September 3, 2016 |
Rowan University has found elevated lead levels in the water in several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, prompting it to hand out bottled water in dorms, disconnect fountains, and begin a campuswide test of water quality. The university sent an email blast around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday about the water. It also set up a website for updates. "My goal in this thing is to absolutely make sure not a single individual is in harm's way, and I'm going to try and spend whatever it costs to provide safe water," president Ali A. Houshmand said Thursday.
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.
April 16, 2016
By Joseph M. Manko In recent weeks, the issue of safe drinking water has been unusually conspicuous, thanks to headlines emanating from Flint, Mich., and elsewhere. Philadelphians have good reason to be proud of their city's robust tradition of watershed protection and commitment to providing safe, top-quality drinking water. That commitment was first made 200 years ago, when the city's government, business, and community leaders decided on an innovative plan to create a public waterworks system that would guarantee safe drinking water for the citizens of Philadelphia.
August 11, 2011 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - In parched West Texas, it's often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water. So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water. Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first in Texas. Officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors' urine, promising that the system will yield clean, safe water.
February 9, 2009 |
MAYOR NUTTER, as he reminds us on the other side of this page, has been visiting barbershops and beauty parlors to solicit ideas on how to cope with rapidly shrinking city revenues. And another round of citizen-engagement forums (see box) is also about to get under way. It's commendable that the administration is engaging the public, whether it is someone getting a shave or at a neighborhood kaffeeklatsch. But for these sessions to be worthwhile, it's important that the right questions be asked.
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 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.
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.
December 11, 1994 |
Waldo, the stranded right whale that has captured the hearts and attention of Philadelphians and scientists, was nearing the Atlantic Ocean yesterday - closer than it has ever been to freedom and safety. But even as the whale tarried near the Delaware Bay, scientists unveiled dramatic rescue plans involving a 60-foot nose net and possibly a water stretcher. As all who have followed the saga of Waldo the Wrong-Way Right Whale know, this is one very confused critter. It was tantalizingly close to the ocean last Monday but then turned back north, at one point nearly dying in shallow water.
November 5, 1994
POLLUTION BEGINS AT HOME The two main areas in water pollution are ocean pollution and surface water contamination. What we, the population, do not realize is that we are doing it. We are polluting our waters with cleaning products used in our homes and disposed of down our drains and toilets. It then proceeds to leak into our water system. We also are allowing permits for more than 1,800 major industrial facilities to dump in our waters. It is taken for granted that the water will always be clean and available, but what we do not know is that 1.2 billion people do not have safe water.