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Water in three El Paso communities contains arsenic

integrity project has found water in three el paso communities have high levels of arsenic. the group says there mmore must be done to warn residents. abc-7’s josie ortegon has more: pkg: “it is a problemm it’s illegal and people are being exposed to increased risk on cancer and it’s not right.” tom pelton with the environmental integrity project via skype, saying change is needed. the group found 65 texas communities exceed the federal arsenic limit in drinking water of 10 parts per billion–including three in el paso, which rely on wells for theiwater supply. those are in vinton, canutillo and tornillo. we spoke with residents who say they’ve long relied on bottled water. “we use it for cooking for drinking, and sometimes for just daily use.” this is the notice residents must be given, warning them about the violations–but pelton says the wording itself can be confusing. pelton use.” this is the notic residents must be given, warning them about the violations–but pelton says the wording itself can be confusing. pelton sot–“essentially, texas is telling them keep drinking the contaminated water.” in a statement, the tceq–denied that saying quote, “tceq follows epa guidelines in arsenic notifications, including using the exact language in the letters as suggested by epa, as well as using epa drinking water standards, sampling methods, and analytical methods. the potential danger of arsenic intake is very specifically detailed in the notification letters. the public service board wednesday discussed some of those concerns raised in the report. “in all three of those cases, the texas water development board has already allocated money so that they would have treated arsenic water or be connected to el paso water utility system.” pelton–“tx and the federal epa, should be providing funds to help them build filtration systems to get the arsenic out of the water so people can drink clean and healthy water.” jo, abc7. the public service board also discussed enforcing stricter standards by lowering the federal limit from 10 to 8 parts per billion. the board hasn’t decided anything yet, but said the change would come with a cost of at least one hundred million dollars. to stormtrack weather now! let’s get your first

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