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People in Puerto Rico are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site



Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, more than 35% of the island's residents remain without safe drinking water, according to CNN.

CNN reported that on Friday employees from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, distributed water to residents from a well that was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous waste cleanup.

Rodriguez, 66, told CNN that he was desperate for water.

"I don't have a choice," he said. "This is the only option I have."

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Said it plans to do testing in the area.

"The EPA is gathering more information about the quality of water from the wells associated with our Dorado groundwater contamination site, as well as other Superfund sites in Puerto Rico," the agency said in a statement to CNN on Friday. "While some of these wells are sometimes used to provide drinking water, the EPA is concerned that people could be drinking water that may be contaminated, depending on the well. We are mindful of the paramount job of protecting people's health, balanced with people's basic need for water."

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