Aug 01, 2017

Rhode Island Tests Public Water Systems

State Department of Health tests for chemicals not included in national safety standards

Rhode Island health department tests for contaminants

The Rhode Island Department of Health announced it will sample 35 public drinking water systems for the chemicals the federal government does not include in its safety standards.

Recently Environmental Working Group said public drinking water systems in Rhode Island and nationwide are earning passing grades from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) water quality standards but still have contaminants associated with cancer and other health problems.

According to the health department, Brown University researchers will be looking for a group of chemicals used in non-stick cookware, carpets, upholstered furniture, clothing and food packaging. EPA has re-assessed the risks posed by these man-made chemicals, though they are still unregulated in drinking water.