TMWA fighting 'worst' water in US label

TMWA has been dealing with the Environmental Working Group's data for the past 7 years. The group labels Reno's tap water as one of the worst in the nation.

Officials with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority say they are still dealing with articles tarnishing the utility's reputation.

The latest web piece from the site ranks Reno as 25th on its list of cities with the worst drinking water in the U.S.

The data cited in the report appears to be from the Environmental Working Group, dating back to 2015. It listed 11 contaminants detected above the "health guidelines."

"We're really proud of our water. It's frustrating to deal with this every now and then," said Andy Gebhardt, TMWA director of operations and water quality. "We follow every federal, state and local standard. We have never violated any of those standards."

TMWA also follows the EPA standard, he said.

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water released a statement saying:

The Reno water system is compliant with the Safe Drinking Water Act and has never incurred a health-based standard violation for drinking water. Looking at the data cited in the report, it appears to be based on 2015 TMWA averages of routine samples collected and monitoring under EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule – Cycle 3 (UCMR3). The data confirm that there have not been any concentrations above drinking water standards in Reno, and the water system continues to serve water that is safe to drink.

Partnership for Safe Water recognized TMWA with the President's Award for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Only the top 5 percent of water utilities in the nation are recognized.

News 4 reached out to the Environmental Working Group but has not received a response.

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