WBEZ | drinking water http://www.wbez.org/tags/drinking-water Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois drinking water supplier deals with low river http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drinking-water-supplier-deals-low-river-104134 <p><p>EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The utility that supplies drinking water to more than 250,000 residents in southwestern Illinois is taking emergency measures due to the low level of the Mississippi River.</p><p>The Belleville News-Democrat <a href="http://bit.ly/Uw7gBt" target="_blank">reports</a> that officials with Illinois American Water say the measures are needed so that the water supply doesn&#39;t dry up for communities in Madison and St. Clair counties.</p><p>Spokeswoman Karen Cotton says Illinois American Water is investing about $400,000 at the East St. Louis water treatment plant. She says that will allow access to water at a much deeper level of the Mississippi River than the utility&#39;s usual intakes can reach.</p><p>Cotton says company officials believe the move will keep water flowing to customers even if the drought-stricken Mississippi River drops to record-setting low water levels.</p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drinking-water-supplier-deals-low-river-104134 Most Illinois drinking water meets standards http://www.wbez.org/story/most-illinois-drinking-water-meets-standards-87884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/7150122_2bf77eb8ef.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most of the drinking water in Illinois met state and federal health requirements last year.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.state.il.us/">Illinois Environmental Protection Agency </a>says data show 96.8 percent of people who got Illinois water supplies last year received drinking water that met&nbsp; all health requirements. That's 1.8 percent better than in 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>The state agency recently sent an annual compliance report to the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>. Community water supplies serve more than 12&nbsp; million people in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p>Illinois EPA interim director Lisa Bonnett says the agency's goal is for publicly provided water to be "consistently safe to drink." She says the latest data show&nbsp; progress toward that goal.&nbsp;</p><p>---<br> Online:<br> Illinois EPA compliance and enforcement reports:<br> <a href="http://bit.ly/lbzDng">http://bit.ly/lbzDng</a><br> <br> (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.&nbsp; All Rights Reserved.)<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/most-illinois-drinking-water-meets-standards-87884