Drinking water in the Lone Star State is safe.
That’s the conclusion of a new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center, published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The study was conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“There are no public health risks associated with drinking tap water in areas with high levels of tap water contamination,” IHME’s chief of water quality, Mark Stokes, said in a statement.
“Our water quality monitoring program monitors tap water for water quality and other contaminants, but not for lead, which can cause lead poisoning.”
Drinking water has been a hot-button topic of debate in Texas since Gov.
Greg Abbott signed the law that increased drinking restrictions in the state.
Abbott has repeatedly said that the new restrictions will be “the best water in America,” despite the fact that many experts and consumer groups have argued that the restrictions will not protect Texans’ health.
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“The science has shown that the level of lead in the drinking water is actually very low,” Stokes said.
“But we have to make sure that our drinking water stays safe.”
In a statement, IHme spokesperson Katie Hickey said the research was “consistent with the CDC, which has recommended that the drinking of tap-water in the United States be monitored for lead contamination for up to six months following a lead contamination event.”
The study found that tap water from the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area was safe for most people, and the study also showed that “no significant increase in lead levels were observed among children under the age of 5 years.”
The IH ME has been conducting water quality studies in Texas for more than a decade.
“We’re going to be watching these findings for a few more months to see how long they last,” Stoke said.
The findings are an update to the research published in 2013, which found that drinking water from Dallas-Arlington, the city with the highest concentrations of lead, was not as safe as tap water.
However, the study was based on samples collected from people in the metro area, not from people living elsewhere in Texas.
“It’s pretty clear that the best water is from the metro areas,” Stakes said.
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