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What do Green Philly readers know about their water?
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What do Green Philly readers know about their water?

We asked and you answered.

Over the past week, Green Philly readers told us what they know – and what they want to know – about the Delaware Watershed.

Here’s what we found out:

  • Nearly 17% said they have “no idea” where their drinking water comes from.
  • About 15% said they have “no idea” what is the safest drinking water option for Philadelphians.

When asked if they know the source of their tap water, readers said:

Strongly
Disagree
Strongly
Agree
26.0%16.8%17.3%19.7%20.2%

The variation in responses show there is more to learn about how our water makes its way to your kitchen sink. Responses also indicated many readers have concerns about the safety of Philadelphia tap water since just 32% said they “strongly agree” with the statement: Philadelphia tap water is safe to drink.

Besides drinking water, the survey also showed Green Philly readers are interested in learning more about stormwater infrastructure; climate change’s impact on existing systems; and different industries – like fracking – and their effects on our waterways; as well as the watershed’s wildlife and details on safe and low-cost activities along the 330-mile Delaware River.

You’ll see these questions answered in upcoming post. Stay tuned to our coverage, and subscribe to our weekly emails so you don’t miss a post!


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Alison Burdo
Alison Burdo is a project manager with Green Philly, focusing on the development and execution of its coverage of the Delaware Watershed. A Philadelphia-based journalist for the past seven years, Burdo most recently supported the launch of the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. Her experience includes reporting exclusive, enterprise stories on the 2015 papal visit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention; leading an investigation into the epidemic of unsolved missing persons cases; and regularly breaking news related to Philadelphia's precedent-setting soda tax. View all posts by Alison Burdo

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