More than 1,000 Oregon daycares have failed to prove water is free of lead

A third of licensed daycares in Oregon failed to prove that their drinking water didn’t contain high levels of lead, The Oregonian/OregonLive found. Daycares in the state are required to test their water for the first time this year after reporting from the newsroom prompted a rule change. While child cares had until the end of…

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Failing drinking water systems and lax oversight risk public health

A PennLive investigation uncovered serious failures in drinking water systems statewide as well as severely deficient staffing at the state agency tasked with ensuring those systems operate safety. When state inspectors did find problems, the violations were seldom followed up with formal enforcement action. Combined, these factors risk the health of some 10 million Pennsylvanians…

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Sex offenders blame island’s water for illnesses, deaths

An Associated Press investigation found that the water system that serves scores of sex offenders held on an isolated Washington state island has been plagued by problems for more than a decade. State health records reviewed by the AP reveal that the water has repeatedly exceeded standards for chlorine-related chemicals. The offenders say the often-brown…

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