Looking at water safety in Connecticut


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan. 100,000 residents without drinkable water. It’s a nightmare situation. So, how can we be sure it won’t happen here?

At the Call Center for the Regional Water Authority in New Haven, more and more people are phoning to find out if our water is safe. The crisis in Michigan has some people scared.

“What’s going on in other parts of the country, specifically the upper Midwest, that’s not a situation we are going to get involved in here,” said Tom Barger, Regional Water Authority of New Haven.

Here at home there’s a high level of testing done everyday, from the source of the water, to all of its stops along the way, right up to someone’s tap, specifically looking for certain contaminants like lead and copper.

“Essentially you are looking at homes, you are looking at homes where conditions would theoretically be the worst,” said Barger.

Whether or not water is safe to drink basically comes down to chemistry. Getting the chemistry right can be tricky. That’s why the bigger, the better when it comes to the lab.

“In this room alone over half a million dollars worth of equipment. It’s a lot of money to be spent, but it’s important money to be spent. It’s drinking water, after all,” said Barger.

Security is taken seriously, as well. The command center monitors all of the distribution centers, making sure no one without proper access gets to the source. Along with all of this, the crisis in Flint has those looking over our water, redoubling efforts to make sure nothing is missed.

“We are watching it, we are doing a good job, we have this firmly in control,” said Barger.

There are a few things you can do at home to make sure the water you get is at its best quality, like taking a shower before you make coffee; that allows the water that has been sitting in the pipes overnight to run through.

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