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City of Woodstock Water & Sewer Utility was one of 50,000 utilities reported on yesterday by Patch Media following a nationwide press release by a non-profit environmental activist organization, Environmental Working Group (EWG). The article claimed that contaminants have been found in harmful amounts in Woodstock’s drinking water. According to the city’s 2018 Water Quality Report, water provided by City of Woodstock Water & Sewer Utility met or exceeded all state and federal requirements for drinking water.
Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon responded, “We realize citizens are frequently exposed to misleading sales pitches and online articles using scare tactics as click-bait to push advocacy positions and sell products. A recent example from this online article touted claims from a non-profit environmental activist organization that the quality of Woodstock’s water is in not safe. This simply is not true.”
According to Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, Environmental Working Group’s October 23 report indicates the water they provide to municipalities like Woodstock and others “contains contaminants exceeding healthy limits recommended by EWG. The guidelines published in the EWG report are not legal limits and have not undergone the scrutiny of the federal and state regulatory processes.”
The EWG report was released nationally on local sites associated with online local news and information platform, Patch. These same unfounded claims are being made against municipalities across the country.
“I think that it is a shame that Patch would publish an article of this nature without challenging the intent of the press release or contacting the City of Woodstock, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, or the federal Environmental Protection Agency for comment until the following day,” said Jeff Moon, Woodstock City Manager.
City of Woodstock welcomes citizen inquiries concerning quality standards for the drinking water distributed within the municipality’s water district. Citizens may obtain City of Woodstock Water & Sewer Utility’s latest Water Quality Report and additional information by visiting woodstockga.gov or contacting City of Woodstock Public Works directly at 770-592-6006.