The New York Public Interest Research Group has released an interactive online database showing what contaminants and potential threats there may be to surface and drinking water sources across the state.
Utilizing multiple government records from the state Department of Health, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, primary water supplier reports, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NYPIRG created the online tool called "What's In My Water," listing the presence of contaminants found through state and federal laboratory testing and the location and nature of potential threats to local drinking water found through a zip code search or an interactive map.
"We embarked on this research project to provide a 'one-stop-shop' for information about your local public drinking water," said Anestoria Shalkowski, clean water project coordinator for NYPIRG, in a release. "It became very important for New Yorkers to be able to see what are the public health threats to our drinking water and ground water resources within the state, particularly after Flint, Michigan and Hoosick Falls."
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There are 2,324 active community-based public water systems in New York serving about 16 million people. About four million people utilized private wells. This tool, according to a release, will allow users to pinpoint those primary drinking water sources, too.
To learn more visit www.nyprig.org/whatsinmywater/.