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Agriculture

Drinking Water Week promotes consumer confidence report

Annual report details community's water quality

PRINCETON — Brandon Callaway of Lee’s Water Systems said 62 percent of households across the United States either didn’t receive or don’t know if they received their community’s annual consumer confidence report (CCR) about the quality of their drinking water, according to a national study of consumer opinions and perceptions about water quality.

That’s up from 56 percent in a 2015 survey. The findings were released by the Water Quality Association (WQA). Lee’s Water Systems is a member of WQA.

Residents whose homes are served by a public water system get a copy of their municipality’s CCR each year, usually around the beginning of July. The report provides information about what contaminants, if any, are present in the water and what impact they may have on health.

Conducted in January and February of 2017, the study by Applied Research-West, Inc. on behalf of WQA, offers a snapshot of Americans’ evolving attitudes and perceptions about their water. It is the sixth time in 13 years WQA has commissioned this professional opinion research team.

The survey also showed that 32 percent of households that did receive the CCR said the report raised concerns regarding the quality of their water. In addition, 36 percent said their municipality is not doing enough to ensure the water reaching their home is safe to drink.

More on the Consumer Opinion Survey can be found at WQA.org.

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