April 10, 2016 |
New water tests at a Lower Merion school showed a cafeteria faucet suspected of having elevated lead levels now registers at an acceptable rate - but also found possible contaminants in a drinking fountain and a water line. The result of the drinking fountain test at Penn Wynne Elementary were at the Environmental Protection Agency's "action level," while the basement water line was near the action level, according to school officials. In a letter to parents Thursday informing them of the test results, principal Shawn Bernatowicz said action-level readings are not necessarily a public-health concern, according to the EPA, but could require more testing and monitoring at the 600-student school.
October 25, 2015 |
Runners, cyclists, or just people enjoying a stroll or taking their dog for a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail have just one water faucet available to them north of Boathouse Row, and that one is way up there, near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. That's about to change. The Philadelphia Water Department announced Friday that next spring, it will install four water stations on that popular stretch on the east side of the river, from Boathouse Row to East Falls. And these will not be your typical water fountains: They will be high-tech affairs, even if they will only dispense tap. The water stations will hold a traditional fountain, two spigots for refilling water bottles, and a bowl at ground level for pets.
June 7, 2015 |
A team of sixth graders in Chester County is to go up against 19 other teams this month in a national competition that asks students to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems in their communities. The three East Vincent Township students, who studied the quality and taste of their school's drinking water, are the only Pennsylvania students in the national contest. The other national finalists in the Northeastern United States are from Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.
February 26, 2015 |
The Navy could be paying upwards of $12 million to filter contaminated drinking water around former military bases in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Elevated levels of perflourinated compounds, which have been linked to cancer and reproductive issues, were found last year in several drinking water wells in Horsham, Warrington, and Warminster. At an open house in Horsham Wednesday, local officials, and Navy and Environmental Protection Agency representatives said they are making progress on fixing the problem.
November 2, 2014 |
The free bottled water that has been offered for months in Paulsboro in response to a contaminant in the water supply will come to an end Saturday. The discontinuation follows a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection to the borough Water Department last month lifting a water advisory. The department "does not believe it is necessary to continue the restriction on the consumption of drinking water in Paulsboro," said the Oct. 3 letter from Fred Sickels, director of the DEP's Division of Water Supply and Geoscience.
July 10, 2014 |
The water contamination that has triggered the shutdown of five public water wells in Gloucester County has been found at even higher levels in several private wells. Tests commissioned by the company believed responsible for the spread of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) show that some private wells in West Deptford used for drinking water have concentrations of the chemical higher than what was found in Paulsboro's public supply. A state Department of Environmental Protection report has described Paulsboro's levels as "higher than reported elsewhere in the world" in drinking water studies.
May 17, 2014 |
A West Deptford plastics company has agreed to test a number of private wells as officials investigate contamination that has prompted scrutiny at all levels of government. Solvay Specialty Polymers, headquartered on Leonard Lane, said Thursday that it would test at least 90 wells in the township and in East Greenwich to determine the spread of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), specifically perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). Residents whose wells will be tested can receive free, delivered bottled water from the company, because the testing "may generate concern," Solvay said.
May 13, 2014 |
By now, Susan Story should be moved into her new office at the American Water Works Co. Inc. headquarters in Voorhees. "My computer is the first thing I have to have," said Story, 54, who became chief executive of the $2.9 billion utility at the company's annual meeting Friday, replacing president and CEO Jeff Sterba. "I have to have a chair that doesn't make my back hurt, and I have to have a picture of my husband and myself and our two dogs and that's about it," said Story, who joined the company April 1, 2013, as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
May 3, 2014 |
Jon Cordo and Glenna Breslin moved to the Venice Lofts for the ambience - a mix of Industrial Age textile mills and modern amenities, nestled between the Schuylkill and the Manayunk Canal. "We wanted water views," Cordo said Thursday as rescue workers were evacuating his neighbors from the flooded island. "We have them now. " The couple had experience with rising waters - they'd weathered Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J. But that October 2012 disaster gave enough advance notice for them to stock up on wine and bottled water.
April 20, 2014 |
PAULSBORO As the borough wrestles with a contamination threat, the hardware store that had been supplying free bottled water to residents relinquished that responsibility this week, leaving it unclear where the water will be available. Weiss True Value manager Phil Weiss said Friday that the store had run out of the bottled water for distribution, and that the family-owned firm asked to end its involvement in the giveaway. The water distribution was interfering with other work, Weiss said, as the store had become "extremely busy" with spring business.