Iowa American Water issued assurances today that drinking water for the Iowa Quad-Cities is safe, despite petroleum products leaking into the Mississippi River from a sunken towboat in LeClaire.
In a news release issued this morning, Iowa American said the drinking water it is producing meets all federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.
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As a precaution, Iowa American is drawing water from a lower-level intake in the river to make sure the water is safe. Oils and fuels are lighter than water, according to the release. By switching from a deeper intake, the company avoids pulling leaked contaminants into its treatment facility.
“We want to stress to our customers that their drinking water continues to meet all standards for safety,” Randy Moore, president of Iowa American Water, said in the release. "We are monitoring the situation carefully and will take any additional measures required to assure our customers the reliable, high quality water service they expect and deserve from us. Our water professionals are also being kept updated on the situation by the emergency responders in LeClaire. Protecting our customers’ drinking water supply is always a top priority.”