Dirty Drinking Water?

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

A study of 42 states ranked Wisconsin's tap water as second dirtiest of 42 states, ahead of California, but the city of Eau Claire's utilities administrator says water quality is well within the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sam Spanel says there is no benefit to hiding water quality. The city is required to release a yearly report on chemicals detected within the city's water supply.

"If we had a problem with arsenic," says Spanel, "it would show up with this report, or a problem with copper or any other chemical, it would show up in this report that's mailed out to every resident.”

There are chemicals added to help purify drinking water. For example, chlorine prevents bacteria outbreaks, which Spanel calls the water industry's biggest concern.

WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 2098952 - weau.com/a?a=2098952
Gray Television, Inc.