SHARONVILLE — Safe drinking water is an immediate goal for Fairfield native Andrew Wheeler, the recently confirmed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and part of that includes removing lead and copper pipes from the ground across Southwest Ohio and the country. During a keynote speech Tuesday at the sustainability symposium in Sharonville, Wheeler said the U.S. “can and should do more on the global stage,” and he reiterated his debated position that water issues “are the largest and most immediate environmental public health issue affecting the world today.” Wheeler, who was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 28 to lead the EPA, explained his stance in an exclusive interview with the Journal-News. RELATED: Butler County cities have aging water mains, and they’re scrambling to update them as breaks happen “The water issues are solvable,” Wheeler said. “We know what it takes to provide safe drinking … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Fairfield native targeting safe drinking water as new head of EPA
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Kat Russell The Gazette ‘A wait-and-see game’ with the river as Iowans brace for flooding 18-year-old accused of burglarizing home, stealing several laptops University Heights Police Chief Nate Petersen to leave the department in April Complaint: Blairstown man arrested for stealing one vehicle, attempting to break into another in Coralville Flood warning: Cedar River expected to crest at 14.3 feet early next week All articles by Kat ELKADER — “Sometimes you live with the river, and sometimes the river lives with us,” David Bahls said as he boarded up his business Thursday. Bahls’ business, Bahls Insurance Agency on Main Street, sits in a downtown building on the bank of the Turkey River, which is expected to crest well above the town’s 12-foot flood stage on Friday morning. … [Read more...] about ‘A wait-and-see game’ with the river as Iowans brace for flooding
By Rick McCrabb, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Possibly record-setting frigid temperatures and bitter wind chills are expected to arrive in Butler and Warren counties on Wednesday, which has caused reminders for those needing to be outside to protect themselves.The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the region on Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures are expected to dip below zero. These warnings are issued by the NWS when wind chills are expected to reach 25 below zero or less with winds of at least 6 mph. MORE POPULAR STORIES: 5 ways to prevent your pipes from freezing The combination of wind and breezy conditions will lead to potentially dangerous wind chills, possibly as low as minus-30 degrees.WHIO Storm Center 7 meteorologist Molly Coates said arctic air is expected to arrive Wednesday with sub-zero temperatures in the morning and highs in the single digits. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you … [Read more...] about What do those who work outside do in dangerously cold temperatures?
By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Many angry Butler County Water and Sewer Department customers, including some who received utility bills for December that were two to three times more than usual, flooded the department with complaints this week.The department spent November replacing failing batteries in water meters, which led it to estimate the bills for that month based on November 2017 readings, said Water and Sewer Director Martha Shelby. When customers were sent bills for December, that amount included what was owed for November and December combined minus the amount paid for November, when an estimate was used. If the estimate for November was low, more than usual would be owed for December to cover the balance of the two-month period.That led to some December bills that were much higher than they usually would be for one month, officials said. RELATED: New county water and sewer director has some good news for your wallet … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Butler County water customers angry about higher December bills
By Bob Ratterman, Contributing Writer OXFORD — Work by members of the Miami University Engineers Without Borders chapter paid off recently and people in a water-starved community in Uganda will be the beneficiaries.The chapter accepted an Education Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying for their work planning a solar-powered water pumping station in Uganda. The award came with a check for $10,000 which will be used to build the project they have been planning for several years. The student group collaborates with professionals to take on both local and international projects and was one of eight schools recognized for the award from engineering schools across the country. The award recognizes college engineering programs who engage in collaborative projects between engineers and students.Although the award was actually announced in early June, the formal presentation was made Oct. 23 by Ferzan Ahmed, representing the … [Read more...] about Miami University engineers help in water-starved Uganda