More residents concerned with the quality of drinking water

Safe Drinking Water Act: Massachusetts residents would be notified if water contamination were found

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More Americans are worried about their water since lead showed up in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water.

But under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Massachusetts, residents would be notified if water contamination were found.

A new poll found less than 50 percent of Americans are very confident with their water.

“I never drink the water here, I buy water or buy filtered. I grew up in the Berkshires and the water out there always tasted so much better than the water here, I just can’t stand it,” said Josh Mclain of Agawam.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission serves Springfield and Ludlow, and also provides wholesale water to Agawam, Longmeadow and East Longmeadow.

The Springfield water and sewer commission releases a report annually. In the most recent report released in 2014, there was no violation in the amount of lead in the water that residents receive.

They perform more than 50,000 water quality tests each year.

“The water is treated in a couple of ways, first it’s treated to remove particles, it’s also treated to inhibit corrosion of home plumbing and then it’s disinfected. The treatment to inhibit corrosion of home plumbing is what’s really important with the whole lead issue you see know,” said Joyce Mulvaney of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

None of the water samples tested were in violation.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is still working on the water quality report for 2015 but they assured us there were no lead violations.

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