Report shows good results for Columbia drinking water

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Water and Light said the quality of drinking water in the area is good.

A newly released 2014 report explains the source of Columbia's drinking water and lists the quantities of substances found by milligrams per liter of water.

Columbia's water fell within state regulated ranges for all substances and no contaminants were detected.

Columbia Water and Light spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz attributed the city's clean water to its alluvial aquifer which is located near McBaine Missouri.

"It's almost like it's naturally filtered," said Kacprowicz, "So, because it is ground water and it's in this aquifer, it's a lot cleaner than sometimes source water that comes from rivers or lakes."

The U.S. Public Health Service recently lowered their recommended level of fluoride in drinking water to 0.7 parts per million. Columbia's water measured in at 0.69 milligrams of fluoride per liter, which is roughly equivalent to parts per million.

Kaprowicz said the amount of recommended fluoride used to be 1 part per million. "We're able to strictly regulate how much fluoride goes into the water, and so we always keep it at those recommended levels," she said.

The city runs about 4,000 quality tests each year, which is more than the recommended amount.

"We take water quality very seriously, as we should," said Kaprowicz. "Not only are our customers drinking it, but we're drinking it at home."

She said the numbers have only slightly varied throughout the years and those variations generally coincide with changes in state regulations.