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Relative levels of PFOA and PFOS found in water provided by IA-AM Water Company versus the EPA standard (graphic provided by Iowa-American Water).

Iowa-American Water Company has responded to a news report in Monday’s Quad-City Times that an environmental group found a large concentration of chemicals in the Iowa Quad City water supply. According to the report in the QC Times:

The Environmental Working Group tested water across the country for 30 toxic fluorinated chemicals in the water supply. Its testing in Davenport, conducted in August 2019, found 109.8 PFAS parts per trillion, the second highest in the country behind only Brunswick County, North Carolina. Those numbers are from a combined amount of nine chemicals found in the water supply.

Lisa Reisen, a spokesperson for Iowa-American Water contacted the City today and provided the following statement:

You may have heard some news regarding concerns around “toxic chemicals” in the drinking water in the Iowa Quad Cities.  First, I want to assure all of you that water provided by Iowa American Water is SAFE and meets all federal US. EPA and Iowa Department of Natural Resources regulations. At Iowa American Water, we understand the tremendous responsibility we have to provide our customers with safe water that meets all standards, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

Ms. Reisen continued, writing:

All locations where Iowa American Water provides water, including Riverdale, have levels well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS. In fact, our samples taken in late November 2019 resulted in combined PFOA and PFOS of 4.4 parts per trillion, which is significantly below the U.S. EPA’s health advisory level. We understand some Riverdale residents might have concerns if they saw some recent news coverage about a study published by the Environmental Working Group recently.

The complete statement plus talking points on the issue provided by the water company which was included with the email can be reviewed here:

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