The Environmental Protection Agency is ramping up enforcement of chemical plants and industrial sites to ensure safe drinking water in predominantly minority communities of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. According to Time, the EPA will begin making unannounced inspections of “sites suspected of polluting air and water and causing health problems to nearby residents.”
The agency has also issued a notice to Jackson, Mississippi, saying the city’s water system currently violates federal standards and must be brought up to code within 45 days.
Water Contamination in Nogales, Arizona Addressed After Year of Neglect
A wastewater system that runs across the border from Nogales, Sonora to Nogales, Arizona is finally getting repaired after many years of structural issues leading to water contamination. KVOA Tucson reports that “the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission announced a nearly $14 million contract that addresses the needs for repairs in three phases.” The first phases should be completed by October 2023, and the final phases in 2024.
Township of Mahwah, New Jersey Says It Will Take Significant Time & Money to Fix Water Contamination
Mahwah township officials announced that it will take “$800,000 and at least 18 months to fix the township's water contamination,” according to NorthJersey.com. Elevated PFOS levels, beyond the state limit, have been reported in one of the township’s seven wells. But the materials needed for the repairs have long lead times to acquire, causing the delays.
Boil Water Advisory Issued for Parts of Florida, Louisiana, & Michigan
Approximately 5,000 people in St. Lucie County, Florida were under a boil water advisory this week, which has now been lifted. A water main broke, leading to a water outage because the system could not be isolated. Repairs have now been made, and the water has tested clear throughout the system.
In Louisiana, the entire town of Abita Springs remained under a boil water advisory after a water main break. This led to low pressure in the water system, and although proper pressure has now been restored, testing must be done before lifting the advisory.
Two communities in different areas of Michigan were under boil water advisories this week. The Milwood neighborhood of Kalamazoo was told to boil water due to a water infrastructure repair, while in Grand Ledge, an emergency repair also led to a boil water advisory.