Article claims Springfield cheated on water test for lead

Springfield Water and Sewer Commission called the article "alarmist and not fully accurate"

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An article in “The Guardian” claims the City of Springfield’s water testing methods don’t comply with EPA guidelines. It includes Springfield among 33 U.S. cities that altered water testing samples to hide lead.

Springfield Water and Sewer Commission’s Joyce Mulvaney told 22News the article is not fully true. She said the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection sets the guidelines to test water for lead and copper.

Dick Johnston of Agawam said, “There was no extra flavoring or anything like that. Sometimes you go to a place that’s been chlorinated and you have that little chlorine taste in it. It didn’t have that in Springfield.”

Mulvaney said sampling guidelines changed in 2006, directing homeowners to remove aerator screens from the faucet. “The Guardian” missed that change, Mulvaney said, but the Commission’s sampling was still in line with MassDEP.

In the past 10 years the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has invested more than $230 million in water and sewer infrastructure. They said the Commission has nothing to hide and is committed to providing safe drinking water.

It’s important to note that the article doesn’t say there’s lead in the water, but rather it faulted the way the City took its water sample.

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