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Testimony reveals serious problems about small town water supply

WASHINGTON. - When you turn on the tap, you expect your water to be safe to drink, but  testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday revealed there are serious problems, especially in America's small towns and cities.

"The concentration of chemicals in some places are so high that you can literally light the water on fire," said Senator Frank Lautenber (D-NJ).

The Environmental Protection Agency told Congress 96 percent of the problems are in small communities and the agency needs more money to help them. Schools are a big concern as the Associated Press reported one in five schools with their own water supply have violated standards.

While only six percent of violators have been punished, according to the New York Times, the EPA is promising a crackdown beginning in January, though lawmakers said the EPA's new plan must be more than just words on paper.

"The vast majority of this committee expects you to take action to protect our children and families. Anything else, we'll consider a stall. We expect action," said California Senator Barbara Boxer, (D-CA).

The New York Times estimated nearly 50 million Americans have consumed unsafe water in the past five years and that review found violations in every state.

 

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