An environmental cleanup project underway in South Carolina shows that moving coal ash from leaky, unlined pits located along waterways leads to immediate, dramatic improvements in the groundwater contamination that’s a widespread problem near coal ash dumpsites.
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.
Purification Process Makes Purified Water Vulnerable to Arsenic Contamination in Orange County Water District
The issue arose when officials from the OCWD began to observe unusual spikes “in arsenic after it percolated into soils and sediments from surface basins into underground storage aquifers”. What was specifically unusual was that the water that absorbed this excess arsenic had “undergone a rigorous purification process”.
Mines like the Gold King Mine Threaten Water with Heavy Metals, Such as Lead and Arsenic – Mines Must Treat Water
The Gold King Mine has been leaking fluids into its surrounding area since its shuttering in 1923. This has resulted in the formation of dozens of toxic wells in its immediate vicinity.
Toxic contamination of the polluted waters of Sungai Pengorak and Pantai Pengorak near Kuantan, Pahang, is evidenced by the high content of arsenic metalloid and heavy metals in fish samples from the Gebeng coastal area tested by this newspaper’s Probes Team.
In these districts, out of 909 fluoride affected sources of water, Fluoride Removal Plants have been set up at 478 spots while 390 borewells have been closed down. Besides, the fluoride affected water of 39 hand pumps in Kondagaon district and two in Gariyaband are not being used for drinking purpose.
The total number of the State’s habitations, where drinking water sources have been found to be contaminated by the presence of excess arsenic, has shot up to 4,118 in 18 districts.
Water and public health experts expressed their concern over the the large number of people drinking unsafe water. They said that this information had questioned the previous government report that said 97% of the people has access to safe drinking water. They said the government should drop such misconceptions and take measures to ensure safe drinking water.
Fluoride levels in more than 1,000 counties are too high, while arsenic poses a threat to about 600,000 mainlanders, magazine reports.
Recently, a new well, reservoir and arsenic treatment system were installed for the Mesquite Hills subdivision through a public/private partnership between the City and VRE Cottonwood LLC. This new system has the capability of removing arsenic from the backwash water before it is discharged to the sewer system.