Water Industry Watch

  • EPA will likely conclude fracking doesn’t affect drinking water
    The Environmental Protection Agency may soon dispel one of the green movements favorite myths: That fracking contaminates drinking water. In the coming days, the EPA will finalize a 2015 report that found no link between fracking and “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.” The Hill, Dec. 7
  • Cambria, Calif., names new water supervisor
    The Cambria Community Services District in Cambria, Calif., has a new water supervisor, but the face and name are familiar. Jason Buhl had filled that post on an interim basis for the past three months before district General Manager Jerry Gruber tapped him for the permanent assignment Dec. 5. The Tribune, Dec. 7
  • Oregon water district sued over fatal 2015 landslide Oregon water district sued over fatal 2015 landslide
    A Florence, Ore., couple and the Heceta Water People’s Utility District are being sued for nearly $10 million by the children of a woman killed last winter when a massive mudslide tore through her home. Delores A. Miller’s sons, Stephen L. Miller and Keith A. Eldien, allege that the combined negligence of the utility district and William and Gail Munzer — who lived next door to Miller at the time — contributed to the 70-year-old woman’s death. Register-Guard, Dec. 4
  • Texas woman battles water utility over $1,500 bill
    A widowed mother of eight in Willis, Texas, claims that the Corinthian Point Municipal Utility District #2 wrongly cut off her water when she refused to pay an "inflated" bill. Cheryl Thibodeaux, 36, said her family spent the past 15 days without access to clean water and sanitary sewer services. Houston Chronicle, Dec. 1