Government Building Shut Down Due To Drinking Water Contamination

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters in Baltimore has temporarily closed after legionella bacteria were discovered in the building’s water supply. Legionella, which can cause the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease, prompted immediate action to protect staff. Concerning Legionella Legionnaires’ disease has become a growing concern. According to the CDC, reports of Legionnaires’ … Read more

Contamination: PFAS and U.S. Drinking Water

Global map showing the concentration of PFAS in different regions, with notable hotspots in parts of North America, Europe, and Australia.

Recent research highlights an unsettling variable in water safety across the U.S.: the presence of PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl substances, known for their persistence in the environment and human body. A study detailed in Nature Geoscience by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) reveals that these chemicals, often dubbed “forever chemicals,” appear in significant, and … Read more

NC Homes Alerted to PFAS in Private Wells

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In a concerning development for residents of an unincorporated area in Cumberland County, North Carolina, reports have emerged about the contamination of private well water with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as “forever chemicals.” This discovery has prompted a flurry of alerts from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), raising alarm over the … Read more

US’s Aging Water Infrastructure Crisis

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Across the United States, numerous cities grapple with aging water systems, financial constraints, and the growing need for infrastructure overhaul. These issues are not just confined to one area but are a widespread problem affecting many, particularly in communities that are economically disadvantaged or have seen significant population decline. This article explores the multifaceted challenges … Read more

Virginia Beach’s Smelly H2O: Improvements on Horizon

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Residents of Virginia Beach have been facing an unusual issue with their tap water: a pronounced chlorine smell. This has been a point of concern for many, leading to inquiries and complaints about the water quality. However, there’s good news on the way. The city officials have taken measures to address this issue, promising that … Read more

The Persistent PFAS Menace in Virginia’s Waters

Industrial water filtration tanks overlaid on a Virginia state map, symbolizing the fight against PFAS contamination in local water supplies.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pose an enduring threat to Virginia’s drinking water, a situation brought to the forefront by a plane crash over two decades ago. This incident at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia‚Äôs Eastern Shore highlighted the indestructible nature of PFAS and set off a chain of events that continue to impact … Read more

Newport News Converting Waste To Drinkable Water

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In an era where water scarcity challenges communities globally, Newport News, Virginia, stands at the forefront of a groundbreaking solution. The city is in the midst of constructing a pioneering water treatment facility aimed at replenishing a vital aquifer, showcasing a significant stride towards sustainable water management. A Vision for Tomorrow: The SWIFT Program The … Read more