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October 2018

Smoke on the wastewater

  • 12 October 2018
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TUPPER LAKE - The fan was switched on and smoke blown through a manhole on state Route 3 started shooting from roof vents on nearby houses, leaking from manhole covers down the street and rising from the ground in a front yard.

The village water department spent the past two days smoking out leaks, illegal connections and other sources of water inflow in its sewer lines by filling the system with a non-toxic, odorless “liquid smoke” and identifying areas where rainwater and groundwater fill the system.

Emerging Contaminants Project Planning Grants

  • 23 October 2018
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The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding to municipalities to help pay for the planning and development of eligible drinking water infrastructure projects that protect public health by removing or otherwise addressing emerging contaminants such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)

Water Use Reaches Lowest Recorded Level in 45 Years

  • 24 October 2018
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According to a new USGS report which can be accessed at https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/cir1441, 322 billion gallons of water per day were withdrawn for use in the United States during 2015, a 9 percent reduction of water use from 2010.  This is the lowest level since before 1970.  Tim Petty, assistant secretary for Water and Science at the Department of the Interior, said “the downward trend in water use shows a continued effort towards effi