MLGW declares Memphis drinking water safe following multiple tests

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - MLGW announced the drinking water in Memphis is safe.

High levels of arsenic, lead, and fluoride were found in groundwater under a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plant on July 12.

That report prompted MLGW to test the wells that supply water to a pumping station near the TVA plant.

Samples taken from the wells found no detectable traces of arsenic or lead in the water going into the MLGW distribution system.

Even though the tests were negative, some people in the area said MLGW should have done more to let them know if they were safe. Residents who live near the water wells said without a thorough explanation, they're still uneasy because they still have unanswered questions.

"What happened to cause it to get affected," Parhady Lewis, resident lives near water wells, said.

Lewis said he has lived down the street from the pumping station his whole life. He's seen warnings before, but never a scare this severe.

"Because if it's contaminated, I'm looking at how many people would get sick behind it," he said.

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