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May 21, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
State officials on Thursday began offering free bottled water to people who live near the former naval air stations in Montgomery and Bucks Counties, which are blamed for contaminating public drinking wells. The distribution of as many as two cases per day to residents in Warminster, Warrington, and Horsham Townships is a "precautionary action," Gov. Wolf said in a statement announcing the initiative. It occurred on the same day that federal officials released new guidelines that set a lower bar for the level of acceptable water contamination than what has been used as the standard in Horsham and Warminster.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Preparations are underway for the 90th edition of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world's oldest and largest high-school rowing competition, Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill. Police on Tuesday advised motorists of road closures for the event. From 10 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Saturday, Kelly Drive will be closed between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green Drives. Entrance into the regatta zone is by permit only, police said. There will be pay gates for the entrance to the parking areas adjacent to Reservoir Drive.
NEWS
May 9, 2016
Fairmount Water Works celebrated 200 years of the Water Works on April 16 with a garden-style brunch to recognize contributions of individuals and organizations who were instrumental in its growth. More than 210 attended, enjoying delicious food and drink while dining with views of the Water Works architecture, Boat House Row, and the Art Museum, with entertainment by a five-piece band from the University of the Arts. Honorees were Leslie Anne Miller (Bicentennial Steward Award), the William Penn Foundation and Dr. Janet Haas (Bicentennial Leadership Award)
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A 9,000-gallon chemical storage tank at a Bucks County water treatment plant sprang a leak Thursday morning but the chemical was quickly contained by a county hazardous materials team, officials said. The leak of ferric chloride, a chemical used to treat water, was at the Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority plant in Levittown, said county spokeswoman Juliet Kelchner. The chemical did not "go into the environment" and there was no concern about the health of people nearby, Kelchner said.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
April 15, 2016
Makes 6 servings 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch dice 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 teaspoons cumin 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 2 bay leaves 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, seeds removed 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 to 4 cups water, as needed 14.5-ounce can petite...
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Standing outside a Montgomery County military base where chemicals from firefighting foam has contaminated public drinking water, two local congressmen made a bipartisan appeal Monday for stricter drinking-water regulations. "Residents are understandably concerned these chemicals are to blame for their health concerns," said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.). Boyle traveled Monday to Naval Air Station Willow Grove with Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan to apply public pressure to the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize new standards for safe levels of chemicals in drinking water.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2016 | By Sienna Vance, Staff Writer
At Camden's Adventure Aquarium, visitors can swim with sharks and touch sharks. And now they will be able to walk above them. Shark Bridge will allow the most daring visitors to walk the 81-foot-long, V-shaped rope suspension bridge across the aquarium's 21-foot-deep Shark Realm, a 550,000-gallon exhibit housing the aquarium's massive collection of sharks. A "Dare to Cross" sign invites you to stand only inches away from some of the ocean's fiercest predators. Continue walking, as sharks swim beneath your feet.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
The Lower Merion School District's Penn Wynne School has shut off drinking fountains and provided bottled water to students after a routine screening indicated elevated levels of lead in water from a cafeteria faucet. Administrators at the 600-student elementary school got the results Tuesday afternoon and immediately contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, the Aqua America water company, and the Montgomery County Department of Health, principal Shawn Bernatowicz wrote in a letter to parents.
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