May 2, 2014 |
Kenneth E. Shull, 97, formerly of Media, a chemist and executive for the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., died Tuesday, April 22, of congestive heart failure at White Horse Village. Mr. Shull's enthusiasm for science started early and blossomed into a career choice, said his son, Dave. "When he was young, he built a laboratory in his basement. It was quite sophisticated," his son said. Mr. Shull worked for Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., now Aqua America Inc., in Bryn Mawr for 45 years, starting in 1938 as a chemist and bacteriologist, and becoming chief chemist and then superintendent of water treatment in 1956.
May 1, 2014 |
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. After a hiatus of more than three years that had upset environmentalists, the state's advisory panel for drinking water standards reconvened Tuesday and immediately began considering regulations for a contaminant that has disconcerted several South Jersey towns. The Drinking Water Quality Institute's meeting was its first since September 2010. Half of the panel is new, either appointed or ex-officio since then. The institute was created in 1983 to make regulatory recommendations to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
April 23, 2014 |
Pennsylvania American Water on Monday announced plans to buy 18 trucks fueled by compressed natural gas under terms of a $315,000 state grant funded from the Marcellus Shale impact fee. The new vehicles will be based in the water company's Scranton operations. Pennsylvania American last year launched a pilot with four CNG-powered pickup trucks in Punxsutawney and Coatesville. In November, it also received a $62,800 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to convert 14 new light-duty trucks to CNG. This year's grant, financed by the impact fee paid by natural gas producers, was secured through a partnership with Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition, which serves 34 counties in eastern Pennsylvania to implement alternative fuel use in transportation.
April 20, 2014 |
PAULSBORO As the borough wrestles with a contamination threat, the hardware store that had been supplying free bottled water to residents relinquished that responsibility this week, leaving it unclear where the water will be available. Weiss True Value manager Phil Weiss said Friday that the store had run out of the bottled water for distribution, and that the family-owned firm asked to end its involvement in the giveaway. The water distribution was interfering with other work, Weiss said, as the store had become "extremely busy" with spring business.
April 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The dozens of South Center City residents and business owners trying to recoup damages caused by a massive water main break near 21st and Bainbridge Streets in 2012 are facing another threat to their compensation. When a 48-inch main ruptured on a Sunday afternoon in July of that year, residents and business owners spent days dredging mud out of their basements and kitchens. The cleanup and repairs for the properties, many of them valued upward of a quarter of a million dollars, totaled nearly $2 million, and owners billed the city.
April 10, 2014 |
* SUSAN BOYLE: HER SECRET STRUGGLE. 10 tonight, Ovation. * YOUR INNER FISH. 10 tonight, WHYY12. LABELS CAN BE limiting, but they can also be freeing. It's worked that way, at least, for Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer whose appearance on "Britain's Got Talent" - five years ago this week - made her an international sensation via YouTube. Her attempt to overcome crippling stage fright to add live performances to a successful recording career is the subject of "Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle," a documentary making its U.S. premiere on Ovation tonight.
April 2, 2014 |
The William Penn Foundation is announcing Tuesday a massive effort to turn the Delaware River watershed into a lab for innovation - for investigating and determining how best to protect or restore water quality. About $35 million in grants mainly over the next three years - with the potential of nearly $200 million more to follow in leveraged money - will fund the work that will protect more than 30,000 acres, implement more than 40 restoration projects, find solutions that can be replicated elsewhere, and follow through with years of data collection to quantify the effects.
March 28, 2014 |
Tredyffrin Township officials feared there was a problem with the large, pressurized sewer line along Valley Creek in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Two years ago, part of it ruptured. Early last month, a section burst nearby. Their timetable for addressing the issue of ailing pipes could hardly have been more ironic. On March 17, the supervisors approved a $40,000 study of the line to identify weaknesses. The next morning at 10:45, the pipe broke again, close to the intersection of Routes 252 and 23 in the park.
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.
March 12, 2014 |
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.