Arizona has determined that there is not enough groundwater for all of the future housing construction that has already been approved in the Phoenix area, and will stop developers from building some new subdivisions, a sign of looming trouble in the West and other places where overuse, drought and climate change are straining water supplies.
The decision by state officials marks the beginning of the end to the explosive development that has made the Phoenix metropolitan region the fastest growing in the country. Continue reading Arizona limits new construction in Phoenix area, citing shrinking water supply
Jenna Vogel and her husband moved to East Selah, Yakima County, in fall 2021. Days after settling in, the Yakima Training Center shared a news release informing residents that a dozen homes in the area had concentrations of forever chemicals in their water that exceeded federal drinking water standards. Their house was among those affected. Continue reading WA family filters water to keep out PFAS. Where do dirty filters go?
Where did high levels of PFAS in San Juan Island water come from? | The Seattle Times SAN JUAN ISLAND — Every night, before the Ross family sits down at the dinner table and shares their highs and lows — … Continue reading Where did high levels of PFAS in San Juan Island water come from?
SEATAC — In the 1980s, rookie firefighters at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport endured a hazing ritual known as the “foam shower.”
Recruits stood some 150 feet down the tarmac with 5-gallon buckets and were told to catch firefighting foam shot out of a crash-response truck’s water cannon.
They would wear the usual helmet and heat-resistant gear, but still ended up drenched as the bubbly white liquid rained down on them. Continue reading Sea-Tac’s legacy of PFAS chemicals: ‘foam showers,’ sick firefighters and contaminated water
RIO VERDE, Ariz. — Joe McCue thought he had found a desert paradise when he bought one of the new stucco houses sprouting in the granite foothills of Rio Verde, Arizona. There were good schools, mountain views and cactus-spangled hiking trails out the back door.
Then the water got cut off. Continue reading Skipped showers, paper plates: An Arizona suburb’s water is cut off
More ‘forever chemicals’ found in WA drinking water as cleanup costs mount | The Seattle Times Where PFAS exceeded state action levels in Washington public water systems The state action levels were set to protect people who drink the same … Continue reading More ‘forever chemicals’ found in WA drinking water as cleanup costs mount
PSE substations among five attacked in Pacific Northwest in November | The Seattle Times Could water system facilities be next? Here’s a useful tool for vulnerability assessment from the EPA Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) (epa.gov) Continue reading PSE substations among five attacked in Pacific Northwest in November
Heartache, anger in Central Washington over drinking-water wells tainted by ‘forever chemicals’ | The Seattle Times Brandi Hyatt, featured in this article, is another recipient along with Whidbey Island Water Systems Association of a Public Participation Grant for PFAS in … Continue reading Heartache, anger in Central Washington over drinking-water wells tainted by ‘forever chemicals’
Officials project Coalinga, Calif., will use up its allotted water before the end of the year — possibly forcing the city to buy water at exorbitant prices. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/a-california-citys-water-supply-is-expected-to-run-out-in-two-months/ Continue reading A California city’s water supply is expected to run out in two months
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/whidbey-island-waters-undergoing-testing-will-be-dyed-red-on-monday/ The waters of Whidbey Island will run red Monday with the fluorescent hue of rhodamine, a non-toxic dye being used by the state to survey wastewater movement and its impact on local shellfish. The Washington Department of Health is evaluating … Continue reading Whidbey Island waters undergoing testing will be dyed red