“The California Department of Public Health announced a plan this week to hasten the stream of federal money to drinking-water projects, a move that could benefit poor Valley towns with contamination problems.”
“California’s Department of Public Health issued a plan Monday to improve the distribution of federal money for safe drinking water projects following a threat from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this spring to cut off further funding unless the money was spent more effectively.”
“Lanare [west of Fresno], like scores of other impoverished California communities where the water is unsafe to drink, could be eligible for a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds to improve drinking water tainted by agricultural use and naturally occurring contaminants.
“… Davis voters in March approved a massive project to draw water from the Sacramento River and run it through a new $110 million treatment plant. Starting in 2016, Davis is to get 12 million gallons a day of treated water and its partner, Woodland, another 18 million gallons daily. Because there will be separate pipelines to the two cities, each gets to decide for itself whether to add fluoride.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“A Senate committee approved an ACWA-opposed bill June 12 that would transfer responsibility for the state’s drinking water program from the Department of the Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board.
AB 145 (Perea) cleared the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a 7-0 vote after a lengthy debate in which several lawmakers voiced concerns with the bill’s approach and urged the author to consider other options to address problems without moving the entire drinking water program away from a state agen
“Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, has been shepherding 10 bills through the Legislature that would free up funding and streamline bureaucratic processes when it comes to drinking-water improvements across California.”
“Nearly 1.5 miles beneath Earth’s surface in Canada, scientists have found pockets of water that have been isolated from the outside world for more than 1 billion years.
The ancient water, trapped in thin fissures in granite-like rock, has been bubbling up from a zinc and copper mine for decades in Timmins, Ontario. Only recently have scientists been able to calculate the age of this water and determine that it is the oldest ever discovered — possibly as old as 2.6 billion years, when Earth was less than half its current age.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans.
The California Department of Public Health has cited the city of Red Bluff for violating the state’s drinking water standard.
While not an emergency there is no need for residents to begin boiling tap water the public works department will likely begin a process of chlorination to disinfect the city’s water system.