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WWL: The Water We Drink
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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"There's no such thing as "American" water."  -guest, Charles Duhigg


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The Safe Drinking Water Act requires communities nationwide to provide safe drinking water to their residents. But many millions of Americans may still be drinking contaminated water. 

There are over 50,000 water systems in the United States and more than 20 percent of them may be violating provisions of the law. Beyond that, many worry that the law itself doesn’t do enough to keep drinking water free from harmful chemicals.

Today, Where We Live, we're joined by Charles Duhigg of the New York Times and Robert Moore of the Metropolitan District Commission to talk about how communities around the country and right here in Connecticut are navigating these tricky waters.

We’ll also take a look at the bottled variety, seen by some as a reliable alternative to tap water, and faulted by others for its costliness and environmental impact. And we’ll try to get a clear answer to the age old question: How much water should we be drinking a day, anyway?

Leave your questions and comments below.  Do you drink tap water?  Bottled Water?  Filtered Water?

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Listener email from Suzanne

We use a Brita filter for our tap.

Listener email from Shawn

Tap water here. W Htfd has some of the best water in the state. I do buy bottled water when out and about at times, but try not to.

Our family loves Triple Spring Water in Meriden, CT

New England residents need look no further than Meriden, CT to find delicious pure spring water. If you are concerned about your drinking water, do as we do, and drink spring water from Triple Springs Spring Water. Our family drinks it! The water is tested for purity every week and comes directly from a fresh water spring! We love it, and cannot recommend it highly enough! We are happy that Triple Springs in a local company that does not leave a large carbon foot print in shipping. It comes from Connecticut, not Maine, Fiji, or France. Contact:TripleSprings@gmail.com or visit their website at TripleSprings.com. All their containers are recyclable!  Drink well! No pun intended.

Wow, thanks Andrea! So, how

Wow, thanks Andrea! So, how long have you been an employee of Triple Springs Water?