Water utilities should be prepared for media and customer inquiries stemming from an article in The Guardian today entitled, “ America’s Water Crisis: We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals .” The article summarizes a nine-month investigation by Consumer Reports and The Guardian . The investigation tested for arsenic, lead, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other contaminants in the drinking water of 120 people from “around the United States.” Of the 120 samples, 118 had “concerning levels of PFAS or arsenic” (exceeding Consumer Reports recommended maximum) or detectable amounts of lead. The testing also found: More than 35% of the samples had more than Consumer Reports ’ recommended amount of PFAS Approximately 8% of the samples contained arsenic above Consumers Reports ’ recommended maximum. For purposes of the investigation, Consumer Reports set the following parameters: Five parts per trillion (ppt) for a single PFAS chemical and 10 ppt for two or more. Three parts per billion (ppb) for arsenic No safe amount of lead in drinking water Water utilities should be prepared to: Affirm their commitment to assuring high quality service to all households in their service areas. Explain any SDWA violations in recent years, how the violations were addressed, and how customers were notified. AWWA has several resources available to help utilities address issues raised in the article including: AWWA PFAS Resource page AWWA’s PFAS page on DrinkTap.org AWWA Lead in Drinking Water Resource page AWWA’s Lead page on DrinkTap.org AWWA Small Systems Resource page Trending in an Instant risk communication guide Questions can be directed to Greg Kail , director of communications.