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Murky tap water in Watts

Rep. Janice Hahn requests Environmental Protection Agency test murky tap water in Watts WASHINGTON, D.C.—  Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to request testing of the safety of tap water

Rep. Janice Hahn requests Environmental Protection Agency test murky tap water in Watts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—  Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to request testing of the safety of tap water in Watts. This week, students at Grape Street Elementary School in Watts were given bottled water after tap water in the school appeared murky and discolored. Other local schools and local residents have experienced similar problems.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I think testing by the EPA would be prudent to protect the health and safety of the residents of Watts,” said Hahn. “The color of this water is alarming and we need to ensure that the water is safe to drink and bathe and get to the bottom of what is causing it.”

In her letter to McCarthy, Hahn wrote:

“I am writing regarding the water quality in Watts, one of the communities that I represent in Los Angeles, Calif.  This past Wednesday, students at Grape Street Elementary School were given bottled water because the tap water was murky and discolored.

“I am concerned because Grape Street is one of five schools to raise concerns over water safety in recent weeks. Administrators at Compton Avenue, Florence Griffith Joyner, 96th Street, and Lovelia Flournoy elementary schools have also complained of murky tap water. In addition, residents found out that in January they received untreated well-water and were not notified.

“At this week’s Los Angeles City Council meeting, the City Council Members Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Joe Buscaino called attention to the murky water and asked for the Department of Water and Power (DWP) to explain why residents were not notified of the untreated water.

“I understand that DWP tested the water and found no bacteria and the chlorinated levels met federal guidelines. However, out of an abundance of caution, I think testing by the EPA would be prudent to protect the health and safety of the residents of Watts. I want to ensure that the water is safe to drink and bathe.”

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1 COMMENT
  • Eddie Omar May 16, 2016

    What’s up with the water? There should be a watch dog group randomly selecting water though out the US just to test. Is that asking to much.

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