Tag Archives: drinking water

The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

1250 Line APS Water

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets. The district volunteered almost 70 schools for testing, but did not immediately disclose the results. Now, parents and teachers are concerned about exposure of children to the tainted water, and concerned for themselves.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:

Bellehaven sinks had highest level of lead in water – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

High levels of lead found in water samples from Albuquerque Public Schools KOAT

Staff worried before tests showed high lead levels – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

Our Land: Urban Flood Control

Our Land Urban Flood Control

May 10, 2019 – On this month’s episode of Our Land, we visit with engineers from the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority. AMAFCA was created in 1963 to protect life and property, and for decades it moved water as quickly as possible out of the city and into the Rio Grande.

Since the 1980s, things have been changing, due to the need to comply with water quality regulations. One of the keys to cleaning the water is slowing it down. And now, instead of seeing stormwater as a nuisance, it can be a resource. Ideally, it could be slowed, cleaned and used in irrigation canals. Or, the flood control agency and the drinking water authority can work together, to let water percolate into the ground to help restore aquifer levels.

Guests:
Jerry Lovato, executive engineer
Nolan Bennett, field engineer