EPA awards city of Andrews, Texas, over $380,000 to improve drinking water treatment system

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DALLAS -- A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help improve the drinking water treatment system in Andrews, Texas. The grant for $388,000 will be used by the city to install a filtration and reverse osmosis system to reduce arsenic and fluoride levels in drinking water provided to municipal customers. Exposure to high levels of arsenic can result in kidney disease, as well as lung and liver cancer and excessive levels of fluoride in drinking water can result in abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Once completed, the project will improve the health of Andrews residents.

Additional Information on EPA grants is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/gandf/index.htm

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EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/feb2012.html

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