Drinking Water

A new national database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group shines a light on water quality across the United States - and the results are not good.

WBFO file photo

Seneca Nation President Todd Gates and North Collins Town Supervisor John Tobia on Monday signed an agreement that will provide safe drinking water for the hamlet of Lawtons in North Collins. It is one of three areas in Western New York cited for having tap water that was a health threat in a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Ever since the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, where lead in drinking water poisoned hundreds of children, attention has focused on the nation’s lead regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991, and is now considering updating it. But some experts fear proposed changes could actually weaken protections for public health.

Governor Cuomo is calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to establish an official drinking water standard for the unregulated contaminant 1,4-dioxane.

EDnvironmental Advocates of New York

Environmental advocates are prodding state officials to take steps that would give New York residents the “constitutional right" to clean water and healthy air.

State mandated drinking water testing has found high lead levels in eleven local school districts.

Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York. Lead paint is considered the culprit, but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has raised questions about the safety of the drinking water in cities like Buffalo.

photo from the University at Buffalo

Across the world, there are problems with getting clean drinking water. At the University at Buffalo, a group of undergraduates is working with an engineering professor to provide clean water for a few pennies and no cost for fuel.