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faucetShowers, laundry, and washing dishes—
These are the main things that you use household water for. Not many people can say that they drink from the tap, and it’s become somewhat taboo to do so, but knowing what is in the water you use is important. So, let’s look at where Morgantown gets its water supply and see the data retrieved by Morgantown Utility Board in regards to the quality of the water sources.

Many of us could have guessed that the city takes water from the Monongahela River to supply Morgantown, but they also retrieve it from Cobun Creek. Some of you may not be familiar with Cobun Creek, but it can be found nestled within White Park. There you can find the Cobun Creek Reservoir where the city pulls water from.

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Cobun Creek Reservoir. (Photo Taken By: Shannon Stanley)

Utility boards test the quality of the water they are in charge of purifying for public use and then post the results so that anyone can see them. Morgantown Utility Board’s last posting on their website was for 2016. The results from this testing show low numbers which means little contamination from substances such as nitrate, barium, aluminium, zinc, etc.

These low numbers could be from MUB updating their treatment facility in 2012. In an interview with WBOY in 2016 Chris Dale with MUB says,” Customers can rest assured that our water is very high quality.”

Below are charts released by the utility department in both 2015 and 2016.

These charts show the parts per million(ppm) of substances found in the Monongahela river, but MUB only reported the level of nitrate, fluoride and barium. The other substances were not determined.

The charts below show the amount of substances found in the Monongahela River and the Cobun Creek Reservoir.

When reading this chart,  MCL is the highest a contaminant can be in drinking water and MCLG is the maximum contaminant level goal.

So, what does this mean? The quality of the drinking water in Morgantown falls far below the state’s maximum allowance for contamination, but something that I have yet to touch on are the pipes that your water has to travel through to be able to come out of the faucet.

A maintenance worker for the university’s pipes, who wishes to remain anonymous, says, “I wouldn’t drink the water. I work on them and I know what’s in there.” He grimaced when explaining that he can’t work on the pipes without being covered in grime afterward. He has even found cock roaches lodged within the pipes.

While the utility board is doing its part, the pipes leading into your residence may need maintaining. Bottled water seems to be the better option if you can’t stand the thought of what might be lurking in your pipes.

Shannon Stanley wishes you a wonderful Wednesday. Remember, you are halfway through your week! You can follow me on Twitter @shannon _Cherrie

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