Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Steady progress

February testing showed Flint water met EPA lead rule

Flint Journal


Flint water sampled by the state in February registered below the federal threshold for lead with 90 percent of samples at or below 8 parts per billion, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says. The DEQ said February's water tests mark the seventh straight month in which city water was below the 15 ppb level enforced by the EPA. In the last six-month testing period, 10 percent of Flint water registered at less than 12 ppb.


Ohio EPA releases lead maps for water systems

Columbus Dispatch

Ohio has posted maps showing water systems with lead or potential lead service lines from 99 percent of Ohio's 1,878 water systems. Maps and other information on those water systems are available online. Water system operators were required to submit maps to comply with EPA regulations informing the public about potential lead content in drinking water, much of it coming from older pipes.


Engineers give infrastructure a near-failing grade


America's infrastructure is close to failing. That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which has released its 2017 infrastructure report card, giving the nation's overall infrastructure a grade of D+. Since 1998, grades have been near failing and averaging only D's, due to "delayed maintenance" and "under investment across most categories." ► STATE-BY-STATE GRADES