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March 20, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Basin Commission has named a longtime water company official with connections on both sides of the river as its next executive director. Steven J. Tambini, 54, a civil and environmental engineer who lives in Medford, will take over the position on Aug. 1, the commission announced Monday. He will make $120,000 a year. He replaces Carol R. Collier, who is retiring after 15 years with the commission. Tambini has worked in water supply engineering and water resource planning and management for three decades.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY STEVE PAUL
  AS MANY as 300,000 West Virginians are still wondering whether it's safe to drink the water, more than a month after the local supply was tainted by a spill of industrial chemicals. In North Carolina, the full consequences are yet to be determined following the collapse of a pipe last month beneath a utility's coal-ash pond, which spewed tons of the toxic substance into the Dan River. Public health officials have warned residents to avoid river water and to forgo eating any fish.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
To accomplish the first-term agenda that would burnish his image as a pragmatic leader, Gov. Christie relied on an ally across the aisle: Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The Gloucester County Democrat backed the Republican governor on initiatives Christie would count among his key successes: requirements that public workers pay more toward their pensions, limits on police and fire salary increases reached through arbitration, and a property-tax cap. Now, their partnership appears to be hitting a rough patch: Christie wants more changes to the state pension system, while Sweeney says Christie is picking an unnecessary battle with public workers.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he came to work in January, Jason Allen got a chilly reception. A boiler pump providing heat for the Camden County Historical Society building complex in Camden had broken down during the holiday break as outside temperatures plummeted to single digits. Allen, the society's executive director, quickly called in a contractor, who restored the heat but unintentionally set in motion an even bigger problem that will end up costing about $100,000. Frozen water pipes thawed, then sprouted leaks at couplings in ceilings and walls over the next few days - first in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located, and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house.
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February 27, 2014
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NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eugene Nowakowski and his wife spent the night at a Red Cross shelter following a water-main break Wednesday that flooded the basement of his Port Richmond home and left him without water or heat. As he prepared to spend a second night at the Red Cross House in West Philadelphia, what pained him most was the water damage to his custom-made Ken Smith bass guitar. "You can't buy it anywhere. It was made just for me," an angry Nowakowski said Thursday night. The water-main break Wednesday afternoon flooded the basement of at least a dozen homes in the 3000 block of Livingston Street, where the 55-year-old Nowakowski has lived for two decades.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
PAULSBORO For the first time in months of public concern about Paulsboro's contaminated water supply, state and local officials addressed residents Tuesday night in a packed auditorium at Paulsboro High School. Many residents expressed frustration during the nearly 21/2-hour meeting, and many answers were not immediately available. The borough's water supply has elevated levels of a perfluorinated compound (PFC) known as perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). There are no state or federal regulations for PFC levels in water, and the health effects of the compounds remain unclear.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Outdoor temperatures hover around freezing in the daylight hours and fall well below after dark. Combine that with the prolonged power outages caused by Wednesday's storm, and the possibility of frozen pipes increases. That's not saying your pipes are certain to freeze. In addition to the temperature outside, several factors are involved, said Hap Haven, president of US Green Home and an expert on energy and building performance. Among those are the location of the pipes and how well that location is protected from cold-air intrusion.
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