- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority says it will notify customers of a health advisory issued by federal officials.

The Decatur Daily reports (https://bit.ly/1WGENtH ) General Manager Don Sims said Thursday that the authority will inform its 25,000 customers by mail or social media that their drinking water contains excessive amounts of two chemicals_perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the advisory Thursday, saying studies show long-term exposure to the chemicals may lead to various health problems, such as cancer and liver damage.

Sims says recent tests on Dec. 29 showed the drinking water contained high levels of the chemicals. The EPA says any water system that has excessive amounts of the chemicals must notify its customers and take steps to reduce the amounts.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml


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