Research for New Regulations
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) periodically requires water systems across the country to conduct monitoring for substances that may be present in drinking water to help understand their national occurrence as part of the process of deciding whether to regulate these substances. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, EPA is required once every five years to develop a list of up to 30 new contaminants that must be monitored by public water systems.
MWRA collected samples during 2013, 2014, and 2015 at locations throughout our service area for 21 substances and for 7 hormones.
UCMR Results for Chicopee Valley Aqueduct (CVA) Communities
MWRA collected samples from 2 CVA communities: Chicopee and South Hadley Fire District #1 in 2015. Wilbraham was not required to take UCMR chemical samples due to its small population, but was chosen to sample for hormones. Even with the extremely sensitive test methods used capable of detecting some substances at parts per trillion levels, we expected to find very few of the substances that we were required to test for due to MWRA’s highly protected watershed and reservoirs.
Here is the complete list of 21 substances plus 7 hormones:
Posted June 3, 2016