The fact that Arlington’s water comes from the Potomac River is a no-brainer. The river is the largest body of water bordering Arlington, and the largest body around until the river reaches the Chesapeake Bay one hundred miles downstream. Specifically, our water comes from the Dalecarlia Reservoir across the Potomac on the border between D.C. and Bethesda, which is maintained by a division of the Army Corps of Engineers.
This is not why I’m worried, of course. I’m sure that the Army Corps of Engineers does an excellent job cleaning our water with the machinery they are given. What worries me are the substances the Corps cannot remove from the water without more heavy-duty sanitizing devices. These substances originate upstream, in areas where industries have more of a hold on law enforcement authority.
Those are areas which do not include but are similar to areas around Charleston, West Virginia, where…
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