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The Health Department protects health by making recommendations to the Department of Environmental Conservation about chemicals in drinking water. In 2016, two things triggered a change in thinking about the application of TFM (lampricide) to the LaPlatte River.

If your water does not come from a town or city water system, you are using a private drinking water source.

Untreated surface water in rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds is not safe to drink unless it is treated to remove bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Water that is contaminated with fecal coliform, or E.coli bacteria, can cause health problems if ingested and should be disinfected before use.

Water may not be safe to drink, cook or clean with after an emergency such as a flood.

Arsenic is a natural element found in some rocks and soils in Vermont and may get into groundwater.