Water Authority "extremely careful" with quality

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 06:51:12-05

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has the Erie County Water Authority keeping a close eye on its systems in Western New York.

But the ECWA Earl Jann Chairman is trying to ease any potential concerns residents may have. “Look, water is our only business, our most important business, and that is exactly the way we treat it."

Jann says in the mid-west, authorities changed their source of water without changing the way they treated it. In contrast, he says Erie County’s method of treatment can protect the oldest of homes through a pipe coating process.

“We meet or exceed all standards all the time. That’s just the way we operate.”

The chairman says the ECWA conducts 1,500 tests per month from plants, pump stations, and individuals from across the county.

“Frankly, that’s why what’s happened in Michigan is not going to happen in Western New York.”

On Wednesday, the Michigan House approved $28 million in emergency funding to help address the toxic lead contamination in Flint’s tap water.




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