Drinking Water Information

Friends of the North Fork wants to help you make informed decisions about your drinking water.

On this page we list a number of articles and links that you can read to become more aware of the drinking water issues in our watershed as well as other water issues across the nation. We hope that you will find information that you can use and to help you and your family live a healthier life.

Our full report on the drinking water in the Shenandoah Valley is below for you to read in addition to the informational brochure that we mailed out to residents giving them information and advise for concerns about their home drinking water. Below is an excerpt of the report...

"This paper presents information on the manmade organic chemicals we found in the river, the potential for them to be present in our drinking water and the impact they may have on the river and our health.  Many questions remain as to the long term impacts of manmade organic chemicals in the river.  By keeping the community informed, we seek  to create and maintain a public dialogue on this emerging environmental issue."

Water News and Information

EPA Targets Chemicals, Estrogens

Contaminants: For the first time, agency is considering regulation of pharmaceuticals in drinking water
by: Cheryl Hogue

Pharmaceuticals including a number of estrogens, pesticides, and two major perfluorinated compounds are among the 104 chemicals EPA listed today for possible regulation in drinking water.

For information about everything the EPA is doing in terms of Safe Drinking Water, their regulations, how often they are published and updated, to a listing of the chemicals they are looking into use the links below...

EPA Basic Water Information

Summary of the Clean Water Act

History of the Clean Water Act

Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List and Regulatory Determinations

EPA has drinking water regulations for more than 90 contaminants. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires EPA to list unregulated contaminants which are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and which may require a national drinking water regulation in the future.
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 The New York Times has been running an informative series of articles on drinking water called Toxic Waters that you can read here:

That Tap Water is Legal but May Be Unhealthy

What's in Your Water

Rulings Restrict Clean Water Act, Foiling E.P.A.

Millions Drink Dirty Water,  Records Show

About Atrazine...

Atrazine is a herbicide used in the agriculture industry and it has been found in high concentrations in our waterways and we know that water plants do not remove it.
The links below are about the atrazine in local as well as other waterways across our nation.

Toxic Waters

Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger

NRDC: "Atrazine: Poisoning the Well"

Drinking Water Informational Brochure

Manmade Organic Chemicals and the Waters of the Shenandoah Valley


       Things you can do ...

• Install an in home filtering system for your water NSF Certified Drinking Water Treatment Units

• Install a filtering system at your kitchen sink.

• Have your water tested locally in Shenandoah County so you know what's in your water. Contact: Inboden Environmental Services

• The video link below gives advice on filtering systems to help you choose which is best for you.

Water filter comparisons


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