BY DI STAFF | JULY 16, 2012 6:30 AM

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In the "Focus on clean water over aesthetics" editorial from The Daily Iowan Editorial Board published June 13, there were several factual errors and inaccuracies.

The DI incorrectly described an Iowa City water quality study by the Environmental Workers Group as "the most recent study." The study was from 2009 and not the most recent data available. Data on the same subject from the same group were compiled by the New York Times in May 2012. Iowa City's tap water is within both the legal limits and health guidelines for its amounts of chloroform, lead, bromoform, bromichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, nitrate, copper, lawn pesticides, and human waste.

The DI also incorrectly reported that the civil penalty given to Kansas City, Mo., was a penalty for the quality of its drinking water. The penalty was for the treatment of the water in its sewers and the quality of its storm water.

Also, the $60,000 granted by the EPA for changes made to the Burlington Street dam may not be used to improve the drinking water of Iowa City. It is a part of the Urban Waters Program, a program that focuses on improving the interaction of Americans with their local water sources.

The Daily Iowan regrets any and all inaccuracies in the editorial.

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