Washoe County Says Tests Show Reno Water Safe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County officials say the Reno area's drinking water is clean and drug free.

Tests were conducted by an independent laboratory on samples taken from five water sources, including groundwater wells and filtered water from the county's treatment plant on Longley Lane.

The county Department of Water Resources says samples were analyzed for 34 different compounds, including pharmaceuticals and
personal care products.

Only trace amounts of one substance, an antibiotic, was detected in two samples.

Officials say the drug was detected in one sample at 4.9 parts per trillion, and at 7.1 parts per trillion in another.

But they say the dilution is minuscule, and an adult would have to drink 21 million, 8-ounce glasses of water per day to experience an adverse effect.

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