Water Industry Watch

  • Yorba Linda, Calif., water board race gets ugly Yorba Linda, Calif., water board race gets ugly
    It's not often that a local water board election sets off angry confrontations between neighbors, candidates' faces plastered on Old West-style "wanted" posters and even a current board member hung in effigy. But races for four seats on the Yorba Linda Water District's board of directors have defied stereotypes of sleepy local elections. KPCC, Oct. 26
  • Group sues San Jose, Calif., water agency over fluoridation
    A group of South Bay residents called Safe Pure Water has filed a lawsuit against the Santa Clara Valley Water District to prevent the agency from treating tap water with fluoride. The water district voted in 2011 to fluoridate the water supply, and in December, most residents in the South Bay are due to start receiving fluoridated water. NBC Bay Area, Oct. 25

  • Southern California water district satisfied with security review
    Following a yearlong assessment of security at facilities owned and operated by the Santa Fe Irrigation District in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., one board member who sat on a special ad hoc security committee said, "I'm very happy with the way it's going." The district launched the security review at the urging of board member Alan Smerican, a retired FBI agent, corporate security manager and security consultant. Del Mar Times, Oct. 24
  • Buffalo-area schools may have gone decades without testing water for lead
    Some schools in Erie County, N.Y., may not have tested their water for lead levels since the late 1980s. Dennis A. Kwaczala, senior health and safety coordinator with the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, said he believed there are school districts that have not tested for lead in their water since 1989. Buffalo News, Oct. 22