Denison chosen for nationwide water survey test

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- A Grayson County city is part of a nationwide water survey test involving pharmaceuticals. Emi FitzGerald reports from Denison on what this exactly means for water quality.

City officials say the water in Denison is safe. They have not tested for the pharmaceuticals, but say residents should not be worried.

The Associated Press conducted a study of large metropolitan areas and then smaller cities to see which ones tested their water for pharmaceutical drugs. They picked Denison as one of the communities with populations around 25,000.

Denison public works director David Howerton says several cities nationwide including Arlington and Oklahoma City found traces of various drugs in the water including acetomenaphene and ibuprofen. These are trace amounts, less than one drop usually per glass of water.

It's important to note the Associated Press chose one city in every state-- two from Missouri and Texas-- at random. Somehow, Denison was chosen, and out of the 52 cities in the study, only one tests for the drug.

This does not mean there are these drugs are in the water. It just means the city is not required to test for them.

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