom. He has come to the school in northeastern Arizona for four years. He has cerebral palsy, seizures


Taste and odour

We strive to supply top quality drinking water which is safe to drink and free from taste and odour. However, occasionally you may notice a change to the taste or odour of your drinking water. Usually this is simply because the taste of water varies depending on where it comes from – rivers, reservoirs, or underground aquifers – and occasionally we may need to alter the