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June 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The state Department of Environmental Protection is trying to determine the source of an unacceptable level of contamination found in drinking water in Doylestown, officials said Tuesday. A public drinking well along Easton Road in the Cross Keys area was shut down last month after inspectors found levels of perfluorinated compounds higher than newly announced federal standards. Public drinking water there is now safe, officials said. But they are trying to identify how the well became contaminated with PFOS and PFOA.
NEWS
August 14, 1988 | By Eileen Reinhard, Special to The Inquirer
Mount Laurel's Township Council is considering a ban on lawn watering or other landscaping uses of township potable water at future commercial and industrial developments because of the recent serious drain on the township's water supply. The summer's long drought, which resulted in water restrictions, has threatened the township's water supply and forced the mayor and council to think about ways to ease the strain that a seemingly endless calendar of 90- degree-plus days has placed on the township's capacity to supply drinkable water.
NEWS
October 5, 2010
TRENTON - Residents of Trenton and four suburbs are being advised to boil water before drinking it, because Trenton's water plant is having problems treating water because of the high level of the Delaware River. In addition to Trenton, residents of Ewing, Lawrence, Hopewell, and Hamilton are being advised to boil water. Officials said the heavy flow in the Delaware forced them to draw from a reserve. That reduced the volume of treated water to only one-quarter of the normal 28 million gallons per day as of Monday afternoon.
NEWS
March 28, 2011 | By Amy Worden, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Amid concerns of fallout from Japan's damaged nuclear plants reaching the United States, tests performed on public drinking-water supplies throughout Pennsylvania found no elevated levels of radioactivity, Gov. Corbett said Monday. But low concentrations of iodine 131 - a radioactive byproduct of nuclear fission - have been detected in rainwater at sites throughout the state, he said. "The bottom line is the drinking water is safe," said Corbett, whose announcement in the Capitol, 10 miles from Three Mile Island, came on the 32d anniversary of the nation's worst nuclear accident.
NEWS
August 9, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Government standards for drinking-water quality fail to protect the health of half the population, consumer advocate Ralph Nader said yesterday. The Environmental Protection Agency has assumed in its calculations that people consume at most two liters of water - about two quarts - per day, even though "half the U.S. adult population drinks more than two liters of water per capita per day, and the EPA knows this," Nader said in a statement. The EPA's drinking-water standards govern the amounts of contaminants permitted in the water.
NEWS
November 16, 1986 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal and state officials say that the problem of lead contamination in drinking water is of increasing concern, both here and throughout the nation. In Philadelphia and its suburbs, for example,tests in new homes have shown that the water that first pours out of bathroom and kitchen faucets every morning often contains potentially harmful amounts of lead. In Harrisburg, city officials have sent a series of notices to residents advising them to run tap water for at least three minutes before taking a drink.
NEWS
May 8, 1991 | By Mark Jaffe, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules yesterday aimed at lowering the amount of potentially dangerous lead in the nation's drinking water. The new regulations will help reduce lead exposures for 130 million Americans and reduce to safe levels the lead in the blood of 600,000 children, according to the agency. Low levels of the toxic metal have been linked to nerve and behavior disorders in children. In larger doses, lead can damage kidneys, raise blood pressure and impair reproduction in adults.
NEWS
June 21, 1991 | By Ross Kerber, Special to The Inquirer
Federal officials have proposed relaxing the standard for radium contamination in drinking water, meaning thousands of private wells in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that previously had been considered unsafe suddenly would become acceptable. Perhaps the most immediate impact of the new guidelines would be on a handful of public water systems in South Jersey that, unlike the private wells, are subject to government regulation. They will now find it easier to begin using municipal wells that draw up radium-tainted water.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Final estimates on exactly how many millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Schuylkill from a water main break in Reading could be determined as soon as next week. But the risk period for those whose downriver public water systems that draw directly from the waterway has passed, state environmental regulators said Friday. "I was out doing fecal counts on the river today," said Krissy Pennypacker, laboratory supervisor for the Pottstown water system. "They've dropped off tremendously in the last couple of days.
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