- Abinash Agrawal, groundwater remediation expert and earth science professor at Wright State University;
- Joe Bates, city of Xenia water treatment supervisor;
- Becky Benna, executive director of Five Rivers MetroParks;
- Janet Bly, general manager of the Miami Conservancy District;
- Stephanie Keinath, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce;
- Michael Powell, city of Dayton Department of Water director.
The Dayton Daily News’ Path Forward team has been digging into the safety and sustainability of the region’s drinking water for about two years. That coverage has included stories on the Buried Valley Aquifer ― where the majority of communities in the region get their drinking water ― and potential threats to it.
In addition, we’ve written extensively about a group of harmful chemicals known as PFAS ― or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Dubbed “forever chemicals,” PFAS have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other health issues. The chemicals have been detected in low levels in more than 20 public drinking water systems throughout Southwest Ohio.
The newspaper has also dug into the region’s water infrastructure, some of which are a century old. We’ve talked to local municipalities about how much treated water is leaked each year because of aging pipes, their plans to repair or replace the pipes and how that may affect water customers’ bills.
The Dayton Dayton News also has looked into the health of the region’s waterways, and how runoffs from agricultural and urban development are affecting them, along with our drinking water. We talked to experts who said the problem will hit taxpayers and property owners in the pocketbooks to the tune of millions of dollars if more is not done to reduce those storm water runoffs.
The Dayton Daily News also is working with area organizations and agencies to make a difference in the community. As part of the Bee the Change campaign, $1 from every new subscription between April and June will be donated to Five Rivers MetroParks for its local pollinator prairies.