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Why Well Water Could Pose Threat to Pregnant Women

By law, the public water supply is routinely tested to ensure levels of various chemicals aren’t too high. That’s not the case, though, with private wells, which some residents in the more rural areas of the region use as their source for drinking water. To learn more about water quality issues faced by those areas, […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaBy law, the public water supply is routinely tested to ensure levels of various chemicals aren't too high. That's not the case, though, with private wells, which some residents in the more rural areas of the region use as their source for drinking water.

To learn more about water quality issues faced by those areas, we talk with Dr. Stephanie Glenn, a senior research scientist at Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

And we talk with Dr. Jean Brender, a professor emeritus of epidemiology and biostatistics at Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Her research looked into the link between birth defects and three particular chemicals in drinking water: nitrate, atrazine and arsenic.

Dr. Brender tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin the main concern with contaminates in drinking water is in places where the supply isn't tested and regulated.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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