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How Protected The Region's Drinking Water Is From Contamination
DAYTON -- With so many water resources in the Miami Valley a chemical spill would be devastating.
The City of Dayton's Water Department doesn't just supply drinking water to those living in the city, it supplies water to more than 400,000 people living in Montgomery County.
And with that much demand keeping our supply clean is top priority.
"It can alter your life, and allow things to happen and a lot of illnesses and people could be in major danger," Megan Boeckman said.
We wanted to know if a water disaster like the one in West Virginia could happen here.
"We have a very proactive program, not reactionary," said Michelle Simmons, Environmental Director for the Water Department.
Simmons is the environmental director for the region's water department.
We asked where our drinking water comes from. As it turns out it's not the Great Miami River.
Two massive aquifers beneath the Great Miami and Mad rivers are the source of our drinking water.
A much different case than in West Virginia.
"We would not have a situation like that but we could have a release in the same vain as having a chemical released into the river," said Simmons.
But there are emergency response procedures in place to keep damage to a minimum.
"We would respond to see if we can try and capture and contain any of those chemicals that was released before it would make it to any of our rivers," said Simmons.
And that helps keep safe the water you drink.
The department also has a program that gives incentives to businesses above the underground water source, to make sure they practice safe procedures, and is in constant communication with them.
"That eliminates or reduces the risk from those businesses that have a release that could then threaten our groundwater and our rivers," said Simmons.
It takes all of that to make sure what you drink stays clean.
The program used here in Montgomery County is also used as a model in other cities across the nation because it's done so well.
Water department officials say it's also up to you to keep the water you drink safe.
If you see anything suspicious call and report it.
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