About Thursday Contaminant Roundup: Each week we bring to you headlines from around the world where water contaminants pose issues for local communities. From arsenic to PFAS, contaminants can be found in various levels and forms and should be addressed with in order to maintain clean water for all. This is your weekly dose of water contaminant news.
June 24, 2019 — Officials in Wake County, North Carolina, are trying to raise awareness of potential contamination in local well water. It's estimated thousands of residents could be drinking and bathing in water containing unsafe levels of uranium, radon and radium. Unlike municipal water, the maintenance and testing of well water is left to private owners who may not do anything about it.
June 21, 2019 — High levels of arsenic were found in certain bottled water brands sold in Target, Walmart and Whole Foods stores. Independent testing confirmed the high levels, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had yet to issue a recall for the brands.
June 18, 2019 — Long Island is said to have the most contaminated drinking water in New York State, and Nassau County with the most water systems containing cancer-causing chemicals. This week its lawmakers called on the federal government for funding to help deal with the public health crisis. A May study found high levels of PFAS in the region, chemicals that have been linked to testicular and kidney caners, liver damage and developmental effects in fetuses and breast-fed babies.