Water Quality

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Bottled water is being distributed in Fredonia, as a state of emergency continues due to problems with the village's water system.

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New York State Thursday adopted maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals in drinking water. Environmental and community advocates wanted to see lower levels adopted, and more PFAS chemicals included, but say it’s a good start. One of the limits is a national first.

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Most of the focus has been on COVID-19, but advocates held a virtual meeting Tuesday to bring attention to another aspect of public health: protecting New York’s drinking water.

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A survey of drinking water across the country detected some level of PFAS chemicals in all but one sample.

In Philadelphia, two of the most commonly researched PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, were detected at 7.7 parts per trillion and 5.3 ppt — levels far below the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit, as well as below New Jersey’s more stringent controls.

The EPA currently has a recommended limit of 70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS combined. New Jersey has established its own maximum contaminant level for the chemicals at 14 ppt for PFOA and 13 ppt for PFOS.

Advocates for clean drinking water say proposed new limits by the state Health Department for chemicals in the water supply that are linked to cancer and other serious illnesses are too high and will lead to serious health problems.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made two big announcements improving the quality of New York's drinking water - and environmental advocates are applauding the actions.

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The Erie County Legislature voted 10-1 Thursday to appoint former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones to the Erie County Water Authority board. Jones, a Republican, is the third Amherst attorney to be on the three-member board. Meanwhile, five lawmakers failed - by one vote - to fire ECWA Board Chairman Jerome Schad.

Niagara Falls Mayor's Office

Thursday should be the day a major water main break in Niagara Falls is finally fixed.

Elizabeth Miller

New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara Falls black last weekend.

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.

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All drinking fountains in Lackawanna City Schools have been turned off and sinks have warning signs on them, after elevated levels of lead were found from a variety of sources.

The New York State Senate is expected to soon announce a date for a hearing on how the Cuomo Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.


A new report says Buffalo is one of 33 US cities that cheat when measuring lead in drinking water.

Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

While some strides have been made--- notably the cleanup of the Buffalo River--- more needs to be done to improve the area's water quality. "Just look at our beaches," noted Dan Telvock of the Investigative Post. He shared some of his findings during WBFO's Press Pass.


Summit searches for solutions to beach closings

Sep 23, 2015
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In an effort to address the high number of beach closings this past summer, a "Beach Summit" was convened at Woodlawn Beach State Park. 


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A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.

EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

Jul 23, 2013
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport has been a designated area of concern for decades. Because of recent flooding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup. Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.