June 2, 1995 |
Contaminants - from fecal wastes to chlorinated chemicals and heavy metals - are occasionally finding their way into drinking water around the region and the nation, according to federal documents. The Environmental Protection Agency data show that in the last two years, there have been dozens of violations of the Safe Water Drinking Act in the Philadelphia region. Nationally, the EPA data show that during 1993 and 1994, thousands of violations occurred in water systems serving a total of 53 million people across the country.
October 4, 2000 |
The Philadelphia teachers' union accused the school district yesterday of moving too slowly in its efforts to remedy the problem of lead in school drinking water. "For children to be exposed to lead is unacceptable," Jerry Jordan, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' chief of staff, said at a news conference outside the Gompers School in the Overbrook section. "We have a large number of female teachers of childbearing age . . . and young ladies in high school who may be pregnant.
September 27, 2003 |
Water-logged ladies and gentlemen: We have a record. The three reservoirs at the head of the Delaware River - which supply drinking water to Philadelphia, New York City and South Jersey - are the fullest they have ever been at this time of year. At 272.3 billion gallons, they are actually more than full, according to the Delaware River Basin Commission. The Cannonsville, Pepacton and Neversink Reservoirs, held back by earthen dams in upstate New York, only have combined room for 271 billion gallons.
October 24, 1993 |
Under an alternative water-supply plan submitted to the state last week, in a couple of years borough residents could be drinking water from Camden. But local officials doubt the plan will be needed, even though the borough's water supply will be rationed starting in September 1995. The state Department of Environmental Protection and Energy last month placed limits on the amount of water that will be drawn at that time from the diminishing Potomac-Raritan-Magothy Aquifer, which stretches beneath Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.
February 5, 2002 |
Camden residents who were supplied drinking water from a contaminated well field in Pennsauken that is now a federal Superfund site are gearing up for legal action. On Friday, attorneys sent letters to Camden officials and the Pennsauken Sanitary Landfill - suspected of being one source among many for the well pollution - naming them as targets of a projected class-action lawsuit on behalf of residents. Although no lawsuit has been filed, plaintiff's attorneys are required to notify government bodies to be named in such actions.
April 28, 1996 |
Groups of youths carrying cans of spray paint spread throughout the eastern end of the township last Saturday, their path clearly marked by the bluefish they left in their wake. But these were not vandals. These youths were taking part in an environmental-awareness project organized by the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association. The purpose was to remind residents that runoff from such everyday items as the soap they use to wash their cars or the fertilizer they put on their lawns does not just go away when it goes down the drain.
March 13, 2003 |
For more than two years, community activists have tried to make their case that drinking water at many city schools is contaminated with high levels of lead. Yesterday, they won a small legal victory when a judge ordered the Camden School District to turn over results for all lead testing since 1992. The activists had filed a sweeping federal lawsuit earlier in the day to force South Jersey's largest school district to remove contaminated water coolers and fountains and to provide bottled water to its 18,500 students.
August 29, 2008 |
More than one in 10 private drinking-water wells in New Jersey are contaminated, new data indicate, and residents may never know it. Even if they do, they're not required to install treatment systems, and state law "suggests" only that officials notify neighbors. A report prepared by the state Department of Environmental Protection, based on tests of 51,000 private wells between 2002 and 2007, found that 12.5 percent failed to meet drinking-water standards for one or more contaminants, such as nitrates from fertilizer and fecal coliform.
January 3, 1997 |
Although 10 families still complain of contaminated drinking water, the state Department of Environmental Protection might soon close its investigation, absolving a local developer. The DEP, the Bucks County Department of Health, and two private consultants have all conducted numerous tests on the well water of 10 families who say their water has become contaminated from construction of a nearby development. DEP officials say the area is free of contamination. Residents say contamination still exists.
October 27, 1997 |
Drinking cloudy water may turn into a stomachache for some children. But there are several ways that parents can guard against microbes that may have evaded the disinfecting and filtering systems at the water treatment plant. "If parents are extremely risk adverse, because the risk really is small, there are steps that can be taken in the home," said Joel Schwartz, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Boiling water before drinking it and installing special filters on the kitchen tap will help get rid of microbes that are at the root of the cloudiness.