We often don’t think about what’s in our water when it comes out of the faucet clear and without dirty particles.

But a report released Wednesday paints a different picture for even the clearest of water. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual report which indicates a presence of harmful contaminants in the Georgia water supply that can cause cancer, developmental issues in children, problems in pregnancy and other serious health conditions.

Luckily, the City of Reidsville doesn’t register with contaminants, but the independent group did say that some of the reporting requirments are not up to par for the City.

EWG reported that from January to March 2017 this water utility was in violation of a requirement of the Safe Drinking Water Act such as issuing annual consumer confidence reports or maintaining required records.

EWG also reported the City of Reidsville to be in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2014 to March 2017 for 11 sampling quarters.

The City of Cobbtown was found to be in compliance, but recorded the presence of several contaminants.

The City of Manassas and the City of Collins both were clear of contaminants, however Collins was in violation federal drinking water standard from April 2014 to March 2017 for 8 different sampling quarters.

The City of Glennville reported contaminants of Bromodichloromethane and Chloroform, but while the numbers exceeded the health guidline recommendations, the numbers were well within the legal limits.

Rogers State Prison detected Strontium, which is a metal that accumulates in the bones. Radioactive strontium-90 can cause bone cancer and leukemia, and any form of strontium at high doses can harm bone health. The facility also exceeded the EPAs Lead Action Level at some point in the last 5 years and has been flagged.

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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. She has a background in Political Science, with a focus in local government, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.She's a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve complained about the water and was lied to by Penny in City Hall. I was told their was nothing wrong with the water. Hum, I wonder what I should do?

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