Celebrating safe drinking water


KIMT News 3 – Safe drinking water is something many of us may take for granted, but right now is a good time to appreciate it as it’s “National Drinking Water Week.”

During this week every year, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) releases the annual report on the status of drinking water in the state.

The good news is, the report this year doesn’t reveal anything out of the ordinary.

Those testing the water regularly, check for over 100 different contaminants, and from natural disasters to water main breaks, it keeps them busy.

One spokesperson tells us it’s important for folks to be knowledgeable when it comes to the testing process and the current status of their water.

“We consider communication and awareness a big part of it, water is such an important resource that we know people need to know about it. What’s in their water, if there are reasons for concern what are those things we have to do to make sure that we continue to have safe supplies of water in the future,” says Stew Thornley with MDH.

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which established regulations for the entire nation.

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