Most Illinois drinking water meets standards

June 15, 2011

The Associated Press

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Most Illinois water is clean.

Most of the drinking water in Illinois met state and federal health requirements last year. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says data show 96.8 percent of people who got Illinois water supplies last year received drinking water that met  all health requirements. That's 1.8 percent better than in 2009. 

The state agency recently sent an annual compliance report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Community water supplies serve more than 12  million people in Illinois. 

Illinois EPA interim director Lisa Bonnett says the agency's goal is for publicly provided water to be "consistently safe to drink." She says the latest data show  progress toward that goal. 

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