Bonduel community rallies to provide meals and water after major water main break

BONDUEL, Wis. (WBAY) – The entire village of Bonduel is under a boil water advisory after a significant water main break.
The break caused low water pressure, which may possibly allow contaminants into the village’s water.
The Bonduel School District canceled classes Wednesday, and some homes had no access to water, but the tight-knit community found a way to make a difference in their neighbor’s lives.
The water main break on the intersection of Washington and State happened Tuesday evening.
With possible contamination of the water, the village will stay under a boil water advisory until results come back from a State Waters Lab Thursday morning.
Lorbiecki expects the results to come back between 6 and 7 a.m. City officials say nearly 1,500 people are under the boil water order, but 18 homes near the water break did not have access to water until the water main was repaired Wednesday evening.
"We delivered up that water to the 18 residents that were not having water service this morning,” said Lorbiecki.
"They cooked the breakfast, they made the calls to seniors, and we had runners, we had students involved, teacher’s kids were involved, we had a school board member and his wife, too,” said Dawidziak.
The water main is fixed but the boil order remains in effect until at least Thursday morning.
The Bonduel School District will make a decision Thursday morning on whether classes will be held.

Farmer claims contaminated water from Cannon AFB is impacting cows

CLOVIS, N.M.- A local farmer said contaminated water from the Cannon Air Force Base has contaminated 4,000 of his cows.
"Life is water, and without good fresh water, you can’t grow crops.
You can’t milk cows," said Art Schaap, the owner of Highland Dairy.
"What do I do with the animals?
So, we’re looking into maybe having to euthanize them," Schaap said.
He said the City of Clovis is working on a resolution.
"The positive is Curry County has passed a resolution to support– to make Cannon Air Force Base be more accountable," Schaap said.
Robert Thornton, Curry County Commissioner District 5, confirmed the city’s efforts.
KOB 4 reached out to Col. Russell Kesley from Cannon Air Force Base about the claims, but he chose not to comment.
Schaap said so far, Cannon Air Force Base has provided clean bottled water for his family and him, but not for the animals.

Petroleum contamination in Layton neighborhood prompts National Guard investigation

The smell has forced a few families out of those homes while the city tries to get rid of it and find out where the petroleum plume is coming from.
“The petroleum product has found its way into the storm drain system,” said Steve Garside, Public Information Officer with Layton City.
“With the good wet winter that we’ve had the water table in the ground water has pushed the petroleum down Angel Street.
The course those plumes and the groundwater follow is the path of least resistance which is, we figure, our storm drains.” Garside said the petroleum plume sits in the drain and the vapors have entered homes from the land drain system and that creates a noticeable smell in the the home.
“Some people described it as a paint smell.
Like they just finished painting the basement," Garside said.
"Other people like if I am gassing up my lawnmower or my motor boat."
Health agencies are studying samples taken from the storm drain system and hoping to put a stop to the smell so some residents can go back into their homes.
“They are going to actually put in some type of plugs or some type of backflow prevention device that will still allow the water to go into the system but prevents vapors from going up the laterals,” Garside said.
Watch the news story above to hear what they have to say and see National Guard crews take samples of the plume.

Lake Township residents: Boil water until further notice

Disease-causing organisms may have entered the water supply in Lake Township following a low pressure event.
Residents in Lake Township should not consume any water that hasn’t been boiled until further notice.
Disease-causing organisms may have entered the water supply in Lake Township following a low pressure event, according to the announcement.
“The Stark County Water District has no evidence at this time that the water system is contaminated.
Anytime pressure drops below a certain level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires a boil order, said Jim Troike, Stark County sanitary engineer.
“You want to be cautious.
We’re being cautious.
That’s what the EPA requires us to do to protect people’s health to make sure there’s no problems,” he said.
The county is testing the water for bacteria.
Bring water to a boil, let it boil for at least one minute and let cool before using.

Sandy warns of scammers offering to test water after contamination troubles

Adobe Stock Sandy officials are warning residents to be aware of scammers pretending to be from the health department after the city’s recent contaminated water troubles.
SANDY — Sandy officials are warning residents to be aware of scammers pretending to be from the health department after the city’s recent contaminated water troubles.
"We have had reports of impersonators claiming to be from the health department to test water and asking for financial information," the city tweeted Wednesday.
The city and health department will not ask residents for money, according to the tweet, and such requests are scams.
On Feb. 15, Sandy reported water samples in an area of the city had tested high for copper and lead after a fluoride feeder malfunctioned and sent undiluted fluoride into the system.
That incident occurred in the midst of a power outage during a snow storm, the city said.
The incident prompted a number of angry residents to show up to a town hall the following week to vent frustrations with the way the city handled the incident.
Sandy’s director of public utilities was later put on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
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DNA evidence traces drinking water hazards back to farms and manure

