DC Water News Release: 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report Published

District of Columbia Residents: Your Tap Water Results.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has released its 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report, the most comprehensive drinking water resource delivered to District residents each year. The report provides valuable information about the water flowing from the Potomac River to taps throughout the city.

"Water is life, and in the nation’s capital, the job of supplying, reclaiming and recycling water belongs to DC Water," said DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins. "I believe it is important for our customers to know where the water comes from, how it gets to their homes or businesses, and water monitoring results performed every year."

Annually, DC Water conducts more than 30,000 water quality tests. The Drinking Water Quality Report provides information on regulated and unregulated contaminants and how our drinking water compares to federal standards. Most importantly, the report highlights monitoring results that ensure tap water is protective of the public’s health. DC Water mails a report to every household in the District.

Ensuring high-quality water is a shared responsibility of DC Water, residents, and the Washington Aqueduct (the federal agency responsible for treating the drinking water). DC Water maintains about 1,300 miles of pipe and distributes drinking water to more than 600,000 residents and businesses.

District tap water is safe, reliable and affordable, but water quality can vary among homes and buildings. The median age of water mains in the District is 77 years, and many residents are experiencing similar challenges with aging pipes in their households. Property owners are encouraged to learn about their plumbing and replace older pipes.

The 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report, monthly water quality testing results and tips to ensure household water quality are available at dcwater.com/waterquality or customers can contact the Drinking Water Division at (202) 612-3440.


Chris August 13, 2011 at 01:31 AM
In the recently released 2010 DC Water Drinking Water Quality Report there appears to be no mention of the fact that arsenic and lead are present in the HFSA (Hydrofluorosilicic acid) that is being added to the treated water. In addition there is no mention that HFSA is being added just that Fluoride is being added "...at low levels to protect teeth (as recommended by the American Dental Association)." No mention of dental fluorosis or or other possible harm from the HFSA is mentioned: See: spotsonmyteeth.com/ to get a sense of this health problem.
Chris August 13, 2011 at 01:31 AM
The 2010 Water Quality Report also does not seem to indicate that the Majority of DC Water Meters are leaching lead. These meters are owned by DC Water and rented to customers. The rental price has gone up from $1.11 in 2008 to $3.86 and $4.56 for some customers. If the meters are leaching lead as the Washington Post has reported: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50459-2004May23.html and the staff know this then shouldn't mention of this be in the Water Quality Report. Recent studies have shown a relationship between fluoride and lead. See:Fluoride increases lead concentrations in whole blood and in calcified tissues from lead-exposed rats. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20188782) and Effects of fluoridation and disinfection agent combinations on lead leaching from leaded-brass parts.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17697714). This study specifically mentions leaded-brass alloy water meters and spikes in lead levels over 900 ppb when FSA was also added. The lawfirm Sanford Wittels and Heisler has the following statement on their website about DC Water "Although WASA was alerted to the fact that its water was poisonous, it did nothing to remedy the situation, instead taking steps to conceal the problem while continuing to assure DC’s citizens the water was safe." (See: //www.swhlegal.com/cases/item.html?item_id=63074.
Chris August 13, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Chris August 13, 2011 at 01:43 AM


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