Opinion: Better public drinking water standards are a must for New Jersey

Stream waterfall, Nishisakawick Creek, Frenchtown, NJ

CINDY EHRENCLOU / NJ SPOTLIGHT – For families who get their drinking water from public utilities, the annual test results that come in the mail are likely reassuring. Most water utilities get a passing grade from regulatory agencies, meaning their drinking water meets state and federal standards for contaminants.

But a recent scathing report by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group contends that government water standards are outdated and do not adequately address the health threats posed by myriad contaminants.

“Here’s the dirty secret about government drinking water standards: Legal doesn’t necessarily mean safe,” wrote the EWG in its “State of American Drinking Water” report, released on Oct. 23 …

Cindy Ehrenclou is executive director of the Raritan Headwaters Association.

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