Drinking Water From The Potomac River

Drinking Water From The Potomac River

Three-fourths of our region's drinking water comes from the Potomac, but there are new concerns about contaminants in the river. Kojo examines the challenges facing the source of our drinking water.

Three-fourths of our region's drinking water comes from the Potomac River, thanks to an elaborate treatment process that removes pollutants and adds chlorine and fluoride. But the river itself is deemed unsafe to swim in, and experts are concerned about new types of pharmaceutical contaminants and farm run-off that end up in the Potomac. Kojo explores the source of our drinking water and the challenges ahead for keeping it clean.

Guests

Thomas Jacobus

General Manager, Washington Aqueduct, Army Corps of Engineers

Stephanie Flack

Potomac River Project Director for The Nature Conservancy

Matthew Logan

President, Potomac Riverkeeper

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