September 17, 1989 |
The Washington Township Municipal Utilities Authority has ordered engineer Jim Sickels to either design plants that would remove radium from contaminated Well No. 10 or blend the water from the well with safe water. The township is expected to choose one of the methods by the end of the year, MUA Chairman Val Orsimarsi said. The additional water from that well would be used to accommodate the fast- growing township, Orsimarsi said. The MUA instituted a moratorium on new housing last November because of the water shortage.
June 21, 1990 |
Low-interest loans to help homeowners with radium-contaminated wells pay for safe drinking water are now available from the state, officials said yesterday. Homeowners who meet financial eligibility requirements and own wells containing at least 5 picocuries of radium per liter may borrow up to $10,000 to be paid back over five years at 2 percent annual interest. The loan money may be used to connect a home to the local municipal water supply or to buy a home water-treatment system.
June 2, 1991 |
As Graver Mackison tells it, he didn't go into the water business so much as the water business found him. Born a few hundred yards from the house in which he lives on Main Street in this speck of a Lancaster County village on the Susquehanna River, the adolescent Mackison did odd jobs for the local water company. The firm's piston pump was driven by a windmill then, so when the breeze didn't blow, little Graver had to run up the hill and start the gasoline backup engine. "The owners wanted to pay me 20 cents an hour," said Mackison, 75, "but my father said, 'Fifteen is enough.
February 19, 2006 |
This industrial city gets its tap water from a river that flows sudsy and dark. City plants treat the water, but many people boil it and drink it with trepidation. As China gallops toward the modern era, access to safe and clean drinking water is beyond the reach of hundreds of millions of rural and urban people. Chemical spills, rampant pollution, and poor stewardship of the land have tainted much of the nation's water supply, and the groundwater under 90 percent of China's cities is contaminated.
May 11, 2016 |
At the first citywide roundtable on schools, students outlined a litany of problems: a lack of resources, cuts to art and music programs, violence inside and outside some schools, and a systemwide lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. "We come from different schools, but we share the same issues," Morgan Bacon, a student at Masterman High School, told city officials and School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff during the session in City Hall. The event, which was organized by several City Council members and Mayor Kenney's Office of Education, drew dozens of students from individual schools, as well as those involved with activist organizations such as the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change.
January 19, 1990 |
Homeowners in South Jersey who draw water from the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer should consider having their drinking water tested for radium, state Department of Environmental Protection officials said at a news conference yesterday. But possible radium contamination in the wells poses no immediate health hazard, said Barker Hamill, the chief of the state's Bureau of Safe Water. The recommendation follows a U.S. Geological Survey study in 1988 and 1989 that found radium above the federal standard in one-third of wells sampled in Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties.
May 7, 1999 |
Is Philly's drinking water healthy? Basically yes, for most people, the city and clean-water activists agree. But a new city report touting Philadelphia water as "safe and healthy to drink" drew fire yesterday from Clean Water Action. The group said the Water Department should have placed more emphasis on possible risks for people with weak immune systems, such as patients on chemotherapy or with HIV. While the report's cover hails the water's safety in large type, "what people won't see is the statement buried deep in the report that this isn't necessarily true for all water drinkers," said Gabrielle Giddings, of the clean-water group.
November 3, 1986
This is to request that The Inquirer correct a factual error contained in the Oct. 30 editorial "Clean Water Act deserves the President's signature. " Your editorial correctly points out the urgent need for the President to sign the Clean Water Act. As a legislator who has spent a great deal of time and effort on water issues, I welcome The Inquirer's attempt to focus public attention on this area. However, you are factually incorrect in charging me - along with my colleagues Congressmen Bob Roe and Jim Howard - with "silence" in regard to the need to urge President Reagan to sign the Clean Water Act. Less than two weeks ago, I joined Congressmen Roe and Howard in sending a bipartisan letter to the White House, urging the President to sign this important legislation into law. We pointed out that the act is critically important to preserving and improving the quality of our nation's waters, and to achieving an orderly phase-out of the Clean Water Act's Construction Grants Program - one of the largest public works programs in our history.
June 28, 1989 |
Washington Township Mayor Gerald Luongo received plenty of feedback last Wednesday from the few residents who attended his third bimonthly "Face-to- Face With the Mayor" meeting. Five residents showed up to complain about a Municipal Utilities Authority proposal to extend township water lines onto their street. The residents, who live on Mango Court near Johnson Road, use well water and said they do not want to pay plumbing and hookup fees for the lines. The extension would affect about 48 homes.
December 14, 1998 |
For health or just for cachet, Americans are increasingly turning to bottled water. In 1997, 3.25 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in the United States, up 10 percent from the year before, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp., an industry research and consulting firm. Since 1987, bottled water consumption has more than doubled. "Bottled water is used as a substitute for tap water," said Gary Hemphill of Beverage Marketing. "Either people don't like the taste of their tap water, or they don't think the quality is great.