Press Spin: Rhode Island surface water quality a problem?

The State of Rhode Island is the size of a large county….though it has 2 Senators just like any other state…..

This alarming report and headline (click here) is intended to get the citizenry worried……Rhode Island has more than 237 lakes, ponds and reservoir…..43 are reservoirs that are sources of public drinking water supplies…..and they serve 11 public water systems.

74% of the population is served by these systems. 24% of the water sources “face pollutant problems.” So if I understand this article, about 11 reservoirs face water quality problems.  

Gosh, for a large county, this might not be so bad. It implies that 76% of the sources do not face water quality problems….though we know any surface reservoir water quality will fluctuate with the season of the year, turnover, algae, etc. These so called “water quality problems” sound like what we would expect any way…..

I can think of other counties with much, much worse surface water quality than Rhode Island….

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