ECUA: UWF Study Affirms Water Is Safe To Drink
January 30, 2010
The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is continuing to rebuke a report that claimed Pensacola’s water to be the worst in the nation among 100 cities with populations over 250,000 people.
According to a University of West Florida report conducted at the Center for Environmental Diagnostics & Bioremediation, “the water provided by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) is safe for human consumption and did not exceed a single water quality standard established by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida”.
“I can sum up in one word the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) report: Bogus,” said Dr. Carl Mohrherr, PhD, co-author of the UWF study. “It was an effective political campaign to raise public awareness, but done at the expense of public confidence in regulation by US EPA, FL DEP, and the ability of the ECUA to provide safe potable water. The EWG report does not present a valid scientific assessment of water toxicity, nor are its comparisons of utility systems statistically valid.”
The EWG, a watchdog nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released the report on Saturday, December 12, 2009. It placed the ECUA as Number 1 on a list of cities with the worst water in the nation. Stephen Sorrell, ECUA executive director says, “Bottom line: the ECUA’s water is safe to drink and meets every federal and state regulatory guideline. We didn’t have one single health standard violation in five years as clearly indicated in the EWG report.”