During a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said Norman residents shouldn’t “be afraid of drinking the water,” according to media reports.
Jackson also said the EPA will continue to offer guidance to water utilities like Norman’s, but the federal agency has said they won’t help financially if a regulation change is made.
City Manager Steve Lewis was supposed to testify at the hearing, but the snowstorm prevented him from making the trip to Washington, D.C. He did, however, send a statement to the committee for the record.
In the statement, Lewis said he felt like the EWG’s report “was designed to alarm the American people as to the safety of their drinking water and caused them to question the ability of utilities like Norman to protect the public health of our customers,” when that simply isn’t the case.
He said in the digital age, where information (true or false) spreads faster than ever before, more must be done to get a message through to the public.
“To accomplish the complete mission of protection of the public health, our industry must be able to communicate our message more effectively than those who would have our customers think otherwise,” Lewis said in the statement. “America’s drinking water is safe, reliable and economical. And we can all be proud of that fact.”
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