NY research group publishes online water contaminant database

NYPIRG's "What's in my Water?" tool is a searchable public drinking water system contaminant database.

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NEW YORK, MAY 31, 2017 -- The New York Public Interest Research Group unveiled on Tuesday a searchable public drinking water system contaminant database with information on regulated and unregulated contaminants that have appeared in government water test data.

NYPIRG's "What's in my Water? tool allows users to search by zip code to determine what contaminants, both regulated and unregulated, have turned up in tests by the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation and the U.S. EPA.

NYPIRG Clean Water Project Coordinator Anestoria Shalkowski said that for the most part contaminants listed on the website are within health limits as recommended by the EPA. Shalkowski recommended that users continue to monitor listed contaminants in their area and check EPA guidelines on contaminants for more information on health impacts of various contaminants.

NYPIRG Program Director Megan Ahearn said users also can email NYPIRG at enviro@nypirg.org with questions regarding contaminants that have turned up in their water supplies.

The database is located here.

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