Official voices concern with MVWA's water quality

A new report released by the Environmental Working Group is raising concerns with one state representative.

According to the report's data, the Mohawk Valley Water Authority system shows higher than average levels of potential carcinogens. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is calling on state agencies to further look into this information.

The Environmental Working Group created a database with information on water systems across the country. The information regarding the Mohawk Valley Water Authority came from a sample the authority took in 2015. There were four contaminants found in that sample that caught the assemblyman's eye, including chloroform.

According to the report, the level of chloroform in the water is four times the state average. While those numbers seem troubling, officials from the water authority say the levels of these contaminants are well within the state and federal regulations.

"Even though we might be a little higher than somebody else, when you put it into context and scale, the differences are really minute when you're talking about parts-per-billion," said Pat Becher of the MVWA.

Water officials say this database is comparing these levels to an ideal standard created by the state of California that is not a requirement and, they add, is unachievable.
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