LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Watchdogs are keeping a close eye on utility companies across the country after the health crisis over drinking water in Flint, Michigan.
Some of those groups have raised some alarm as they point to test results showing dangerous-sounding chemicals. But can they be trusted?
11 News Investigates and went right to the source in central Arkansas to find out about what exactly is in our water and if we should be worried.
A website ran by the Environmental Working Group offers a tap water database. If you plug in Central Arkansas Water or a Little Rock zip code it will give you a report showing eight contaminants that will come out of your tap here. That sounds crazy, right? We went to the man in charge of quality at the large water utility. He said don't worry about what's in your water.
“Arkansas is blessed when it comes to water. We're a water-rich state,” said Jeff Stone, Director of Engineering for the Arkansas Department of Health.
Director of Water Quality for Central Arkansas Water, Randy Easley said, “Central Arkansas Water has awesome water quality. I mean if you compare across the United States, it's almost difficult to find better than CAW.” But the blessings that flow from the tap here don't happen magically. It requires a time-tested purification process involving chemicals.
“One of the things, one of the greatest health innovations in the world has been the introduction of chlorine to water, to drinking water specifically,” said Easley.