Officials Are Reassuring on Quality of Drinking Water
After federal prosecutors announced this week that they were investigating whether New York City had misrepresented the lead levels in its drinking water, health and environmental officials moved quickly to reassure the public that the problem was most likely in the complex federal testing procedures, not the water itself. ''I think this was a matter of confusion about the regulations, not some nefarious case of officials holding back information,'' said Veronica Blette, an official in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. ''The priority now is to get things cleared up and to increase public education.''
By IAN URBINA; Marc Santora contributed reporting for this article