A sophisticated new analysis of conditions around hundreds of polluted wells in Wisconsin found that farming and animal manure pose far greater risks than other factors linked to two contaminants that have consistently posed serious health hazards in places with vulnerable drinking water sources.
The conclusions of the research led by U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt are bound to stir controversy because they raise questions about the adequacy of state regulations that are supposed to protect water from the hundreds of millions of gallons of dairy manure stored in lagoons and spread on the ground.
Tony Evers’ proposal to expand a state program that helps homeowners rebuild polluted wells.
In an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal before the conference, Borchardt said the study of Kewaunee County wells is applicable to all parts of eastern Wisconsin and other places in the Midwest with a porous bedrock formation called Silurian dolomite.
Borchardt’s research team analyzed conditions around each of hundreds of wells, including distance from farm fields, manure storage sites and septic fields, along with data on well construction, and the depth to bedrock and groundwater.
He said he was surprised to see that the highest risk for coliform bacteria was not how near a well was to farm land, but specifically the well’s proximity to a manure storage site.
The new study found the strongest statistical links by far were those linking coliform-polluted water with nearby manure storage.
Agricultural interests have opposed monitoring.
A few years ago, citizens demanded that a monitoring requirement be included in the permit of a large dairy feedlot, but the state resisted and eventually the case went to court.
The findings come on the heels of another study Borchardt was involved in that found 42 percent of wells in three southwest Wisconsin counties were contaminated.

Water boil advisory issued for Lake Township due to possibility of disease-causing organisms

LAKE TOWNSHIP — The Stark County Metropolitan Water District is advising residents to boil water before using it due to the possibility of disease-causing organisms having entered the Lake Township water supply.
Officials say the illness-causing organisms may have been introduced to the water supply through a “low-pressure event.” The water boil advisory has been issued for residents from Brumbaugh to Pontius Street and east and west to Hoover Estates and Edison Street.
Residents should take note of the following: DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people may be at increased risk.
These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
The water district says it has no evidence that the water system has been contaminated, but “the possibility, however, does exist that the water system is contaminated and is issuing this advisory as a precaution.” The district says it is investigating the issue and taking steps to correct the problem.
Anyone who requires additional information may call the water district at 330-451-2320.

A town found the source of its contaminated wells: road salt. What’s being done about it?

Thousands of people have driven through the Warren County village of Columbia, even if they didn’t know it.
Interstate 80 runs through the Knowlton Township community, connecting New Jersey Routes 94 and 46.
That’s a lot of roads to keep clear in the winter.
Which means a lot of road salt.
That created problems for residents, not to mention their water heaters, according to a report Sunday in the New Jersey Herald that provided an update on the situation.
The Herald report said sources of the salt were identified as the township’s salt shed, and road and parking lot clearing by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Warren County, the township and an I-80 truck stop.
The Herald reported that some residents retained an attorney and filed tort claims against the government agencies last year, a precursor to a possible lawsuit.
However, some action is being taken.
The Herald reported Knowlton Township has completed a $168,000 rebuild of its salt shed, and is working with the county and NJDOT to better coordinate road-salting and prevent redundancy.
Mayor Adele Starrs also told the newspaper that the township has established a committee to help find solutions for homeowners.

IB mayor reiterates fight for clean water in State of the City address

Dedina highlighted several of the city’s accomplishments in 2018, including improved and safer streets, a growing tourism industry and a declining crime rate.
Imperial Beach is the safest beach town in San Diego County, Dedina said.
Dedina also reiterated his commitment to fighting for clean water in Imperial Beach.
"There’s been a broken sewer pipe in Tijuana for three months," Dedina said.
That broken pipe, with the help of a series of winter storms, is responsible for sending sewage, chemical waste and plastic pollution across the border, into the Tijuana River and into the ocean in Imperial Beach.
“I would love to see the city continue to dog Baja California and the international water authority to make sure we get that changed.
I mean these are waters that our children swim in," Imperial Beach resident Laura Wilkinson told FOX 5.
The City of San Diego is the latest to join in on the lawsuit.
“I’m really proud of what the city is doing and how the city is working with other entities in the county and across the border to get things done," Imperial Beach resident Bethany Case said.
I know supervisor Cox is working to get another 340 million out of Congress for the entire U.S. – Mexico Border.

Water quality not an issue

Cowboys who’d herded stock across it, or worked along its banks, liked to josh newcomers to their outfit by “recalling” a time they’d seen a coyote venture cautiously out from the brush, take a long drink from the river, and then whirl around as if he’d been shot only to begin frantically licking its rear end.
But its not nearly as bad as a certain 19th century military record says.
The U.S. Army, which garrisoned a string of forts along the state’s western frontier to protect the populace from hostile Indians, was particularly interested in water.
And compiling statistics.
“In making our report to the Chief Quartermaster of the Department it was necessary to convey an accurate idea of the adequacy and character of the water supply, that being a most important item in the practicability of any point for military as well as domestic purposes,” wrote cavalry veteran H.H.
McConnell in the ponderous prose of 1889.
McConnell came to Texas in 1867 with the 6th Cavalry and spent much of his time in the military at Fort Richardson in Jack County.
After his discharge from the Army, he stayed in Jacksboro as a newspaper publisher.
Thinking fast, the orderly grabbed a handful of salt, threw it in the container, and poured in enough water to make a half-gallon.
The only problem was that his finding had absolutely nothing to do with the actual water quality of the Brazos.