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Posted On June 20, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it will begin testing water samples from the nation’s lakes and rivers to see if drinking water is contaminated with metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.
“It’s important that people understand the risks of drinking water,” said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.
A study from the University of Minnesota and the EPA released Tuesday showed lead levels in the drinking tap water in six U.T. towns in Minnesota, as well as in the city of Fargo, North Dakota, jumped more than 80 percent since 2010, after the EPA announced it would begin testing all of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and ponds. “
We’re looking to make sure that the water that we have, the drinking-water supply that we provide, is safe.”
A study from the University of Minnesota and the EPA released Tuesday showed lead levels in the drinking tap water in six U.T. towns in Minnesota, as well as in the city of Fargo, North Dakota, jumped more than 80 percent since 2010, after the EPA announced it would begin testing all of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and ponds.
The EPA said the spike in lead contamination occurred because of the water used in some Minnesota taps, which are older and were used before the new tap water was introduced.
The EPA also said the amount of lead in the tap water is about half of what it was in 2010.
The agency said the findings show there are no safe levels of lead or other contaminants in drinking water and should not be a concern.
The EPA announced in February that it was conducting a nationwide study to test all water sources and tap water for metals, including lead, cadmons and other heavy metals.
The agency said its goal was to determine the extent of lead contamination in drinking-waters and tap-water systems nationwide.
The water testing program is part of the EPA’s ongoing monitoring program to better understand lead exposure and other contaminants found in drinking supplies, the agency said.
The new testing will take place in Minnesota and in six other U.N. and non-governmental agencies.
“The drinking water industry has been struggling for many years with a lack of awareness about lead in water,” Jackson said in a statement.
“It’s time for us to take action and provide consumers with more information on how to protect themselves and their families.”
The EPA’s tap water testing will begin next month.
The testing will cost the agency about $200,000, and the agency is hoping to get a permit to run the testing through the state’s Environmental Protection Commission.
In addition to the water testing, the EPA also is taking samples from wells in Minnesota.
The wells will be analyzed for lead, and if found to contain lead, the water will be tested and bottled for consumption.