The Fundão dam, operated by the mining company Samarco, collapsed first and spilled into the Santarém dam and waste from both began to flow to nearby cities and into a vital river. The toxic mud wave, which has been slowly traveling down the Rio Doce for several weeks, has now reached the Atlantic, adding a dangerous mix of arsenic, zinc, copper, mercury, and other substances to the water during its 500-kilometer journey.
Citizens of Bangladesh have been suffering from the consequences of arsenic poisoning for years. This situation is often referred to as one of the largest mass poisonings of all time.
A presentation by a Moorestown utility director and an engineer included plans to replace multiple water mains throughout town and upgrade several water treatment plant systems – such as the closed Hartford Road plant and the Kings Highway plant – and address the presence of an unregulated contaminant.
People packed a village meeting in Hoosick Falls Tuesday night after receiving a notice their water might be contaminated.
Manufacturing plant Saint Gobain announced on Tuesday that water samples near its site tested positive for a chemical called PFOA.
Wisconsin residents can take a number of steps to make sure their drinking water is safe. The city of Milwaukee is considered a national leader in testing for contaminants in its drinking water. But thousands of Milwaukee children are diagnosed each year with lead poisoning, which some researchers say could be at least partially due to drinking water tainted with lead.
Among them was the late Parker Whedon, a Charlotte lawyer who had paddled and fished the free-flowing Catawba for decades. Whedon argued that Duke should restore what an 1890s account called the “rolling, seething, foaming, rushing water” of the Catawba’s rippingest rapids.
In Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of people face the specter of drinking water from wells that is unsafe, tainted by one or more contaminants such as arsenic or nitrate.
Awareness of the presence of a cryptosporidium microbial parasite occurred when traces were identified in one of United Utilities’ many water treatment plants in Preston, England, which mainly affected parts of the Lancashire region. According to their estimates, about 2,500 miles of pipeline were contaminated.
In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.
Sometimes utilities, especially those with publicly elected boards, defer the maintenance of their equipment because raising taxes or rates is unpopular with voters. But updating outmoded infrastructure and securing access to new water sources amid scarcity and drought are expensive tasks. These efforts are pushing rates upward.