Knowing What's In Your Water

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- While the water contamination in West Virginia is several hours away, there are some things we should know about our water.

There are several nearby rivers that provide drinking water, in Harrisonburg, the two main sources are the Dry River and the North River.

A water quality report from 2012 reported Harrisonburg's water is safe to drink.

According to the report, the city did not have any substances that were in violation in its water, like lead.

Locally, there are different things that go into the water from runoff, but the city uses water treatment facilities to make sure it is safe to drink.

Dr. Tom Benzing, a JMU professor, who studies water quality, said understanding this process is beneficial.

"Knowing where your water comes from and then understanding that water is affected by nearby industry or development, people should think about that, and recommend that those water sources be protected," said Benzing.

He also said careful planning is needed as the Valley continues to grow so no industries or development happens in a place that could harm the water supply. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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