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UK pilot study finds high levels of contaminants in Martin County drinking water samples

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Martin County drinking water regularly exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contamination levels for cancer-causing disinfection byproducts and coliform bacteria, according to preliminary findings of a University of Kentucky pilot study. The pilot study was conducted by Jason Unrine and Wayne Sanderson, both professors in the UK College of Agriculture,...

Kentucky infrastructure earns overall GPA of ‘C-‘ from Civil Engineers, many areas in the ‘D’ range

The Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the 2019 Report Card for Kentucky’s Infrastructure, giving 10 categories of infrastructure an overall grade of “C-.” Kentucky civil engineers examined the state’s aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, levees, roads, solid waste and wastewater. The report evaluated the 10 categories...

Understanding water: We take safe drinking water for granted, but most of the rest of world doesn’t have it

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor First of three parts We step up to the sink, turn on the faucet and expect water to come out. We take for granted that it will be clean and safe to drink. We expect, as an inalienable right, what most people around the world cannot imagine. So, here we are, knowing that water is essential to everything in life – and finding the devil in the details. Here are some...

T.G. Shuck: Clean drinking water is a blessing that Americans should not take for granted

We’ve all seen it a thousand times before. It might have been in your neighborhood or at a local office park. So commonplace it probably didn’t even register with you mentally. What on earth am I talking about?     Sprinklers … running full blast in the blazing heat of a summer afternoon doing nothing more than contributing ambient moisture to the atmosphere through the...

Kentucky water systems produce consistently ‘high-quality drinking water,’ study shows

The Kentucky Division of Water recently completed a study of public drinking water data to determine if heavy metals such as arsenic and chromium were occurring in public drinking water at concentrations that may cause health concerns.   The results?   “The analysis revealed that heavy metals are not occurring in public drinking water systems at levels that cause health concerns and affirmed...