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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 05/28/2010

Eleanor Holmes Norton meets with CDC

By Washington Post editors

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton are trying to reassure District residents that their tap water is safe. The two are working together to confront uncertainties after the latest controversy about the city's water supply, WAMU reports.

The two met following last week's congressional analysis, which accused the CDC of misleading D.C. residents about the safety of lead in their water several years ago.

CDC director Thomas Frieden acknowledged some miscommunication but did not agree that the agency purposely deceived the public in its published findings.

"Some of the sentences in that report were taken out of context to suggest that there was not a problem with the water supply," says Frieden.

Frieden says the lead levels are in a safe range now, and Norton says she's confident the water is safe to drink. But Norton says all households with children under 2 and women who are pregnant should have their water tested.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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