26 Jul '11, 6pm

Can you trust your local drinking water? asks @the_daily_green's @danshapley

Photo: Istock related articles By Dan Shapley States failed to report 26% of health-based drinking water quality violations and 84% of monitoring violations at the nation's drinking water supply plants, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office released last week. While the GAO still calls the U.S. drinking water supply "among the safest in the world," the violations, found in a review of 2009 Environmental Protection Agency audits of 14 states, show that spikes in contamination levels were not reported in about one out of four instances. And five out of six monitoring violations, which investigators say could well mask additional unhealthy contamination, went unreported. The GAO study, ordered by Congress, was designed to help the EPA improve the quality of data it receives from the states, so that it can assess its success at meeting clean drinking wat...

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