February 19, 2002
8. NEWS - Drinking water may have
Twenty-five women who suffered miscarriages are suing the city of Chesapeake,
Virginia over chemicals in the public drinking water supply. The women
suspect that contaminated water caused their miscarriages.
As reports the Washington Post (2-10-02), "The women are alleging
that the city did not adequately warn them about potentially harmful
levels of toxins in their water, sometimes nearly 10 times higher than
the danger level identified in the largest public health study to date."
According to the Post, a growing number of studies are linking birth defects
and miscarriages "to chemicals that are produced when chlorine, used
to purify drinking water, mixes with organic matter, such as fertilizer
in surface water." Officials from the chemical and water industry
say the evidence is inconclusive.
The Environmental Protection Agency has called the evidence of chlorination
byproducts in drinking water "an important health concern."
Many residents are unaware that levels of chlorination byproducts often
rise above EPA limits.
Because there has never been a comprehensive study of the city's miscarriage
or birth defect rates, "it is impossible to draw a comparison between
the period when the byproducts were spiking and when
they were not," reports the Post.
Annette Spaven told the Post, "I just hope that...people will pay
attention to what's going on in their cities. No one should have to go
through what we have."
"You just take for granted...that you never have to second-guess
what's in your water," she said.
On October 31, 2001, EPA announced that
the arsenic standard in drinking water will be 10 parts per billion (ppb).
This standard will improve the safety of drinking water for millions of
Americans, and better protect against the risk of cancer, heart disease,
The Environmental Working Group's Drinking
The Drink is a report on drinking water in Tennessee and
to Interpret Your Consumer Confidence Report
Is your drinking water safe? Click above for a great web site that helps
you interpret the Consumer Confidence Report your utility is required
to provide with your water bill.
June 19, 2001
4. Learn About Your Drinking Water: Local Reports Out this Month:
If you are one of the more than 260 million people who receive water from
a community water supply, keep your eye out for this year's water quality
report. The report will include a brief description of the source
of your drinking water and the levels of contaminants that may be found
in it when it
reaches your tap. Water suppliers are required to deliver these annual
reports (also called consumer confidence reports) to their customers by
1. The report may arrive along with your bill or as a separate mailing.
Apartment dwellers can get a copy from their landlord or directly from
their water supplier. Many reports are available on the Internet,
and EPA has links to hundreds of them at
Releases Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey
October 10, 2000
TWO DAMS PROPOSED ON CUMBERLAND PLATEAU:
THE FIRST ON A TRIBUTARY TO DADDYS CREEK AND THE SECOND ON
THE CANEY FORK RIVER