Water Quality in Iowa City

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ANCHOR ON CAM

HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATE IN DRINKING WATER HAS BEEN LINKED TO CERTAIN CANCERS AND BIRTH DEFECTS. IN FARMING COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE ARE AT A GREATER RISK OF NITRATE WATER CONTAMINATION. HAWK NEWS TV REPORTER, AY-ZHUH WIT IS IN IOWA CITY TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO IMPROVE THEIR WATER QUALITY.

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THE IOWA CITY WATER SYSTEM CONSISTS OF 300 MILES OF SEWER PIPING WHICH DELIVERS 17 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER TO RESIDENTS EVERYDAY.

BEFORE THAT WATER REACHES YOUR FAUCET, IT IS STABILIZED, FILTERED, AND FLUORIDATED. BUT RECENTLY, SOIL TURNOVER, HEAVY RAINS, AND FARM FIELD RUNOFF HAS LED TO IOWA CITY NITRATE LEVELS THAT ARE HIGHER THAN EVER.

SOT: Joe Bolkcom, Iowa Senator

WEATHER CONDITIONS AND HOW MUCH RAINFALL WE HAVE, OR DON’T HAVE, HAS AN IMPACT ON HOW MUCH NITRATE GETS WASHED OFF OUR LANDS INTO THE RIVERS OF THE STATE. WHEN IT’S DRY WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF NITRATE RUNOFF. WHEN IT GETS WET IT TENDS TO FLUSH THAT NITRATE INTO THE RIVERS.

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CONSUMED IN LARGE AMOUNTS, THIS CAN LEAD TO INCREASED CANCER, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND NERVOUS SYSTEM PROBLEMS.

FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, ITS PERSONAL WATER TREATMENT PLANT PROVIDES SURFACE WATER, FROM THE IOWA RIVER, TO CAMPUS HOSPITALS AND DORMS.

SOT (Bolkcom)

THE CITY OF IOWA CITY BUILT A STATE OF THE ART WATER TREATMENT FACILITY FOR DRINKING WATER. AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO, NOT ONLY DRAW WATER OUT OF THE RIVER, BUT WE HAVE THE AVAILABILITY OF WELLS THAT HAVE BEEN DRILLED, AS WELL AS, THE ALLUVIAL AQUIFERS.

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THIS MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENTS KEEP THE IOWA RIVER CLEAN.

REPORTER ON CAM: Aja Witt, @ajarenata_witt

JOHNSON COUNTY RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IT IS IMPLEMENTING A NEW SOIL-COMPOSTING PROJECT. THE GOAL IS TO PROMOTE SOIL-QUALITY RESTORATION AND MORE EFFECTIVELY CONTROL WATER QUANTITY AND QUALITY.

AJA WITT, DAILY IOWAN TV.

 

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