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Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?

TitleWhere Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-07-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 27 - "Drinking Water & Your Health" (Air Date: August 5, 2003). Michelle Sweeney from the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District discusses Lake Tahoe's role in providing drinking water for the communities surrounding it.
SubjectDrinking water -- Health aspects -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 27 "Tahoe Drinking Water" (Air Date: August 5) ((Anchor Intro)) If you live at Lake Tahoe or in the Reno/Sparks area chances are your drinking water comes from Lake Tahoe. In tonight?s Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy shows us why it's important to keep that in mind when you play at the lake. ((Track 1)) When you look at all the people who recreate on Lake Tahoe it's easy to think of this lake as a playground instead of a water supply. But consider this?many of the communities that line these shores pump their drinking water directly from the lake. And we in the Reno area get our water from the Truckee River - which flows out of Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ :42 Michelle Sweeney, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District)) "And that means that anything you don?t want to have in your drinking water you need to make sure in your daily life doesn?t get into the drinking water." ((track 2)) That includes the obvious things like litter and other waste products, oils and gasoline from boats and personal watercraft?and human waste. ((s/u @ 17:32 Shelly Purdy)) "Even though Lake Tahoe is obviously much bigger than a swimming pool the same rules apply. You wouldn't swim in water you've gone to the bathroom in so why would you drink it???" ((sot @ 4:45)) "Use the restroom before you go towards the lake. Even with little kids even with babies of it's no big deal - but think about what would you want to be coming out of your faucet and consider that in your use of the lake." ((Track 3)) The water in Lake Tahoe is amazingly clear and clean and very safe and healthy to drink - for now. It will take all of us to keep it that way. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) If you would like more information on the quality of water in Lake Tahoe, visit our website at In next week's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly takes a look at the role the forest service is playing in protecting the lake.

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