September 11, 2016 |
Initial campuswide testing of Rowan University's water has found further lead contamination. Last week, university officials said they had found elevated lead levels in several campus buildings tested in response to reports of discolored water. Those results prompted campuswide sampling, distribution of bottled water, and disconnection of water fountains. The first campuswide testing results were announced Friday. "The vast majority of results indicated the lead level in the water in buildings tested since Aug. 31 is well below the EPA Action Level, and in many instances no lead was detected," stated a university website dedicated to the water testing.
August 18, 2016 |
In the laundry room of a spacious two-story Colonial home Tuesday morning in Montgomery County, a specialist ran tap water out of the faucet and collected it in clear plastic sample bottles. Jerry and Ann Henner watched, wondering aloud what might be found in the water when it goes to the lab for testing. Theirs was the first house out of 116 set to be tested in Horsham Township during the next two weeks for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), chemicals linked to cancer that leached into the groundwater from two nearby former Navy bases.
July 16, 2016 |
Horsham Township will get $10 million in state funding to clean up drinking water contaminated with chemicals from the now shuttered naval base in Willow Grove. With that money, local officials will develop steps beyond those taken by the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that their drinking water is safe. Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) said he fought for the money for his township because he was "increasingly frustrated" with the response from federal agencies.
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 Two recommendations are no longer applicable.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.
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.
February 6, 2016 |
In response to increasing inquiries about lead poisoning - attention largely spurred by the health crisis in Flint, Mich. - Pennsylvania state health officials Thursday released information and guidelines to help reduce the risk of exposure. The primary source of lead poisoning is not from water, but rather from aging, deteriorating lead-based paint, the state Health Department said. Although lead paint was banned in 1978, many older homes still contain the toxic substance.
January 7, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., of Bryn Mawr, has acquired a private Montgomery County water utility that serves a growing part of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Aqua's Pennsylvania subsidiary bought Superior Water Co. Inc. in Gilbertsville for $16.8 million in stock Monday. Superior's five water systems serve 3,868 customers in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which approved the merger Sept. 17, said the ownership change will be transparent to Superior's customers, who will continue to receive service under the same rates and terms.
December 1, 2015
M OHAMED ZERBAN, 21, and Connor White, 23, both of Center City, are co-founders and CEO and COO, respectively, of Ternwater Inc., a Drexel University-based startup. Ternwater is developing a sustainable and modular product to monitor household water. It plans to launch a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign in March to bring the initial product to market. I spoke with Zerban. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I designed a small windmill for home use during my freshman year at Drexel and did my first co-op at the Philadelphia Water Department in 2013.
August 21, 2015 |
The push to supply clean water to those affected by contamination spanning several Gloucester County towns is set to progress in West Deptford, where officials voted Wednesday night to move to connect certain properties with private wells to public water. The town, under an agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection outlined at a township committee meeting, plans to install a new water-main extension to provide municipal water to three houses on Clement Drive, where high levels of the contaminant, perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
March 20, 2014 |
Aqua America Inc., of Bryn Mawr, announced Tuesday that its Virginia subsidiary has purchased four water systems and a wastewater system for $257,501. The systems, which serve about 1,500 people, will require more than $1.6 million in investments to bring into regulatory compliance. The largest transaction involves the Presidential Service Company, which serves 1,000 people in a subdivision in King George, Va. Aqua paid $150,000 for the water system and plans to spend about $200,000 in improvements.