Segra Park the site of ‘Columbia for Denmark’ water drive as residents continue fight over ‘toxic’ water

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Segra Park will be the site of a water drive with all donations going to residents of Denmark, SC, a city who have long battled city and state officials about the condition of their water.
The conditions of the drinking water in Denmark have been an issue since the chemical HaloSan was discovered in the water.
The well was being treated for iron bacteria by using HaloSan, according to SC DHEC.
“DHEC recognizes that citizens have questions and concerns about the safety of the City of Denmark’s water supply, including the use of HaloSan in one well,” SC DHEC said in a previous statement to WIS. “In August, the City of Denmark notified DHEC that the well where HaloSan had been used was removed from service.
The City’s current drinking water supply comes from three other wells where HaloSan was not and is not used.” Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the city of Denmark and their use of HaloSan in the drinking water, with one lawsuit stating that the use of the chemical in the water caused "burning, rash, itching, skin discoloration/redness, blistering, and allergic-type reactions,” making the water unusable.
The drive will be from Feb. 4 to Feb. 8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Segra Park.
Water can be dropped off at the First Base Building – look for a sign that says "WATER DROP OFF HERE."
You can donate any bottled water – bottles, jugs, etc., just make sure they are sealed.

Water boil advisory issued for Village of Whiting

VILLAGE OF WHITING, WIs. (WSAW)– A water boil advisory has been put in place Thursday for the village of Whiting, after the water department experienced a loss of pressure, according to Nicholas Schmeiser, Director of Public Works & Utilities.
According to a news release, the loss of pressure happened around 4 p.m. Thursday and affected more than 25-percent of the potable water system.
As a precaution, the village says to make sure ice, food and any beverages made with the water are thrown out.
You should boil your water for at least one minute or use commercially bottled water for drinking, food preparation or making ice.
The release say the village will notify residents when testing is done and the water is safe to drink again.

Think road salt won’t reach your drinking water? Ask Madison

When we toss down the road salt that’s ubiquitous with icy, snowy winters in the North, the salt doesn’t just disappear after it clears up the roads and sidewalks. In fact, it’s starting to get into drinking water in places across the Midwest and New England — posing an emerging threat to water supplies and a health risk for people on sodium-restricted diets or with high blood pressure. “The salt doesn’t just evaporate, it doesn’t break down. Once it’s applied in the environment, it’s got nowhere to go. It goes into the soil, or it goes into the lakes. It doesn’t just disappear,” said Joe Grande, the water-quality manager in Madison, Wis. • Road salt is polluting our water: Here’s what we can do to fix it Madison is one of the more notable cases of drinking water contamination by sodium chloride. Other instances have been reported in places like Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey — including one extreme case in the city of Brick, chlorides damaged lead water pipes, causing the toxic metal to leach into drinking water. Most people start tasting salt in water once it reaches concentrations of 250 milligrams per liter. Even before that point, though, water can start to taste off. Off-tasting water, and no good way off salt Faith Fitzpatrick lives in Madison’s Spring Harbor neighborhood. Her well has been among the hardest hit by road salt pollution. Some of her neighbors with low-salt diets have installed filtering systems in their homes….