Officials address water concerns after report
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have confirmed that the water in Miami-Dade County is safe to drink, after a recent report said it was not.
Jennifer Messemer with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department said, "Our water is completely safe. You can go directly to your tap and fill up a delicious glass of tap water, and you'll be completely fine."
A study was done by the Environmental Working Group, which listed numerous cities as having an issue with water, including Miami. The issue of hexavalent chromium, a byproduct of industrial production, was brought to the forefront in the film "Erin Brockovich" as the chemical that affected many people in California.
Local officials said they test the water annually, and they found no issue with the water. The question remains: Why did Miami show up on the list? "We test on an annual basis for total chromium as required by local and state standards, and through those testings, we would have detected whether or not there was hexavalent chromium of what was released in these reports, and to which we have not found any traces of that in our drinking water," Messemer explained. "We don't know if when the water was collected, if proper chain of custody or quality control was implemented, so since we were not aware of the testing or involved in the testing, we really can't speak of the validity of the results that came from this report."
Consumers said they are not too concerned about the findings in the report. One unidentified Miami-Dade resident said, "Everyday, there's something different that's supposed to be bad for you. What do you do, worry about everything in life?"
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