A recently new report from the firm FluksAqua claimed Oklahoma is among the top 8 states that had the highest water contamination problems reported in 2015.
Oklahoma experienced health-based water system violations that affected 19.1% of the state’s population including 69 instances of coliform contamination and 640 instances of disinfection byproducts, according to the report. FluksAqua said the determination was based on its review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO database.
Nationally, 6% of the total U.S. population was affected by violations in 2015. Maryland had the highest percentage at 32.62% of its population affected by violations while Kentucky was at more than 26%. Texas was at 16.52%.
The harmful health-based violations reported nationally involved coliforms, nitrates, arsenic, radionuclides and disinfection byproducts.
FLuksAqua indicated a drinking water violation indicates a public water system’s failure to meet an EPA-mandated drinking water standard. Not all violations resulted in a health issue.
States with the lowest instances of violations affecting population were Colorado at 0.32%, Delaware at 0.48%, Minnesota at 0.29%, North Dakota at 0.5% and Washington at 0.26%.