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We Have a Tap-Water Crisis on Our Hands

Report flags contamination, lack of proper testing

(Newser) - "America is facing a nationwide drinking water crisis," says the co-author of a new report that finds one in four Americans were served by tap water that was unsafe or not properly monitored in 2015. The report published Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows there were... More »

Officials: Flint Water Is Safe, Don't Drink It

It could be years before dangerous lead pipes are replaced

(Newser) - The good news: Flint's water is now safe to drink. The bad news: You still shouldn't drink it. That was the message from Michigan officials Tuesday after the Department of Environmental Quality announced lead levels in Flint's water have fallen below the federal limit of 15 parts... More »

EPA Does U-Turn on Fracking's Threat to Drinking Water

Agency now says scale of impact is unknown

(Newser) - Weeks before it gets an exceptionally fracking-friendly new chief , the Environmental Protection Agency has done a U-turn on the threat the process may pose to drinking water. The final version of a long-awaited report has removed a sentence that says fracking is not having a "widespread, systemic impact" on... More »

That Chemical Erin Brockovich Fought? You're Likely Drinking It

Environmental Working Group releases analysis of EPA data

(Newser) - If chromium-6 rings a bell for some odd reason, that reason is likely Erin Brockovich, who famously helped secure a massive settlement for the Hinkley, Calif., residents who had been exposed to dangerous levels of the heavy metal. And there's a chance you have been exposed, too, according to... More »

Jury Awards 2 Couples $4.2M Over Fracking Pollution

Couples argued methane reached water wells in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - It was worth the wait: Two Pennsylvania couples were awarded $4.2 million on Thursday, more than six years after first accusing Cabot Oil & Gas of contaminating their well water. Originally among a group of 44 Susquehanna County residents who sued Cabot in 2009, these two couples—Nolen Scott... More »

It's Astounding What Another Glass of Water Can Do

Upping your plain water consumption the tiniest amount can have an effect

(Newser) - It's a frequent entrant on New Year's resolutions lists: Drink more water. Now, research out of the University of Illinois provides some compelling reasons to make the Herculean effort to pick up another glass. Researchers found that upping the proportion of plain water consumed by one percentage point—... More »

Black Water Flows in 'Corrupt' Texas Town

Crystal City residents shocked by 'black sludge'

(Newser) - A Texas town where nearly every top official was arrested earlier this month has a new problem: Its tap water just turned black and smelly, CNN reports. Residents of Crystal City—a municipality of 7,500 near the Mexican border—saw the liquid emerge from taps on Wednesday. "It... More »

Flint Investigators: Manslaughter Charges Possible

Other criminal charges, civil actions could also emerge, AG-appointed team says

(Newser) - Michigan AG Bill Schuette formed a nine-person team in January to look into the Flint water crisis —including an ex-FBI head who came out of retirement for "the biggest case in the history of the state of Michigan," per MLive.com . Now the team's special counsel... More »

Millions of Americans Drink Bad Water: Report

Crisis in Flint, Michigan, could spread to other cities

(Newser) - Flint, Michigan, isn't the only city in a water crisis —but residents of other US cities just don't know they're in a water crisis, the Guardian reports. According to watchdogs and government documents, water boards in several cities have designed questionable tests that violate EPA regulations... More »

Flint's New Water Nightmare: Legionnaires' Outbreak

Spike in disease could be tied to tainted water

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a new development Wednesday in Flint's water crisis that "just adds to the disaster we are already facing": specifically, a marked increase in cases of Legionnaires' disease that could be linked to the area's tainted water, reports the Detroit Free Press . From... More »

In Flint Crisis, Cops Are Going Door-to-Door— Giving Out Water

And people want Michigan's governor held accountable, among others

(Newser) - In an effort to save money, a state-named emergency manager switched the water supply for Flint, Mich., from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River, creating a crisis that's left the city's water supply looking "like urine" and caused the lead levels in area kids to spike... More »

Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day? Not So Fast

New guidelines suggest a different approach

(Newser) - We've all heard we should drink eight glasses of water a day. But the advice isn't based on scientific evidence, and for some people it may be flat out wrong, report researchers in Harvard Health Letter . They conclude that 30 to 50 ounces of fluid intake a day... More »

Up to 50K Gallons of Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River

Some Montana residents complain their drinking water smells like diesel

(Newser) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency for two counties yesterday after a 12-inch oil pipeline burst Saturday, pouring up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near the town of Glendive, the state's Department of Environmental Quality reports. Bridger Pipeline Co. noticed the... More »

Fluoride Levels in Our Water Could Be Making Us Dumber

Private wells in Maine may have far too much

(Newser) - The CDC applauds the adding of fluoride to our water supply as one of the biggest public health triumphs of the 20th century. But it seems too much fluoride can do a lot of damage. Not only can it actually damage our teeth and weaken our bones—studies in China... More »

Toxic Water Actually 'So Routine' in Ohio

Pollution, invasive species, and climate change have all been blamed

(Newser) - Tap water has been declared safe to drink and bathe in again in Toledo, Ohio, but scientists warn that toxic algae blooms could be here to stay. Fertilizer from farms and cattle feedlots are partly to blame for the thick layer of algae choking Lake Erie, the most developed of... More »

Teen Says He Didn't Actually Pee in Portland Reservoir

Well, Dallas Swonger says it in a much more swear-filled way than that

(Newser) - The Portland teen accused of peeing in a city reservoir on Wednesday insists he didn't do it—in a relatively NSFW defense. "Yeah, it's f---ing retarded, dude," 18-year-old Dallas Swonger tells Vocativ in what the site calls an "expletive-filled interview" given as Swonger smoked a... More »

Teen's Urine Ruins 38M Gallons of Portland's Water

19-year-old cited for public urination

(Newser) - Rest assured, Portland, Oregon: The water you drink is very, very clean. How sanitary? This sanitary: Water Bureau administrators are willing to flush 38 million gallons of the stuff and clean the open-air reservoir in order to make sure there's not the most miniscule amount of human urine in... More »

Mountain of Coal Ash Spills Into NC River

But officials say drinking water is safe

(Newser) - Somewhere between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash have spilled into a river that flows between North Carolina and Virginia since Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports. But municipal officials as well as the owner of the retired coal plant involved, Duke Energy, insist the drinking water... More »

Dusty Rockies Melt Early, Imperil Drinking Water

Reddish dust blows in from Southwest, alters management systems

(Newser) - Melting Rocky Mountain snow once offered a regular stream of water to regional farmers and water managers—but that system isn't so reliable anymore. The culprit: Vast amounts of dust that blow in from the Southwest, the Wall Street Journal reports. Darkened by dust, the snow is melting earlier... More »

Weird Brown Foam Covers Lake Mead

Initial tests show nothing toxic

(Newser) - Tests are being run on a mysterious brown foamy substance found covering a large part of America's biggest reservoir. Initial tests on the substance—found in the Overton Arm area of Lake Mead along with dozens of dead carp—have revealed nothing toxic but investigators have returned for more... More »

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