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May 14, 2010
Kara Capelli 571-230-6601

Briefing on Contaminants in Groundwater Used for Public Supply

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More than one-third of the nation’s population uses drinking water from public water systems that rely on groundwater pumped from public wells. The U.S. Geological Survey has collected data nationwide on water-quality in public wells.

What: The USGS will host a briefing on Capitol Hill on contaminants in public supply wells in the United States. Experts will also describe examples of how cooperating federal and local agencies are using information to manage and regulate public drinking water. This briefing is free and open to the media and public.

Who: Patricia Toccalino and Karen Burow, USGS hydrologists
Nick Pinhey, Director of Utility Planning and Projects for the City of Modesto, Calif.
Michael Shapiro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water

Where: Capitol Visitor’s Center, HVC-215, Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Visitor Center is on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building. Once inside, follow signs to House Meeting Rooms. To facilitate quick entrance, please RSVP to Laura Parsons (

When: Friday, May 21, 2010
9:30 a.m.

Sponsors: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Water Environment Federation
USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program

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