August 9, 2015 |
For all the excitement over high-tech drugs and surgical procedures, clean drinking water is one of the top life-saving health advances of the modern age. Yet billions do not have access to it. According to a June report by the World Health Organization, at least 1.8 billion people still drink water contaminated with feces. Philadelphia was one of the first cities in the U.S. to have a public drinking water supply provided by the government. It was begun in 1801 after a series of yellow fever epidemics killed thousands of people.
June 29, 2015 |
Kenneth E. Christy Sr. "was a very sensible, very reliable man," a friend, Carol Meloni, recalled. It helped to have that kind friend when you were riding Harleys all the way from South Jersey to Lake George, N.Y. Mr. Christy and his wife, Elizabeth, were on one bike and Mrs. Meloni and her husband were on the other. Twice in the late 1990s, the couples rode up and back in the motorcycle rally known as Americade. "It got a little sore after a while," she said, with a laugh.
June 19, 2015 |
President Obama's late but welcome restoration of the government's power to keep polluters from dumping toxins upstream of drinking water supplies is undergoing its greatest challenge. Republicans and some Democrats are trying to scuttle the rule clarifying the extent of the government's powers under the Clean Water Act. Following the simple logic that poison dumped upstream will flow downstream and eventually into water taps, the new rule protects small streams, headwaters, and wetlands that are crucial to the quality of water supplies.
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.
June 3, 2015 |
IT'S SUNDAY about 7 p.m., a time when most people try to wring out that last drip of relaxation before the start of another workweek. Nope. Not the high-octane "Jim Kenney for Mayor" team. Instead of kicking back, Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, was at her computer, alerting the media to a clean-water advocacy event: "Kenney joins representatives from the EPA, Philadelphia Water Department and PennEnvironment to discuss new, historic clean water protections for Philadelphia.
March 7, 2015 |
Count down to ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! Saturday at World Cafe Live. Pick up some Spanish and learn about Latin culture during this interactive children's show. Singer-songwriter Andres Salguero will help kids get their boogie on to "La Bamba," let them sing along, and help them sound out rhythms. ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for kids and adults. Information: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com . Washing water at the water works The Fairmount Water Works begins a new Science Saturdays program, "The Schuylkill River Comes Clean: All About Philly's Drinking Water," at which you can learn how river water is cleaned and then makes its way to your faucet, or to your school, or to the corner store.
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.
August 15, 2014 |
Early hype for WetLand , a live-in art installation by Mary Mattingly commissioned for the 2014 Fringe Festival, described it as a "visually stunning utopic" structure of green-roofed geodesic domes floating serenely on a barge. But the artwork/artist residence/community hub that Mattingly, previously of Brooklyn and currently of Penn's Landing, has been building since July is quite different: It is a ramshackle take on a postdiluvian rowhouse, listing and sinking into the Delaware River.
June 2, 2014
The George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal isn't the only reason some people may think vindictive is Gov. Christie's middle name. Look at what he's doing to the Pinelands Commission. Christie has fired two commissioners who in January voted against letting South Jersey Gas run a 22-mile pipeline through the environmentally sensitive forest. But he wasn't the only one to retaliate. In April, freeholders replaced Cumberland County's representative on the commission, who also voted against the pipeline, and replaced her with a politically connected real estate agent.