Presence of “Intersex” Fish in the Potomac River
February 7, 2008
The USGS reported the presence of “intersex” fish
in the Potomac River. Fairfax Water wants you to know the following information:
- There is no evidence
of human health concern. Fairfax Water’s primary objective is the protection
of public health through the delivery of high-quality drinking water.
- Research has shown
that the use of ozone and granular activated carbon are effective in
removing broad categories of hormonally active constituents such as those
discussed in the article. Fairfax Water uses both ozone and granular
activated carbon as part of its multi-barrier approach that also includes
coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection.
- Fairfax Water, along
with other water utilities regionally and nationally, is working to advance
the science in the area understanding and treating endocrine disruptors.
- Fairfax Water, along with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and
the Washington Aqueduct, founded the
Potomac Partnership to study water
quality issues in the Potomac watershed.
- Fairfax Water, along with many water utilities across the nation, has
contributed to and participated with the
Water Research Foundation to study endocrine disruptors. To date,
the Water Research Foundation has
conducted 21 projects totaling approximately $4.9 million.
- Fairfax Water will
continue to work with regional and national partners to continue to advance
the science regarding these issues.
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