June 29, 2016 |
Federal officials say the drinking water in Horsham Township is safe, but with mounting concern over contaminated water and a lack of answers about long-term health effects, officials in the Montgomery County town vowed Monday night to take extra steps to make their water even safer. "We understand that people have lost confidence in our water supply," Township Councilman Gregory Nesbitt told dozens of residents at Monday's meeting, where the council considered actions beyond federal guidelines to reduce the contamination in drinking water to an undetectable amount.
June 24, 2016
Philadelphia's water supply doesn't have the high lead levels that endangered public health in Flint, Mich., but the city could do a better job of informing residents of the potential danger of lead leached from pipes in older homes. Lead is a quiet poison that causes long-term damage to almost every system in the body while typically showing no obvious symptoms. Philadelphia children routinely test high for lead levels. Until recently, this was attributed almost exclusively to lead paint, but growing concern about lead-pipe corrosion has brought more attention to the necessity of testing drinking water.
June 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's senators and local members of Congress are pressing the Navy to fund blood testing for residents affected by water contamination around former naval air bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. That request Tuesday - prompted by health concerns over chemicals that leaked into water supplies, and are linked to cancer and reproductive issues - came on the same day that the consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and a New York-based law firm announced that they would investigate the drinking-water issues in the area.
May 2, 2016 |
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., where residents unknowingly drank water with harmful levels of lead, has brought new scrutiny to public water-supply systems. How does Philadelphia's water rate? Officials will address that question at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Tuesday evening. Debra McCarty, the new commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department, will be joined by Lynn Thorp, national campaigns director for Clean Water Action, and Jerry Fagliano, chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.
April 2, 2016 |
Camden's water system has improved in key ways since 2009, the year an audit compared the utility to that of a Third World country, according to a state report released Thursday. The office of the state comptroller found that Camden officials and United Water fully or partially implemented 19 of 23 recommendations made in that 2009 audit. Two recommendations are no longer applicable. "I am encouraged by the improvements the City has made, as well as its continued commitment to further progress," said Philip James Degnan, acting state comptroller, in a statement.
March 30, 2016
ISSUE | WATER QUALITY PennEast Pipeline would be safe A letter raised misguided concerns about PennEast Pipeline's application to the Delaware River Basin Commission for a water permit and alleged impacts on waterways ("Stop the pipeline," March 10). The pipeline will deliver low-cost, local natural gas to eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey families and businesses. The letter stated that PennEast "plans . . . to withdraw more than 45 million gallons of water. " This is a one-time withdrawal used to test the pipeline's integrity prior to its going into service.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | WATER QUALITY Stop the pipeline The PennEast Pipeline Co. has applied for a water permit from the Delaware River Basin Commission that would allow its destructive pipeline to run through the region. According to the application, the company plans to discharge or withdraw more than 45 million gallons of water. The 110-mile pipeline would cut through the Delaware River valley, beginning in Pennsylvania and crossing the river and 87 other waterways, including protected waters, into Hopewell Township, N.J. The application process could take up to a year, and, if rejected, the DRBC could help stop the pipeline.
February 21, 2016 |
Amid increased concern from residents about a chemical contaminant found in their drinking water, Moorestown on Friday shut down one of its water supply wells. Mayor Phil Garwood announced the immediate shutdown of Well 7 at the North Church Street treatment plant in a letter to residents. "The bottom line is that our water supply is safe, but our water infrastructure is aging and in need of repairs and upgrades to ensure the highest quality water in Moorestown for generations to come," Garwood wrote.
January 29, 2016 |
The national debate stirred by high levels of lead discovered in the water supply in Flint, Mich., has flowed into Philadelphia. Public health advocates this week said Philadelphia and other cities were failing to follow federal guidelines as they monitor lead levels at high-risk homes. Up to 50,000 homes in Philadelphia are connected to city water mains by lead pipes, according to city officials. Though lead service lines were banned in 1986, they remain in older homes whose owners can't afford to pay for improvements.
December 23, 2015 |
Camden City Council members voted Monday to hand over operation of the water and sewer system serving most of the city to American Water, the state's largest private water utility. American Water is expected to take over from the current operator, United Water, in February. Before the unanimous vote, Council President Frank Moran said he believed American would remedy problems that have plagued the city for years, such as brown tap water in some parts of Camden. "We live in this great country.