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The Green Minute: What Is In My Water? Finding Your Local Water Quality Report

Sep 15, 12 The Green Minute: What Is In My Water? Finding Your Local Water Quality Report

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

When you woke up this morning, you may have brushed your teeth, showered, turned on the dishwasher or enjoyed a glass of water before a workout. Each time you carried out these activities, you came in contact with water. How do you know it is safe? What is in it?

Each year, by July 1st, one of the most important pieces of mail arrives in your home mailbox. It is the local drinking water quality report from your water supplier, which is also called the Consumer Confidence Report. The report tells you two important facts. Where your water comes from and what is in it.

Unfortunately, for many of us, this important annual report sometimes gets lost in the mail, among the daily bombardment of junk mail. For today’s Green Minute, we are providing our readers with a series of links that will help you locate your local report and show you how to read it.

Here are the important links:

To find your local water supplier’s report visit EPA at:

http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/

Frequently asked questions about the report and how to use it.

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/ccr/frequentquestions.cfm

A good overview from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) a non-profit consumer public health protection organization.

http://www.nsf.org/consumer/drinking_water/dw_quality.asp

We all come into contact with publicly supplied water every day. It is unavoidable. These annual reports help consumers hold their local water suppliers accountable. Knowing how to read the reports and advocating for clean water can make a difference in your community and environment.

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