This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 05/04/2014.
Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.
Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced on Monday they’ve completed the bulk of their work to address groundwater contamination found in West Wichita.
KDHE first notified residents back in March that their private water wells were contaminated by a large plume of tetrachloroethylene—or PCE—a likely carcinogen. The organization has since spent over $2.5 million connecting 197 homes to city water lines.
The man who has headed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the past four years is stepping down. Dr. Robert Moser announced late Monday that he will leave the agency at the end of the month. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment maintains a list of Harmful Algal Blooms throughout the state. So far this summer, ten lakes have been affected by blue-green algae. The organism can be found in most bodies of water, but in large quantities they can pose a health risk to humans and animals.
The Kansas Water Vision team will be in Wichita on Monday to get feedback on the first draft of the vision. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…
The Kansas Water Vision team will hold a 90-minute meeting Monday at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center in west Wichita. The meeting will focus on Governor Sam Brownback’s Call to Action for a 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.
Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, says the team hopes to create dialogue and receive input on the first draft of Vision.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified an additional source for chemical contamination in West Wichita. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a second dry cleaner has been found to be a contributor to the chemical plume.
Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.
KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.